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Life in the hinterland. Meanwhile, DC politicians can’t see beyond the Beltway.

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Instead of watching or reading about politics, I’ve spent my time looking for a job. It’s not that I’m not interested in politics, it’s just that nothing has changed.

I hoped–really hoped–that once Obama was elected, he would be able to change the dynamics that has existed in DC over the last 15 years. However, that has not proven to be the case. Democrats continue to push spending policies that are ruinous to the budget. Republicans just say no to everything because all they really want is to dominate Washington again.

Meanwhile, the rest of us out here in the hinterland wonder how we’re going to survive, pay our bills, feed our kids, and keep a roof over our heads. While DC politicians are playing one-up-manship, ordinary people are wondering what is going on…and how they will keep their lives together.

Today, I met a hairdresser who has a thriving business, but her life has been turned upside down. The building housing her shop is in foreclosure. The person owning the building hasn’t made a payment in six months. The bank is due to take over the building and put it up for auction any time now. Her lease will come to an end, and all the work and money she’s put in to her shop will be for nought. She said she knows she’s going to have to move and rebuild her place of business. The cost will be thousands.

She works from eight in the morning until six at night, Monday through Friday. All alone. She has a good clientele, but having to move will be an enormous financial burden for her business. She hired an attorney to see what her options are, but as she said today, there really are no options for her. She’s going to have to start all over again. As she told me her story, her eyes expressed her fear and sorrow, even while she tried to sound hopeful.

This is a woman who has done everything right. She built her business on her own. Worked hard to create her business. Now she has to spend thousands to recreate her business. Is this what the “American Dream” is all about?

So, as Washington politicians play partisan games and hype themselves in the media, people like this hardworking hairdresser are being financially ruined. Alice’s Wonderland is alive and well in DC.

Don’t we deserve better?

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