On October 1st 2013 our federal government was shut down for the first time in 17 years. Who is to blame? looking at why the Senate refused pass the proposed budget yields no answers, as the proposed budget is very reasonable and agreeable. There must be hidden motives by the Senate Democrats. Political terrorism comes to mind, it sounds like the Senate Democrats have shut down the government as a way to start a war with the Republicans. The Democrats blame the shut down on the Republicans even though it is the Democrats who have refused to pass a budget and caused this shut down.