A year ago in November we voted in a new Congress. While not "veto proof" there was still a majority in both House and Senate.
A year later, nothing is working. The SCHIP bill, which enjoys wide support across America has been vetoed twice and the Democrats won't even try to over ride the veto. They won't even make Republican Senators stand up and say they are voting against children!
New taxes on oil companies? Not even attempted since it would be vetoed.
If you thought democracy was dead in Irak, just look in the mirror.