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Published: Wednesday, July 8 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Physician, heal thyself

Senator Bennett, with all due respect, can you just turn the spotlight on yourself? No one does "pay for play" better than you. All the recipient institutions of the TARP proceeds were your benefactors and donors to your campaign. Your sudden urgency to investigate is almost laughable to those of us who have researched your donor list.

Investigate your back yard

Hey Bennett, while you are at it can you investigate the Utah politicians that demand 'pay-to-play' from PACs and special interest groups?

Do the feds have to legislate conflict of interest for state politicians because state legislators are unable to control themselves?

Equally concerned

If the feds legislate state politicans, then who watches the feds?

In addition to investigating the lawyers, why not also put a reasonable cap on the $500+ per plate lunches and dinners run by politicians for their campaigns (including Sen. Bennett himself). Is the food really that good?? That way, someone besides the filthy rich might be able to attend and get some private time with our representatives.

Money equals access

That's why the system is corrupt. At the fund raisers I've attended the seating is arranged for the highest donors to be closest to the candidate. If you think your two senior senators from Utah give a hangnail what you think and you aren't filling their pockets with campaign donations, then you're seriously suffering from delusions of some kind. Bennett was in the hip pocket of every financial institution in the country. Why? Because he was a ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee. He did their bidding, and distributed billions to his benefactors.

Oh, and by the way, Senator Bennett -- I seem to remember another "investigation" you announced in disgust when your constituents were herded into a tunnel on inauguration day. That was sure effective, since we never heard another word about that one, just like this one will die a natural death when the news cycle expires. It's all about working for the good people of Utah? Phooey.

Oh, and one more thing. My 87 year-old father who has always voted for you and Hatch told me the other day, "I like those guys, but they're just too old." Hee, hee.

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