Does Sen. Mike Lee support bailouts after all?

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  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 6:54 a.m.

    It's disgusting that these negative comments are all from liberals who should have a capital "D" by their names. Mike Lee is a good decent man and not worthy of your trash talk against him. I like the way he has handled himself in Washington amid all the muck there. It must be a nighmare to work with so much corruption.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    June 10, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    To David King 10:06 a.m. 6/9/2012

    I see a lot of comments from those who relish the chance to tear down a Senator they have always disagreed with, but I see no solutions offered. Who do we replace him with?


    That's easy. Replace himm with Bob Bennett -- the only decent candidate in the 2010 Senatorial election.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 10, 2012 12:12 a.m.

    David King:

    I guess what people are saying is that they might sympathize with Senator Lee's situation if he didn't campaign against the bailouts. Not just campaign against them but make them the crux of his campaign.

    One of my problems with conservative hypocrisy (and don't worry the liberals have plenty of their own) is that many rail against big government, welfare, food stamps, unemployment, free and reduced school lunch for their children at school, pell grants, student loans etc. while they take advantage of many of these programs.

    If you don't believe in government handouts and do nothing but rail on them, stop taking them. Walk the walk not just talk the talk. That's my two cent on the issue.

  • Jl Sandy, UT
    June 9, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    Mr King, I think the only option now is turn our head and hold our nose's. Mr Lee is entrenched till 2016. Maybe by then he and his staff will learn how to respond to constituent's letters. At least Orrin does that. It's ok though, he thinks it will be he that saves us from ourselves.

  • David King Layton, UT
    June 9, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    I see a lot of comments from those who relish the chance to tear down a Senator they have always disagreed with, but I see no solutions offered. Who do we replace him with? So Mike Lee's a hypocrite. Who should I vote for now? What do those oppose Mike Lee offer as an improvement? Should I vote for someone who can balance a checkbook but supports the indefinite detention of Americans? Or in continuing the Patriot Act? A lot of you who opposed the Patriot Act and other Bush policies never gave Mike Lee credit for doing something that Obama wouldn't; oppose the Patriot Act. You're against our continued presence in Afghanistan but never acknowledge Mike Lee's efforts to accelerate the draw down while Obama is in no hurry. It's sad that you come here and post, almost gleeful about a man's misfortune and poor decision making, and never offer solutions, and that you do so while hiding behind a screen name.

  • The Sensible Middle Bountiful, UT
    June 9, 2012 2:32 a.m.

    Unless I'm mistaken a bank will not approve a short sale if the person is able to make the payment. Another article in the desnews tonight did the math and calculated that a person drawing a senators salary and benefits could indeed have made those payments and still have more money than the average American.

    True it would have been a sacrifice, but so is reducing food stamps and other benefits to the poor a sacrifice to those people.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 8, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    Every "responsible" economist and politician supported the big bank bailouts (which are not over by a long shot as they have available an unlimmited stream of essentially free mondey from the Fed). But what does it say about our economic system when the bunch at the top have to be saved to spare those at the bottom? It says our system is both UNJUST and UNSTABLE. Senator Lee among others needs to start rethinking the baloney stuffed in his head which he took to Washington.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 8, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    I hereby bequeath the screen name "Irony Guy" to Mr. Earley of Centerville. Fantastic letter.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 8, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    It's quite simple really. Mike Lee told others to adjust their lifestyles and to live within their means.

    Yet, he completely and utterly failed.

    Mike, here's a tip, buy a few less luxury cars, eat out a few times a week less at your $50 per plate restaurants, stop buying thousands and thousands of dollars worth of clothes, stop buying your kids every single video game and TruReligion jeans they ask for, maybe not every single child needs the newest Ipod or Iphone, ask your wife to work, and pay your bills.

    The rest of us have done that! Why can't you?

    Instead of asking for a handout, why didn't his wife go to work? She could work! Right? Work as a secretary or a waitress. That alone could have paid for at least 1/2 of their mortgage.

    The arrogance and hypocrisy of this man and his family is astounding.

    and PS, why did he even purchase a home well over 1 million bucks? His religion (the same as mine) preaches about abstaining from excess and debt. Getting yourself 1 million in debt for a completely excessive home is a direct violation of that counsel.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 8, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    Utah Senator Mike Lee, Republican AND Mormon.

    What a Hypocrite!

    What was that thing Pres Hinckley said that our "itegrity must be beyond reproach".

    Mike Lee, fiscal conservative -- what a 2 face.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 8, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    Maverick, Furry, Roland, Esquire, old man, pragmatist,

    you are all correct. the drop in value in the home had NOTHING to do with Lee's obligation to repay the bank. NOTHING!!

    And for him to say the drop in his income going from a lawyer to a senator is bogus; at $174k per year, a $5,000 per month mortgage payment is 34.48% of his gross, which is well within industry standards.

    But as for the letter writer's inference that we all paid for it through TARP - well, that is bogus. JPMorgan, like most big banks, REPAID their TARP money.

    The letter writer is also incorrect about the amount of TARP money JPMorgan recieved. According to the April 2012 quarterly report to congress by the Inspector General for TARP, JPMorgan received $15B, not $25B and Treasury received an additional $173 million in dividends (page 242 of the report). Treasury also received $950 million from the sale of warrants. treasury MADE $1.12B on a $15B investment, for a 7.5% return.

    now if Lee had figured out how to profit from insider trading like queen nancy has done, he would not have needed a short sale.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    June 8, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    Anybody else notice that the ususal contibutors on this thread who preach personal responsibility for the poor, and average Joe are nowhere to be seen on the Mike Lee articles? The black and whiters are struggling with the logic of how this is Obamas fault..wait, wait let me help you. While the value of poor Mike's home may have dropped in '08, if Obama would have just let the economy adjust on it's own and not plunged this country into trillions of dollars of debt, debt that will be born by our children and grand children, companies would have had confidence in a strong economic outlook and would have created millions upon millions of jobs by now, spuring a new economic boom, restoring the value in poor Mike's house, preventing this tragic moral delima that he obviously failed..that's all his fault.

    Hey guess what I think I've got a new career in writing childrens fairy tales.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 8, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    But the R beside his name on the next ballot will ensure his election again.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 8, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Lee has been one of the worst Senators in Utah history, and he has only been in a short period of time. What a mess!

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 8, 2012 7:21 a.m.

    JP Morgan has to bail out people like Sen. Lee. He is in a position to reward them for their generosity.

    To the Real Maverick: "How much longer are we Utahns going to blindly send hypocrites who speak well but don't act well to represent us?"---We're going to continue to send them as long as they have an (R) by their name on the ballot. That's the only qualification that matters.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    June 8, 2012 6:22 a.m.

    Well said, Steve Earley. Lee proved himself a hypocrite. I just hope the voters remember this in 2016, and don't embarrass Utah again by sending Lee back to the Senate.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 8, 2012 12:37 a.m.


    Mike Lee is a hypocrite.

    It's easy to criticize others to get into power. Once you're in power, you need to walk what you've talked. Lee constantly preached how bailouts were bad and how this country needed to "live within its means." Mike Lee has failed. He has accepted bailouts at first opportunity and completely failed at living within his means.

    How much longer are we Utahns going to blindly send hypocrites who speak well but don't act well to represent us?