US Sen. Michael Bennet: Coloradans don't shut down


In stark contrast to Washington’s dysfunction, which brought us a 16-day government shutdown and the risk of default in October, Coloradans know what it means to do their jobs day in and day out.

Across the state, and in some cases as they recovered from catastrophic flooding, workers in Colorado continued to carry out their duties and meet their responsibilities, in light of the paralysis in Washington. From police officers to teachers, business owners to assembly line workers, we proved that Colorado doesn’t shut down.


U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet

To highlight this point, immediately following the shutdown, we traveled across the state to work side by side Coloradans who are working hard day in and day out. Despite challenges they face, the workers we met with were meeting their obligations, providing for their families and contributing to our economy.

At Adam’s Mountain Cafe, a popular local eatery in Manitou Springs, the restaurant’s owner, Farley McDonough, quickly put me to work. Between filling waters and wiping down tables, I talked with customers about the hardships and losses they’ve suffered as a result of the mudslides and flooding in Manitou this summer. They also shared with me their frustration with the dysfunction in Washington. Later, when riding along with Officer Marcus Juliano on his beat in Pueblo, I witnessed his dedication to his community as he responded to call after call well into the night.

In Fowler, at the family-owned Jensen’s Blue Ribbon Processing plant, Jerry Jensen, the meat packing plant’s owner, explained the challenges and costs of competing with large companies. Jensen works hard every day to keep his doors open. At U.S. Tractor and Harvest Inc. in Alamosa, mechanics explained the difficulties small farms are facing throughout the state due to drought and high feed costs, not to mention the fact that Washington has yet to reauthorize the Farm Bill.

Whether it was substitute teaching in Denver, working at Brown Cycles and Edgewater Brewery in Grand Junction or hauling onions at Tuxedo Farms in Olathe, the stark contrast between these hard-working Coloradans and the political antics going on in Washington was crystal clear.

Although the government has reopened — at least temporarily — the effects of this ridiculous and manufactured crisis undeniably were damaging to the country and to Colorado. Standard and Poor’s estimated that the shutdown took $24 billion out of our economy and for 16 days put 800,000 people out of work nationwide, including more than 40,000 workers in Colorado, all of whom had paychecks delayed temporarily. In the aftermath of unprecedented flooding that caused tremendous destruction, this shutdown was a kick in the teeth to the thousands in our state who are working hard every day and are struggling to rebuild.

As we look forward, now is the time for Washington to get its act together and work on priorities important to Coloradans. This includes fixing our broken immigration system, passing the farm bill and, most importantly crafting a balanced, bipartisan budget.


mark hartless 3 years, 5 months ago

The jobs of those 800,000 that were put out of work temporarily need to be eliminated permanentely, and joined by that many more.

" is the time for Washington to get it's act together and work on priorities important to Coloradans... bill..." That's funny!

Not one word about the broken ObamaCare "priority" or the untold billions THAT is SUCKING out of our economy every 16 days...

With little exception, life for most everyone who doesn't suck at the nipple of government didn't suffer at all and THAT is a reality which Congress-critter Bennet hopes few realize.

His ilk want us to think life without him and other similar trolls would be a disaster. I think it would be heavenly.


Fred Duckels 3 years, 5 months ago

Bennett failed to mention Obamacare and all the help that this will bring to small business. He has the formula to remain in power by robbing and borrowing from Peter to pay Paul and counting on Paul to show up on election day.


Scott Wedel 3 years, 5 months ago

The worse sort of political hack. He has one of the most powerful political offices in the country and all he can do is blame others.


mark hartless 3 years, 5 months ago

"He who robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul."

Question is: What happens when everybody changes their name to Paul?... or Pablo...??


Scott Wedel 3 years, 5 months ago

Well, the premise of robbing Peter will gain the support of Paul is proven false by Alabama and Mississippi which are among the poorest states and receive high level of federal assistance and yet are strongly Republican states.

While the wealthiest states such as California and New York which pay more to the federal government than they get back in federal spending are strongly Democratic states.

How the Republican party lost Silicon Valley with all of those high tech firms and employees becoming wealthy from stock options should have be a lesson for the national Republican party.


mark hartless 3 years, 5 months ago

I never said the greed was contained in one particular political party, Scott.

It is funny, though, that you assume the plundering class is largely Democrat, and assume that I do too.

Heck, I'm willing to concede that some of the biggest moochers in the nation are republicans... farm subsidies, defense contractors, etc...

One comical example is here we have a nation of overweight lard-ass kids sucking on soda and twinkies and yet we are subsidizing the sugar cane farmers... ABSURD. Marco Rubio, the congress-critter from Florida, voted in favor of continuing those not to long ago.

Moochers come in all stripes...


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