The Dow fell 128 points yesterday. This followed news that the federal government – the nation’s largest employer and largest industry – was getting ready to turn off the lights. Gold fell $12 an ounce. CNN has the latest: A government shutdown could cost the still-struggling US economy roughly $1 billion a week in pay lost by furloughed federal workers. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. First, there are the estimated 800,000 federal employees who will be off the job. That’s roughly the same number of workers employed by all the auto assembly lines and auto parts factories across the country.