So it appears like all the bumbling in Washington has not yet managed to crush the U.S. economy.
Friday's Labor Department report, showing a gain of 203,000 positions and a drop in the unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent, contained unambiguous good news.
Some reports you can quibble with if they include big downward revisions to previous months or if discouraged workers left the labor force, driving down unemployment for the wrong reason. Neither happened in the November report.
The Labor Department also revised upward the two previous months by a combined 8,000 and the civilian labor force expanded by 455,000. Hours worked and hourly wages also edged higher.
(Read more: Yes, more jobs, but wage growth holds up recovery)
The combined takeaway is that all the headwinds out of D.C., including the October shutdown and debt limit scare, have thus far failed to throw the economy off its path to a relatively stronger 2014. The unemployment rate appears headed toward a more normal historical level by 2015. But there is still plenty of time for D.C. to wreck everything.