How can they do "what the people want them to do" on the myriad economic issues with which they are confronted
a more difficult problem as people generally have no knowledge of economics, and the so called experts dont know enough to be experts (they are more correctly educated guessers) . they should however not be tools for the elite, and they should have some sense of the priorities of the people.
Economics is a topic that is difficult to have any consensus, because it's an art. That's the reason why so-called expert Economists disagree about any one topic.
Conservatives believe lowering taxes for the rich will trickle down to the middle class, because they assume that rich people create jobs. They don't.
Liberals believe it's okay to tax everybody "equally" to benefit the citizens of this country, but they really don't know how to spend money efficiently enough to benefit all Americans.
Between the two, I'm sort of in the middle. I believe in self-sufficiency, small government intrusion into private lives, and providing equal opportunity for all - with our education, infrastructure, universal health care, and limited self defense of our country.
Both parties refuse to compromise on how to fix social security, Medicare, and ObamaCare. There are many simple solutions if they attack the problem now rather than waiting until it becomes a crisis - like the fiscal cliff.
Since our government is "broken," I don't expect much cooperation in doing anything productive for this country.