I don't know when I've been so dispirited. Our government appears to be as corrupt as the worst of any third world country. Evidence: Example One and Example Two.
Not even the death of Oral Roberts can cheer me up - that's pretty bad.
As the cynic I've devolved into, the perfectly obvious answer to this question is that our government is totally owned by the corporate interests that finance it. Period.
I don't know how we fix this, I really don't.
UPDATE: At times like this, you just have to get rude.