Our fathers sat back and let the Congress pass the income tax with the excuse to pay the war debt from WWI and like anything once they get it they will never let it go. There was to be no income tax in this country but the people let it happen. In doing so they gave up what our forefathers fought for and started this country for. The people have been sold a bill of goods by the congess and bought it as if it was candy. Both the House and the Senate were to be the peoples representatives and to go to Washington to do what their people wanted them to do. They had an excuse in past days that it was to hard to ask what their constituents wanted so they convince everybody that they would just decide for them. Allthough this is contrary to their jobs as representatives it became the norm. That also made them much more powerful because they had control. They have taken it so far and the people have let them that today they concider themselves to be our leaders not our representatives. They could not have done this had not the people treated them as great and powerful men. Senators have become so pompose that they expect to be treated as kings and think their oppinions are as Gods. This is no way for the people representatives to be concidered or treated for good government especially in a democratic republic like ours. We also let them manipulate our politics to keep themselves in office and to pave their own way and that of friends and doners at our expense. They have gone so far as to control their own pay raises and benefits with us having no say at all anymore. If this just meant they could make decissions for us it wouldn’t be so bad but they decide what we will pay for, support like the unjust wars and foreign aid and the military industrial complex. All this on top of every government program and the people it employes and the infratucture it uses. All of which we no longer have any say over. If you don’t think this is true name one thing the people have been able to change by saying they didn’t approve of it. We no longer have representatives but elected leaders with little control. Yet we support them the two party system and the politics that has done all this to us. If anyone want to argue that all this isn’t true prove it. Our country is in a mess not just with the finacial and housing crisis but nothing is sustainable as it is. Our debt has no way to be paid down and even if the economy picks up it can’t pay it’s way out of all this. This was no accident and was caused by our so called represenatives in the Congress. You can trace every problem we have back to decissions of congress. Either by their actions or inactions they have caused all our problems. Try and name one problem they have solved fixed or even put a bandaid on. We still have every problem that we had forty years ago but have added all the new ones. With the new ones who are we relying to fix our problems are still most of the old ones who caused them. Old people who caused our old problems are the ones we expect to make the right decissions to solve the new ones. Yet not the people or the media or anyone is even asking is asking how dumb is this. We have gotten to the point where we no longer think we can do anything about it so we are at the mercy of what ever happens and what our congress does to us. We are no better than people who live under dictators because we like them do and live under what the dictators say we have to. Yet we brag so much about being a free people and how great we are to others in the world while we let our government does worse than some others to their people to us. Read and listen to the media read the blogs and comments and you will see people are wrapped up in every little thing no matter how trivial people say and do. They have strong feelings and opinions and voice them but about all the wrong things. Those same voices never call to fix the problems with the Congress and the people in it. They no longer call for no taxation without representation or that ther Government works for them. They just wait to see what happens so they can complain about among themselves and to others about what has happened. They should be complaining to those people in Congress so loudly they no longer can do as they want unless it’s good for the people. The only hope for this country is for the people to wake up and demand good Government that takes care of our people our country and our problems first.Uses our Military to protect us defends our borders and ports regulates business so they can’t rip us off or make shambles of the country. Defends us from outrageous interest rates and mortgages. Protects us from being taken advantage of by big money interests and the unscupulous in the markets and financial industries. Our law is suposed to be for us and not only for the wealthy as it now seems. AS long as the American people sit back like whimps and take what is shoved at them all they think they have will be lost.