Dear Madame L,
I voted in 2010 for a fiscally and socially conservative Republican to represent me in Congress. This person said she would restore the U.S. economy, protect the middle class, and work for job creation.
None of that has happened, and now the whole Congress seems to be fighting with the President over raising the debt limit.
Why don't they get it: We want jobs, we need jobs. I need a job. Go ahead and raise the debt limit. You've done it 10 times in the last 10 years. Why can't you just do it and get it done, and get to work on jobs?
I need help
You're not alone in this. Thursday's Quinnipiac poll found that 66% of all Americans want tax hikes on wealthy individuals and corporations to be included in whatever final deal is made on the debt ceiling.
Also, 54% of those polled said they blame former President George W. Bush for the economic problems we're having now, while 27% blame President Obama.
But Madame L digresses. Even more than all that, Americans want Congress to focus on job creation. Enough bills trying to deprive women of the right to control their own bodies, enough bills telling the armed services how to treat gay troops, enough bills trying to bring back the incandescent light bulb (Really? Really!), enough arguing over things that simply don't matter.
Madame L joins you in your feeling of almost-despair that the people in Washington even have a clue about how to govern.
And Madame L joins Aunt Louise in encouraging you to call the office of your Senators and Representatives in D.C.
Call 1-202-225-3121 and leave a message. Let them know how you feel and what you need.
We can complain to each other all we want, but we must tell our elected representatives how we feel. Encourage them to do the job they were elected to do.