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Nurse Renee Ellmers is running to repeal ObamaCare

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Renee Ellmers is a registered nurse in North Carolina who left the doctor’s office she runs with her surgeon-husband to campaign for a seat in Congress.

The first-time GOP candidate says she was politically energized and driven to run for office mostly over the recent health care debate.

“One of my main objectives when going to Washington is to work on the repeal of the health care bill,” says Ellmers, who is challenging long-time Democratic Rep. Bob Etheridge for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional seat.

Etheridge made national headlines — and gave Ellmers’ campaign a boost — earlier this summer when his on-camera altercation with two trackers asking him whether he supports Obama’s agenda became a YouTube sensation. A campaign spokesman for Etheridge, reached by phone, declined to comment for this article.

During an interview at a coffee shop in Washington, Ellmers often spoke of her husband and her shared frustration — saying “we” and “us”— with the new health care law.

“That is what got us very motivated,” said Ellmers, who was endorsed by Sarah Palin. “We started speaking out against it a year ago because we wanted people to understand that doctors and nurses were not necessarily in favor of it.”

Ellmers realizes she’s facing an uphill battle in her quest to defeat Etheridge. However, her campaign says an internal poll shows the race close and during Etheridge’s YouTube fiasco this summer, one poll showed her leading by one point. While there are dozens of doctors running for Congress this year, there are not very many nurses. Two exceptions are Diane Black, a candidate in Tennessee, and Tim Besco, a candidate in Texas, according to a GOP spokesman.

“This is our livelihood and, you know, we believe we have the best medical care in the world and to see it just kind of systematically taken apart by the administration is disheartening — but it’s devastating to the economy,” Ellmers said. “We’re already seeing effects of higher private insurance rates and seniors worried about what’s happening with their Medicare. It’s already showing itself.”

By managing with her husband a doctor’s office, Ellmers said, she’s operating a small business. And her business will lose money because of the new health care law, she claims. “We’ve seen the effects…right now, I mean, we’ve seen a downturn in our business. People don’t stop getting sick or needing to have surgery…They just deal with it instead of going to get care that they need,” she said.

Ellmers says the health care debate could have benefited from having more medical professionals in Congress. “I think that’s probably the reason you’re seeing the number of physicians running for office because I think they probably realize that this is just so devastating to health care, our profession,” she said.

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  • recovered dem

    She would get my vote! She knows that Obamacare is a disaster! Etheridge showed what a slimeball he is!

  • sunnyr

    Best of luck to this candidate. We need people like her who will work to restore our health care plan and annhilate Obamacare. Obama LIED about the cost and it is filled with nothing but wealth redistribution in the typical Marxist style. Vote all DemocRATS OUT!!

  • libertyatstake

    Ellmers is a Ten Buck Friday’s Winner. That’s reason enough right there to send her to DC. TBF is far more capable of identifying principled conservatives than the RNC. This was confirmed again today when a Patriot from NY-23 told me today at the 9-12 rally that the GOP establishment is backing a RINO against Doug Hoffman AGAIN, in the second cycle in a row. AYKM! Are they really THAT dense?

    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • rainmaker1145

    We’ll cross our fingers for you Mrs. Ellmer. Ridding our land of your opponent should be worthy of a public service medal.

  • riseabove

    Isn’t it kind of important to distinguish between the opposing motivations? I was under the impession that this whole universal healthcare push was more of a way for Progressives to install a means of control over our lives and finances. It really isn’t some altruistic vision of blissful utopia, although they’ve dressed it up to look like a Hidden Valley Ranch commercial. It’s part of an overall package to create a Socialistic Society. It’s just one ingredient. A very important one, but there’s much more involved with Obama’s promise to “fundamentally transform” the United States. If we were a cake, Obamacare would be the flour. So, the motivation is questionable, at best. And that’s what many oppose, not the fact that our collective healthcare needs should be addressed in a comprehensive manner.

    To put it another way; would a struggling business owner facing bankruptcy rather see stockholders get together to help save the company or a group of men storm the premises in a hostile takeover. That’s basically what the Obama administration has done….and it isn’t what most bargained for or are in favor of. Arguments in support of Obamacare not addressing that key issue are only secondary to the primary one of this being a bloodless coup.

