of them all your comment makes the most sense.Compromise to a democrat is republicans giving in to their demands and vice versa.here is a list of past shutdowns. http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2011/04/08/6432513-this-would-be-18th-government-shutdown-in-us-history?liteYep, 17 times already since 1976. Twice in 1995 – though it is generally counted as being in 1996.According to the information given in the article, the following is true.Carter had 6 shutdowns over his 4 years for a total of 66 days of government shutdown.Reagan had 8 over 8 years totaling 14 days.Bush Sr. had 1 over his 4 years for 3 days.Clinton had 2 over his 8 years for 26 days.So the US Government has been shut down for 109 days already and gee, we are still here. You know why? Because a government shutdown only stops NON-ESSENTIAL things. Social Security, Medicare, VA, Welfare, Food stamps debt interest and military pay – a small partial list of mandatory expenditures – continue to be honored in a shutdown. Remember, only non-essential people, jobs, programs are affected. Get it??NON-ESSENTIAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My question is IF they are indeed non-essential, why do we do them in the first place?