October 2nd, 2013
08:29 AM ET

Kids Tell Congress to "Just Get Along"

Responsible for the government shutdown is a dysfunctional Congress, who many argue is bickering like children while American citizens are forced to face the consequences.

But when CNN’s Chris Cuomo asks some children at Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Queens, New York, how they perceive the situation, it turns out they have a good dose of common sense and some advice Congress might want to consider.

Jocelyn Harris says it simply. “You're supposed to share the things that you do, and you're supposed to agree, and compromise when you have different agreements.”

She also doesn’t think it’s fair that members of Congress continue to get paid during a shutdown while federal employees are furloughed.

“No, because if one person gets paid and the other person doesn't, that's not fair to the people that don't get paid!”

If Karl Hodge were President in this situation, he says he would encourage Congress to work together.

“I'll tell them, I'll tell them, just get along because people are going to be losing their jobs.”


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  1. Laura Chapek

    Out of the mouths of babes. Maybe they should learn to share their ideas. I have seen no new ideas this year. Maybe they should get along. There's a novel thought.

    Perhaps they all need a time out and a visit from some positive young people. The bitterness shows. The anger shows and the voting will reflect the public's total dislike for the whole thing. Congress does not deserve to be paid right now. Put the 800,000.00 back to work and keep the whining to a minimum. Congress is acting like children they should get along and pass a simple budget.

    PS. I have had a small business and I have worked for the government and Trevor could stop the whining too! Patting yourself on the back because you wait until money comes into your business to be paid is totally different from going to a job and the management cannot decide a budget or agree on anything so you don't get paid.. Most government employees make between 20,000.00 and 50,000.00 a year. If they are lucky they make the latter. Most make the twenty. I doubt Trevor is making a few hundred a month after taxes.

    Yet he complains like the congress. I imagine he sets his own raises too! This is the problem with a fraction of American people. I see a all for me and non for you thought process that is really selfish. The kids are right. Get along and move it along. Its very simple. Hash out the disagreements later.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
  2. Trevor

    Not a stellar day for CNN. What an absolutely shameful interview with these children. I have never heard such a gross misrepresentation of our republic as the one I heard just now by Chris Cuomo. He should be ashamed of himself for grossly exploiting his position to 9 year olds.

    Chris may need to go back to school and actually learn that our founding fathers set an adversarial form of government on purpose. They did not think we should just all get along. They wanted to pit one branch of government again another and they called it "Checks and Balances". Have you heard that phrase Chris? Our republic was designed to share power so that no one branch could exploit the American people and regardless of what side of this debate you are on there is no doubt that we are being exploited everyday.

    Lastly, yes Congress (and the President and the Supreme Court Justices) are getting paid during the shut down, but to tell these children that Congress is getting paid and "not working" is shameful. All of them are still on the job today. And when you say that hundreds of thousands of workers are working for "free" you failed to mention that once the Government is back up and running they will get back pay. Yes, thats right- they will get paid! They are not working for free. They are doing what hundreds of thousands of small business owners do every week... they don't pay themselves until the money is there.

    Lastly, lose the Shutdown clock. CNN I thought you were better than this.

    October 2, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Good morning, Trevor,
      Thank you for sharing your input regarding this segment, as well as the use of the "shutdown" clock.

      We'll include your comments in our daily report to the producers and CNN's senior management.

      We appreciate all input, positive or negative. You're always welcome to share directly with CNN at http://www.cnn.com/feedback.

      Have a lovely New Day!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      October 2, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply

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