    • SolipsisticToo

      Would manditory auto insurance be a result of the same motivation or is it just necessay to make the system work?

      • truebearing

        Bad comparison. For one thing, you only need insurance if you own and drive a car. The insurance required is to protect other drivers. The government doesn’t make you buy insurance if you don’t need it, and it doesn’t send the IRS after you if you don’t have it.

        Also, the government isn’t inserting racial preferences, or penalties in auto insurance, or trying to bankrupt the private insurers in an effort to make auto insurance government owned, yet.

        There are no equivalents to the Comparative Effectiveness committees,aka death panels, telling you your car is too expensive to insure and has to be destroyed.

        Nice try, Commie boy.

        • SolipsisticToo

          Same old shrill reaction, same old snarky crap.

          The reason I bring up auto insurance is that it is not usually an emotional issue. My point is that in order for universal systems to work they usually require manditory participation at some level. It was not intended as a counter-point, but simply as an honest..”what about this…” type of question.

          • truebearing

            I’m not going to apologize for my dislike of Obamacide, or collectivist thinking in general. Both are failures and if we go down that road, this country is toast. We’re already on that road, and need to stop and turn around NOW!

          • des1

            Except it’s a mindless point. Auto insurance has no relevancy to health insurance. Auto insurance isn’t mandatory to make the system work, it’s mandatory because when you are irresponsible and hit someone, it’s very easy to cause more damage than you can pay out of your pocket. That means you harmed someone and there’s nothing they can do to recover for their damages. So the privilege to drive is accompanied by the responsibility to be able to pay for the consequences.

            Health insurance has no such privilege. You don’t need a government license to get health care, so insurance is completely up to the individual. Also, you can’t buy insurance to cover someone you may harm (unless you’re talking about a parent and their children), so the issues have no relation whatsoever.

            It’s a stupid point, and one that has repeatedly been made by the far-Left. So once again you reveal who you really are, not who you claim to be.

        • SolipsisticToo

          What’s really quite amazing to me is that I am not a leftist. I’ve voted republican and democrat. I’ve run companies, I’ve made over 6 figures for a number of years and I’m now self employed selling capital equipment. Yet, I’m often labeled a Marxist, commie or lefty. When the middle looks like the far left, it says more about you than me.

          • truebearing

            OK, lets stipulate that you aren’t a “Commie”. You are a Progressive, and from what I can tell a Statist. You defend government takeover of things that the government has no business doing, and won’t do right. You ride with ‘em, you hang with ‘em (western justice).

            This country has steadily moved to the left for so long the middle is still in liberal land. It has led us to the brink of total failure. We can’t keep spending money like drunken Marxists (I’m not saying Obama is drunk, but he is a Marxist). If you have run companies, you would know this.

          • des1

            Nice try. First of all, I am the middle. Click off the twenty big items of today and I’d be called a Centrist on almost all of them (Conservative sites despise me as a “Mushy Moderate”). You’re about ten miles to my Left. Second, I don’t care what you CLAIM to have done in your life, your posts here are painfully Liberal and only attack the Right while constantly sheltering the Left and anything they do.

            Third, the last time somebody pulled that “I’m not a Lefty” crap it was BMF, who claimed to be a scientist as well. It turned out that he was an anti-Semite and a 9/11 Truther. Oh yeah, and like you, every post he made was an attack on the Right or a defense of the Left. But just like you, he was in the Middle (does that mean you’re an anti-Semitic Truther too?).

      • des1

        Wow you are painfully stupid. Mandatory auto insurance has nothing to do with making the system work. You are only required to buy insurance for the damage you might cause to someone else. There is no law in place mandating you buy coverage for yourself.

        Seriously, should we type slower so you can understand?

    • truebearing

      Good points all!

      • SolipsisticToo

        Good luck with that paranoid echo chamber thing.

