One thing the people who represent us in Washington from both political parties seem to have in common is what they always say about their desire to help out low and middle income Americans. But whether it’s the result of government policies, congressional inaction, or a combination of the 2, it doesn’t seem that that whole helping out America’s low and moderate income wage earners is working out so well this year. The combination of skyrocketing gasoline prices, the highest we’ve seen in 9 years, and dramatic increases in the costs of groceries and other items that are in increasingly short supply is hitting hardest the people who can afford it least. Recent debate on capital hill about infrastructure and social spending programs has included a lot of talk about raising taxes only on the wealthiest Americans, but rising costs for goods and services that it seems aren’t being accurately reflected in inflation numbers from the federal government, are making it harder for many folks to make ends meat. Unfortunately there’s no sign that I am aware of that that’s a trend that will end any time soon. That’s the way I see it….