Congress has not been doing their job for a long time and that has never been in question. With the exception of things like actions taken after 9/11 and the budgetary surplus handed down in 2001 we have as a nation not always looked at the profession of being a politician favorably. The reasons for this have most often emanated from Washington. It's only gotten worse over time and truthfully we have kept our hopes up high, but have been increasingly disappointed. Our current system has just not lived up to its promise with regards to two big parties being able to handle the needs and wants of a diverse society.