        • riseabove

          Lots of people have voted either way in the past, but in our lifetime it’s always been simply the lesser of two evils from a moderately swinging pendullum. This time is different. This time we had a far left radical who surrounded himself with Progressives, Marxists and extreme Liberals all of his adult life. A man who publically questions the validity of our Constitution and who has an agenda that violates the very core of the spirit of individual liberty in which this Country was founded on. Some of the damage already done is irreversable…and some is not. The majority of voters are in the process of tugging that pendullum back into the vicinity of the center. You’re either helping them or you’re pushing it further left.

          Also, careers are not important in this tug-of-war. What matters is an accurate understanding of what the consequences will be if we are not diligent in protecting our society from the failed ideologues of other cultures, and of policies which we ran away from several hundred years ago. I would suggest reading up on reading material describing life under tyranny smuggled out of places like Cuba and Venezuala because that’s where we’re headed if we don’t confront this con game head-on and with courage, conviction and eyes wide open.

          There’s really only one question we should ask ourselves before heading off to the voting booths this November; “If Socialism was so great, why didn’t our founding fathers invoke it into our system?”

        • truebearing

          It’s a great time to be a paranoid and conspiracy theorist, but when facts match your fears it isn’t paranoia or conspiracy theory anymore, it’s truth.

          You’re more than a little paranoid yourself and seem to have a big problem with projection. You should get your ears checked too. There aren’t any echos here, just the unmistakable reverberations of truth.

  • erick1740

    We have the best healthcare system in the history of mankind, to believe that government can run it better is complete idiocy. Of course it is profit driven you idiots!! What better way for it to prosper, you libs make me sick. Stupid sob’s, move to cuba.

  • SwampYankee

    Hey…SolipsisticToo…compare health care in the USA to other countries without Obama supporters and their social pathologies and see how America ranks. The money we spend on their gunshot wounds and drug abuse could pay for the care of a small nation. Oh yeah…and they there are the illegals Obama wants pouring into America to get free health care and vote Democrat too….

    • SolipsisticToo

      It’s those damn mud people.

      • SwampYankee

        Typical. No its not the “mud people” SolipsisticToo. Its the Democrat party machines which have turned major cities into crime ridden dens of hopelessness. Its the hedonistic life style preached by liberals in Hollywood. Catch where MRSA USA300, the deadliest strain yet, was incubated? Wasn’t in Kansas. Wasn’t among those “mud people” to whom you refer.

      • truebearing

        That’s right, it’s those people with their heads stuck in the mud, or should I say up their a…..

  • SolipsisticToo

    “This is our livelihood and, you know, we believe we have the best medical care in the world and to see it just kind of systematically taken apart by the administration is disheartening — but it’s devastating to the economy,” Ellmers said.

    Ms. Ellmers seems to be motivated by a reduction in their income, not really addressing the problems with the Health Care industry. Believing that the US has the best medical care is not the same as having the best health care system. She’s just another person running on fear rather than facts.

    “Seven years ago, the World Health Organization made the first major effort to rank the health systems of 191 nations. France and Italy took the top two spots; the United States was a dismal 37th. More recently, the highly regarded Commonwealth Fund has pioneered in comparing the United States with other advanced nations through surveys of patients and doctors and analysis of other data. Its latest report, issued in May, ranked the United States last or next-to-last compared with five other nations — Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom — on most measures of performance, including quality of care and access to it. Other comparative studies also put the United States in a relatively bad light.” NY Times

    • clw

      Can you please provide links for your sources? Also, I wonder why, if the U.S. is ranked 37th by the WHO for healthcare, that people flock to THIS country for the best healthcare.

      • SolipsisticToo

        This issue isn’t one of the best medical care. We have great technology, people and resources. It is an issue of a health care system, providing affordable access to health care. The unrelenting increase in insurance premiums is unsustainable. Thoughtful people on both sides of the political spectrum realize that this is a problem that threatens the future of this country. Simple and hysterical affirmations of belief is ostrich like behavior.

        The source for the NY Times quote:
        http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/12/opinion/12sun1.html

        • clw

          Yes. Well now. That’s exactly where I THOUGHT you were going. We have the best healthcare and healthcare technology in the world. You believe the problem is ACCESS and a flawed system.

