That the United States is now ruled by an organized criminal enterprise, I find, is becoming more and more the position I find myself taking when talking about the government. Though the examples are better highlighted in this administration than in others, I believe previous congresses and administrations have been just as corrupt.
Starting with the obvious examples of extortion and bribery which occurred during the fight to pass the health care bill (specifically what occurred with Louisiana and Nevada) to the many ties between legislators and lobbyists, both with monies given to parties and individual campaign coffers, to the emerging inside trading corruption, to the ties incestuous ties between the government and Wall Street and so on and so on.
I googled 'congressmen corruption' and came up with a link to wikpedia. I understand that maybe there are many other sources which may have more credibility, however, wikpedia did have a list, administration by administration, of documented convictions of members of congress and other government officials as well as instances of obvious corruption by other government officials as well as behaviour which would be considered illegal if committed by anyone else in this country who don't have the immunity so many of our elected officials have protected themselves with.
I don't have any answers regarding how to clean out the cesspit known as congress given that it's those in power who have the power to make the rules and it's precisely those who are the ones who preserve the corruption they engage in. One could say that it's the power of the people through the vote that could make changes. That may be true theoretically, but given the combination of the brainwashing that goes on in our educational systems by liberals and progressives, and the ideological idiots which make up so much of our voting public as well as the massive amounts of monies pumped into government by the various industrial sectors ( the banking industry as a bloc, the communications industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and so on) I don't see any changes coming soon.
From now on, when talking about the senate and house in conversation with people, I believe I will start referring to them as "Cosa Congress".