In the link above, you can read about the upcoming government shutdown unless Congress finds a way to keep it going. In the mean time, Wall Street continues to operate on the assumption that government will shutdown and the effect that will have on the economy. On Friday, November 4, 2011, the Dow Jones closed at 11,983. In the next two weeks, let's monitor the Dow Jones to see how much impact this shutdown has on the economy. We should be able to see first hand what kind of effect this shutdown has on the economy.