Please school me on shutdown/spending
As most of you know I'm one of the more conservative memebers of this board. That being said, every now and then my fellow conservatives embarrass me by making wild, unsubstatiated accusations. Because civics class was soooooo many years ago and I really didn't pay much attention anyway, I need help understanding where some of these seemingly boneheaded spending/shutdown decisions are really being made.
The accusations are that the Prez is single handedly shutting down functions (No need to make the laundry list of these functions, they've been well documented.) for the sole purpose of inflicting maximum pain on the general public, blaming the Republicans in Congress and thus, attempting to win the hearts and minds of said public. Can he do that? Does one man have that kind of power? And if it's not him, who's making these rediculous decisions?