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Published: Friday, Nov. 15 2013 6:20 a.m. MST

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Park City, UT

Wow...review most of these nasty and mean-spirited comments. Ignorant and offensive! I am not a fan of Senator Lee. This guy has been fighting for everyone lately and all you do is berate him. Shows that there are a lot of "low information" people commenting about the man trying to help ALL of us be rescued from the corruption of BHO and the DC people running our lives and ruining every aspect of our freedoms. Waking up is hard to do...even when it is so blatant...never before have we seen a President mislead our country and the media and citizens turn a blind eye. Then read comments like most of these. WAKE UP DN readers...

Scott G.

This is interesting coming from a man who recently put thousands out of work and tried to destroy the US economy!

Unreconstructed Reb
Chantilly, VA

If Senator Lee is looking to Brigham for political inspiration, he could do worse than 1875's Proclamation on the Economy:

"One of the great evils with which our own nation is menaced at the present time is the wonderful growth of wealth in the hands of a comparatively few individuals. The very liberties for which our fathers contended so steadfastly and courageously, and which they bequeathed to us as a priceless legacy, are endangered by the monstrous power which this accumulation of wealth gives to a few individuals and a few powerful corporations. By its seductive influence results are accomplished which, were it more equally distributed, would be impossible under our form of government. It threatens to give shape to the legislation, both State and National, of the entire country. If this evil should not be checked, and measures not be taken to prevent the continued enormous growth of riches among the class already rich, and the painful increase of destitution and want among the poor, the nation is liable to be overtaken by disaster; for, according to history, such a tendency among nations once powerful was the sure precursor of ruin."

Eden, UT

Senator Mike Lee should have been a member of the Pony Express. He can switch horses faster than any man in politics.

Ogden, UT

As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Mikey's actions show that his words have no basis in fact.

Ogden, UT

Senator Mike Lee said, and I quote:

"by building an agenda that ensures government dollars benefit the underprivileged, expands access to education, gets civil society involved, celebrates stable marriages and reforms the U.S. criminal justice, prison, tax, regulatory, energy and transportation systems."

I say, "Yes, Mr. Lee, you are right. However, why is it that health care is missing from your extended list?"

You speak out of both sides of your mouth, Mr. Lee, and you do so to try to influence your constituents that you are something you are not. You and Mr. Cruz caused the American people to lose 24 billion dollars with your successful attempt to close down the government for sixteen days!

The biggest cause of bankruptcy in this country today is unbearable health care expenses for those who are uninsured, unemployed or underemployed in this country today. The cost of health care for this segment of the population is carried on the backs of taxpayers having to pay the medical bills insurance companies would rightfully have to pay if they were properly insured.

You're grandstanding. Why not just tell the truth; the whole truth instead of painting yourself as something you are not?

Beaver Native
St. George, UT

Never trust a person who uses their religion for personal or political gain; especially a Mormon, since we are so strongly taught not to.

Saint George, UT

Unreconstructed bob: I'm so glad you agree with Mike lee's position on the rich getting richer. Unfortunately, you don't understand that it is government policy and meddling that has made them so, which is the very thing Mike Lee wants to stop. Unfortunately, again, it is socialistic/crony capitalism fostered by citizens that keep voting for politicians that could care less about the common man because they know what will keep them in office, an ignorant citizenry and money! "It ain't what a man knows that hurts him. It is what he knows that just ain't so."

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

It amuses me to see several of the comments in this thread from some of the Right Wingers who lament because of comments of the "Mike Lee Haters". It is quite early in the game to be so "Thin Skinned". They are getting a little taste of what they have handed the "Obama Supporters" for the last five years!. At least the Lefties haven't questioned his citizenship, religion, cartooned him as a monkey and mocked him in every way conceivable. Interesting to note the opposed Lee comments vs the Pro Lee comments in this thread. Me thinks Mr. Lee is going to be a one termer.

Unreconstructed Reb
Chantilly, VA

Banderson - You can blame government regulation for "crony capitalism" all you want, but you would be going against the overwhelming economic data pointing to deregulation, corporatism, and trickledown "Reaganomics" which have gutted the middle class for 30 years. The income gap is happening because Republicans have been enabling it for decades while throwing up smokescreens about economic freedom, socialism, and various social issues to frighten the average American into voting for them.

