Big versus small government
Did Americans learn anything from the partial shutdown?
Obama says it showed just how many things, large and small, the government does to help people.
Conservatives saw the opposite lesson — that federal workers can disappear without being missed.
There's some evidence for both ideas.
Lots of people were inconvenienced and some lives were seriously disrupted, but most Americans weren't personally touched by the shutdown. Less than one-third said someone in their home was affected, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted Oct. 7-9.
That doesn't mean they shrugged off the effects beyond their front door.