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posted 5/13/2010 12:31:09 PM |
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  sugarnspice005

I was watching the news this morning, and this phrase caught my attention. Seems some Americans are fed up with the "business as usual" in D.C. I, for one, am one of those. I've been known to say to stop voting for incumbents. Why? Well, if someone wants to look it up...how many of those incumbents are "bought off" by corporations, unions, lawyers, medical community, ...oh, wait, why don't I just shorten that list to PAC's. (Political Action Committees). Here's a link that gives highlights:

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I have nothing against funding campaigns, or supporting ones candidate of choice. What I have a thing against is politicians who are "bought". That have forgotten they are supposed to represent ALL, and that means the little guy also. Will "new blood" improve things? I really wish I could say yes or no..but I can't. I'm not a political scientist..I'm an American out here fed up with the political posturing I see, the non stop bickering, name calling, and all out childishness I see of the incumbents out there. Maybe it isn't the fault of PAC's, maybe it's a case of these incumbents getting to a point where they just don't care what voters think anymore because they are so sure they will be re elected, so they go ahead and just pass legislation the voters don't want. Why? Because, they are that confident they will be re elected anyway. And this is on all parties, not just one or the other. Although, looking at the stats on the link provided....seems one party is more "bought" than the other.

I don't know..I guess what I'm trying to say is our elected officials need reminding that they are supposed to work for all of us, not just those who lined their campaign coffers.

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Ewe_Wish

May 13 @ 12:49PM  
All politicians are bought in some form or another..........and its not just the incumbents that get "payoffs" by campaign contributions........some of the problem lies in the fact that you may have a honest person who really wants to make changes that will be the good for all people but by the time they get to the point they can try and make those changes they have been around all the others that are taking the payoffs and they think that is the only way they will get re-elected to continue trying for the reform that they originally were after..........so to them its "OK" to take that money and once they take it..........they become some corporate puppet too........cause everything has a price..........sadly that includes our politicians..........JMO
Wordsofwit

May 13 @ 12:55PM  
It has been this way for like, forever. Everything is what it is until proven otherwise. On one hand, I agree with you. On the other, significant campaign reform hasn't happened in the past and I don't foresee it happening in the future, so it is kind of like pissing in the wind.

Historically, during tough economic times, regardless of what party is in power, there is a strong backlash against incumbents. We saw it in 2008 against the republicans, We have already been seeing it this year, notably with Ted Kennedy's seat going to a republican. That is because things have not improved economically with enough significance to satisfy the electorate.

The bottom line is, regardless of political affiliation, if you don't get the job done, you're fired.
StraddleMyNose

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May 13 @ 2:58PM  
It is usually like this every two years, but this year it seems to be more anti dem and liberals, alog with rhino Republicans. Seems like conservatism is growing more and more....
theSkwirl

May 13 @ 6:27PM  
The only way that political change is going to happen is if the American people take a stand and write in someone who is not on the registered list. All Politicians are crooked. how about writing in your neighbor who has a clue.. or the guy at the mini mart who talks good sense?
Wordsofwit

May 13 @ 6:39PM  
how about writing in your neighbor who has a clue.. or the guy at the mini mart who talks good sense?

None of mine appear to have any.

It is usually like this every two years, but this year it seems to be more anti dem

I agree. If people are not happy with their lives, incumbents are held responsible.
onehornytoad69

May 13 @ 9:50PM  
I have nothing against funding campaigns, or supporting ones candidate of choice. What I have a thing against is politicians who are "bought"
AMEN!!! That's why I don't ever bother with "Poly Ticks"!!! (No typo!)
We Let this shit go on and On!!! Its Our Bad!!!
We are the blame!!! (This has been going on for years and Years!! Not just Now!!!) My 2 cents!
ShadowMale

May 13 @ 11:44PM  
The only way that political change is going to happen is if the American people take a stand and write in someone who is not on the registered list. All Politicians are crooked. how about writing in your neighbor who has a clue.. or the guy at the mini mart who talks good sense?

I have said many times that this voting for a "party" is pure BS. These people are not a repersentation of what we the people want. Instead, it is quite obvious that if the people already in office nominate these canidates, they feel they will serve THEIR purpose, not ours. It stands to reason that voting for someone a polititian wants you to will only lead to further corruption of the system.

George Washingtons point of view:

To his disappointment, two parties were developing by the end of his first term. Wearied of politics, feeling old, he retired at the end of his second. In his Farewell Address, he urged his countrymen to forswear excessive party spirit and geographical distinctions. In foreign affairs, he warned against long-term alliances

History from the Whitehouse.

It is known that most of the first few Presidents of the US were opposed to having a two party system in which control could be passed from one side or another. Afterall, our country was founded due to one controlling faction (the British Empire) having a death grip on us. "Why would anyone want to trade 1 tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants 1 mile away?" - The Patriot.

I urge people to read deeply into our countries history, as you will find that our federal government is running almost completely unconstitutionally. The Constitution clearly states that any powers not given to the federal government belong to the people and the states. Pretty straight forward. Now take a look at the Constitution, and tell me how many of these governement agencies were legally created. I'll wait.

Plain and simple, to many lose sight that the US is a repulic of sovereign states. This means that outside of what little power the Constitution gives the federal government, it is the states' job to decide what is in our best interest. And in turn, it is the peoples right that those elected repersent the people, and in no way does telling us who to vote for by pre-selecting a canidate resemble the principles and constructs of which this nation was founded on.

And that is my $5 worth. I'm out of quarters now...
straightup_9

May 14 @ 12:27PM  
Welcome to my world... ...I have advocated the anti-incumbant vote for the last 30 years...Had it taken hold and rooted out the apathy of the average voter, we wouldn't have the problems we have now....

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