Whatever is your particular concern, no changes are possible because our system was built by the same people who are still profiting by it today.
Let's use global warming as an example. There has never been a greater threat to our species and planet than global warming. Fortunately, we know what we need to do to address this crisis. But sadly, this will never happen while nearly all of Congress has some level of interest in the success of energy companies.
Take for example Senator Joe Manchin (Democrat). Manchin chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. It is the top position in ensuring we pursue more climate-friendly policies - and he is adamantly against addressing the effects of global warming. Why? Do you think that it has anything to do with the fact that he owns a coal company, Enersystems, and last year alone, he was paid $491,949? Or that he receives the most funding of any senator from the oil and gas industry?
He's not alone. All members of Congress are allowed to use inside information gained from doing their job for their personal benefit. Even as chairman of his committee, Manchin can trade stocks based on the decisions that his committee makes and how he votes. But he’s not the only legislator who is guilty of insider trading and bribery. The majority of Congress engages in practices to make money for themselves, while jeopardizing the future of our children and nation. Worst of all, this is all legal.