Since we're sharing records of who said what, you'll notice I didn't say it was irreparable, only significant and avoidable. As far as history goes, the first shutdown goes all the way back to 1976, so historical allusions aren't very useful. Since different shutdowns impacted different parts of the budget, not all shutdowns are as significant as others. The GOP probably saved themselves some nasty backlash by passing the military exception (yesterday.)I don't think there's a benefit to the economy - I never stated such a thing. What I did state however is that there is no harm in doing this and pushing the failed meme that some type of irreparable harm is being done to peoples lives is just untrue, and historically unsupported.
That was the blink, in case you're wondering. The GOP released the most important hostage right there. If they had continued with the military unfunded, today would be considerably more exciting.