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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Michael Bennet: 'It's all rigged'

By Matt DeLong

During a moment of extreme candor that was picked up by a hot microphone, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on Tuesday was heard voicing his displeasure with Democratic plans for the lame-duck session of Congress.

"It's all rigged," Bennet said to a colleague-- possibly Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) -- on the Senate floor. "I mean, the whole conversation's rigged. The fact that we don't get a discussion before the break about what we're going to do in the lame duck -- it's just rigged. This stuff's rigged."

Asked for comment, Bennet's staff told NBC: "Michael was telling the same truths on the Senate floor that he tells folks back home in Colorado."

Bennet aide Adam Bozzi also told NBC: "We can't move forward on major issues facing our country because of a broken system that is rigged to prevent progress. [...] Colorado and the rest of our country deserve better which is why he has proposed overhauling the way Washington works, including filibuster and lobbying reforms."

The Colorado senator, who was appointed in 2009 to replace now-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, narrowly won election in November over tea party-backed Republican Ken Buck after a tough campaign fight.

By Matt DeLong  | December 1, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
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It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

It is what makes modern life so dull and repetitive and infirm. It is all rigged....of course it is...they just pass the baton back and forth and think we are a bunch of stupid idiots that aren't on to their nefarious games.

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | December 5, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

I LIKE THIS GUY!

@Colorado, you guys picked a really good senator. I wouldn't mind voting for Michael Bennet as President someday.

Posted by: ChrisStewart | December 5, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

I LIKE THIS GUY!

@Colorado, you guys picked a really good senator. I wouldn't mind voting for Michael Bennet as President someday.

Posted by: ChrisStewart | December 5, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I LIKE THIS GUY!

@Colorado, you guys picked a really good senator. I wouldn't mind voting for Michael Bennet as President someday.

Posted by: ChrisStewart | December 5, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

two years of super majority and the white house and the lame duck democrats still blamed the republicans,
the ones they never consulted or talked too.....

boo hoo,

STOP THE SPENDING NIMROD(obama) and the
witched witch of the West(pelosi)....

Posted by: simonsays1 | December 4, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Micheal is my Senator and I am proud of him...It is the truth.. We need the scams called out for what they are ....Gop hypocrisy is the rule of the day!

Posted by: jetlone | December 2, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

START TREATY
Scary.

Russia has ONE silo--seven stories underground--200 ICBM--each to carry 10 warheads.

All aimed at ocean as are ours in a case of mistake.

Secretary of Defense William Perry visited the one in Russia. He said Awesome. Tremble stuff.

Pentgon admits we cannot stop once in flight.
Low heat emission engines. Hi tech decoys on each. Star Wars a waste. Total.

Each have 2200 War Heads. Cut to 1500.
Then, further cuts.

How can any sane person deny such a treaty?

I do not compehend how anyone can play games on such destructive potential.

We had Air Force Inspectors in each Silo in Russia as they did in ours.

No one inspecting till Treaty is ratified.

200 ICBM can destroy all of America. All. 100%.

comments welcome at cswinney2@triad.rr.com
olduglymeanhonest

Posted by: CSWINNEY2TRIADRRCOM | December 2, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Deficit commission
One thing I like.

28% Tax on ALL Personal Income.
Increase unearned from 15 to 28 and top individual from 35 to 28.

Unearned Income is WSA Rich Income.
In 2009, one made 4300 Million. Others made 3000 Million, 2000 Million one thousand million, etc.
How did they make it???
Gambling. No Value added. No velocity of money.
I bet up you bet down.
No investment in industry.

CASINO DERIVATIVE OF AMERICA

15% tax Rate.

Teachers-Police-Mill Worker paid at 28% rate.

I like proposal very much.

comments welcome at cswinney2@triad.rr.com pro or con or questions

Posted by: CSWINNEY2TRIADRRCOM | December 2, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Overtaxed.
One of least taxed of any major nation.
In 2009, the Federal Government collected in all taxes 17.5% of our total national income.

17.5% not 50% not 25% but 17.5% Total

Problem! We needed to collect 30% to cover our expenditures.

