Takeaways from the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis

After 16 days of stupid, the government is finally open for business againLast night the Senate and the House of Representatives reached a deal that will fund the government until Jan. 15 of next year and extend the debt ceiling enough to cover U.S. borrowing through Feb. 7. While that gives us another stupid Washington catfight to look forward to early next year, it at least ends the current government shutdown and avoids a disastrous U.S. default, for now.

So with 16 days of government shutdown fun and a debt ceiling crisis behind us, it’s time to take a look at what we learned. Here are some of the big takeaways.

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 Personal Finance 

Stupid government shutdown makes case for seeking financial independence

Government shutdown will threaten workers' financesWith Republicans in Congress continuing to press for limitations to Obamacare as a condition of passing a budget and Democrats completely unwilling to agree to anything like that, we’re officially in a government shutdown.

Social Security checks will still go out, air traffic controllers will still scan the skies and American soldiers will continue to report for duty, but functions considered non-essential will be disrupted until a new budget is passed.

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