In light of Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight 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 Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate 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.