Numbers::
Total National Income=12,000B
2009 Expenditures 3600B
3600:12,000=30%

2009 Revenues=2100B
2100:12,000=17.5%

R have used "Spend/Borrow Democrats".

False. Spend and Borrow Let Kids Pay Tomorrow the history of Republican in control.

1000B Debt in 1980
Added: rounded
Reagan---1700
Bush I---1300
Bush II--6000

1000 to 10,000 in 20 years of Control.

clarence swinney
comments welcome at cswinney2@triad.rr.com
pro or con truth shall set you thinking

Posted by: CSWINNEY2TRIADRRCOM | December 2, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Mitch Gingrich
Deja Vu 1995
Newt took House with 73 new Barbarians.
5000 Bills/Resolutions
1500 Floor votes
Passed record low 88 Bills

CQ called it worst since 1933 Republican Do Nothing Congress.

In six, spent $110,000,000 (gao number)
on Hearings/Investigations trying to destroy the Clinton administration.

Since 1980 control White House for 20--Senate for 18-House for 12 and "All" for 6.

What did they accomplish??? Read/Weep

JOBS--99,000 net new jobs per month. Juat enough to cover new entries. Carter+Clinton 222,000.

SPENDING--took Carter 600B to 3600B (less clinton itsy bitsy)

DEBT--took Carter less than 1000 and added on 9000B. Yes! 9000. Who added Debt? Republicans.

Who da King Of Debt???

GW BUSH. His budgets added on 6000B
Clinton left him 5700B he took to 11,900B
Clinton left him 1800B Budget he took to 3600B.
Clinton left him Peace On Earth he took to Hell On Earth with two dumb wars.

How can the people Reward such Behavior???
Dumb? or what?
olduglymeanhonest clarence swinney
political historian lifeaholics of america
burlington nc
comments welcome at cswinney2@triad.rr.com

Posted by: CSWINNEY2TRIADRRCOM | December 2, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

.

Hey Democrats,

President Obama has as much as $5.9 million in cash and somewhere between $100,000 and $200,000 in 529 plans.

GE CEO Jeff Immelt sits on Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and GE owns MSNBC, the network famously friendly to Obama.

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

.

Posted by: kstobbe1 | December 2, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats could use reconciliation to pass many bills and win the favor of the public but they don't. There is enough rigging on the Hill to sail a fleet of clipper ships and have enough left over to cover a yacht race. To give credit to only one party for this shows the stupidity of the voters and is clearly one of the reason why they are hoodwinked so many times.

Posted by: glenglish | December 1, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

This is a classic gaffe--a politician forgets he's a politician for a few seconds and tells the truth.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou407 | December 1, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how many people in these comments are trying to throw Bennet's statement back onto Republicans. Surely Republicans have been guilty of such sins many times, but Bennet was plainly talking about his own Democratic leadership, if leadership can properly be used as a word to describe the people running the Democratic Party in Congress right now. Bennet's point is that this small group of Democrats didn't draw any input from the rest of the party; they just set their own agenda, and staged a series of debates and votes, none of which is actually meant to accomplish anything tangible for the American people. Democrats are using this lame duck merely to put themselves and their future opponents on record on certain issues. They're rigging up debates and votes in order to play political gotcha.

Bennet is right, too. This has been a particularly pathetic lame duck session. One would think Democrats would be motivated to act on serious issues, but mostly they are just skirting the pressing issues of taxes, jobs, immigration, and others that really affect and matter to voters.

For anyone who has paid much attention to this Congress, Bennet's comment really isn't saying anything new that everyone didn't already know. What's surprising is that a Democrat is saying it openly.

This is almost enough to make one wish that Reid had lost in Nevada, isn't it? Perhaps the useless Senate leader would have a bit more fire in his belly to make use of the lame duck session were he not coming back in January. Instead, it's just business as usual for Reid. He's got another six years on his contract, so why not engage in a little political spite and nonsense right now?

Posted by: blert | December 1, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Of course it's all rigged. Has been for years. Where have you been?

Posted by: boleson02 | December 1, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Of course it's all rigged. Has been for years, where have you been?