          I followed the threads at healthcare.gov and found that in their “process of elimination” steps, that the best suggestion for MY healthcare situation would land me at the Public Health Department. Have you ever BEEN to the Public Health Department? It’s a far cry from the healthcare that I’m accustomed to. It is the armpit of healthcare. No one wins.

          The ONLY good thing about Obamacare was in banning the denial of pre-existing conditions. We need to REPEAL Obamacare and LEAVE a caveat for denial of pre-existing conditions. Our current system needs a tweak, not an overhaul.

        • ribosome

          ST-Your username is quite apropos to the arguments that you are making. You cite a WHO ranking which is not only likely inaccurate (see Carl Bialik’s article in the WSJ on this: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125608054324397621.html). Many on your side of the argument also tout other, self-fulfilling surveys, such as those from the Commonwealth Fund.

          If you highly value universal coverage and place that at the top of your list of characteristics of a ‘good’ health care system, then of course, the US will rank lower. The same is true in valuing inequality in certain outcome measures. A society where everyone is equal in outcomes may not be what we in the US have come to expect with our exceptionalism. But if you value innovation, low cancer/stroke/MI survival rates, choice, short waiting times, patient satisfaction, etc., then the US would likely be at or near the top of such a ranking.

          Also, your argument that we in the health care industry only care about our own businesses is over the top. I do a great service for my patients by providing them with high-quality care, good customer service and affordable access for all. Surveys in medical journals repeatedly confirm that specialists such as myself provide higher-quality standard of care than my colleagues in primary care. If my results are so good, why wouldn’t I argue to keep my small business open and providing such quality care? Why would I want those patients shifted to Medicaid or sent to primary providers that will not deliver the quality of care that I do? Are you not concerned by the recent UVa surgical study demonstrating lower mortality rates for people on Medicaid than even the uninsured? How about Britain’s NHS that has far lower cancer survival rates because they don’t spend the money to screen and treat their patients as we do in the US? So yes, I am concerned about my business…But I care so because I do a damn good job. Implying that providers like me are only selfish is solipsism at its finest.

          Americans are now beginning to realize what Ellmers and I have been saying all along….ObamaCare has been built on a foundation of lies. It will not bend the cost curve down (w/o significant rationing). It will not allow people to keep their current insurance plans/providers if they like them. It will allow for unprecedented power given to the federal government that will politicize every medical decision that I will make for my patients. Ellmers is like many of us in the health care field who see ObamaCare as the transition to a single-payer socialized system and are not going down without a fight. With 55-60% of Americans favoring repeal of ObamaCare, and 41 physicians (all but 3 republicans) running for Congress, I think that puts us in the mainstream.

          • SolipsisticToo

            I am not suggesting that healthcare providers are only concerned about their income. I don’t believe that to be true. However, and it may very well be the result of the author or editor, it seemed to me that Ms. Ellmers was motivated by her own loss of income and was not offering any solution other than repealing the Obama healthcare reform. I don’t see keeping the system as it is works for anyone in the long haul.

          • truebearing

            Slopstic,

            What the hell are you babbling about (as if you’d know)? You just got done accusing Ms. Ellmers of personal financial motives for opposing Obabacide, then denied it when you were thoroughly whipped by Ribosome.

            You said: “Ms. Ellmers seems to be motivated by a reduction in their income, not really addressing the problems with the Health Care industry.”

            Then you crawfished with this: “I am not suggesting that healthcare providers are only concerned about their income.” LOL!!!

            They can’t both be true, and therefore, based on your clear track record of lying when it suits your political agenda, I have to conclude you got caught lying again. And in other news, water is wet.

          • truebearing

            ribosome,

            Nice dissection of the mutant specimen. I think you will notice a number of genetic anamolies upon closer inspection.

            Your fact based comment seems to have sterilized the area, and rid the thread of necrotic polemics.

            Thanks for your intelligent, truth based response… from an expert in health care, as opposed to a Soros troll.

