The Republicans in Congress did irreparable damage to our economy by shutting down the United States government. As one of our nation's largest employers, the federal government shutdown made it difficult or impossible to use many essential services. In turn it created a domino effect where the businesses that depend on government workers such as in service industries, also lost pay due to decreased commerce.
No, the 2013 government shutdown did not harm America, because America went on turning without it. The shutdown showed Americans just how little they can truly survive on. The services that were deemed nonessential should really have been shut down for good, because the whole episode proved that the sun kept coming up without them.