The potential for another bruising budget battle in January, uncertainty over health insurance, and doubt about Fed policy are likely contributing to the sour views.
Month-over-month retail sales data was surprisingly good, but it's too soon to call it a comeback.
Though the market has been prone to taper frets, nothing in this week's economic data was particularly strong.
Although the market has been soft in recent weeks, it seems to have hardly grasped the potential of a longer-term shutdown, writes Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Last week's GDP revisions gave everyone a chance to revisit where the economy is and where has it been.
The over-confident are overlooking some less-than-rosy data on the consumer and housing fronts.
With weak business investment and government cutbacks, the consumer and housing sectors will be the two main legs of growth in the current economy's unbalanced stool.
Increased Fed economic forecasts of just last week already look embarrassingly high.
The Fed's newfound economic optimism comes at a time when things are looking a little softer to me.
Even amid market mood swings courtesy of the Fed, steadily rising employment offset weak manufacturing data.