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Washington’s Strong Economy, Financed by Taxpayers, Takes a Hit From Shutdown

Jan 09, 2019 - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — It was almost lunchtime at a food court downtown and Yonas A. Seyoum, the manager of the Esprinto Café, marched over to the cash register and printed out the morning’s sales.

“It’s crazy,” he said, holding up a drooping receipt.

He had done $52.71 of business in five hours, miserable even for January.

“Not even enough to pay her,” Mr. Seyoum said, motioning to the cashier, a young woman leaning on the counter and playing gin rummy on her phone.

He added: “It’s like a ghost city — totally dead....