Posted by: boleson02 | December 1, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Give the Gift of Spine.

Posted by: kravitzkravitz | December 1, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Bunch of partisan hacks; those that point fingers and cheer for their brand of thieves. A mindless bunch who are shackled by their establishment thinking. Blues vs. Reds get the people exactly what they have. Keep playing their game and they'll keep taking your liberty. Let go of your of despotic leanings and abandon the left right paradigm.

Posted by: jmc0369 | December 1, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

This is why democrats lost so big in this election....

....and will lose the rest in 2012

NObama 2012

Corrupt Democrats: Legislating Recession into Depression since the 1930's

Posted by: georgedixon1 | December 1, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Of course it's rigged. No story here. Except perhaps a moment of candor.

Posted by: Annandale | December 1, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Uhhhh....Legislators.........You're all an embarassing bunch of people.

You're pathetic. Grown-ups constantly fighting, refusing to get along with each other, wanting their own way.........Good Lord, three year olds act more mature than you do.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 1, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Everybody knows . . .

The media is in on the game, too. Just look who the feds have been feeding the candy bars. The average American doesn't stand a chance. Divided, we fall.

Posted by: SarahBB | December 1, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

It is rigged so that Republican psychos can obstruct vital functions in this nation. Democrats need to grow some guts and fight them. The current wave of Republican obstructionists is the lowest since the era of Newt and his fellow nuts.

Posted by: revbookburn | December 1, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

It's actually rigged to prevent Democratic Senators from destroying our nation. And thank god for that.

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | December 1, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

So,let me be clear here now,as yes indeed the time to completely eliminate these phony "Lame Duck Sessions of Congress"after
the election has come and must be fully
replaced with the New Congress being swore
in no more then 30 days following the election. And,the outgoing Congress should
be legally blocked from taking any action
except to declare war or impeachment.

Furthermore,if a new member of Congress cannot get their own personal affairs in order within that 30 days then clearly they
donot even be in Congress. Since after all
this is the 21st Century not the horse and
buggy era of the 1800's now then.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | December 1, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse


After Senator Bennet got flogged by Harry Reid, Bennet was compelled by Reid to mumble some nonsense to the press about the filibuster rule ... pathetic Dims. Mea culpa bleats Bennet.

Silly Dims the cloture rule is not going anywhere not unless you have a 2/3 majority vote to amend Senate rules.

Do Dims have the votes? No.


Posted by: screwjob22 | December 1, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Democrats whining that they can no longer drop 2,000 page bills they alone drafted for puppet Obama signature 24 hours later?

Ah yes, that was certainly *true democracy* in action. so proud of our *system* of *working together*.

Posted by: SamRon1 | December 1, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

You are correct, Garak.
Party before Country, that's the GOP way.

Posted by: pjohn2 | December 1, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

It is time to eliminate the lame duck session of Congress. The 20th Amendment had this in mind when, among other things, it changed the required meeting date for Congress from December (Article 1, Section 4, Clause 2) to the 3rd of January (Section 2).

Emergency sessions could still be called in time of war or for other extraordinary circumstances; but otherwise, Congress would not meet following national elections until January, when the newly elected legislatures are seated.

But than losing legislatures and defeated majorities wouldn't get their last chance to bring home some pork, pay off some lobbyists, and give themselves one last benefit.

Posted by: ABQ87111 | December 1, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: eaglepost

Let's see: We have a really smart president who is trying to solve huge problems.
===========================================
Really? I thought that we had to wait for 2012 for a new President. Who's the new one?

Posted by: parent6 | December 1, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse


Bennet was talking to another Dim senator about his own Democrat leadership.

Silly Dims, Bennet's unguarded statement on an open microphone has nothing to do with Republicans in the Senate, if you even bothered to read the article, which is doubtful.

Posted by: screwjob22 | December 1, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Billionaires an Millionaires have been protected from Taxes but not me an every working Americans, will get the highest tax hike with gas prices reaching 4.00 by Jan 2011, which the Governement gets issued cars an free gas cards. Those SOB'S don't care what they are doing to us all. They refuse acknowledge us by their arrogants. They won't listen to reasion then America Enact your Rights to fire all of them. I can't afford gas with the price it is now!

