The website Daily Kos had the perfect explanation for the whole government shutdown business:
Can I burn down your house?
Just the 2nd floor?
Let's talk about what I can burn down.
YOU AREN'T COMPROMISING!
They continue with another apropos example:
John Boehner and Ted Cruz are acting like the henchmen they are for the Mob Bosses:"Shall we just break your fingers? Or would you prefer your toes? Or your legs? Come on, we gotta break something to make the Koch/Exxon cartel happy. We just need a compromise here. Don't you see how fair we are being in giving you a choice?