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Real Americans wonder, ‘Did you forget about us?’

Americans already concerned about their jobs begged Washingtonpoliticians yesterday to stop dithering, cut the budget and resolve adebt crisis they fear could lead to higher interest rates or worse.

Americans already concerned about their jobs begged Washington politicians yesterday to stop dithering, cut the budget and resolve a debt crisis they fear could lead to higher interest rates or worse.



Americans struggling to right themselves after the collapse in real estate values were concerned that a threatened downgrade of top-rated U.S. debt would raise interest rates.



By turns exasperated and scornful, Americans questioned at random were unsure whether Congress and President Barack Obama will avoid a default on the nation’s debt before an imposed Aug. 2 deadline — or what it might mean.



Many blamed the stalemate in Washington in part on political positioning ahead of the 2012 elections. But many of the people who were asked to comment said they felt too uninformed or could not understand the arcane issues involved.



“The adversity is too much,” said Jason Bryan, 40, when asked to comment on the tenor of the debate. “It’s just pulling the American people apart.”

 
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