We the people of the United States work hard and vote to send representatives to Washington to represent our values. 

As seen with the partial government shutdown, pride + ego = gridlock. 

When the Democratic senators refused the president's request to come to a luncheon to work on the problem, it shows how gridlock has taken over and how these senators don't even consider their constituents at home. 

What if the rules were changed?

For example: Mrs. Pelosi would be compelled to meet with the president each morning at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., she would report to the full House, both parties, and state any progress. At 6 p.m., the Democratic caucus would meet and discuss any new ideas for the next morning. 

After five days, the Democratic caucus could, by majority vote, consider replacing the current negotiator with a new one. 

Maybe gridlock would start to diminish in Washington and senators and our representatives would start talking to each other. 

Don Hoffmann, Bakersfield