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    Posted December 29, 2012 by
    Orlando, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The fiscal cliff: Messages to Washington

    It's Time to Overcome Partisanship


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Shannen Bazzi is studying international affairs at the George Washington University. 'I chose to do that with the intention of someday working with the government,' she said. 'However, the way Congress has been acting has almost turned me off from that field of work. Congress is not only jeopardizing our economy, it's also jeopardizing faith in our government in general.'
    - Michelle Cohan, CNN iReport producer

    I am 18 years old, and I am from Orlando, Florida. I go to college in DC at The George Washington University. For the past few years, I have been following our government, and I have seen Congress deteriorate. It is too clouded by polarization, partisanship, and gridlock to actually get anything done. Congress is supposed to run our country, but instead all the lawmakers are too focused on getting re-elected and pleasing their parties. It's time to change that, because if we don't, then this country is no longer going to be able to function. The fiscal cliff shows that our lawmakers would rather hold to their parties then save America from a recession. How have we ended up like this?

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