A high school view of Washington's gridlock

As a senior in high school, it is very disappointing to see how our leaders in Washington are not doing their jobs ("Congress: Do your job," Oct. 3).

In school, the value of working together is taught, and my family has stressed cooperation to get problems addressed. But in Washington they appear to feel that the more they act like spoiled brats the better they are doing their job.

I have a 4-year-old sister, and even she does not have temper tantrums like the politicians in Washington do. They appear to feel that if they cannot have it their way they will ruin things for everyone.

School officials are always talking about bullying and how to prevent it, But Congress appears to feel that bullying is the way to get what they want.

I am only 17 and have never voted, but from what I can see there is a small group of tea party Republicans who didn't get what they wanted when Obamacare was passed so now they are trying to sabotage the law by stripping away its funding. But if they have a problem with the law, they need to address it the right way, not put 800,000 federal employees out of work.

This will hurt the economy and many families. It comes across as if Republicans don't care, since they are still getting paid and have health care paid for by the public — a public that includes people who are not getting paid themselves because of the deadlock in Congress.

I understand why so many of my peers are disenchanted with the political system. Until the parties are able to work together and understand that the temporary jobs they have are supposed to help all Americans, I don't see much hope, not just for the budget but for all the problems our country faces.

Ben Jones, Timonium

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