As political wrangling in Washington rumbles on, some commentators and analysts have likened the behavior of U.S. lawmakers to teenagers, spoiled children and even munchkins.
As Washington moved into its third week of a partial shutdown amid continued disagreement between the Republican and Democratic parties over renewing the federal budget, frustrations are growing by the minute.
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"The reality is that right now Congress is a bunch of spoiled children. Someone really needs to smack them on the head and tell them to go to work and get something done," said Jack Bouroudjian, CEO of Bull and Bear Partners.
Shutdowns are not new to American politics, the government has been shut down 17 times prior to 1997, but the crucial risk overhanging this stalemate is the upcoming debt ceiling deadline in three days' time, when U.S. lawmakers must agree to raise the government's borrowing authority to avoid defaulting on its debt.
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There was evidence of progress on Monday when U.S. senators said they were close to a deal. But even if the government is re-opened in the next few days and a default is avoided, many analysts say the perception of the U.S. government has been tarnished.