A lot of us wonder today why Congress is FUBARed. The answer is simple. One house of the US Congress no longer functions the way it was designed by the Founder and Framers: the US Senate. According to Article 1 Section 3, Clause 1: Originally, US Senators were not elected by the people. They were appointed by the state legislatures. The House of Representatives were elected by the people to represent the interests of the people. The Senate was appointed by the state legislatures to represent the inerests of the states. That kept senators out of the political process. That was changed 1910 by the progressives when they changed that with the 17th Amendment: Now the Senate is subject to the same potitical processes as the House and nothing more that a higher form of the House of Representatives. Hilarity ensues!