I agree with you DG. If they're gonna vote "present", then why do we even need them? I expect my repesentatives to stand up for freedom, liberty, and limited constsitutional gov't.
This fiscal mess makes me even more in awe of our founding fathers. They never intended the Fed gov't to have this much influence in every aspect of our lives and economy. Almost everything except national defense and foreign relations should be handled by the states. If we had adhered more to the original intent of the constitution we would not be in this mess. And, we need to repeal the 17th amendment.