This has be going on with accelerating speed since the Reagan years. Our government has been put out for sale by careerist Republican politicians and many of their comrades on the Democratic side. There is no place for the people in this and I am sometimes amused at how people talk about writing your congressperson about something. The vast majority don't care but when they start getting massive mailings, phone calls and emails I would think they would start to get frightened. Now they own the thing - our government - lock, stock and barrel. The American electorate needs to put them out to pasture but how many americans vote over and over for these same crooks? If people really, really understood what has gone on I would think they would be repulsed but the republicans have basically controlled all of the messages. While they are mostly interested in the interests of their wealthy friends and could care less about social issues - they use social issues like abortion, gay rights, capital punishment, religion as a tool to manipulate many ignorant folks in the masses. And I'm sure the republicans will deliver but we all know that is not their real agenda. It is all about pigging out a taxpayer expense.