      • SolipsisticToo

        New York, NY, June 23, 2010—Despite having the most expensive health care system, the United States ranks last overall compared to six other industrialized countries—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—on measures of health system performance in five areas: quality, efficiency, access to care, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. While there is room for improvement in every country, the U.S. stands out for not getting good value for its health care dollars, ranking last despite spending $7,290 per capita on health care in 2007 compared to the $3,837 spent per capita in the Netherlands, which ranked first overall.

        http://mobile.commonwealthfund.org/Content/News/News-Releases/2010/Jun/US-Ranks-Last-Among-Seven-Countries.aspx

        • johno413

          Valid counterargument. Now, could you explain how the new law will benefit EVERYONE? I get it that those without coverage now will be covered. But given the erratic results from many different analyses regarding the ultimate cost impact, and given that there is nothing beyond anecdotal evidence from any sources (that I have read) with a strong argument for how health overall will be improved, what is the point of this law? Is it just to give something to people that don’t have it now (redistribution) and reduce income to others (those “rich” doctors)?

          Sadly, many in the elected class on both sides of the aisle were convincing, and probably honest, that they saw a problem and wanted to fix it. But what we ended up with looks more similar to a stimulus-like payback to certain groups and a social wealth program than one that will be meaningful in addressing the most significant problems. The claim of it being a power grab over the best effort to improve the nation’s health is difficult to dispute entirely. And people in the profession such as this candidate are growing in number and in credibility.

          Consistent with this – many on the left who may have supported the idea to “wait until it is passed to find out what’s in it,” are now silent. Others have cried that Dems have not been adequately “communicating the narrative”, regarding how this law will improve what needed fixing. Could the truth be such an argument cannot be won with facts alone? Certainly with the unflinching support communication channels, nearly all media outlets, the message could proliferate quite thoroughly if it passed muster.

          • SolipsisticToo

            It’s not that I have an overwhelming support for Obama’s healthcare legislation, I don’t. Like many, I find the legislate process akin to making sausage. I do, however, believe that the system is broken and fundamental changes need to be made to make is sustainable and accessible for everyone. Clearly, if one believes that there is no role for government in health care there is no room for discussion. I just don’t see how the insurance companies have provided any alternative solutions other than raising rates. Is it a solution to suggest that only the wealthiest American deserve health care? Some would have the argument ends with the statement that we have the best healthcare without any facts to support the assertion.

            Here’s an interesting story of a med student who had cancer and lost his insurance because he hit the lifetime max.

            http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/07/local/la-me-usc-med-student-20100907

            My original point was that Ms. Ellmers just seemed to be motivated by her own loss of income and isn’t providing any alternatives or vision to solve the problems in healthcare.

          • truebearing

            Sloppy,

            There is a role for thr government, regulatory. That is the purpose of government, and it can’t even do that right.

            ObamaCide is a massive political power grab masquerading as health care reform. It was billed as a cost reducing solution, but already has been proven to increase costs, substantially.

            You are pointing out our bloated costs for health care, which no one will disagree with, but fail to point out the huge role that lawsuits play in those excessive costs. You talk about high costs but won’t even acknowledge one of the primary reasons for it. Torte Reform has been proven to reduce costs, and spur economic growth, in Mississippi for instance, and if done on a national level would be immensely effective at curtailing health care costs and spurring job growth. The left won’t even consider it because social/economic failure is their ticket to power. If torte reform worked, and it would, there wouldn’t have been any reason for Kevorkian Care.

            One of the reasons our health care costs are so high is the dysfunctional lives of millions of inner city people. Violence, drug use, gang wars, and prostitution combined with poor parenting and sub-par nutrition have resulted in very poor health conditions. These people rely on Emergency Room care, which is expensive, and because they can’t, or won’t pay their bills, many big city hospitals on the brink of bankruptcy.
            This is the result of an underlying morality deficiency, and if you want to change the situation you have to start there, not with CommieCare. How will that happen when the leadership in those cities is made up of leftist instigators of racial hate and social parasitism, and the schools are completely dysfunctional? I guess we have to reform the schools and get rid of teacger’s unions.

        • des1

          “While there is room for improvement in every country, the U.S. stands out for not getting good value for its health care dollars, ranking last despite spending $7,290 per capita on health care in 2007 compared to the $3,837 spent per capita in the Netherlands, which ranked first overall.”

