If Washington lawmakers worked for corporate America they would be fired by now for failing to come up with the kinds of solutions that businesses have to devise to keep their organizations running each day, writes David French, NRF's senior vice president of government relations. As consumer confidence plummets amid the ongoing government shutdown, retailers of all sizes are feeling the pain, and retail stocks saw their biggest drop since June after President Barack Obama raised the possibility of a "very deep recession" if the U.S. defaults on its debts.

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