It was about the Republicans tying to force Democrats to defund ObamaCare, the partial funding offers were just a way to turn phrase it as a negotiation rather than a hostage taking.
The constitution gives the power of the purse to the House of Representatives. It's the House's prerogative to determine what gets funded and what does not. The shutdown occurred because Senate Democrats wanted to obstruct the House's Constitutionally provided power.
Either you turn them away to die (unconscionable). Cover them with some kind of public healthcare (Tea Party should hate that). Do what they were doing previously, which is to have them covered only by the people paying insurance (Tea Party should have that more). Or have a mandate.
I can't help buy be amused when someone who has expressed nothing but antipathy towards to the Tea Party has some idea of what they "should" think.
What solution do you have for this problem that is consistent with the Tea Party principals?
I reject the premise that it's the government's role to solve all problems.
So I played a bit loose with the terminology but default could eventually lead to actual default if receipts plummet or have an unexpected shortfall and there's insufficient capital to pay the debt.
Technically possible but that wasn't going to happen. The US Government takes in nearly 20 times the amount of money it needs to service the debt.
But exercise is very limited when you're a representative of the government, prayer to open council meetings is a definite problem as are religious displays in schools and on government property.
Only in their official capacity as a government representative. But notice that at the beginning of ever session of the Supreme Court, the phrase "God save the United States and this Honorable Court!" is uttered. Does THAT violate the Separation of Church and State?
Ok. Show me the fraud. Show me the cases of illegal aliens or fraudsters casting votes in any significant numbers in any election.
That's the sticky wicket, isn't it? You would be the arbiter of "significant". I'll decline to play that game.