In light of Harry ReidHarry ReidIf Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out MORE’s apparent decision not to even try to pass
legislation through the Senate that would keep the government open, it
seemed like an ideal time to reveal:
Top 10 Reasons Why Harry Reid Wants a Federal Government Shutdown (with apologies to a certain over-the-hill late-night talk-show host)
10: President Obama doesn’ t have time to campaign, vacation, golf and govern — something had to go
9: Wants to find out who are the 800,000 nonessential federal government employees before making cuts
8: Needs more free time to read cowboy poetry
7: Get those stinky tourists out of the Capitol Visitor Center
6: He wanted to make John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE cry
5: It’s George W. Bush’ fault
4: Congressional approval ratings are not falling fast enough
3: He wanted to prove that Sharron Angle wasn’t actually the crazy one in the last election
2: He’s actually a closet Tea Party member
1: Because he can
Obviously, the likely government shutdown is a very serious topic. This short column was written in the hopes of lightening the mood, while driving home who the real culprit is if the government shuts down.
Rick Manning is the communications director of Americans for Limited Government, and can be followed on twitter @rmanning957. The Hill bears no responsibility for whether this piece made you smile or not.