Dianne Feinstein

I questioned earlier whether there was a Feinstein office reading problem. Here I will respond to myself, with references to her history as an elected Democratic official:

Between 2001 and 2006, Feinstein served as the ranking member of the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, also known as the “MILCON” subcommittee.

While on the MILCON subcommitte, Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions of dollars to firms owned by her husband, Richard C. Blum. This included millions of dollars in contracts awarded to Blum’s Perini Corporation to provide goods and services in Iraq and Afghanistan. (from Wikipedia)

She was the original Democratic cosponsor to extend the USA Patriot Act.

In a December 2005 statement, Senator Feinstein stated, “I believe the Patriot Act is vital to the protection of the American people.

In May 2007, Feinstein voted for an Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, which continued to fund the Iraq occupation without a firm timetable for withdrawal. While she called for an exit strategy to Iraq, that appeared lip service as she still voted for the money to fund it anyway.

Senator Feinstein supports FISA, which would give retroactive immunity to the telecom industry for wiretapping.

It may be wise to observe who Feinstein endorses in this important election year, she appears to go along with Bush’s endorsements and in contrast to democratic ideals. She does not come up for re-election in many years, however any candidate she endorses would likely be similarly thinking and benefiting from corporate interests.

Read carefully and vote wisely.

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