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1st-term senator became key voice in debt debate

Published: Thursday, Aug. 4 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Good for you, Senator Lee. Keep up the good work.

Springville, UT

A lot of people will want to give Mike Lee credit for taking a hard line and sticking to his convictions. Unfortunately, his unwillingness to work with other members in Congress (based upon his Tea Party beliefs) will hurt him, and Utah, in the long run. Whether we like it or not, our representatives need to be willing to work with others if they are going to do any good for their constituents. It will cost him a lot of important political capital to even work well with the majority of the GOP and conservative Democrats, let alone the more liberal members of Congress.

Like he said, he wasn't able to move things as fast as he wanted. If he keeps pushing too hard on some issues, it will be a net loss for Utah.

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

I am thnakful that Senator Lee did NOT have the deciding vote on whether to allow the USA to default. Why would Lee put his own political views before what is best for the country?

Washington, UT

There's a reason Utah Republicans threw out Bob Bennett, he's a big a RINO as ever lived, and for his son to go work for Democrat Granato should be embarrassing to the Bennetts. To simply cave in and do what everybody has been doing for a hundred years, and just continue to careen toward the economic and social cliff, is insane. Bless Mike Lee for standing up for something, for taking the stand, and the risk.

Springville, UT

He may have some influence in an obstructionist minority, but is it a good thing? What is his influence in the majority of even his own party? What will be his influence in crafting a deal with the other party, and important part of the legislative process? I would say the Lee is developing a reputation as an obstructionist. I would say that either he will be seen as someone you can;t do business with, or one who talks a big game but will cave in the end, just like he did on the F-35 vote. The tea party is confused, preaching fiscal restraint and saying the represent main street interests, yet they have backed the interests of huge corporate interests that are sucking the life out of the federal government. I would like to hear tea party interests explain why they want lower taxes for the wealthy, taxpayer subsidies for profitable corporations, and additional spending on programs that the government does not even want. I want to hear them say, don't spend federal money in my state or district, and here are the cuts and sacrifices I am willing to make. It won't happen.

Heber City, UT


Finally a politician who understands the constitution and is willing to fight for it.

Sandy, UT

Mike Lee has no credibility because he doesn't know how our monetary system works. It is a debt based system. How does an individual and it's government ever get out of debt when the system by design is to keep you in debt?

Magna, UT

Sometimes compromise is just that, compromise your values, compromise your promises, compromise the very survival of this Republic.

We need a Balanced Budget Amendment to rein in the out of control Congress. Our nation is broke, we have already defaulted. The Good Faith and Credit of the United States is in her people, not Congress or the Federal Reserve bank or Goldman Sachs.

Thank Goodness for Mike Lee, Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Jeff Flake and others like them.

Somewhere in Utah, UT

It is shameful that Lee nominally represents Utah in the US Senate. He has shown that he doesn't give a fig about the United States (and its Constitution), the state of Utah, or any of the people -- he just cares about political power and pandering to those who will give him that power. He doesn't work for the welfare or benefit of the people he is supposed to reprsent; he just works for the welfare and benefit of the people who are his puppet masters. We deserve better.

Park City, UT

The only influence Lee and his ilk have is causing the stock market and world financial markets to take a dive. The market does not trust them to act in a sane manner when the debt talks resume in 6 months. Their tactics have caused a degradation in the full faith and credit of the United States.

These people live in a Pollyanna world that has nothing to do with reality.

Roosevelt, UT

Lee says he is a GOP but John Boehner says his balanced budget bill was basically out of touch, and it ran contrary to party politics.

Lee is a good example of one man pushing his own agenda on a state and country. It may not necessarily be bad but it is not what he was elected to do.

Provo, UT

"Lee's Growing Influence"?

Of 10 Republicans who asked for his endorsement, he only endorsed two?

How is that "growing influence"?

I have said it before, and I will say it again. I knew Rex Lee. Mike Lee is the apple that fell very far from the tree!

Lee calls his politics "principled"; Others see it for what it really is: simpleminded and naive.


Let's see. Lee was willing to let the U.S. default on its bills, and lose its AAA credit rating if Congress didn't PASS a balanced budget amendment.

Really shocking to say the least.
Thanks UT.

Gilbert, AZ

To Springvillepoet
who laments Lee's "unwillingness to work with other members in Congress..." and

to Esquire
who blasts Lee for being "an obstructionist"

You both have hit the nail on the head, and you don't even know why. Our country has fallen into this financial mess exactly BECAUSE no one would say NO to the spending, NO to the ever-expanding growth of the Fed, and NO to the entrepreneur-stifling regulations placed on business who create jobs. There were no "obstrucionists" when we needed them. It is precisely BECAUSE too many congressmen were willing to "work with other members in Congress" - all because it sounds so reassuring to be labeled a non-partisan, reach-across-the-isle type of person by the ultra liberal leaning media - to pass economy killing legislation that raises taxes, expands the reach of government, and cripples businesses with onerous regulations.

Atta boy Mike Lee! You go ahead and obstruct the learching to the left! You go ahead and refuse to work with your legislative collegues who believe in failed Keynesian economics.


I spoke with Mike Lee several times before he was elected to the US senate. He continually pointed out the need for a balanced budget amendment, and the need to return to fiscal responsibility. For those who say he is not looking out for the interests of the people here in Utah is an outright lie. Like him or hate him he is doing exactly what he said he would do. He was elected by a large majority to do what he is doing. For that I say well done Senator Lee. Dave are you referring to the 500 point dive the stock market took right after the President Obama signed the bill to raise the debt ceiling?

Kamas, UT

Lee is exactly what the doctor ordered for America. He's the right man in the right place at the right time. The best part is political calculations don't drive his decision making.

Provo, UT

Senator Lee will become the conservative conscience of the Senate just as Senator Bennett became known for his willingness to compromise us into ruinous debt. Debt Spending instead of spend only what we have is what got us into to trouble. Just because that is how we run our government does not mean its the right way as Thomas Jefferson said,"I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing." We need at least 51 Senators with Lee's convictions.

Saint George, UT

Mike Lee- Who - Come election time 2012

Salt Lake City, UT

Very little of what Mike Lee has done since being elected has been a credit to him. What he and his Tea Party colleagues are working hard at, intentionally or not, is very effectively weakening, if not destroying, our country. His version of the balanced budget amendment is a good example of that.

I know it sounds like an over the top statement by me. But it's really not.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

If he has influence he would bring down the economy, the government and the constitution. The framers never designed the constitution to be a tool of a ten percent mean spirited minority. He is catering to out of state billionaires that want control for controls sake. A petition should be started to obtain his resignation.

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