Originally Posted by pricejj
Make my day.
Go ahead, shut down the government. Great way to reduce the deficit, and great way to reduce the liability of future generations. Shut it down for the whole year if you want (or longer). Time to start paying down some of that debt. The American people DO NOT NEED the US government.
The House holds the purse strings, and all their asking for is a delay in forcing all Americans to purchase insurance (the entire law is a train wreck right now anyway). So no, the Democrats do not hold all the cards. The US government was specifically designed to provide checks and balances, while limiting the power of the federal government. That's exactly what is happening here.
You do realize you are not stop spending, you are just delaying it and hurting the economy. You don't save money when there is shutdown, in fact it more costly because you have to close and then restart a number of operations. It is very inefficient and waste of time.