It's interesting to see this in hindsight. Honestly, on the East Coast it was a big deal, especially in the DC area. Even cuts to government are huge, mostly because absolutely everything is tied to government. It's strange to think about. Government shutdowns, downgrades of state's credit ratings and cuts to spending, effecting everything out here. Of course, many of us were excited and hoped that the economic apocalypse would come. But...no...
Some: concerned, because of logistical reasons.
Others: excited, because of apocalyptic reasons.