Or even more interestingly, failure to raise the debt ceiling. In Nov 95 I would have been 17. I don't recall much of what went on then, I was much too busy trying to get laid/river rafting. Was it really that big of a deal? My old man worked for the Park Service and I don't remember him spending any time at home, which is odd cause access for the public to the park (Sequoia/Kings Canyon) would have been shut off. Are there any "real" ramifications to a government shutdown? Separately, are legislators really going to let the US default on its sovereign debt?