I'd really like to hear Ting (or Protack or O'Donnell for that matter) challenge Carper on this heinous vote: Back in 2005, when the credit card industry lobbyists were corralling republican and Democratic lawmakers to vote for the corporate-written Bankruptcy Bill, Sen. Dick Durbin offered an amendment to preserve existing protections for troops serving in Iraq.
National guardsmen, for instance, sometimes are forced to take a pay cut from their regular jobs when they are called into service and deployed overseas. Lord knows our soldiers serving in Iraq have enough to worry about - and gutting their bankruptcy protections while they were deployed was something Durbin thought was unacceptable. So did U.S. military experts. As retired Navy captain Chalker W. Brown told the New York Times months before the vote: "The last thing you want is a young sailor programming a Tomahawk missile in the Persian Gulf who is worrying about whether his car is being repossessed back home." Unfortunately, only 38 of Durbin's Senate colleagues agreed with him, and his amendment was defeated.
Voting for the Bankruptcy Bill was bad enough - but voting to help defeat this amendment was just pointless and stupid. Biden and Carper both voted to stick it to the troops. If we had a functioning two party system in Delaware, Carper would have to answer for this betrayal in his election cycle - either by being primaried of facing a legitimate challenger.