Posted by: JWTX | December 1, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Billionaires an Millionaires have been protected from Taxes but not me an every working Americans, will get the highest tax hike with gas prices reaching 4.00 by Jan 2011, which the Governement gets issued cars an free gas cards. Those SOB'S don't care what they are doing to us all. They refuse acknowledge us by their arrogants. They won't listen to reasion then America Enact your Rights to fire all of them. I can't afford gas with the price it is now!

Posted by: JWTX | December 1, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Billionaires an Millionaires have been protected from Taxes but not me an every working Americans, will get the highest tax hike with gas prices reaching 4.00 by Jan 2011, which the Governement gets issued cars an free gas cards. Those SOB'S don't care what they are doing to us all. They refuse acknowledge us by their arrogants. They won't listen to reasion then America Enact your Rights to fire all of them. I can't afford gas at he price it is now!

Posted by: JWTX | December 1, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

...a bunch of loons on here spitting vile against the Republicans....

Posted by: dnara | December 1, 2010 1:39 PM
**************************

Illiteracy never fails to bite conservatives in their collective behind.

Posted by: abqcleve | December 1, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Suck up, kick down. That's all folks!

Posted by: rusty3 | December 1, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

priley8104 wrote: Of COURSE it is all rigged by the usual suspects, Dirty Harry, Bela Pulosi and Comrade Obozo.
_________________________
Priley8104 is hoping Boehner will appoint him to lead some of those "adult conversations" he has promised to hold.

Posted by: amstphd | December 1, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Bennet is right, the Republican thugs and their abuse of the arcane filibuster rules are at the heart of what's destroying democracy in this country.


When you have one party (Republican) that is willing to burn the entire country down (filibuster abuse) in their foaming at the mouth quest for power (that they don't deserve) - you have a dysfunctional gov't.


And that's what we have now here in America.

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Posted by: DrainYou | December 1, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

And of course is won't be a surprise that the Republicans will operate the same way once they gain control of the House.

Why do people continue to think that name calling is a good substitute for honest discussion?

---

There is a contingent that truly is that dumb. OTOH, I wish some sort of task force would be formed, prosecutions starting with the executive, the parties, and then Congress, and then the corporations that bribe them all.

Reasonable, clean Senators can do a lot mroe than this current worthless dumb crew -- and the corporations that back them.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | December 1, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

And now we hear the Repugnants want to start the next "Party of No" Congress early, in the last session of this one.
Of course it's rigged when people are elected whose sole purpose is to not do their jobs, i.e, LEGISLATE. They are legislators.
The Repugnat Party of No'ers are just freeloaders collecting salaries and getting free health care while they show nothing but contempt for American citizens.
Hey, teapaggers -- your tantrum sure was effective, huh?

Posted by: mylesgordon | December 1, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Like we didn't know that. I agree with Garak: the GOP puts billionaires ahead of the good of the country, and the Dems do nothing to stop them.

Posted by: gtinla | December 1, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Bennet speaks truth.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | December 1, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse


Bennet should consider himself lucky not to be one of the 6 Dims in the Senate and 62 in the House who were thrown out of office one month ago.

If Harry Reid had revealed his true plans before the elections, the Dims would have lost several more senators.

Posted by: screwjob22 | December 1, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Duh.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 1, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Kill the Lame Duck!

Congress give America a Christmas present: GO HOME!

Posted by: jfv123 | December 1, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

screwjob22 wrote....
When Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) says it is all rigged, he is of course referring to it all being rigged by Harry Reid the Dim. It is the Dim leadership who control the agenda in the Senate. The GOP minority has no say in the matter.

Bennet is admitting his own party is supremely corrupt.

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And of course is won't be a surprise that the Republicans will operate the same way once they gain control of the House.

Why do people continue to think that name calling is a good substitute for honest discussion?

