Congress the polite name, political contributions, is an insult to the intelligence of the American people−or, recognizing he level of intelligence of most of them! What other reason would lobbyists and corporate interests have to give millions of dollars to members of Congress every time they seek to pass legislation−or block legislation−that would either enrich the briber, or incur an expense. If the bribes were not that, to bribe, why couldn't the corporations interested in passing or blocking legislation be limited to what the public is financially limited to: presenting arguments for or against the legislation. To give tens of thousands, or millions, to one or more members of Congress when a particular measure is being considered, is in the real world, bribes! The only purpose of giving millions of dollars to members of Congress is to bribe them into using their congressional positi9on for the benefit of the briber. Members of the public, unable to pay bribes, are limited to presenting arguments for or against a measure. Their interests in most cases, under the bribe practices in Congress, are strictly secondary to the financial interests of the corporate bribers. There is no limit to the list of corporate interests whose bribes to members of Congress have adversely affected the American public: Millions in bribes to members of Congress resulted in such public harm as in the following examples: Bribes by the credit card industry continues to subject the public to loan-shark practices, showing congressional contempt for the non-bribing public and favoritism for the bribe-making financial corporation. Public outrage in 2009 forced members of Congress to make minor changes, but allowing usurious interest rates to continue, along with some other harmful effects. Bribes from the health industry continues to inflict huge costs upon the American public. For instance, where the government requires pharmaceutical providers to bid on contracts for certain medications used by the Veterans Administration, the American public pays far more money for the same prescription due to the Congress removing the need for bidding when it applies to the American consumers. Pharmaceutical companies make billions in extra profits, making the millions of dollars of bribes to members of Congress a fabulous investment. Bribes from the savings and loan industry to such members of Congress and the "Keating Five," including Senator John McCain, to remove legislation that prevented the savings and loans from speculating with depositors money cost the American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars from the resulting frauds. Bribes received by members of Congress resulted in legislation, and pressure upon government regulators, that brought upon the United States the worst housing debacle since the 1930's financial depression. Bribes received by members of Congress resulted in numerous removal of protective legislation, and enacting of others, that knowingly would lead to the great financial debacle in the nation's history, and inflicting upon the American public harm beyond description, harm that will continue for decades.