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Sen. Bennet collects school supplies while helping crush kids with debt

Posted by WhoSaidYouSaid on August 24th, 2010
 
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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., has dispatched a bus to collect back-to-school supplies for Colorado kids.

“This isn’t about politics, Democratic, Republican, or any other kind of politics,” said Bennet in the video, replete with Bennet campaign signs. “This is about our kids. And I hope everybody will roll up their sleeves, or dig into their pocket for a little extra cash, and make sure that we’re supporting our children.”

Nothing wrong with that; well, nothing wrong except that Bennet has been part of a federal spending spree that will crush those kids (and their parents) with unsustainable debt.

Don’t take our word on the spending. The Denver Post just did a fact check on an ad claiming Bennet has been a party to spending upward of $2 billion A DAY since being appointed to the U.S. Senate in January 2009.

Here’s the rub: Bennet is the former superintendent of Denver Public Schools and presumed to have a real concern that, as he puts it, “the zip code you’re born into shouldn’t determine the education you get.”

But Bennet in Washington has been a reliable vote for the Obama Administration’s profligate spending, with more in the works.

“In other words, the policy changes embodied in President Obama’s 2011 Budget puts our country $2.5 trillion deeper in debt by 2020 than it otherwise would be if current law were left unchanged,” reported the Heritage Foundation.

The compiled debt and interest payments may eventually squeeze spending on public schools - and everything else.

“If spending cuts alone were used to keep the debt at its current share of the economy, the federal government would have to cut spending by 34 percent on average over the next 75 years, according to the GAO [Government Accountability Office]. Closing the fiscal gap using only taxes would require raising revenues 50 percent on average over the next 75 years,” reported Maureen Groppe of Gannett.

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Bennet not credible on deficit, Vincent Carroll, The Denver Post, 8/25/10

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5 Responses to “Sen. Bennet collects school supplies while helping crush kids with debt”

  1. Don’t forget the debt he created at Denver Public Schools using his friends on Wall Street: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/06/business/06denver.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

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  2. You got that right. Having helped run a charitable operation to provide kids with school supplies (you ought to see the list of required items) for 3 years, I was amazed and appalled at the number of kids at the now-closed Wyman School whose parents couldn’t afford the basic tools of school work. Wait until Bennet’s CDS deal kicks in (in 4 years at the “true-up”. DPS could owe as much as $1 Billion dollars. See http://denverdirect.blogspot.com/2010/07/will-michael-bennet-be-remembered-as.html.

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  3. Andrew Ward says:

    Notice all the Bennett for US Senate signs. Do you think he did this as Superintendent of DPS schools? If he wants to do a school supply drive that is great, but don’t make it a campaign stop, especially as the former head of a failing school district, this is just disrespectful.

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