Dear Madame L,
I didn't vote for my current representative in Congress from my district, but at least I hoped he would keep his promise of working on creating jobs.
But all I see him and all the other Republicans in Congress doing right now is raising taxes on poor people and the middle class while lowering taxes on rich people and corporations, trying to destroy unions, reducing Medicare and Medicaid programs, threatening Social Security, and enjoying the best medical insurance program available in the country while saying they'll destroy Obama's medical insurance program.
Meanwhile, some big corporations don't even pay taxes, and Obama, whom I used to admire, has given the head of General Electric a job in his government (head of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness). I guess I didn't see this item on NBC News because GE owns NBC.
What the heck?
Please Throw Me a Line
Madame L is no politician, nor is she an economist, but she does read her daily newspaper, and she must admit that she's as worried as you are about what's happening in Washington.
Madame L hopes you will read this article by E.J. Dionne Jr. about the budget goals of current far-right politicians. It's an antidote for what you may have been hearing on some TV news channels.
Then, for an antidote to despair you may feel, read this counter-intuitive solution to at least one of these problems, by economist Robert J. Samuelson.
All that Madame L can offer on the political front is that you write to all three of your members of Congress. They'll write back, and even if it appears that they didn't really read your letter or message, because all they send you is a list of reasons for why they're going to keep voting the way they've been voting, the fact is that they're keeping track of the numbers.
Make sure you write a courteous but strong and factual letter.
There are a number of websites where you can track issues and congressional responses.
Madame L knows this is just a start, and she hopes you will take it beyond this, becoming involved in any way you can, to ensure that our country remains (or goes back to being) the bastion of liberty, equality, and justice that she imagines it used to be.