Why do we no longer hold people accountable?

I pay a little more attention than I should to the happenings of the national government. Why? Because I’m an idiot, and probably suffer from masochistic tendencies.

People have, according to almost every poll out there, said “Uh… no thanks,” to the health care overhaul as it stands now. Our Congress wants to use tactics that undermine standard voting procedure. Clearly, someone isn’t listening to the folks to put them in power in the first place.

I have to talk about health care almost every day. And it hurts. It really does. Why, though, do these people think that their agenda is more important than what the people want? And why are we not holding them accountable when they screw up?

We are a nation that is $12 trillion in debt, and our beloved leaders want to pass a bill that would spend almost another trillion.

And our representatives from Louisiana? How does Mary Landrieu say that she is fighting for the people of Louisiana when they speak out pretty loudly against this bill?

How does Senator David Vitter run on a platform based on family values get himself wrapped up in the D.C. Madam scandal and stay in the lead of most polls for his 2010 re-election campaign?

How do Governor Bobby Jindal and Representative John Fleming preach against the stimulus money, saying it’s a mistake, but still get some quality photo time with constituents while handing out big checks from that money?

We could go into more Louisiana politicians who need to be held accountable, but I don’t have the space on this page to cover them all.

Accountability. It’s a responsibility these people have to us. They asked for our support in order to get elected. And they repay us with misrepresentation, lying and scandalous actions. It’s a nationwide problem.

We, as constituents, have attention spans that are just short of a gerbil’s. We constantly forget that these people have done little for us once they get into office. They become the playthings of the big businesses who may or many not have the rest of our best interests at heart.

I’ve only been able to vote for a few years, but I’m already tired of it. And, I know the younger generation isn’t expected to vote, but I tried my very best to do so, but I have received little return on my investment.


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