Posted by: RGee1 | December 1, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

priley8104 wrote,,,,
Mr. Bennet just had an epiphany? Of COURSE it is all rigged by the usual suspects, Dirty Harry, Bela Pulosi and Comrade Obozo. Why are you shocked? These partisan HACKS just lost more seats than any party has lost in over 70 years and they are still playing the same old tired, tedious, stupid games. Term Limits, Term Limits, Term Limits, Term Limits!!! 2012 can't come soon enough.
---------------------------

Well, sure, and it's rigged just like it will be when the Republicans take over. The leadership controls the discussion, regardless of which party is in power. Is that some great revelation you've had?

We have term limits. They are called elections. We can't help it if Americans are too stupid to use their vote wisely.

And, as usual, when someone has nothing to say, there's nothing like name calling as a substitute for honest discussion.

Posted by: RGee1 | December 1, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

REWARD THE RICH, PUNISH THE POOR - VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | December 1, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

priley8104, Yur' so funny when you call the Prez Comrade Obozo, like hes' a communist. I wish I cud be smart like you

Posted by: jobro1 | December 1, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Did he just figure this out?

Posted by: jckdoors | December 1, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bennet just had an epiphany? Of COURSE it is all rigged by the usual suspects, Dirty Harry, Bela Pulosi and Comrade Obozo. Why are you shocked? These partisan HACKS just lost more seats than any party has lost in over 70 years and they are still playing the same old tired, tedious, stupid games. Term Limits, Term Limits, Term Limits, Term Limits!!! 2012 can't come soon enough.

Posted by: priley8104 | December 1, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Only on the WaPo website could you post a clip about a DEMOCRATIC Senator lamenting the crony rules of his own DEMOCRATIC party, and have a bunch of loons on here spitting vile against the Republicans.

Ask yourself why the Senate Democratic leadership insisted the earmark ban be brought up under rules that made it subject to a 67 vote threshold. They DIDN'T want it passed. It is all rigged, and usually rigged by the ones in power - Democrats.

Posted by: dnara | December 1, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse


When Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) says it is all rigged, he is of course referring to it all being rigged by Harry Reid the Dim. It is the Dim leadership who control the agenda in the Senate. The GOP minority has no say in the matter.

Bennet is admitting his own party is supremely corrupt.

Posted by: screwjob22 | December 1, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

First Wikileaks and now this. Way refreshing.

Jack Nicholson was wrong. You can handle the truth.

Posted by: silentjay | December 1, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse


it's refreshing to catch a senator telling the truth, but it would have been far better reporting to put some context with his candid remarks.

maybe the other person (female voice on tape) would be willing to step forward and tell us what her convo with bennett was all about.

maybe chris matthews will be able to get bennett to spill details on hardball.

absent context, this is nice to share, but useless.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | December 1, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Sen. Bennett for your candor. Give us more.

Let's see: We have a really smart president who is trying to solve huge problems, and we have Republicans whose only objective is to thwart the President.

It is now clear that Republicans are no longer concerned about our country, and only want to defeat Obama in 2012, regardless of the damage the GOP does to our nation. Republicans say on camera that they want to cooperate, but in their back room, they are united in their committment to block anything the President wants to do.

Obama should let the Bush tax cuts expire rather than continuing the lower tax rate for the rich. Democrats seem reluctant to challenge the GOP's stupid message: "Lower taxes for the rich means more jobs."

The lower "Bush tax" on the rich is in place today, but no one has pointed to any jobs that it is producing. When the GOP originally passed the tax cuts, they made them more palitable by having them end before 10 years so that the cuts would not count against them in the budgeting process. The GOP has conveniently forgotten the orign.

The GOP has no honor. Example: They said they couldn't vote on the "don't ask-don't tell" repeal until the Pentagon did a full report (which the GOP assumed would oppose repeal). But the report says repeal would not be problematic. So the GOP hypocrites now say, "Well, we still oppose repeal, because we know better than the Pentagon."

The GOP's plan to hold START hostage is treasonist, and jeopardizes national security and global security. Democrats whould publicly humiliate the Republicans for their dangerous behaviour.

If Republicans want to filibuster, I urge the Democrats to let them blather on. I would prefer to have Republicans filibuster and look stupid, than for the Democrats to cower in the face of a threatened filibuster.

