Republicans have been responsible for just about every bad thing to happen in America in the last 25 years. With both Bush's creating wars and wasting money its hard to think of anything positive. The latest government shutdown is no different. The Republicans realized they are losing power and instead of trying to improve peoples lives they drug their feet and caused this government shutdown. I am not suprised.
The Republican party did not want to let Obamacare pass. They do not want business owners and corporations to lose money. Stock holders were also their concern. They tried to use the shutdown as a bargaining chip with the president to get what they wanted. They also tried many times in the House to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.