Quote from aknottedyarn
No, the shutdown is the result of the GOP not wanting to pay for goods and services already received. They are using hostage tactics to try to do this rather than work on jobs bills that would increase the economy and change tax codes so we stop subsidizing corporations. We are spending more than we have because of those two factors. Look at a successful presidency where we had a surplus: the Clinton years. We did not have a fake war started that had no budget. We did not reward companies for moving jobs overseas.
It is only about 10% of Congress that seems to hold all the GOP in their line. One has to wonder what skeletons they see in the closet that they can hold all the GOP to their bidding.
My comment really was made in jest and it should be noted that nowhere in my comment did I suggest a root cause of the shutdown.
I personally think that the shutdown mess is counterproductive for Republicans.
In terms of the Clinton administration having no "fake wars" I invite you to read up on the War Powers Resolution (sometimes called the War Powers Act). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Powers_Resolution
and then take a moment to review what the Clinton administration did in the events leading up to and during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_b..._of_Yugoslavia
There were some compelling arguments in academia on both sides of the fence regarding whether or not he violated the War Powers Resolution. I have mixed feelings on this topic myself but I mention it show the the Clinton administration was not without its "wars" (declared by congress or otherwise).
Edit: Also, take a look at this 1998 article from CNN. http://www.cnn.com/US/9808/20/us.strikes.01/
Democrats were were already toying with the idea of taking the fight to Bin Laden. They just didn't put boots on the ground and, as a result, Al-Queda continued to exist under Taliban protection for the next 3 years or so.