Pundits say a shutdown would be a disaster for Republicans and the White House.
Like shutdowns in the past, its almost guaranteed the GOP will get the blame if the Congress can't reach a deal.
So, with the deadline looming, the GOP seems to be budging. Donald Trump has reportedly backed down firm his demand that a deal to keep the government open include money for the boarder wall.
But on Tuesday's show, Tom wondered why the GOP was so worried. He doubts the American people will 'care' or even notice if there's a shutdown.
Also, if President Trump and the Republicans in Congress ran on promising to shrink the government, maybe a shutdown would let both them and American people know which government jobs are truly essential and which ones can be cut!
LISTEN ABOVE to hear Tom explain why he says: Shut er' down!