Well, they seem to get plenty of national attention, I used to not care much for Harkin but he seems to be bringing home the bacon for Iowa, they both do more for Iowa than many other senators do for theirs. I think they are somewhat powerfull senators, and respected. I would like to see them both take a stronger stand on funding for border security.
It remains to be seen if the stimulus is going to work, but at least we are getting a little piece of it. There have been periods in history when Iowa suffered while the rest of the country boomed. We may not be booming at the moment but were better off than many other states right now. Maybe we're not as bad off because of the farm bills that have been passed, and federal funding that senators have a hand in deciding about, as to where it goes and who gets what.
I don't think the AIG guys are going to get away with the bonuses, and if AIG, Citi Bank ect. remain solvent, we will eventually get the money they "borrowed" paid in full, as the economy has to recover sooner or later. We would be in a full blown depression by now if the government did nothing, they had to act fast to stop it. We have to hope it works, if it don't we are doomed, but they had to try something.