It is becoming ever more evident there is a big disconnect between government and the people. We see it at the federal, state, and local level, with the worst disconnect at the federal level.
The people are focused on jobs and Washington is focused on everything but jobs, their press releases and sympathetic noises to the contrary. (As the saying goes, Ye shall know them by their deeds.)
In some of the big cities – LA and New York come to mind – they're more focused on what we eat or drink or the types of supermarket bags or food containers we use rather than fighting crime or maintaining sidewalks, roads, and other critical infrastructure. It isn't up to city government to tell us we can't drink Big Gulps or chow down an a saturated fat-laden double cheeseburger with all the trimmings that was originally contained in a styrofoam box carried in a recyclable plastic bag. They have more important things to take care of rather than busting our chops about the perfectly legal decisions we make about our lives.