Hasn't the government has gone unfunded before? I think it was during President Clinton's Admin. The memory is a little fuzzy. Didn't they send a lot of the contractors home and request that "Only essential personnel report for work.". Of course no one wanted to be counted as non-essential and no bureaucrat is going to admit that they and any member of the mini or not so mini empire subordinate to them is not "essential" so everyone showed up. Eventually the money came through and the contractors went back to work. The money has always come through. Even if they cut off funding no one would probably believe it until the automatic payroll deposits don't hit the checking accounts. The government might continue to operate weeks or more before and if anything actually happens.
IMHO they don't dare let the beast shut down, not for a day or week. Americans would quickly find out they don't need it. States, local government and religious institutions would step in to fill the void and take back responsibilities they never should have seceded. Federal regulations needed to process food? USDA stamp needed to sell meat? Right! Remember how well Prohibition and the War on Drugs has worked? There already is a black market in the US. Imagine the expansion opportunity this would be for organized crime and not so organized crime? Would it be chaos? Probably at first until the new normal arrived. Would the unprepared suffer? Yup. Thing is create a demand and potential for profit (value doesn't have to mean FRN's) and an American will find a way to fill it..
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"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." - Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)