The point I'm makin' Joe, is that the legislators are talkin' outta their hats ... partisan politics, unsurprisingly, trumps constitutional duty. The legislators play games rather than take care of business.
Apropos of that, Timber, it has been my experience that politicians of both major political parties -- from local council people on up to the White House -- are always interested in doing the best job possible for the common good of the citizenry...
...unless there is a buck to be made by the individual politician or for his/her party.
At that point, a conflict araises which, nearly as I can tell, is ALWAYS decided in favor of taking the bucks and to hell with the common good.
Luckily, there are just enough times when the conflict doesn't arise so that the common good is not ignored 100% of the time.