Bennet Says We Have Nothing to Show For All of Our Debt, Will Not Commit to Position on Card Check

Sen. Michael Bennet D-Colo. explains the reasons for the $13 trillion debt

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By Jack Minor

Michael Bennet, D-Colo,at a town hall meeting in Greeley last Saturday, Aug 21 said we had nothing to show for the debt incurred by the stimulus package and other expenditures calling the recession  the worst since the Great Depression.

The meeting began with former Greeley Mayor Tom Selders introducing Bennet by telling the audience that he was a former Republican who changed his affiliation to Democrat because of “disgust with what the other party was doing.” He went on to say that he was a Republican right now because he “wanted to exercise my influence against a certain candidate.”

During his introductory remarks, Bennet criticized partisanship and praised local politics where people “don’t scream at each other all the time, they just try to get things done.” He then opened it up for questions for an hour. During the meeting, Bennet also downplayed his position as the incumbent saying, “I’m not a career politician; I’ve never run for office before.”

Showing his educational roots, he said the chances of a student graduating from college was 9 out of 100 and for a student in the 8th grade chances of being a proficient mathematician was 15 percent. He also said part of the education problem is that the system of training and retaining teachers “belongs to a labor market that discriminated against women and said, ‘you’ve got two choices, one is being a nurse and one is being a teacher, which is it going to be?” He said this caused women to take teaching jobs at salaries that were not competitive because they could not do anything else, and that while this is no longer the case he said, “We have not changed the proposition for our teachers which is why we lose 50 percent of them in the first five years of their careers.”

Regarding spending during his time in office he said, “We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet” and, “in my view we have nothing to show for it.” Speaking of the debt, he said our debt almost equals the economy. Regarding the current job situation, Bennet said the situation has been dire for over a decade saying, “We have created no net new jobs in the United States since 1998” which were the last two years of the Clinton administration. Pointing to a slide showing budget expenditures, he said that currently 65 percent of the budget was for social security, Medicaid and Medicare expenditures and that we could not grow our way out of debt.

Regarding the expiration of the Bush tax cuts Bennet would not commit to a position on whether to extend them simply saying, “I hope we look at it comprehensively.”

When asked about a recent report showing that government employees make more than their private sector counterparts said, “This is a time when we need to restrain wages in the public sector.” He said we need to make sure “our wages are not growing faster than inflation or faster than our growth.” Bennet also received a question about whether he would support card check and declined to give a firm answer saying, “I have not been a sponsor of the employee free choice act and the bill as written will not come to the floor to a vote.” He also said, “I believe strongly in the right of workers to collectively bargain and organize free from intimidation.”

School board member Judy Kron asked a question about negative campaign ads and Bennet replied he wanted to keep the campaign positive but he would respond to ads he felt misrepresented his record.

Following the meeting, a small aircraft flew over the location multiple times with the words “Stop Obama” written on the bottom of the wings.


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  • Jim C. says:

    Sounds like an incumbant to me… Didn’t he vote for the stimulus?

    http://www.greeleygazette.com/press/?p=4849

  • joanb says:

    He and Markey have voted for every cent of the country’s debt. Actually, Betsy can add Cap and Trade. My guess Bennet will vote for that too! When they don’t give a straight answer, they’re voting for it!!! At least that’s been the trend so far. Now they’re back peddling and hoping no one remembers their spending records!

  • Jane says:

    Another disturbing trend is both parties hope you forget their voting record – look at Tambor Williams!

  • PriklyPete says:

    You can tell when a politician is lying, his lips are moving and there’s sound coming out!

  • bob says:

    and will the voters of colorado be fooled again

    and vote for another democrat that will continue with this policy of spend and recv nothing in return.

    vote for someone that will run the country like most of us have to run our houses.

    watch the movie THE LIVES OF OTHERS

  • Tom J. says:

    Nothing to show for it? It was the greatest theft in history! Bennet, Obama, Bush they do just what their Bankster controllers tell them to do.
    At least he had one statement right. We haven’t created a job since Clinton. Didn’t Clinton sign NAFTA and revoke Glass-Steagall? At that point it only took the banking cartells 10 years to repeat the same practices that created 1929. Now we’re in the GREATEST depression.

  • Sabastian Curry says:

    When money is invested there should be a return. Wow, what a concept, to at least break even. The stimulus money was thrown into the wind by government losers that have never run anything, unions, and corporate special interests. You the tax payer can go to hell, pay up, and shut up, or else.

  • Anti-Obamatron says:

    I guess he isn’t counting all the people laid off, or the decline in the housing market? There is plenty to show for the “stimulus” bill but none of it is positive. He’d much rather say they didn’t do any good, than say they did nothing but bad.

  • Terry G. says:

    Bennet is the worst of the worst kind of politician. He will lie to get re-elected. If he had it to do over he would lock step with Obama again. It’s amazing how he can look the people in Colorado in the eye and tell them he wasted billions of dollars, Then ask for their vote so he can continue doing it. WOW!!! the guy has some nachos for sure.

  • Robert Wagstaff says:

    Observation of senate voting records reveal that he voted the Obama party line. Show him the door.

  • annchovie says:

    Bennett, born and raised the son of a DC politician. A beltway insider by birth. This despicable piece of garbage has been hand picked by Obama and will say anything at this point to maintain his appointed seat. Yes, he has voted for EVERY tax increase and EVERY stimulus package and Obamacare.

  • Anti-Obamatron says:

    Card-Check should make more people anti-union.

  • Bill says:

    Just another dirt bag politician who hopes the people are stupid enough to believe him and why shouldnt he ? Those same people voted for Obuma!

  • heyjude says:

    MR. BENNET IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WE WANT WANT OUT OF GOVERMENT. WE WANT TO TAKE OUT COUNTRY BACK. SO WE NEED TO GET THE PEOPLE FROM THE GRASS ROOTS IN OFFICE. GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO DO WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT FOR A CHANGE .I AM SO TIRED OF THE HOT SHOTS IN WASHINGTON TELLING ME WHAT I WANT. WE NEED TO STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE NOW BEFORE IT IS TO LATE.

  • GRIZZ says:

    I love how these morons talk as if govt is some third person,as if they had nothing to do with any of it..
    YOU VOTED FOR ALL THE THEFT.
    ALL OF IT

  • littlemiss says:

    oh on the contrary…we do have something to show for all this debt…how bout the restoration of all the mosques

  • Laurence Tribe says:

    I don’t know Bennett, but the comments indicate he’s just like most of those we not so bright send to Washington. Most of the time I don’t know who to vote for. I can’t believe campaign rhetoric or even those who say nice things about the candidate; especially, if they appear in print and/or are in government. The surest way I know to keep liars, cheats and theives (l,c,and t) out of office is not to elect those who love the law. I figure we’ve got more than enough law already.

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