Some interesting comments on this thread. Let's start off with the realization that ANYONE who makes it to the top national tier of politics is extremely smart, ambitious, aggressive, political, cunning, savvy, and has great people skills. No way anyone would make it that far without at least those qualities. However, there is one thing that they are all focused on: POWER. It's not money, social causes, political beliefs, etc., that cause a person to go through what s/he (and their families) has to go through to get to that level in the game. Power corrupts and absoluter power corrupts absolutely. So, the best thing is to throw the bum out after one term and get in another bum. Gives them less time to aggrandize power and get corrupted. Government is basically evil due to this obsession with power by all politicians/bureaucrats and needs to be limited as much as possible. As Reagan famously quoted one time, "The biggest lie that you will ever hear is 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" Go Libertarianism!