Sen. Mike Lee: Utah should take federal disaster aid

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  • carman Alpine, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    Lee is wrong on this issue. If no one ever takes a stand and says "no!", the bailout mentality will never end. Each state and landowner should reserve and insure against their own natural disasters and not seek funds from Washington. Washington bailing everyone out creates a moral hazard that keeps us overbuilding in risky areas, and the nation is in serious debt.

    Utah should lead out on this issue, set an example and say NO. Mike Lee us quickly becoming like every politician we send to Washington. They preach one thing, then do another. Shame on you Mike.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Jan. 22, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    @My2Cents: What are the other justifications? Just so we know your stance when it comes to federal help.

    This is a case of talking the talk, but not walking the walk. Funny how that works!

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    Just more GOP hypocrisy. The GOP must have a boot camp where they train their political candidates how to say one thing to get the vote from fanatics, then turn around and ignore their "principles" when money or re-election is on the line.

    It reminds me of a quote attributed to Groucho Marx:

    "I am a man of Principles! And if you don't like my principles... well, then I have others!"

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    Sorry, I should have made my comment more clear so everybody could understand it.

    Indeed Mike Lee has two sides to his mouth ... a side to get him elected and a side that sees the real world.

    But, then again, that's no different than most politicians, I guess.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Jan. 22, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    Wait a minute here. Wasn't Mike Lee's campaign all about balancing the budget, and rejecting the intrusion of "big government"? This is the perfect opportunity for Mr. Lee to show his tea party colors, and reject these tainted federal dollars. Anything less will be politics as usual.

  • ilovecriters Clear Lake, WI
    Jan. 22, 2011 7:33 a.m.

    I'm not from Utah, but I sure have no regard for Rep. Mike Lee and his ideas on disasters and child labor laws. Child labor laws should be uniform throughout the USA. As for disasters, where would states get all the money? Of course, due to two wars the USA is also broke. I don't have any regard for Republican leadership either.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    What a surprise!

    Mike Lee indeed has two sides to his mouth!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    Lee is so out to lunch on this. Utah, even with federal money, still under funds education. Utah can't even keep its state parks open. I could go on and on how Utah needs the federal government. Lee is naive. But what I find offensive is how Lee, Rep, Bishop and the other nullification advocates essentially spit in the face of Lincoln, the sacrifice of the Civil War and the Constitution as duly amended to advance a fiction that is rooted in ignorance and the past before this was one nation.

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    Jan. 22, 2011 6:47 a.m.

    MOney trumps ideology. Thank goodness.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 4:08 a.m.

    Natural disasters happening in the state are one of the very few justified reason for federal aid to states for help.

    How ever that can get out of control when cities and state religiously violate their own zoning laws to put people and lives at risk. These cities in southern Utah are a prime example of greed and violation of trust they should have to deal with on their own. Just as live, homes, and families have been placed in harms way on the west side of the Wasatch Front for the same reason, violating restrictions and zoning laws of the state and federal government. These violations are the cities responsibly to manage with no federal aid. It's called being accountable and responsible beyond monetary kickbacks and greed.

    The real disaster was lack of respect and obeying the laws before the disasters happen. Federal government should not fund southern Utah greed.