December 20, 2012

Regarding the Dec. 16 Metro article “A retrenched family, on the edge of ‘cliff’ ”:

While reading about President Obama’s visit to the home of a Virginia family struggling in today’s economy, I decided that it would be valuable if representatives, senators and others who make policy did something similar.

If legislators visited constituents in their homes for an entire day before each congressional session, the memories might be vivid when they later deliberate and vote. And they should not choose the families they visit; someone else should.

Such visits are needed because there is a blindness in this country that has not been given a name.

It is the inability of policymakers to imagine, comprehend or relate to people in a different social class or in different circumstances from their own. When policymakers experience this condition, they have on blinders to many of their constituents.

Gloria B. Buckberg, Washington

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