Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

People Have Hard Time Getting Deficit Message through to Congress

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

People Have Hard Time Getting Deficit Message through to Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The congressman wanted to make a point.

The point: The American people have difficulty communicating with their representatives on such vital issues as deficit spending. The Congress, he said, simply isn't listening.

And to illustrate, freshman Rep. Patrick Swindall, R-Ga., told this story:

""I am reminded as I complete my ninth consecutive month in Congress of one of the last cases that I had before I took a leave of absence from my law practice to come to this body.

""There was a lady that came to my office who wanted a divorce, but before I talked with her about the divorce I decided that it might be helpful if I found out if she had grounds for divorce.

""So I asked her if she had grounds and she looked at me and said, "Yes, as a matter of fact about an acre and a half.'

""I looked at her and said, "Perhaps I am not communicating well. Let me try again.'

""I then asked her if she had a grudge and she said, no, she did not have a grudge, but she did have a double carport.

""I said, "Let me try this one more time a little bit more to the point. I said, "Does your husband beat you up in the morning?'

""She said, "No. Generally I get up earlier than he does.'

""At that point I recognized I was going to have to try a different tack entirely, and I said, "Ma'am, let me ask you, are you sure you really want a divorce?'

""She said, ""No. Actually I don't want a divorce at all. It's my husband who wants a divorce. He contends that we have difficulty communicating.'''

%E ""The American people think we have gone bonkers because we will not do anything,'' Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole told his colleagues last week. …

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