A number of economists and financial managers say Washington is making the volatility on Wall Street worse, when it should be acting as a calming influence.
The Dow has lost 9.13 percent of its value over three days of trading. It's bad, but investors have seen much worse in previous sell-offs. Still, 'crash' versus 'correction' is a matter of debate.
Wall Street insiders aren't worried the government might hang an 'out to lunch' sign. The market improved during the 1995 government shutdowns. Of greater concern: raising the debt ceiling.
Stocks closed out the quarter with the Dow gaining 742 points, its biggest first-quarter point gain in more than a decade and its biggest percentage gain since 1994.
Not only did the unemployment rate fall, but the US economy added 192,000 jobs in February. But economists view the numbers differently.