Senate Passes Questionable 850 Billion Dollar Bailout Package

In economy, elections, politics, presidential race on October 2, 2008 at 12:06 am

I heard on CNN this evening that the cost of the bailout will be 850 billion dollars.  The only thing I have to say is vote them out.  According to the Senators in the chart at the bottom of the post are up for reelection this year.   Please be proactive and tell your friends in their states not to vote for them and to give money and votes to the opposing campaign I will be donating a small amount to Guy Davis who is running against Saxby Chambliss the senatorial candidate in Georgia, I will follow up my donation with a vote.   With diebold voting machines we still are not sure that our votes are being counted but have faith.

When Webb of Virginia was up for reelection I made sure I called my homefolk in Southern Virginia and told them that Webb’s Democratic opponent participated in outsourcing.  Prior to this call they were on the other Democratic guy’s team.  However after I explained to them that this particular man’s business was outsourcing they changed who they planned to support.  Some of them had even volunteered for the campaign but immediately stopped volunteering after they received more information about the other candidate and passed the word.  The other candidate won Northern Virginia but lost factory based Southern and Eastern Virginia.   I say all of this to say that the  Senate can not be so arrogant with our support and ignore the will of the people. You can make a difference.   Call your family and friends and tell them to vote against this bill by voting the Senators out who voted for it.  There should be no safe seats. What Bush and Paulson did to the markets was terrible, they essentially played the role of a hedge fund operators by saying something about the market and making it true by fearing investors.  Personally the way the stock market is doing business by responding to fear is rather strange.  It seems pretty clear cut that computer modeling ought to be able to tell you how a company is actually doing.  Oh I forgot some companies are cooking the books so that no one really knows whats going on and Paulson plans to bail his friends out who are doing this by giving them money.  CALL YOUR FRIENDS AND HOMEFOLK!  TELL THEM TO EXPRESS THEIR ANGER WITH A VOTE AGAINST THE SENATORS BELOW!

In any event the list of Senators seeking reelection follows below.  I need to verify who voted for the bill and who did not but please, please, please if you know of individuals in the states that these Senators are from please tell them to vote these individuals out of office, even though Biden will probably be Vice President we need him voted out on the ballot.  Here is the list according to As for Obama, is anyone really  believing that he would not have voted for the war, we are watching what he does and not what he says, furthermore does anyone doubt that he was the one who put in the provision to give ACORN money probably in the Rezco manner of give me some later or give me a high priced gift.  I am still trying to support a democrat for the presidency because the Republican tricks as illustrated by the Bushs’ are just totally outrageous, wasn’t the last Bank bailout when Bush Sr was VP or President.  They have robbing the American people down to a science, even now I’m pretty doubtful that eight years of a democratic presidency can help us recover from this Republican Administration.  Welcome to the Banana Republic of the U.S.

(The El Paso Times has a listing of the roll call vote and how each Senator Voted.)

US Senate Seats Up For Re-Election

Campaign 2008

3 October 2007

One-third of the 100 Senate seats are up for election every two years; on 4 November 2008, voters will select 34 Senators (one special election). These senators will serve a six-year term from 3 January 2009 until 2 January 2015.

The following chart reflects the potential that a seat might change parties in this election cycle; it is based on analysis from several election consultants.

The November 2006 election gave Democrats a slim majority — 51-49 — because two Independents caucus with Democrats. In the event of a tie, the Vice President, a Republican, casts the deciding vote.

Going into this election, the Democrats are at an advantage because most of the seats (22) are held by Republicans. Thus, they have fewer seats (12) to defend.

Eight of the 33 are first-term Senators; only one of these is a Democrat. One, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) was re-elected in 2002 after retiring in 2000.

There is one special election, in Wyoming (which will elect two Senators in November).

Five senators have announced retirement. Should Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) not be nominated for President, he will run for re-election. Tim Johnson (D-SD) is still recovering from brain surgery.

  • Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO, announced 1/15/2007)
  • Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID, resignation announced then rescinded)
  • Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM, announced 10/3/2007)
  • Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE, announced 9/10/2007)
  • Sen. John Warner (R-VA, announced 8/31/2007)

The legend for the chart:

  • Competitive: These races have the potential to become competitive.
  • Toss-Up: These are uncertain or too close to call.

