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Published: Sunday, June 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When a politician makes a statement like “It is not government that made American great. Our greatness lies in the ingenuity of the American people when left free to make their own choices and pursue their own dreams”, you know for sure that his purpose is to “fool the people”.

Nothing exists in the United States, no rights, no freedoms, no business, no prosperity and no greatness, that is not or was not facilitated by the American government of people working together for a common cause.

Left on their own, free to make their own choices, people would be living in mud huts and die young.

one old man
Ogden, UT

I'll visit Sen. Lee's website in a few minutes. But I'm about willing to bet it will be filled with vague generalizations cloaked in very patriotic sounding verbiage.

I note one glaring omission in this op-ed. He has completely failed to include any mention of the harm done to this nation by crooked bankers, banks that are too big to fail, Wall Street abuses, the influence of corporate and anonymous floods of money into elections, Congress deadlocked along ideological lines, and most of the other REAL causes of the mess we are in.

Until someone is willing to actually tackle and try to change those things, everything else is simply political puffery.

one old man
Ogden, UT

I visited his website. I was right.

On the surface, it looks good and admirable. But it completely lacks any details and leaves all sorts of doors either wide open or at least ajar.

Just one example: What exactly does he mean by "adequate funding to ensure America's security?"

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Senator Lee understands the Constitution. He understands that it is the PEOPLE who hold the power; that it is the PEOPLE who hold the authority; that is the PEOPLE who generate the ideas; that it the PEOPLE who provide the funding that builds business and provides jobs.

The government has been restricted to perform only seventeen duties. All other duties are to be performed by the States or by the people. Senator Lee understands that.

Why don't we?

Why do we look to Washington to provide the answers? We have not delegated to Washington that duty. The answers are held by the PEOPLE, not by government. We will find the way to create jobs. We will find the way to increase revenue. We will find the way to employ people. The government has not been assigned those tasks.

Those who look to Washington are just extending the problem.

Those who allow the federal government to meddle in our personal lives have lost the vision of what it is that makes America different from European governments.

We once lived under the oppression of Europe. Why does Obama want to take us back to that time and those ways?

Vaughn J
Kearns, UT

I love the titles that our Legislators assign to there bills and ideas, "DREAM ACT". The ideas sound wonderful and grandiose. The problem that I see is that it is so all encompassing that it is a DREAM. If the republicans gain control of the Senate then progress will be made, but I suspect that even them Senator Lee would have trouble getting through one bill that included every thing he outlines in this proposal.

Why Not use a title such as "The American Self Sufficiency Act".

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

"The centerpiece of my plan is economic freedom. Families will be able to save and invest tax-free. Individuals and their doctors — not government bureaucrats — will control health care dollars and medical decisions." What if HMO'will not accept what households have saved? Too bad. The patient dies.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Once again, I would ask of our conservative friends, give us one example of an invention, a process, a thing that is/was the creation of a single individual without the help and support of others, working within the framework of the American society.

Even the accomplishments of groups of people are dependant on the facilities that exist by the work of the American government.

People who promote the concept of rugged individualism are the people who would turn back history and return us to the slavery a world where a tiny few own everything and the people exist only at the will of the tyrants.

In the jungle the strategy of the predators is to divide and separate individual prey. I think some humans never quite let go of the jungle mentality.

The Judge
Kaysville, UT

Ultra B,

No one is suggesting the government doesn't serve a valuable, necessary purpose. The problem occurs when government oversteps its limits as established by the constitution. Government is certainly necessary to protect the rights of the people. However, the argument of Sen. Lee and many others is government is doing things that exceed its enumerated powers.
I love your straw man of "people who want to return us to slavery and a world where only a tiny few own everything and people only exist at the will of tyrants." That's as good as "the rich who aren't paying their fair share," and "those who want to leave seniors without health care and social security," and the army of straw men drummed up by our celebrity president.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Evading the question goes on and on and on...

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

What the Deuce does Dusty Rhodes have to do w/ anything?

and now of I could be serious for a moment...

Re: The Judge

**I love your straw man of "people who want to return us to slavery and a world where only a tiny few own everything and people only exist at the will of tyrants.**

Its not slavery so much as indentured servitiude to a global corporate plutocracy/oligarchy.

Its not the tiny few but a minimal number of transnational coroporations and their lackeys in government and bureaucracies worldwide.

Just look at how many/few Oil companies there are as well as Telecom & Media.

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