Next election, I don't care if they are Republican or Democrat.
I will not vote for a single incumbent.
Senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat from Nebraska, has decided to support the Health Care Reform bill, becoming the 60th vote that is needed to pass the thing. In order to get his support, he got limit the availability of abortions in insurance sold in newly created exchanges, as well as tens of million in federal Medicaid funds for his home state. In short, the health bill will create a new futures exchange market (remember Death Futures from the late 80's? Here they come again) and means his constituents will not feel the cuts others will (the draft already has a provision sticking Illinois with paying for Nevada's stuff because the state is hurting from the loss of business, and I recall three other states getting shafted the same way). Way to stick to your principals, and apparently the biggest is, "Money talks." "I know this is hard for some of my colleagues to accept and I appreciate their right to disagree, but I would not have voted for this bill without these provisions."
The Founding Fathers thought they were creating a democracy, but in actuality, they created a republic. The elected leaders do not heed the voice of their constituents. Obama himself, instead of addressing concerns of people like myself about government intrusion, continues to railroad things through. He ignores Freedom Of Information requests, especially about ACTA, appoints Content Mafia-connected people to the AG spots, won't tell the DoJ to make M$ comply with its settlement terms, bailed out big companies like banks and car companies while letting the little guys die (they were too big to let fail, and you were too small to let survive), is pushing green policies despite incontrovertible evidence that the data is faked, and now is pushing health care reform guaranteed to tax Americans into the poor house while all the politicians continue to live high on the hog with the kickbacks and graft. He is the worst President ever, even worse that Shrub with his Patriot Act bullshit.
And a special "fuck you" to the Republicans. Realizing John McCain's proposals meant their pork barrel projects would get shut down, they left Obama unchallenged since he was going to extend government spending, meaning more cash for them. Instead of standing up to bad ideas from the opposition party like they say they do, they threw their reform-minded candidate under the bus. Now, they're opposing the spending in health care reform. Too late to convince me you have principals now, you already took your paycheck.
Admittedly, it's not over. The Senate bill is just a proposal, now they have to merge the one the House passed with the one the Senate passed and send it to the President to sign. Concerns about the elderly and abortion and that can still derail it.
But I don't care.
I hate them all.
They do not represent me.
I don't want them representing my country.
I want them out. And I want their pensions revoked, too. You get that for serving your country. They are not.
Hell, I'd have them impeached if I had my way.