Government Shutdown Non-Event for U.S. Economy That Has Moved On

  • Consumers, companies numbed by constant political brinkmanship
  • Fourth-quarter growth may be temporarily cut by tenth or two

A child stands on a barricade around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, in October 2013.

Photographer: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

For all the political hand-wringing, a U.S. government shutdown on Oct. 1 would barely nick the world’s largest economy.

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