7. "... will be the end of me being a Democrat." - REALLY?
That's pretty darned counter-productive. Giving a vote to the republicans certainly isn't going to improve our situation. Besides that, I haven't seen any credible news suggesting that we're thinking about caving on Medicare or Social Security.
edit to add: I will always vote for the party which has the best chance of promoting my best interests. For the foreseeable future I fully expect that to be the Democrats. I realize that I will never agree 100% of the time with the party or candidates I vote for, but by and large the Democratic candidates come a hell of a lot closer to doing what's best for me than the republicans.