Now this is very interesting. I looked up the history of government shut downs and there were quite a few. But, the interesting thing is every time the government was shut down the democrats controlled the House of Representatives except in 1995 when the republicans did. During the 1995 shut down Gingrich, Clinton and sat down worked out a way to fund the government at 75% levels until the issues were resolved. This is when welfare reform came to fruition.
So as we look at what is going on now we can clearly see it is 0bama and Reid that are forcing this shutdown. In years past there were minor reasons for shutdowns, they sat down and worked things out. In this case the House republicans continue to make deals and Reid blocks them from any discussion and 0bama just says he will veto anything that does not fit his requirements. This is called Brinksmanship and it is coming from the Senate and White House.
Read this, it is a great explanation of all the shutdowns and guess what. Deals were made from all sides and we survived and came back even stronger. Stay strong we will survive this BUT the democrats have got to sit down and work out a deal and put forth a budget, DAMMIT! 5 years, no budget. This is government at it’s best and worst. The only ones standing up for us are our TEA Party representatives.
Since the modern congressional budgeting process took effect in 1976, there have been a total of seventeen separate government shutdowns (or “spending gaps” in Hill jargon). Given that we appear to be headed for another one imminently, let’s look back at those experiences, the political circumstances around them and what happened as a consequence. Most of the specifics were drawn from The Washington Post print archives, which you can access for a modest sum here.