I AM just an average 28-year-old American. I am writing to you to offer a little insight into why the United States just went through its government shutdown debacle and risked a debt default.
Here in the US, a new political faction calls itself the Tea Party – a bizarre group that believes we should fetishise the word "freedom" and that any form of taxation is sordid and evil.
It is the tedious refrain of many American to blame the "boys in Washington", rather than Tea Party lunatics, like Senator Ted Cruz, whenever there's trouble.
New Haven Connecticut, USA