Submitted by Susan Smith Blakely
Remember the government shutdown? The one that lasted 16 days earlier this month, closed the national parks, caused civilian government consultants to lay off workers, and made absolutely no sense at all---unless, of course, you are a person who never learned to share and has a "winner takes all" mentality. And, there certainly appeared to be enough of them roaming the halls of Congress during the debacle.
So, it is pretty much agreed that the whole thing was a disaster, which had a negative effect on the Gross Domestic Product and probably cost the nation more than if the government had been up and running the entire time. It also created a negative perception of the effectiveness of American government around the world, and the question still being debated is "Did anyone win?"
That debate typically pits one political party against the other, with some bickering within the parties, and it all depends on whose rhetoric you believe. So, make it easy for yourself, don't get sucked in. Rather, take a close look at the leadership that brokered the deal that got government back on track, and it will be obvious who won. The WOMEN won!