I am dubious about this story, but it is being reported that the Government Shutdown May Have Caused a DC Area Baby Boom:
The 2013 government shutdown, which lasted from Oct. 1 to Oct. 16, was the cause of a lot of anxiety in the D.C. area.
With so many government workers living in the District, Maryland and Virginia, thousands were anxious about falling behind on bills while they weren’t receiving paychecks. We now have an idea of what they may have done to soothe their nerves.
July 1 marked exactly 9 months since many government workers in the area were sent home for more than two weeks as Congress argued about the nation’s finances.
WNEW’s Kimberly Suiters reports that Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington has seen an additional 100 babies born in the last three months compared to that time period in 2013.
Sibley Hospital in Northwest D.C. has seen three more babies than normal per day this month.
I'm not convinced. First of all, while it may be true that "many" government workers were anxious during the so-called government shutdown, in fact only 30 percent of them weren't paid during that period. Most of them continued to work and get paid as usual. So why would they need to soothe their nerves the inside-the-belt way? I mean, any more often than usual?
Of course, during the government 'shutdown' we were unable to spend all day and night watching the National Zoo's Giant Panda cam, as usual. So maybe my bored fellow feds were tappin' dat body politic to fill the otherwise empty hours.
Or, maybe it was that the resolution of the budget impasse unleashed a wave of unrestrained joy among Washington civil servants? Like V-E Day, only much smaller and localized?