I didn't go to Iraq because we wanted freedom for Iraqis. I went there to move stock values of Halliburton and Lockheed Martin shareholders.

Brigham City, UT

Give this speech at the 2010 GOP state convention and you will show your sincerity.

durwood kirby
South Jordan, UT

Don't make me laugh, Mike. An impassioned speech that contradicts everything that you have done will not sway anyone who has been paying attention.

Saint George, UT

Unreconstructed Bob: I couldn't agree with you more that the Republicans, as well as the Democrats, have practically ruined this country. No argument here. It's about power, war, and enslaving the poor into dependency. If it were about liberty and freedom, something both parties despise, we wouldn't even be having this discussion. The best government is the one that does only what it was constitutionally empowered to do, which is nothing like the system in place now. Anyone that thinks that socialism is the answer doesn't understand the constitution, nor liberty. Mike Lee doesn't pay homage to the Democrats or Republicans and it is that alone that will make me vote for him! If he is stirring the pot, he has my vote! It is also the reason why the Democrats can't stand him and the reason why the Republican establishment wants him out too. My advice to him is to to get out after one term or he very well could turn into the likes of Harry Reid, Jim Matheson, and Orrin Hatch. Power knows no bounds and tags every one that aspires for it, something that hasn't happened to Mike, yet!

Clearfield, UT

Doogie: How is the free market and competition going to solve our health care problems? Where is the incentive for doctors to treat the poor, uninsured, and uninsurable. I drive a bus for UTA in Ogden. I deal with poverty every day. I identify the following problems with the poor. Poor health including dental, mental illness, substance abuse, legitimate disabilities, lack of education, criminal records, abusive relationships, and inability to budget and manage money. In a competitive capitalistic society like ours people with the fore mentioned problems are unemployable or at best suited for unskilled labor jobs. Poverty is generational. Republicans need to stop blaming the poor for being poor. Stop beating up on people for being in a low tax bracket. Focus on the problem, not the person. People don't respond to criticism and fault finding. If Romney had understood this principle he might have won the election.

Wisconsin Moderate

Lindon Johnson's war on poverty was followed by Ronald Reagan's war on the middle class...Reagan won.

Ogden, UT

A Conservative Mormon wanting to tackle poverty? Whats next, asking the poor to fund the GOP?

Ogden, UT

"Unreconstructed Reb...this man is probably the most intelligent Latter day Saint I have not met. A noble Veteran who saw through the smoke and mirrors of the Republican party an their war games. If this man ran for Presdent, I would vote fo him. If we have members who were like unto "Unreconstructed Reb" the church would be seen as more compassionate, more understanding and more in tune with the Truth. My hats off to you and only hope we have more "Unreconstructed Rebs" within th walls of our congregations

Taylorsville, UT

Since poverty and being poor or uneducated is not the same how do they plan to make life better for those working for a living. Poverty is a state of or lack of proper wages and income to be prosperous and the well being of individuals and/or their families.

This country is not ready to do anything about poverty or allow the workers to be prosperous. Its too beneficial to government and corporate Utah to keep workers underpaid in a state of suffrage and wanting, its a matter of controlling the population increasing business profit for the very wealthy.

It is not in the best interest of corporate government and business to allow people to be independent and prosperous. The government no longer relies on income and prosperity to measure growth, they just let natural high inflation and high rate of available debt to public to collect its taxes by forcing people into more debt to pay taxes which in turn can be used as leverage to stop any public outcries of unfair taxation. Poverty is a state of worker risk which induces slavery and jobs where wages are not paid.

Salt Lake City, UT

Mike Lee has spoken very loudly. Now he wants to save the poor???? Where is this guy? Who is this guy? We must remember that it was him that almost brought ruin to our eonomy......in fact many people suffered greatly under his NO NO NO rules. Don't forget what he did to many of us.

Salt Lake City, UT

War on poverty? More like "war on those in poverty to prevent them from finding affordable health care", probably their number 1 issue outside of visiting the food bank. Or maybe it's "war to put everyone in poverty with a government shutdown and/or default of the debt".

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