@Denise, I agree. Congress is completely clueless about the “average american”. Pretty soon average will mean living at the poverty level. These people do not care about people who struggle every day and have no identification with them. They only care about their next election and the perks and money they can amass while in office. That is why they cannot get the work done that they were elected to do. Their sense of entitlement is pretty offensive in this time of high unemployment, foreclosures and the like. They were not elected for life but they act as if they own their seats. People in Congress have connections and perks the rest of us can only imagine. They take them for granted and as their due. The middle class is under major assault in this country and Congress does not seem to care. Term limits are clearly required.