Did you vote for Obama? Then you empower them.
Did you vote for a third party candidate? Then you empower them.
There is only ONE good way to ensure politicians do not bury us in a vast sea of debt and societal decline, and that is by either ensuring that we never empower ONE particular party or that we vote FOR those candidates who espouse conservative values. I don't worry that sometimes they might go back on their word; after all, they are mostly LAWYERS and are POLITICIANS.
But to deliberately VOTE for a candidate that promises to increase Government control, that they want to turn you into a ward of the State and increases taxes as their ONLY solution to every problem; that is just plain dumb. Defending them is asinine.