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Mike Lee: The farm bill vs. America

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  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Feb. 8, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    This country is badly in need of a President of the U.S. and a Secretary of Agriculture as was Eisenhower and Ezra Taft Benson.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    Senator Lee is exactly right unfortunately too many people want every thing free let the tax payer do it.

  • McMurphy St George, Utah
    Feb. 7, 2014 9:55 a.m.

    I think we should applaud Congress for its honesty. Once it is bought by a special interest then it delivers for that special interest.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 7, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    I have no issue with Lee fighting and pushing back at lobbyest driven agendas... that is good and honorable in my book.

    But at some point, what is he proposing. He brings up Garfield county. What is he proposing would be different for the 5,000 or so people in the county? What industry is he proposing dropping into the middle of this land that would radically change the economic model for this county?

    It is all good and grand to be able to point out problems. I can, most people can do that. The implementation of solutions or change is far more challenging. He has told us what he voted against... now is the time to start showing us exactly what he is talking about voting for. That is what seems to be constantly missing.

  • sb10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    Thank you Senator Lee for continuing to expose the malfeasance of Washington.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 9:37 p.m.

    Utah does not need anymore strip malls. We do not need the continued construction of the concrete jungle. Utah does not need to go down the path of Californication. Leave the wild lands wild and available to the public. There is not one square inch of public property that would serve the public better through privatization.

  • Kim Cedar Park, Texas
    Feb. 6, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    Any large bill that passes congress is a compromise. Anyone can point out the flaws. The true test is whether the country is better off with the bill than without. This would require an analysis of the negative versus the positive. This letter does not do that. If you always vote against the these pieces of legislation based upon principle, you lose your opportunity to shape the legislation and to make small, incremental changes that can make things better. That takes hard work by a skilled legislator. The easy way is to just stay out of the process and criticize.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 4:45 a.m.

    Once again Mike Lee is whining because he didn't get his own way. Business as usual for Mike.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 7:29 p.m.

    Why no shutdown to stop it ?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 5, 2014 7:10 p.m.

    "collusion between both parties against the American people, to benefit the special interests at the expense of the national interest."

    This, in a nutshell, describes virtually all legislation. And yet 60% (30% R and 30% D) seem to be very happy with their party.

    It is easy to see what is happening and why. The WHY is all the money thrown at congress.

    Sadly, a large portion of our country supports it and works to protect the golden goose.

    Amazing.....

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    Folks, remember...

    This is the same Mike Lee who is responsible for getting nuclear waste imported and deposited in our State.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 2:20 p.m.

    If the federal government just paid property taxes at the same rate as the rest of us property owners, or let us develop resources to bring in an equal amount of income, justice would finally come to Utah.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    If he is so upset,
    and doesn't have the votes,
    Why doesn't he just shutdown the Government again?

  • carpoolmom SOUTH JORDAN, Salt Lake
    Feb. 5, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    Thank you Mike Lee! Finally a politician looking out for us and doesn't care about being reelected but in doing the right thing for Utah.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Feb. 5, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    @FT You make a great point, after telling us how important PILT is, Lee votes it down. With the Government shutdown and now this we can see how Lee really feels about rural Utah. Alas, they would still vote for him.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 1:17 p.m.

    Mike Lee is the Jefferson Smith of our day. He represents the individual and the rights inherent in the constitution for those rights against the twisted power, corruption, and cess pool of corporate/government special interests. Is there any wonder that 40% of the electorate is independent, the Tea party exists, and that Mike Lee has the ire of all the lazy, the socialists, and the rich. He is a threat to the stability of a system that is rife with King men and mobsters. They will do anything to bring him down. Not here, not now, not ever. Whether Mike Lee succumbs to the same corruption remains to be seen, but right now they haven't persuaded him yet to come to the dark side. Government is destructive of life, hope, and God-given rights! Wake up America!

  • vangroovin West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 1:15 p.m.

    @FT

    I don't think it's entirely fair to cast blame entirely on Senator Lee. The reality exists that Congress and the Senate, as a whole, cannot agree on anything because they, as a whole, are focused more on politicking than working on functional solutions for the American people. I like Senetor Lee's points and believe that more should be done to free up lands for the states, for the people. But Congress is divided. The Senate is divided. Unfortunately the power to make things happen is held by those who are not thinking about how influential for good or bad their decisions will be, let alone the consequences affixed to those decisions, but are instead focused on their political careers under the mask of "for the people".

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 1:03 p.m.

    @FT

    I couldn't disagree more. Does "effective" mean that Lee should just go along with the status quo and see how much pork he can bring home so that misinformed voters will keep re-electing him? Effective means to clean house on the corruption and stupidity that has dominated our federal government for a generation (at least). The first step to solving a problem is to identify it. That is precisely what the good senator is doing here. I understand it. I support it. If people in Washington are not doing the same, it is simply because they are drunk on power.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    So the DN publish's an article from our Senator Lee and once again, Senator Lee tells us how ineffective he is in Washington. He's unable to get anyone to understand or supoort his positions. We need to realize we sent an ineffective partisan back to represent us and we're ill served by his service. For the benefit of our State and our country, 2016 can't come soon enough to call this man home.