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Sen. Mike Lee gives tea party response: Obama uninterested in confronting 'inequality crisis' (+video)

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  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 9:04 p.m.

    If Mike Lee is so worried about cronyism at the top, why does he take money from special interests such as Freedomworks who are funded by the very cronies he despises?

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 9:05 p.m.

    Barack would be happier if no one was rich rather than some rich and some poor.

    I'm ashamed at lazy people who think rich people need to give them their money simply because they are rich.

    The government does not become more expensive simply because Mitt Romney made a lot of money.

    When Mitt creates value(something liberals don't do), it doesn't make it more difficult for me to better my life.

    And the value rich people create doesn't happen automatically, its not a guaranteed outcome. So to suggest what he earns belongs to the entire country is pathetic, and a lazy response.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 9:04 p.m.

    The number of people on food stamps has doubled in the past 5 years.

    And barack considers that a success.

  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    Why when I listen to Sen. Lee am I always reminded of Don Quijote? Could it be the fanciful thinking and forever tilting at windmills?

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    Mike Lee is one of very few we hear talking sense in Congress. I am very pleased he is from the State of Utah; how refreshing to hear someone really addressing the problems of the honest and hardworking in the "lower" classes and helping to point out the croney system at "the top". He seems to very nicely mix justice and compassion in his views and aspirations for the benefit of all honest men who are so rarely appreciated or represented in Congress and the White House.

    Well done, Mike. Keep it up!

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 10:07 p.m.

    "tea party response"
    Their own response reveals a solid split in the Republican Party.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 10:33 p.m.

    Obama is not very wise to make income inequality a campaign issue - since it has only increased during his reign of terror

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 10:41 p.m.

    BO will go down as the worst president in American History, which is unfortunate for someone who had the mantle of the greatest nation in history!

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    Senator Lee, and why do you and your father choose to work for the government? Why major in college in political science? Why have you lived in Washington DC much of your life? Our country is going forward, much is good in our land. We need less attorneys and more farmers, more people willing to be a common person, less graduate degrees, and more janitors and security officers and grocers, and nurses and high school teachers, and cops and firemen, and librarians, and poets and dancers and artists and scientists.

  • Everyone Gets a Gun Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    "London-based national government" ?? What sort of nonsense is that?

  • Mrs T Coalville, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 11:33 p.m.

    We sure appreciate a true friend to freedom. Let's pray he stays true to it. We need representatives who serve us and not themselves or party!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 29, 2014 5:08 a.m.

    I think Mike Lees response is reasonable, but expected.

    The meat from the article

    Protest against dysfunctional government
    Rubio and Ryan are working on welfare reform
    "As for healthcare, the best way to repeal Obamacare is to deliver better solutions, he said."

    Ok fine. Protest if that makes you happy. That is about all they have been doing.
    Rubio and Ryan? Great. Let them work on something. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of it. At least they would be FOR something for a change.

    Healthcare? Completely agree. 40+ votes to kill something is a joke. I am pleased that Lee understands that going back to pre Obamacare is not an option.

    So? So? Who is working on that? Write some actual legislation and put it on the floor. Let the American people see the GOP healthcare proposals.

    I am all in favor of repealing Obamacare. Show me something better. In all these years of being against Obamacare, the GOP has not offered ONE alternative. STILL.

    When the GOP starts proposing solutions to known and existing problems, I will again consider voting for them.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Jan. 29, 2014 5:48 a.m.

    @Christopher B: Ah, yes only the wealthy conservatives provide value to American society. The liberals are just lazy and suck off of the wealthy. What a well thought out and reasoned post. SMH.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Jan. 29, 2014 5:50 a.m.

    @bandersen: Sorry, Ronald Reagan has that distinction and will keep it for the foreseeable future.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 29, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    Correction.

    Looks like the GOP released a proposal for health care called the Patient Care Act.

    Finally. And I commend them.

    I read it and it actually goes beyond the GOP healthcare talking points and actually has some substance.

    We should all look it (and any proposal) with open minds and judge it on its merits.

    It will be interesting to get into the details.

    Kudos to the GOP for finally penning an actual plan.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    Lee offers a perverse view of income inequality. He offers nothing but criticism. No ideas. No proposals. He offers only the same, tired rhetoric that is followed up with nothing of substance. And for Republicans to complain is astounding. Last week in a briefing, I saw a chart of Congressional accomplishments since WWII. The do-nothing Congresss of which Truman complained was extremely active compared to the current Congress, by an enormously high factor. The fact remains that the GOP is more interested in seeing the President, thus the country fail, rather than moving forward. The President gave an optimistic message, but told Congress that they can either start doing something or he would to the extent of his authority. Ane the President is right. It's time to get something done. Americans are tired of inaction. Lee and his Tea Party friends represent the past and offer nothing to help the American people. Nothing but worn out rhetoric.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 29, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    Why is it that all the things Lee professes to disparage so much are the things that are so evident in his being.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 29, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    Inequality does exist, because we're not all the same.

