Could there be a breakdown in the government shutdown?

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WASHINGTON - The shutdown showdown is now in its eighth day.

When President Obama called a press conference on Tuesday, there was hope for a breakthrough.

However, there appears to be little to no movement from either side.

President Obama said, "Think about it this way, the American people do no get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs. You don't get the chance to call your bank and say 'I'm not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox."

The president says he is willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities but not under the threat of "economic chaos."

Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House, said, "I'm not drawing any lines in the sand. It's time for us to just sit down and resolve our differences."

The federal shutdown may have you feeling angry, disgusted or just plain nervous.

Richard Harwood, an author and public speaker, chronicled the public's dissatisfaction with our elected leaders in his latest book, "The Work of Hope: How Individuals and Organizations Can Authentically Do Good."

Harwood joined our own Linda Cavanaugh to speak about the shutdown via Skype.

For more information on Harwood's book, visit his website.