The debt comes largely due to the tax cuts and ruinous wars of the Bush
Administration--- I imagine there are readers here who do not realize that
GWB was chosen as the figurehead by republican interests who wanted war profits
and lower taxes.Pundits on the right have convinced too many of the
public that all our troubles started on the day of President Obama's
inauguration, but the economic crash took place before thatThe way
out of bad times and deficits is to SPEND - on infrastructure and job creation.
Note that the Great Depression was lessened by all those public works
projects.I am always sad to see commenters on a website owned by a
great Christian church express such anger and disdain for those with whom they
Mark: favorability polls mean nothing other than a snapshot of how people feel
at that moment in time. Other polls state that 42 percent of the American public
support the policies of the tea party and 42 percent support the policies of the
Obama regime. The support for Obama, however, is eroding because of the
Obamacare rollout. If this persists, the tea party will make major gains during
the 2014 midterms. The tea party is gaining support among the middle class while
support for the Obama policies is eroding and that's why the tea party can
and will make major gains like in 2010.
The fact that the 'Tea-party' didn't even exist 6 years ago
should at least give the left a raised eyebrow. But, no, in their mind, the
only people on the planet are socialists and their utopian state. The Tea-party
is alive and well, thanks to independent minded people that decided, finally (I
was an independent before Reagan came on the scene), that the Republican and
Democratic parties are one and the same (Pick your issue to show mild
differences) and watch the one that both parties agree upon, and which is the
only one that matters, Big Government and an antipathy toward anyone that
believes in limited government and individual rights. To the left and the
right, individual rights is a nightmare that must be extinguished. It is only
collective rights as defined by government that counts, not God-given rights
that nobody can take away. Without knowing what the Tea-party stands for,
I'm pretty certain they all believe in limited government and individual
rights. For that, they are patriots. For that, they are the independent
thinkers. For that, they are here to stay, something the socialists refuse to
believe. Wake up!
"We are closer to $100 trillion in debt. That's how much we should have
in the bank right now to pay all the promised entitlement bills for our future
retirees. In the private sector a company with no money in the bank to pay its
pensions would result in prison time for the CEO/CFO."There are
pensions in the private sector still? Haha, no, I'm just kidding.
Seriously, though: there are pensions in the private sector? So let
me ask you something, in the private sector, you really think companies have to
have a hundred percent of future pensions in the bank? Really? I mean Really?But anyway, your 100 trillion claim, while a nice scare tactic,
isn't really instructive. Here is an article from The Atlantic that
discusses it:"Is Our Debt Burden Really $100 Trillion?"But as far as the debt goes, yeah its too high, and it was awful
watching Bush and the Republicans run it up. Oh, wait, you probably want to
pretend nothing happened before 2008. But yeah, let's deal with it.
Let's get those taxes raised. After all, they are at historical lows. No,
really, they are.
Dante, I guess I'm a "low information voter." Can you
tell me what Lee has accomplished?
Mike Lee ran, and won, on a limited government platform. So it should be no
surprise that he has been saying "no" to things that would make the
government bigger - like Obamacare and raising the debt limit with no
concessions from the left.We are not $17 trillion in debt. We are
closer to $100 trillion in debt. That's how much we should have in the
bank right now to pay all the promised entitlement bills for our future
retirees. In the private sector a company with no money in the bank to pay its
pensions would result in prison time for the CEO/CFO. But our government
doesn't even show our future liabilities on the books, let alone put money
away to pay for them.All of this is thanks to the
"compromising" of our great senators Hatch, Bennett, McCain, etc. Now,
they are trying to keep the house of cards from falling on their watch. The Tea
Party threatens to shine a light on their failures and stop the bleeding before
it's too late. Keep going Senator Lee!! Obamacare sticker shock should
wake up the ignorant masses soon.
"I find it both curious and telling that they fail to ask why Mr. Obama and
Mr. Reid refused to compromise with any of the multiple proposals offered by the
Republicans to avert the shutdown."Fail to ask? Good heavens,
why would we ask? We know exactly why the Democrats didn't go for the
Republican's ridiculous proposals. But you don't know why? Talk about
low information voter.
I support Mike Lee and all that he has done. Those low information voters who
believe the one-sided views of the left-wing media have been pleading for
compromise, but only from the Republican House of Representatives. I find it
both curious and telling that they fail to ask why Mr. Obama and Mr. Reid
refused to compromise with any of the multiple proposals offered by the
Republicans to avert the shutdown.
"the tea party has deep support among the American middle class."Coleman, I know you want to believe this, but it just isn't true.
Pew Research polling done Oct 9-13 found 49 percent viewing the
movement unfavorably, with a 30 percent favorable, an all time low.Washington post/ ABC Poll released Oct 22 found the GOP with 32 percent
favorable opinion and 63 percent unfavorable. Four in 10 people strongly
unfavorable.In this same poll the Tea Party has just barely a
quarter of people showing a favorable opinion, their lowest rating ever in this
poll. Other polls show the same thing. Now I know you probably will
say you don't believe in polling, but if you don't, what are you
basing your opinion on? A gut feeling? Your friends views?
Could we call this Lee's "I Got You Nothing, But I'm Pretending I
Did Anyway" Tour?