    Equality would be great if I had paid vacations to Hawaii every year.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    Joe Blow

    Here is something better than Obamacare. Letting most people keep their current insurance, (which is what Obama promised in the first place) and then set up a government program that assists the special needs people, who have pre-existing conditions that would suppliment their current health plan. A system like that would cost billions less than this total revamp of everyones health care plan, as well as take care of those with special added needs.

    Esquire

    Maybe you don't see it, but progress today would be any opposition to Obama and the Democrats. After all look where we are after Democrat control beginning in 2007. Imagine how bad our economy and debt would be if the Republicans had not won the House in 2010 and Reid, Pelosi, and Obama had had free reign to spend what they wanted. Our debt would be over 20 trillion by now. That's why a good political policy is to just reject all that Obama and the Democrats propose. After 5 years, it is a failure.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    Mr. Bohey,
    Let's compare, shall we?
    Reagan: brought down the Berlin Wall
    Obama: built walls between classes
    Reagan: Lowered taxes, precipitating 25 years of growth
    Obama: Raised debt to $17 Trillion, propagating and deepening Bush's recession, which was started by a poorly conceived "stimulus."
    Reagan: ended Soviet threat through strengthening America's military
    Obama: strengthened America's enemies through weakening America's military
    Reagan: put more people to work
    Obama: put more people on welfare
    Reagan: didn't nationalize any industry
    Obama: commandeered one-sixth of the economy with Obamacare and totally screwed it up

    Yes, history must surely see how imbalanced the scales are in comparing Obama to any president.
    At least he takes Carter off the hook.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 29, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    SCFan, With all due respect, your opinion and suggestions concerning healthcare are about as useful as mine are.

    We are not in a position to affect change, regardless of how much we complain.

    Our elected officials are a whole different animal.

    Finally, the GOP has put forth an actual written plan with a reasonable outline of their plan.

    That is infinitely more useful then just complaining about someone elses plan, or throwing out high level tidbits here and there.

    I commend them for finally doing that. It's about dang time.

    Patient Care Act gives us an outline to finally work with.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 29, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    Still looking for a concrete proposal, anyone can criticize and Monday morning quarterback. What has Mr. Lee put forward that can be passed in a bi-partisan congress? Answer Nothing.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 29, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    Give all Americans a checkbook, and mandate banks to honor all checks coming through.

    Yikes!

    Obama is starting to make sense.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    The key to health care reform? Tort reform #1. Let insurance companies cross state lines #2. Let me negotiate what I pay to my doctor without interferance from the insurance company and the government #3. And lastly, repeal all of the regulations the government places on health care providers and replace them with ones that make sence and far less in number. I have seen the number of administrative office people go from 2 several years ago to about 10 just to assist with the paperwork required for reporting all of the junk the government makes my doctor report about. Any my doctor has only himself in the office as an MD.

  • liberty or ...? Ogden, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    Mike Lee is one of the only honest Senators who we have that still knows he represents the people not rule over them.When he was running and somebody asked him why he should be elected since he was a lawyer like others in washington. His response was exactly what I was looking for. He said my career has been spent defending the constitution from both parties and those ignoring it. Mike Lee's only special interest is the constitution and has kept every campaign promise he made
    1. opposed obama care(affordable Healthcare act)- it is ironic to me that the people who were griping during the government shutdown about him are the same fools griping now about there lost jobs,cut hours, increased insurance rates,lost insurance or reduced benefits.
    2.Defend the constitution- The presidents idea of working together is doing what he says. where does it say compromise means let him violate the constitution act like a dictator and spend my country into financial oblivion?
    3. We gripe about shutdowns instead of asking why we are employing people who's jobs are non essential or why the federal government has a say in our national parks at all.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    So if Obama is not interested in the Utah senators ideas is he going to shut the government down again?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 9:40 a.m.

    Bob A. Bohey, not even close on Ronald Reagan. Three worst presidents? Carter still #1, Obama #2 but closing in on the top spot quickly, #3 is Nixon but only for Watergate. But to make you feel good about yourself, I'll add JFK as #4.

  • verum peto Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    Great job Senator Lee, I am so glad he is my senator.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    Fred44

    Not sure I completely understand what your point was, however I will remind that Obamacare would not/did not pass with a bipartisan congress. And that piece of legislation was not something like spending a few million on a bridge to nowhere. It was one of the most costly pieces of legislation ever passed by congress. Unilaterally.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    It would be nice if Mike Lee would recognize the truth if it bit him and, better yet, start telling it instead of just spouting political rhetoric promoted by FoxNews, Rush Limbaugh, et al. Then, maybe, we could have an honest discussion of issues.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    To "Esquire" Lee understands the cause of the income inequality. As he pointed out, it is the government and the failed policies that use government to fix the problem. If you get government out of the business of "fixing" every problem that comes along and return them to their proper roll of referees, things would be much better.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    and the only 2% of clothes are made in america since the top 1% has had tax cuts more jobs go over seas and more of the top 1% hide their money in other countries. its a known fact that the low wages paid by fast food and cheap stores makes more people have to go on food stamps and get aid every year even though most corporations are making record profits. food containers get smaller and the prices go up every year and the wage earners are not given enough increase to pay for it.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    so funny when i hear how great reagan was. read about central america and the contras. elsalvador and cia. putting the panama dictator incharge of the drug trade, and at the same time having a war on drugs. and regan did not lower taxes. he increased military spending so high the soviet union went bankrupted. i could go on for a long time about the bad he did but its not fair he is dead. i know a lot because i was in the army back then and know what went on.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    Esquire: Music to my ears to know that this congress has done nothing! I guess that had to take a break after nationalizing 1/6th of the U.S. Economy. This is not just BO's ownership, but a collusion between the Democrats and Republicans. Neither party represents the real americans-you know, the ones that work every day, pay their taxes, raise families, and talk to their children about the importance of making something of their lives without government's imprimatur, something almost impossible to imagine perhaps to those who have never experienced it.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Jan. 29, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    kiddsport: "Reagan: brought down the Berlin Wall"

