This video tells a lot.
Basically, Obama opted not to pass a budget for the 2011 fiscal year when BOTH houses were democratic, and he easily could have done so. In the two years before, he DOUBLED the national debt, that has taken over 200 years to acquire.
And now that Republicans pass a bill in the house to cut spending (by however much the exact amount is, but you think he'd be in favor of attempting to cut as much as possible), he states that he refuses to pass it?
Has he been planning this all along? I'm not saying the president wants the US government to shut down, but it's just something to think about.