Sen. Mike Lee expects automatic federal spending cuts next week

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  • jlglex Provo, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 1:03 a.m.

    These spending cuts are the best thing to happen to the U.S. Government in a long time.

    The Sequester is good medicine. It may taste bad as it goes down, but in the long run, it will make America stronger.

    I applaud the true source of these cuts ... the Tea Party. We forced the hand of the government to cut the spending during 2011, and we should be proud of doing so!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    lee expects automatic spending cuts.


    If it's automatic, why do we need lee?

  • nrajr SANDY, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    A few weeks ago I heard on the radio a poll being quoted that over 50% of Americans favor the sequester. This surprised me, but I also have to favor it. The government's, from local to federal, spending habits have to be disciplined to live within their means. Washington now borrows about half of what it spends. What happens when there aren't any countries willing to lend the federal government more money? The federal government will then have to cut its budget by a huge percentage, and that would likely be only the beginning of the painful measures required to become solvent. The 85 billion that would be cut this year in sequestration is a small sum compared to the entire budget. It may be painful, but it will be less painful than the consequences of Washington continuing down the road of irresponsible spending and self-destruction. It would be far better, in my opinion, that the politicians see now that their pet programs, including the military, can survive on less, and start seriously dealing with the debt.

  • hnoel Layton, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    Senator Lee says he's waiting for the president to come forward with a proposal. I heard him outline a reaosnable proposal just the other day. Maybe we should chip in a and get the senator a television or a radio.

  • Whatever Springville, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    Yeah Mike, go ahead and talk about how the government needs more fiscal responsibility and then go short sell your house... Another tea party gem. Pathetic.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    The TRUTH is Bush took far more vacations and played a lot more golf than Obama by a long shot. War or no war.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    And Senator Lee is one of the prime sources of obstructionism that have caused this mess.

    His hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    Lee said he ran for Senate to make state governments more powerful and bring what he called the "Utah model" for government to Washington, D.C. What he's found in the nation's capital, he said, is that the "blame game is very much alive and well."

    As an active participant in the game, he should know.
    The "Utah model" of one party heavily influenced by religion and private businesses isn't very good for a nation either. Ethics in Utah politics is also fought against by our local elected officials.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 6:32 a.m.

    the truth,
    "Bush stopped playing golf while their was war on,"

    And yet he still managed to rack up more vacation time during his presidency than any other, including Mr. Obama. And we were at war during 7 of his 8 years.

    What was your point again?

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Feb. 19, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    The truth: Are you kidding me? You really believe Bush stopped playing golf during the wars? How naive:

    "Bush said he laid down his clubs after the August 2003 bombing of United Nations offices in Baghdad that killed the UN's top official in the country, Sergio Vieira de Mello. "I remember when de Mello got killed as a result of these murderers taking this good man's life. I was playing golf - I think in central Texas - and they pulled me off the golf course and I said, 'It's just not worth it any more'."

    According to a database held by CBS News the statement is not entirely accurate. He did cut short a round of golf at the 12th hole on that day, but his last recorded game came two months later, October 13."

    Afghanistan war started in 2001; Iraq war started in March 2003.

    Also, just ask the vets how they felt about the reason Bush said he gave up golf. Many of them thought of it as a slap in the face!

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 8:47 p.m.


    Bush stopped playing golf while their was war on,

    Obama continues to play while Americans are dying in foreign countries.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Feb. 19, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    Kinda like W, who played golf while talking about the troops dying in Iraq. Then nonchalantly said, Now watch my golf swing! Another pathetic president!

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    And not just Hill, but federal facilities in every taker red state. Put them in the states that pay the most taxes.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    Let's hope Hill Air Force Base is the first thing that gets closed. People that are responsible for the pain should get the pain.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    "Both the U.S. House and Senate have advanced plans, but President Barack Obama has not."


    You just went and played golf on taxpaymer money all weekend while the other 300 million of us are suffering financially and about to suffer more?

    Pathetic president