Was it The Democrats that shut down the government? Is it the Democrats that are holding people hostage? is it the Democrats that are forcing people in government jobs to suffer. Did the Democrats even have the power to shut down the government? Every time our president speaks on the issue of government shut down the Democrats should point out that the Democrats did not shut down the government. Once an hour every hour on every television network and radio station the film clip should be played where our president lays claim to shutting down the government.