The whole thing looks like a way to sell t-shirts. So some groups, like the conservative Heritage Foundation, insist even a prolonged shutdown is nothing to worry about. Another reason Wall Street is ho-humming the threat of a shutdown involves the sequester. This was supposed to be a terrible thing, a slow motion train wreck. But most businesses aren't noticing it. It's cutting economic growth, but most businesses aren't directly impacted so, again, we don't see a wolf. That's partly because the most noxious cuts, like the lay-off of air traffic controllers, were averted. You can still fly from LaGuardia to National Airport for lobbying, so what's the problem? The problem is that the economy is stagnating. Consumer confidence is down. Housing sales are down. Yet even that seems to have a silver lining, as it means the Federal Reserve may continue quantitative easing.