thank you Natalie for your links. I do agree that the power congress has is set up just perfect. the problem is that that power has been redefined by the way we run our government today. those who get involved in legislation and run for office are truly there to make a difference in government and to be the representative of their district or state. these are people who were, as previously stated, voted in directly by the people and for the people. we have just fallen away from the grass roots of government and landed in politics where its almost impossible to come to an agreement because we leave too much in the hand of the executive branch.