<!-- message --> When I follow the news and listen to the elected officials they always talk about the hard work of 'making deals' to get legislation passed. Instead of making deals why don't they just say bribery, corruption, lining my pockets, feathering my nest,stealing from the tax payer, or something a little more accurate? Let me make up an example. Lets say the powers to be want to pass a giant spending bill on something I don't support and was elected on not supporting. Maybe a new drive through abortion center or something else larger and worse. The Rahm Emanuels of the process come to my office to bribe me for my critical vote. I tell them I want the Hess International Airport (out here in the boonies and of no value) and I want high paying do nothing jobs for my wife and girls. We then shake hands, I vote for his bill, and everybody gets what they want. Too bad for the tax payers who get raped along the way and the fact that after all the conservative talk and baby kissing I sold out. Personally I like the things Ron Paul and Sarah Palin have to say, but why are they still Republicans? If they really are who they say they would know that no appreciable change will ever come from within the two corrupted cancerous parties. Are they really a breath of fresh air or just a distraction? How many times have you folks voted someone into office only to be disappointed when they fell into line just as the party bosses told them? That is how business is done. I have a lot of respect for the opinions of many folks on this forum and would like to know what you all think. I feel like I am constantly being betrayed in Washington, many times by the politicians that seem to agree with me but won't grow a pair. They talk the talk, and it ends there. God bless you all.