          Just curious if you are against teacher’s unions as well, since we spend more on education than any other country and have vastly inferior results there as well. Oh wait, that would mean you’d have to put aside your childish ideology and analyze a problem based on the merits of the facts for once. Sorry, I forgot who I was talking to for a second.

          • SolipsisticToo

            Where’s the ideology? I’m simply pointing out that the system is broken and the reality is in conflict with the affirmation that we have the best system in the history of the world. Where’s the supporting facts other than snarky, nasty comments?

          • truebearing

            Great point Des! Notice Slops isn’t responding to it because he can’t possibly win, and knows it.

            That’s a takedown, and a pin! Sloppy is tapping out (but in a way he hopes no one will notice! LOL!!!

            Best outflanking manuever I seen in a long time. He is still has his conscripts fighting for CommieCare, but his entire force defending the Public Marxist Indoctrination System was annihilated. Too funny!

          • des1

            The ideology is shown in that everyone here knows what your position is on education and teacher’s unions without you even having to express it. You’re such a painfully obvious ideologue that disagreeing with your Liberal leaders is more painful to you than someone leaving their religion. You are a robot and the people running the Progressive movement can count on you to support every single aspect of their agenda without question. It’s pathetic.

            The health care system is not broken, but it is very difficult for most people to deal with. Part of the problem is illegals running up health care costs the rest of us have to pay for. Again I know without asking that you would insist we continue to hand out health care to sick 3rd world folks like it was candy (expecting that those evil rich people can just pay for it). You lack the ability to look at the reality of the situation so therefore any comment you make has to be taken as nothing more than a platitude you heard somewhere and are regurgitating without the ability to analyze on your own.

            It’s like arguing with the NY Times. We know it’s dishonest, we know it’s partisan and we know it’s incapable of answering back.

    • erick1740

      You are an idiot, of course it is profit driven. How do you think it got to be the best in the history of the world. douchbag

      • clw

        Was that comment directed at me? What’s your point?

        Not only am I not an idiot, merely because you don’t believe as I do, but I believe that a profit-driven healthcare system, since it MADE us superior to all others is not bad. In fact, I would argue that were they to run the schools the same way we wouldn’t we lagging so dismally behind.

        Intelligence 101: People are not “idiots” because they don’t agree with you. In fact, if you believe that, it makes YOU an idiot.

      • clw

        Oops. Looks like you were respondiong to ST. But don’t call people idiots for disagreeing. Maybe they’re just completely ignorant of the facts.

        • des1

          Except he is an idiot. The truth is always the best defense.

          • SolipsisticToo

            If affirmations were facts, you would be the smartest guy around. But they aren’t and you’re not.

          • des1

            It’s not an opinion, you make the stupidest posts imaginable on a daily basis. I try to point them out so you can learn to not sound so stupid, but evidently you’re stubborn as well as learning-challenged.

    • des1

      Yeah, you can tell how great the health care industry is in Italy and France by the number of new medications and treatments that are created there. Oh wait, there are practically none created there. Gee, if only we could have a health care industry like that. Then everyone could share in medicine that was guaranteed to never advance and never solve new problems. A Liberal utopia!

      • truebearing

        Sustainability is another area Sloppy likes to avoid. The systems he likes to hold up as better than ours are completely unsustainable, for some of the same reasons we have high costs, with the notable exception being they don’t have the legal costs we do.
        Huge numbers of poor Muslims are swamping Europe and inflicting huge costs on their health care systems. Failure of those systems is inevitable if the social parasites continue to burden them, but the left will never admit it since they believe in parasitism.

        • des1

          There are already public admissions from many European governments that they can no longer continue with their medical care as is. Britain has a “death panel” that decides if your life is worth the expense of the treatment that can keep you alive. That is a large part of the reason why their cancer survival rate is so much lower than ours.

  • savage24

    This is the kind of candidate we need running for office and the kind we need to elect. It’s time that “We the People” take our country back from the ruling class. The sad part of this is the RNC and the NRCC, and their support of good candidates. Listening to them I get the feeling that they really don’t care if they take back the House and Senate, because then they will have to show leadership. We need to get rid of career politicians, they are the major cause of government corruption.