According to an estimate from Standard & Poor’s: The financial services company said the shutdown, which ended with a deal late Wednesday night after 16 days, took $24 billion out of the U.S. economy, and reduced projected fourth-quarter GDP growth from 3 percent to 2.4 percent.
Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/17/heres-what-the-government-shutdown-cost-the-economy/#ixzz2i0eLj8LS
On March 12, 2009, Madoff pled guilty to 11 federal crimes and admitted to operating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. On June 29, 2009, he was sentenced to 150 years in prison with restitution of $17 billion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madoff_investment_scandal
The obvious question is how much jail time the House Tea Party members should get for stealing the money from all of us?