When Clinton was in power, he refused to sign a spending bill until the budget was balanced. Now, we've been through several rounds of threats of government shutdown because Congress has had difficulty deciding upon how much more to expand the budget every few months.
In US media, the Clinton shutdown seems to be considered a Good Thing. The media seems to consider the current threats of shutdown to be horrible, evil things. What's so different about the Clinton shutdown and the modern ones, making the modern ones bad in ways that weren't bad in the Clinton shutdowns? Is it just a difference in who's in power and who the media wants to support? Or is there something truly, inherently different in the way the shutdowns are implemented (or some such) making the problems that would arise, now, completely different from how they arose, then? If there are different problems, why wouldn't the modern issues have existed, historically?