Debt Crisis Frightening Enough That People Are Actually Taking the Phrase ‘Call Your Congressman’ Seriously

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Is this the party to whom I am speaking?
Is this the party to whom I am speaking? Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Capital switchboards that direct to House offices were overwhelmed this morning. People might hate talking on the phone these days, and perhaps only take to it once the Internet option goes down, but apparently the threat of utter financial disaster makes the dial worth it. Long-suffering mothers across America — whose children never pick up the phone even though it's so easy and would mean so much — are considering what the bullet-point takeaways might be here. [NYT]