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It's Not Just Congress - the System Has Failed

Sandra Bloom is in a frustrating position, and she feels stuck.

She put faith in people to do some work for her - and they've failed.

Not only did they fail to fulfill promises, they've created a bigger mess than the one they were supposed to fix.

Like many Americans, Bloom hoped the U.S. Congress would improve the country's struggling economy this year. Instead, she watched elected leaders squabble and finger-point while the U.S. credit rating was downgraded and federal debt climbed past $14 trillion.

"I am so angry at Congress for the way it is not doing its job," Bloom wrote in an e-mail to Money Morning. "There is no longer any attempt to do what is best for the country, no attempt to compromise."

Bloom shared her thoughts on what's wrong with Congress in response to a dismal CBS News/New York Times poll in early August that revealed 82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job - the highest disapproval rating since polling began in 1977.

This was on the heels of a USA Today/Gallup Poll in Julythat showed just 7% of Americans believed their representatives in Washington were negotiating in good faith when it came to the debt-ceiling debate.

We asked you, our readers, just what's wrong with Congress - and the overwhelming majority emphatically agreed: Elected representatives are only out for their own interests, not those of the people.

"All they have been doing is playing chicken to see who blinks first, and the American public is the loser," said Bloom. "They would rather one side's ideas be defeated than accomplish any meaningful legislation."

That could mean it's time for a change.

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