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...if it contains votes that are embarrassing to the man or woman who cast the vote. In the election now at hand, no major news media outlet is pointing out the huge variance in what Obama is now saying, as opposed to how he has voted and what he has said in the recent past. So it's ludicrous to condemn anyone as "being negative" when they mention their opponent's voting record. It's a valid tool to inform the electorate, and right now far too large a percentage of that electorate is horribly uninformed.
same as they do to our educators!!! After all, who but our 'leaders' get to vote for their own pay raises! Maybe when these politicians actually have to worry about health care costs (paid for by the taxpayers), retirement (paid for by the taxpayers - they get their salaries for the rest of their lives - even after one term - and they don't pay into Social Security), junketts, and the other priveleges that they've lavishly bestowed upon themselves - I'll actually believe that they 'feel our pain'. I want to know their voting record - and it's my right as well as my obligation to be an informed voter! You certainly can't trust the words that come out of their mouths - so let their actions speak!!! I had a professor tell me something 20 years ago that seemed pretty radical at the time - but is starting to make more and more sense. Make duty to the legislative branch the same as Jury Duty...you get a per diem...you do your session, and then you go home....if you want to exercise your right to vote, then understand that you may be called some day to actually help make the laws!!! It know it's not practical - but it sure would eliminate the PACS and the cronyism that is bankrupting this country today!