Senate Seats Up For Election In 2008
State Incumbent Outlook 2002
AL R Voted NO! 59%
AK R Ted Stevens
(1968 – )
He will be 85 in 2008; under corruption investigation. Considering a challenge: former Lt. Gov. Loren Leman and former state Senate President Mike Miller. 78%
AR D Mark Pryor
(2003 – )
Considered safe seat 54%
CO R Retiring and Voted No! 51%
DE D Joseph Biden
(1973 – )
Considered safe seat; running for Vice President 58%
GA R Saxby Chambliss
(2003 – )
Considered safe seat 53%
ID R Larry E. Craig
(1991 – 2007)
Resigned. Candidates: former US Rep. and Army Veteran Larry LaRocco (D) 65%
IA D Tom Harkin
(1985 – )
Considered safe seat 54%
IL D Richard Durbin
(1997 – )
Considered safe seat; senior senator 60%
KS R Voted No! 83%
KY R Mitch McConnell
(1985 – )
Considered safe seat; senior senator and Senate Minority Leader. Seat targeted by DNC. 65%
LA D Voted NO! Removed From List 52%
ME R Susan Collins
(1997 – )
State leans Republican. Candidates: Rep. Tom Allen (D-ME-1) voted against Iraq War 58%
MA D John Kerry
(1985 – )
Considered safe seat 80%
MI D Carl Levin
(1979 – )
Considered safe seat; senior senator 60%
MN R Norm Coleman
(2003 – )
State leans Republican. Candidates: author and former radio talk show host Al Franken (D) 50%
MS R Thad Cochran
(1979 – )
Considered safe seat 85%
MT D Max Baucus
(1978 – )
Considered safe seat 63%
NJ D Frank R. Lautenberg
(1982-2001, 2003-)
Considered safe seat; he will be 84 in 2008. 54%
NC R Voted No 54%
NE R Chuck Hagel
(1997 – )
Considered safe seat – has not declared; senior senator. Candidates: Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) 83%
NH R John E. Sununu
(2003 – )
State leans Republican. Candidates: Portsmouth’ Mayor Steve Marchand (D) Katrina Swett running as D 51%
NM R Pete Domenici
(1973 – )
Will not run; implicated in US Attorneys firings. 65%
OK R Voted No! 57%
OR R Gordon H. Smith
(1997 – )
Other Senator a Democrat. Candidates: businessman Ty Pettit (D), Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley (D) and attorney Steve Novick (D) 56%
RI D Jack Reed
(1997 – )
Considered safe seat; senior senator 78%
SC R Lindsey Graham
(2003 – )
Considered safe seat. Candidates: businessman John J. Cina (R) 54%
SD D Voted NO! 55%
TN R Lamar Alexander
(2003 – )
Considered safe seat; senior senator 54%
TX R John Cornyn
(2002 – )
Considered safe seat 55%
VA R John W. Warner
(1979 – 2008)
Will not run. 83%
WV D Jay Rockefeller IV
(1985 – )
Considered safe seat 63%
WY R Michael B. Enzi
(1997 – )
Considered safe seat 73%
WY R John Barrasso
Appointed to fill seat of Craig Thomas (2007-2013), who died 4 June 2007. Special election. na

  1. All three of the senators running for the white house and vp slot voted for this thing. This needs to be explained a lot better to the american people, I don’t even think congress truly understand this.

  2. So, are you a democrat?

  3. Soul I agree with you, whatever this bailout plan is it needs to be explained or a new alternative plan offered. Ksue, I have been splitting my ticket for several years now. I suppose I am an independent.

  4. I wish that in telling the truth that people would actually tell the truth. I am like “blackhippychick” in saying I am a splitting ticket and more independent. I don’t vote for a party but for the person and the view. Every politician is crooked, but let me get the least crooked one in office. Let me say first that if Hillary would have won the Democratic Ticket, I would have voted for her. She is the “Maverick” on the Democratic Team like McCain and she is younger. She would have had my vote. But I have a hard time voting someone into office with only a 143 days of experience. Obama’s health plan will only allow children to get benefits and 15 million people will still not have health care. As for children, they have medicaid, so what good is this health plan I ask you? I also have a problem with the Republican Party getting all the blame for a current financial crisis. In 2004, the “Regulator” and the Republicans held a congressional hearing for fraud and what not at Fannie and Freddie and it was the Democrats who “poo pooed” it as nothing. I am tired of the blame game. I want to see accountability and instead. Face the facts people, the Democrats and the Republicans are to blame. Nobody is immune to this accountability because no one party has COMPLETE say over the other. It’s a democracy. Suck it up and fixt it. What is said is the american people want change so badly that they will not look at facts and who is the better man, they just want change so they will overlook everything and switch parties because obviously that is the only solution to the problem. Please vote justly due to the facts and not blindly due to the party. Just my opinion

  5. all politicians are crooks,you have to watch them and their money hungry friends on wall street.all of the people involved with the mortgage scandal should be in jail or worse,all of the speculators driving prices through the roof at your expense shouyld be in jail or worse,in a money driven economy the only thing you can do is to try to get them to leave office with a golden parachute,ie 300 million for exxon ceo you are paying these people, stop paying them and prosecute

  6. Why did you let so many senators who voted for this package off the hook? Both Nevada Senators, for example, voted for the package. And there are many other states you have left off your list. Also, after a quick check on Google, it has become a difficult task to find a website anymore that actually lists the vote by vote of the bailout package.

  7. Why did you let so many senators who voted for this package off the hook? Both Nevada Senators, for example, voted for the package. And there are many other states you have left off your list. Also, after a quick check on Google, it has become a difficult task to find a website anymore that actually lists the vote by vote of the bailout package.

  8. Why did you let so many Senators off the hook. There are several missing states in your list (Nevada, for instance) whose Senators voted for the bailou.

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