A few thoughts now that Congress is back in session:
The skills and capabilities needed to be an effective elected official have nothing in common with the skills needed to get elected.
During the campaign, voters are attracted to a combination rock star and rich uncle,
But a good public servant is closer to a Benedictine Monk (complete with vow of poverty) who is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Our servicemen and women gain our respect because they are willing to die for our nation;
Our politicians, on the other hand, earn our disdain because they are prepared to sell out the rest of the nation to benefit their own congressional district.
*and you put them there.