There I are few US Senators that I respect, but I do respect Tom Coburn. Read his “Why I voted for the bailout” at Forbes.
One of the challenges of dealing with an economic crisis during campaign season is that when politicians and commentators use hyperbole and politically expedient rhetoric to bash “unregulated markets” and “Wall Street greed” they end up undermining not just confidence in George Bush’s policies or the Reagan legacy, but the fundamentals of our free market system. Campaigns, after all, don’t do subtlety. If one side can find an advantage, it’s easier to throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater.
Here’s the list of the Senator’s who voted against bailout/economic rescue on October 1.
Nelson (FL) (D)