    There's a lot I could comment on, but I'll just take this one for an example. Reagan did no such thing. Reagan had zero, ZERO, impact on this decision. Reagan made a speech, as had every previous American president. Reagan was president when it happened, but do not mistake correlation for causation. A shelled-out economy which was the result of the mismanagement of funds combined with Soviet citizens willing to face down tanks and potentially lose their lives brought an end to the Soviet Union. It fell when Army commanders refused to open fire on the protesters, resulting in Party leaders' loss of power. To say Reagan brought down the wall is to downplay those who actually acted, who were on the ground risking their lives. The Soviet Union wasn't afraid of our military--never had been. We both had nukes, that all it took. They weren't afraid of Reagan's threats, as the leadership continued to defy him--as they had every president.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Jan. 29, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    @kiddsport: Reagan was the political muscle behind the start of the single greatest re-distribution of wealth from the poor & middle class to the wealthy in the history of the United States. He recruited Margret Thatcher for the single largest re-distribution of wealth the world has ever experienced.All of his other "accomplishments" or failures pales in comparison to the above. He is the poster boy for today's GOP war on the poor and middle class. They wish to finish what he started and don't appear that they will stop until all but the wealthiest 1% become for all intents and purposes indentured servants. There should be no waxing poetic for that man.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 3:24 p.m.

    @ SCfan, pure unsubstantiated talking points. Provide some authoritative references. The facts say otherwise.

    @ RedShirt, it seems like in two sentences, you essentially argue both sides of the issue. If Lee wants to address income inequality, and then wants no government, how does that help income inequality? It is astounding. I stand by my point that Lee offers nothing but tired rhetoric.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    Mike is SPOT ON!! Barack is all hot air ...he can read a teleprompter but actually creating workable solutions ...not interested and incapable. Raising the minimum wage for a few people in government contracts to 10 bucks an hour won't do diddly squat for the nation as a whole let alone the vast majority of the middle class work force...but for the low info voter it satisfies. Bottom line here - Barack Obama has no idea how to manage anything. He has zero experience running a corporation or being a Governor of a state and his talking points are all sugary nonsense targeted for NBC, CNN and his other White House media outlets. Income inequality has to do with education and bringing UP the nations standards so people can become self sufficient not government dependent.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    RedShirt said: You don't understand how people can better their lives without government.
    If you want to be lazy, look at China. Just 30 years ago you had the poor, and the rich, no middleclass. Now they have a thriving middleclass. What did it? Did communism invent something new? What happened was that capitalists were seeking cheap labor, and china gave it to them. Now they have dropped significantly in their poverty levels.
    ––
    So your saying that the chinese government "gave it to them."
    It's a little more complicated than that, since the US government
    allowed the trade which had previously been denied.
    So between the 2 governments and some greedy capitalist and congressmen
    who didn't care much about human rights if they could make more money are doing exactly that.

    People may live better with less government control, but business is not trustworthy of taking the responsibility and they prove it over and over again, from polluting to gambling on wall street, to poisoning us with drugs and food.

    I thought mike was distancing himself from the tea partiers? Guess the check cleared.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 5:57 p.m.

    It appears the Leopard is trying to change his stripes. Thanks to Hatch and others for finally offering an alternative to the ACA. Where is Lee on this. Plenty of criticism, few real solutions.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    To "Happy Valley Heretic" is is great to see your liberal pessimism coming out. Most businesses are great at lifing people out of poverty. The problem lies in people that think that they can use government to force businesses to pay more.

    Read the other articles that I referrenced. It is nice to see how you took the easy route and just looked at China, but now its time to learn. China's problems with poverty were not due to a lack of trade. We have had open trade agreements with them since 1971. Their reduction in poverty only came AFTER they allowed capitalists to come in and build factories and raise the standard of living for the people.

    I don't know where you get your bizzare ideas that Mike Lee has tried to distance himself from the Tea Party. Read "Tea Party Express endorses Sen. Mike Lee in 2016 race" where they explain that Mike Lee is trying to be more inclusive to get support from the Tea Party AND other conservative people.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    to Flashback

    What about the two from Texas (Lbj & dubya)?

    No way should Reagan or JFK be considered.

    p.s. Notice I crossed party lines?

  • LiberalJimmy Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2014 12:37 a.m.

    Mike Lee keep speaking. Christopher B. continue to post.