I am somewhat bemused by the alleged anger of the American people, as reported in the media, over the recent events in Congress with respect to the debt ceiling and federal budget. Our representatives are being blamed for their behavior, but I think we are missing the point.

If we are to be angry, it should be at ourselves. We chose them. We elected them. Why wouldn't they act the way they do? I do not accept the argument that we did not elect them to perform as they have. In the last election, the voters in Maryland's 1st Congressional District had the opportunity to re-elect a middle of the road congressman but chose instead a very conservative candidate. Remember, be careful what you wish for.

William Ermatinger, Parkton