So it is about $$$

These are the Senators that voted in favor of the $20 billion for Iraqi reconstruction on the condition that about half of it would be in the form of a loan instead of an outright grant AND are running for re-election next fall:

Evan Bayh (IN)
Barbara Boxer (CA)
John Breux (LA)
Tom Daschle (SD)
Christopher Dodd (CT)
Byron Dorgan (ND)
John Edwards (NC)
Russell Feingold (WI)
Bob Graham (FL)
Ernest Hollings (SC)
Patrick Leahy (VT)
Blance Lincoln (AR)
Barbara Mikulski (MD)
Patty Murray (WA)
Harry Reid (NV)
Charles Schumer (NY)
Ron Wyden (OR)

Sam Brownback (KS)
Ben Nighthorse Campbell (CO)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)

So, once again, many in Congress think that protecting the United States and promoting liberty across the globe is worth it only if the economics look good. If you live in one of the states the Senators on the list represent, I urge you to take their vote into consideration when you go the polls.

For the record, I think we should be giving them the money, not trying to rebuild them for dollars. Making it a loan only works against us. It seems weird to me that many of the very people who criticize the messages our actions are sending would send this particular message to the rest of the world.


  1. A nice touch on your site might be handy links to a web page(s) that lists addresses of congress people. You could include that link in stories like this, and maybe a few more people would ‘go to the trouble’. ***

  2. As an aside, how do you feel about watching Iraqi oil revenues (when they start flowing) going to pay off their debt to France (and other anti-occupation/liberation nations), but none to ours? I’m not saying I think we need to make it a loan, but that concept pisses me off, especially considering France’s determination to make the war go as badly as possible (re: 4th ID). ***

  3. Thank you for the heads up on this. The Top of your list, Evan Bayh is my senator. He’s got my vote for RE-Election! With Iraq’s national resources, they can quickly pay off any loan and does America really need anymore debt, I think Bush has given us enough to work on for many generations to come. ***