Thursday, October 2, 2008

For the record: here are the Senators with sufficient stones to vote against...

... a $700 billion sell-out of taxpayer money to irresponsible credit markets adorned with another $100 billion worth of goodies for the folks back home.

I never thought I'd see the day when I had to stand up and congratulate Senators Cantwell, Feingold, and Sanders for putting America ahead of logrolling, fear-mongering, and pork-barrel politics. But for whatever reasons, they and the individuals listed below stood up when it counted.

Today, at least, they are among my list of heroes.

Here's the whole list:

Allard (R)
Barasso (R)
Brownback (R)
Bunning (R)
Cantwell (D)
Cochran (R)
Crapo (R)
DeMint (R)
Dole (R)
Dorgan (D)
Enzi (R)
Feingold (D)
Inhofe (R)
Johnson (D)
Landrieu (D)
Nelson (FL) (D)
Roberts (R)
Sanders (I)
Sessions (R)
Shelby (R)
Stabenow (D)
Tester (D)
Vitter (R)
Wicker (R)
Wyden (D)

2 comments:

ChrisNC said...

Jim DeMint of SC is a principled supporter of free trade and capitalism, i.e., for a Republican. But I wonder if Elizabeth Dole voted against it to shore up her base. I have been quoted widely as opposing the bailout, and I have been eating into her support.

tom said...

Joe Biden quite predictably voted for it. According to opensecrets.org, among his 2008 contributions by industry are:

Real Estate - $941,859
Securities & Investment - $676,425
Misc Finance - $406,820
Commercial Banks - $200,850
Finance/Credit Companies - $103,350

Mike Castle voted for the failed House bill on Monday and will most likely vote for the flagrantly unconstitutional (violates Art I, Sec 7, Clause 1) Senate bill on Friday. Among his 2008 contributions by industry are:

Commercial Banks - $92,479
Securities & Investment - $81,900
Finance/Credit Companies - $49,000
Real Estate - $44,850
Misc Finance - $22,900
Home Builders - $14,871

Yep. Sure is obvious that they place the nation's best interests above those of their contributors.