layman 1 year, 4 months ago on ‘Fiscal cliff’ could affect Mo. economy, budget

The reason the elected politicians become worthless is because of the "system" in the congress and the senate. If you do not toe the line, you are an outcast. You don't get to do anything significant. So the only way the voters can take back the government is by voting out all incumbents (irrespective of the party or how good they are). When we have a completely fresh batch of politicians who were given the mandate by the voters, and who are not tied down by the archaic rules and regulations (eg. seniority), we will get our wishes carried out. Food for thought.