SPOTLIGHT ON…Signs That the Government Shutdown May Not Harm Economy as Much as Predicted

Have we all been wringing our hands for nothing? The doomsday predictions for the U.S. economy and the upcoming holiday shopping season were based on the fact that furloughed government workers would have less money to spend. Now that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to pay the furloughed workers for their missed time when the shutdown ends, the previous predictions may not hold water. Plus, the Defense Department brought back all civilian employees since they are "essential personnel". Story

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