Ony an easily misled person would believe the validity of the GOP's proposal: "Cut taxes, create jobs, reduce spending, reduce the national debt." Anyone relying on Medicare or Social Security should wake up and damn the GOP for its recklessness.

Posted by: eaglepost | December 1, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Sen. Bennett for your candor. Give us more.

Let's see: We have a really smart president who is trying to solve huge problems, and we have Republicans whose only objective is to thwart the President.

It is now clear that Republicans are no longer concerned about our country, and only want to defeat Obama in 2012, regardless of the damage the GOP does to our nation. Republicans say on camera that they want to cooperate, but in their back room, they are united in their committment to block anything the President wants to do.

Obama should let the Bush tax cuts expire rather than continuing the lower tax rate for the rich. Democrats seem reluctant to challenge the GOP's stupid message: "Lower taxes for the rich means more jobs."

The lower "Bush tax" on the rich is in place today, but no one has pointed to any jobs that it is producing. When the GOP originally passed the tax cuts, they made them more palitable by having them end before 10 years so that the cuts would not count against them in the budgeting process. The GOP has conveniently forgotten the orign.

The GOP has no honor. Example: They said they couldn't vote on the "don't ask-don't tell" repeal until the Pentagon did a full report (which the GOP assumed would oppose repeal). But the report says repeal would not be problematic. So the GOP hypocrites now say, "Well, we still oppose repeal, because we know better than the Pentagon."

The GOP's plan to hold START hostage is treasonist, and jeopardizes national security and global security. Democrats whould publicly humiliate the Republicans for their dangerous behaviour.

If Republicans want to filibuster, I urge the Democrats to let them blather on. I would prefer to have Republicans filibuster and look stupid, than for the Democrats to cower in the face of a threatened filibuster.

Ony an easily misled person would believe the validity of the GOP's proposal: "Cut taxes, create jobs, reduce spending, reduce the national debt." Anyone relying on Medicare or Social Security should wake up and damn the GOP for its recklessness.

Posted by: eaglepost | December 1, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are giving us their version of Merry Christmas. They have proven accomplished in putting coal in our stockings at Chistmas. In past years, they have rewarded those who sent our jobs to China by giving them tax cuts. This year is but a slight variant. This year they want to extend and make permanent tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires while cutting off unemployment payments for millions of unemployed Americans.

Posted by: esch | December 1, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Senator Bennett and his fellow Senators are running a casino there in Washington. "It's all rigged".

Posted by: bigmac1810 | December 1, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

truth.. I like it... replacing the fake-abuster with the original intent of making the senator actually talk and not allow parties to have consecutive filibusters or no more than 1 apiece by any party or independent would restore the meaning and purpose which is to to in extreme cases or cases of heartfelt objection temporarily hold up the bill so all can have the chance to examine it and change their minds. lobby reform is so obvious why do we allow the big $ people to pay to make laws that make bribery legal? they should be prosecuted under the rico act if they persist with the non=sense it's obviously a organize crime conspiracy . historically speaking organized crime has often been people like bell telephone, sprint enron and others not Italian or or any other ethic gangs.

Posted by: artistkvip1 | December 1, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow how refreshing to hear the truth. Odd that Nutsy Pelosi wasn't seen chasing him furiously with her butterfly net but it's nice to find an honest Democrat in Washington.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 1, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Sen Bennett is right, of course. There is probably no group of 100 individuals on the planet that is as dysfunctional as the United States Senate.
They rely on rules and traditions that date back to a time when we had statesmen, and not politicians, in the Senate; you know, people who could put honor above partisanship.
I find it telling that, almost a century after we started directly electing Senators, virtually all the Senators we read about in history books were APPOINTED by their respective legislators.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | December 1, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Republican Reality: Republican Economist & John McCain's Sr. Economics Adviser Doug Holtz Eakin: "Whether Republican, Democrat Or Martian, Taxes Will have to be raised"

2008:Doug H. Eakin "Whether Republican-Democrat Or A Martian-Taxes Will Have To Be Raised"
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Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Director of the Congressional Budget Office and current chief McCain economic advisor, is an honest man--which means he's something of a liability on the Straight Talk Express.
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A few months ago, he admitted to my colleague, Michael Scherer, that Barack Obama's economic plan would reduce taxes for most people.


