The recent Tax Cut was irresponsible and hypocritical. If Republicans are the fiscally responsible ones, then let them be called to account for underfunding government and then blaming the outcome on those who follow them. Local governments can't raise pay randomly if they're out of money, why the US Congress, etc? They should also REALLY shut down the government, if they are shutting it down and lose their own pay and NO federal employee works if it's shut down. Let us all see how much we depend on our government. ...not these half measures of it's shut down, but everyone's working anyway -- we're just not cutting checks. Absurd.