Once again, the Deseret News has missed an opportunity to see the future of the
Republican party and rely on left wing extremists like Debbie Wasserman Shultz
to define the political atmosphere. You can call them what you want, but the tea
party has deep support among the American middle class and Senators Lee and Cruz
are leading their party regardless of how the establish Republicans feel about
them. The loss of the governorship in Virginia was a showcase of this deep
support and how the GOP establishment actively went on to support the Democratic
opponent. With the massive failure of the rollout of Obamacare as well as the
GOP establishment showing no support for a Republican, it's no wonder that
citizens are frustrated with the government and no wonder that the Republican
party is going through a tectonic shift. The extreme left radicals of the Obama
regime and the GOP establishment's messengers of appeasement have only
themselves to blame for people who love this nation and Constitution to support
the tea party.
We are $17,000,000,000,000 in debt. If/when we quit being the world's
reserve currency, out dollar is going to plummet in value. We have a horrendous
problem coming with healthcare because politicians think there is no end to the
money. In ordinary times, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz would be a little out there.
These aren't ordinary times. The country is being lied to by both
party's about the condition of our country. I will absolutely vote for
Mike Lee again.
Mike should stay in Iowa
Reminds us of the election cycle of 2008 and 2012 when Rick Santorum, Michele
Bachman, Herman Cain, etc. were suppose to clean up and push the Democrats aside
with their conservative menu.Recall their success?
Whether you like Sen. Mike Lee or not you should consider the following. The
delegates almost eliminated him at convention.re: Sen. Bennett in
2010. He was not in the top 2 coming out of convention. In fact the more
moderate of the two, Tim Bridgewater was selected by 57% of the delegates in
the last round of voting by the delegates. If he had received 60% Tim
Bridgewater would have been the party nominee and Mike Lee would have been
eliminated.Sen. Bennett endorsed Tim Bridgewater during the primary,
but with voters ticked at TARP and ObamaCare, they went with Mike Lee.Sen. Mike Lee was the party nominee after the primaryThe
Neighborhood Election and Convention system in Utah is the best way to make sure
a grassroots process can win over large amounts of money. It is the only way
someone with $100,000 can go against someone with $2 million in election
funds.We have a system that that does NOT favor the incumbent, the
wealthy or the famous. This is a good thing, and should be preserved.
Mike Lee seems to get more face time with Iowa voters than Utah voters.
How can Mike Lee look himself in the mirror and say I am doing the right thing
for Utah and my country by shutting down our government and hurting so many
people? This man has his own personal agenda and only appeals to the extreme
right wing of our party. Does he hate Obama and the Democrats so much that
anything is justified? His legacy will not be as a statesman but as an angry
insensitive radical senator who unfortunately was sent to the senate by our
I'm fully supportive of Mike Lee. The recent nightmare with Obamacare
should bring to the forefront (for everybody) Lee and Cruz' foresight and
wisdom in fighting to delay ACA's roll out. During the shutdown, Lee was
spot on to call on the House and Senate to immediately fund those things that
all could agree on. As the "freedom fighter" of our times, Mike Lee
represents the real values of the Republican party, not the establishment GOP
leaders who are slowly drifting to the left. Stand firm Sen. Lee, we're
proud of you. And please don't pay attention to your nay-sayers - that only
means that you must be doing something right!
I am glad he hasn't past Legislation! The more legislation the clowns in
Washington pass the more debt we incur!!!
Rther than strut around the National scene what has Mike Lee done for Utah?Has he authored any legislation that has passed the Senate?As I remember he was voting no on all the Presidential nominees that came
before the Senate as some sort of a protest.By angering this
Administration I hope it does not come back to haunt us like down sizing Hill
Air Force base as retribution.Yes things like this happen
2nd attemptReader....you must be another one of those low
information voters I have heard so much about......Reaching across the
aisle and holding hands is for Obama and Christy! I am not it interested
in working with liberals....I want to defeat them!Go LEE!
Over the past few months, Mike Lee has caused our country a tremendous amount of
damage. His brilliant brainchild, the government shutdown, cost the country
billions of dollars and accomplished absolutely nothing. His confrontational,
my-way-or-the-highway style virtually assures that he'll never get anything
productive done as a senator. He reminds me of a line from the film Joe Versus
the Volcano: "I know he can GET the job, but can he DO the job?" We knew
Mike Lee could get this job, but he's amply demonstrated his inability to
Truth, You have to be kidding. Mike Lee and his type are not doing the
country any good. If the constitutional convention at the founding of this great
country had been full of the likes of Mike Lee and Ten Cruz - We never would
have had a United States. The constitution was written in the form t is in
because of compromise. There were a group of strong willed intelligent men who
knew compromise was the only way a strong government could be formed that would
stand the test of time. We ave done real well up to now. If the T
party does not learn to compromise and work together with the democrats we the
country will be the losers. The republican party will cease to exist. the problem with the T party movement is that they refuse to compromise.
The country can not stand with the attitude the T party represents. If they really understood the constitution they would compromised and work for
the good of the American Peorple and not for the good or their own agenda.T Party = losers!!!
"My Way or the Highway" politics accurately describes Barack Hussein
Obama. Senator Lee has my full support and any candidate who will stand up to
the this socialist president and his cronies such as Harry Reid. If Romney had a
political backbone like Lee than he might have one the presidency. The Tea Party
stands for fiscal responsibility and being true to the Constitution. If that is
considered extremism than our country is deep trouble.
Mike Lee is a STUD! He is the best senator we have ever had in the history of
this state.......Imagine how great America would be if every state had a MIKE
LEE instead of the Pelosi/REID/Hatch/McCain/Obama crowd of losers?
I truly believe Mike Lee would be more at home in Iowa and it would be a shorter
travel to get home to his family.