And now, in a forthcoming book by Fortune columnist Matt Miller, he makes it clear that the next President is going to have to raise taxes.

"If you do nothing on the spending side, you're going to have to raise taxes whether you're a Republican, a Democrat or a Martian," he tells Miller...and then he immediately makes it clear that the "spending side" part of the argument is nothing more than a political fig-leaf.

"It's arithmetic." Federal revenue today is 18.8 percent of GDP and federal spending is 20 percent.

Holtz-Eakin observes that "the pressure are there" to lift spending [on entitlement programs, mostly] and taxes to 23 or 24 percent of GDP by around 2020, and to as much as 27 percent if health costs remain out of control.

Miller does the arithmetic: that's an annual tax hike of $550 to $700 billion, well beyond the range of any spending cuts that McCain has or might propose.

(Those vaunted earmarks cost about $20 billion per year.)
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What Holtz-Eakin admitted to Scherer was that the Obama's plan represented a net tax reduction over ten years.

Posted by: omaarsblade | December 1, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Millions will be without unemployment benefits come Dec 6. GOP message: Sorry, Merry f'n Christmas (despite the proven economic benefits of enemployment insurance). A nuclear arms treaty that the POTUS negotiated in good faith with Medvedev held hostage. GOP message: The leader of the free world's word has no weight. The Pentagon, that bastion of liberalism, asks, no begs the Congress to repeal "Don't ask, Don't tell" before the courts get involved again and the GOP won't let it come to a vote. GOP message: "We're pro defense, until boy soldiers start a kissin boy soldiers, and girl soldiers start a kissin on girl soldiers, 'cause that don't play in my RED state" But when it comes to tax cuts for their millionaire buddies it's, "hey, now we're talkin!" Tax cuts out of one side of their mouths and deficit reduction out of the other. I can't for the life of me figure out how so many of you rubes vote for these self-serving, glad-handing, party before country GOP hipocrites.

Posted by: rcupps | December 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for Senator Bennett. I voted for him, because he said he would protect Social Security and Medicare for the elderly; and because he vowed to fight the corrupt politicians in Washington D.C. Keep up the good fight, Senator. We've got your back.

Posted by: AnnsThought | December 1, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for Senator Bennett. I voted for him, because he said he would protect Social Security and Medicare for the elderly; and because he vowed to fight the corrupt politicians in Washington D.C. Keep up the good fight, Senator. We've got your back.

Posted by: AnnsThought | December 1, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I truly don't understand the GOP position on taxes. They say that cutting taxes to the wealthy will improve the job market. How is that? The wealthy don't have to put their new-found funds into the economy; they can put it into stocks and bonds, which may imporve statistics but doesn't usually increase the number of job openings in the market.

Or the recipients of these gifts can put their monies into out-sourced businesses overseas, in China, India, or wherever, which doesn't help the USA economy.

In contrast, the Democratic policy of putting stimulus funds into the economy increases jobs and makes it easier to get loans. Sure, it may increase the deficit, if only temporarily, but we're being forced to choose between unpleasant alternatives in any event, not so?

Posted by: avi31547 | December 1, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is all rigged. And the middle class is toast if the Republicans continue their rampage. In the face of all this powerlessness, it seems like a good time to move to another country.

Posted by: susannah4 | December 1, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Um, sorry to be so outside-the-Beltway again, but could we have some context, please? What particular issue(s) does Senator Bennet want to be on the agenda that aren't? What specifically engendered his comment on the Senate floor? (I can't believe that it was a failure to address filibustering and lobbying reform.)

People read newspapers to be edified, but reporters often have their heads so deep in the political sand that they forget to report the basic facts. I'm reasonably informed; when I read an article, I really shouldn't have to google to figure out what's going on.

Posted by: Itzajob | December 1, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to Congress.

And just wait for the GOP plan: Drop dead, America. Billionaires need tax cuts. No billionaire tax cuts, nothing else moves.

Posted by: Garak | December 1, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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