I applaud Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz for standing up and following through on the principals for which they were elected. As for the government shutdown, I don't know how anyone can blame the Republicans. The House drafted bills to keep the government open but it was the president and Harry Reid who would not take action. To them it was all or none. So really, who is to blame? Certainly not the House of Representatives who tried to compromise.
On the other hand, when prices are so high that you cannot afford your natural gas, propane, or electric heaters don't come running to my house to keep warm in front of my wood burning stove!