I know I might be a conspiracy theorist, but I think both parties are in this together... It's all a grand scheme to make the American public think the two parties in govt are at odds when it's all just a big show... Are you telling me that these ADULTS can't agree on ###### that KINDERGARTNERS would have no problem agreeing to? Of course not... But if the govt thinks it's in its best interest to NOT get anything done, as a means to keep the American public at odds politically, all the voting in the world isn't going to change this.
Our government can pass whatever legislation it wants.... And it doesn't take bribes, it doesn't take kickbacks... All it takes is the powers the be agreeing that whatever it passes is just enough to keep the American public at odds with each other on party lines, enough so that the majority of us aren't willing to start a revolution, something that is clearly needed, in order to install a government that actually works "for the people" like it says it is supposed to.
The US govt is just putting on a big show for their constituents... We know and they know that no matter what they do at this point, we WILL default on our loans to other countries, and there's nothing we can do to stop the inevitable collapse of the US economy (like, way worse than in 2008). Maybe then, if we can negotiate down our national debt to a level that's actually repayable, we can actually start moving forward as a country. As it is now, our governing members are all just doing the best they can to help themselves before the USD becomes truly worthless.