The U.S. government is broken, and nobody seems to have a clue how to fix it. That's probably because it's an impossible task, and as a government that is supposedly run by the people, for the people, it's a sad situation indeed.

As America enters into the second week of a total government "shutdown," most citizens have become bitter and more than a bit skeptical that anything will be done in the future to drastically change the debilitating partisanship that has "led" us to this point.

To say the least it's disheartening. To say the most it has the potential to keep this nation in an economic malaise that has stretched on and on for way too many years. And there appears little hope in sight. Perhaps that should be "no" hope.

Every elected official, from the president on down, goes to Washington, D.C. with the promise of fixing a broken system. Each one vows to bring the two political parties together in a spirit of cooperation that can actually get things accomplished and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.

As if. Not only have these professional politicians failed to eliminate the partisan attitude that is destroying the essence of America piece by painful piece, they've actually made things worse. Hard to imagine, but true nonetheless.

Is there a logical solution to straightening out this mess and getting the United States back on the track to prosperity, security and energy independence? Not if we keep conducting the business of running this nation as we are now -- and have been for far too long.

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