Iowa fundraiser featuring Sen. Mike Lee a 'rallying point' for tea party

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  • Bob K porland, OR
    Nov. 14, 2013 2:13 a.m.

    The debt comes largely due to the tax cuts and ruinous wars of the Bush Administration
    --- I imagine there are readers here who do not realize that GWB was chosen as the figurehead by republican interests who wanted war profits and lower taxes.

    Pundits on the right have convinced too many of the public that all our troubles started on the day of President Obama's inauguration, but the economic crash took place before that

    The way out of bad times and deficits is to SPEND - on infrastructure and job creation. Note that the Great Depression was lessened by all those public works projects.

    I am always sad to see commenters on a website owned by a great Christian church express such anger and disdain for those with whom they disagree.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Nov. 10, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    Mark: favorability polls mean nothing other than a snapshot of how people feel at that moment in time. Other polls state that 42 percent of the American public support the policies of the tea party and 42 percent support the policies of the Obama regime. The support for Obama, however, is eroding because of the Obamacare rollout. If this persists, the tea party will make major gains during the 2014 midterms. The tea party is gaining support among the middle class while support for the Obama policies is eroding and that's why the tea party can and will make major gains like in 2010.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Nov. 10, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    The fact that the 'Tea-party' didn't even exist 6 years ago should at least give the left a raised eyebrow. But, no, in their mind, the only people on the planet are socialists and their utopian state. The Tea-party is alive and well, thanks to independent minded people that decided, finally (I was an independent before Reagan came on the scene), that the Republican and Democratic parties are one and the same (Pick your issue to show mild differences) and watch the one that both parties agree upon, and which is the only one that matters, Big Government and an antipathy toward anyone that believes in limited government and individual rights. To the left and the right, individual rights is a nightmare that must be extinguished. It is only collective rights as defined by government that counts, not God-given rights that nobody can take away. Without knowing what the Tea-party stands for, I'm pretty certain they all believe in limited government and individual rights. For that, they are patriots. For that, they are the independent thinkers. For that, they are here to stay, something the socialists refuse to believe. Wake up!

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 10, 2013 12:50 a.m.

    "We are closer to $100 trillion in debt. That's how much we should have in the bank right now to pay all the promised entitlement bills for our future retirees. In the private sector a company with no money in the bank to pay its pensions would result in prison time for the CEO/CFO."

    There are pensions in the private sector still? Haha, no, I'm just kidding. Seriously, though: there are pensions in the private sector?

    So let me ask you something, in the private sector, you really think companies have to have a hundred percent of future pensions in the bank? Really? I mean Really?

    But anyway, your 100 trillion claim, while a nice scare tactic, isn't really instructive. Here is an article from The Atlantic that discusses it:

    "Is Our Debt Burden Really $100 Trillion?"

    But as far as the debt goes, yeah its too high, and it was awful watching Bush and the Republicans run it up. Oh, wait, you probably want to pretend nothing happened before 2008. But yeah, let's deal with it. Let's get those taxes raised. After all, they are at historical lows. No, really, they are.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Nov. 9, 2013 9:12 p.m.


    I guess I'm a "low information voter." Can you tell me what Lee has accomplished?

  • AZ Cougar Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 9, 2013 8:54 p.m.

    Mike Lee ran, and won, on a limited government platform. So it should be no surprise that he has been saying "no" to things that would make the government bigger - like Obamacare and raising the debt limit with no concessions from the left.

    We are not $17 trillion in debt. We are closer to $100 trillion in debt. That's how much we should have in the bank right now to pay all the promised entitlement bills for our future retirees. In the private sector a company with no money in the bank to pay its pensions would result in prison time for the CEO/CFO. But our government doesn't even show our future liabilities on the books, let alone put money away to pay for them.

    All of this is thanks to the "compromising" of our great senators Hatch, Bennett, McCain, etc. Now, they are trying to keep the house of cards from falling on their watch. The Tea Party threatens to shine a light on their failures and stop the bleeding before it's too late. Keep going Senator Lee!! Obamacare sticker shock should wake up the ignorant masses soon.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 8:45 p.m.

    "I find it both curious and telling that they fail to ask why Mr. Obama and Mr. Reid refused to compromise with any of the multiple proposals offered by the Republicans to avert the shutdown."

    Fail to ask? Good heavens, why would we ask? We know exactly why the Democrats didn't go for the Republican's ridiculous proposals. But you don't know why? Talk about low information voter.

  • Dante Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    I support Mike Lee and all that he has done. Those low information voters who believe the one-sided views of the left-wing media have been pleading for compromise, but only from the Republican House of Representatives. I find it both curious and telling that they fail to ask why Mr. Obama and Mr. Reid refused to compromise with any of the multiple proposals offered by the Republicans to avert the shutdown.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 7:14 p.m.

    "the tea party has deep support among the American middle class."

    Coleman, I know you want to believe this, but it just isn't true.

    Pew Research polling done Oct 9-13 found 49 percent viewing the movement unfavorably, with a 30 percent favorable, an all time low.

    Washington post/ ABC Poll released Oct 22 found the GOP with 32 percent favorable opinion and 63 percent unfavorable. Four in 10 people strongly unfavorable.

    In this same poll the Tea Party has just barely a quarter of people showing a favorable opinion, their lowest rating ever in this poll.

    Other polls show the same thing. Now I know you probably will say you don't believe in polling, but if you don't, what are you basing your opinion on? A gut feeling? Your friends views?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Nov. 9, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    Could we call this Lee's "I Got You Nothing, But I'm Pretending I Did Anyway" Tour?

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    Once again, the Deseret News has missed an opportunity to see the future of the Republican party and rely on left wing extremists like Debbie Wasserman Shultz to define the political atmosphere. You can call them what you want, but the tea party has deep support among the American middle class and Senators Lee and Cruz are leading their party regardless of how the establish Republicans feel about them. The loss of the governorship in Virginia was a showcase of this deep support and how the GOP establishment actively went on to support the Democratic opponent. With the massive failure of the rollout of Obamacare as well as the GOP establishment showing no support for a Republican, it's no wonder that citizens are frustrated with the government and no wonder that the Republican party is going through a tectonic shift. The extreme left radicals of the Obama regime and the GOP establishment's messengers of appeasement have only themselves to blame for people who love this nation and Constitution to support the tea party.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    We are $17,000,000,000,000 in debt. If/when we quit being the world's reserve currency, out dollar is going to plummet in value. We have a horrendous problem coming with healthcare because politicians think there is no end to the money. In ordinary times, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz would be a little out there. These aren't ordinary times. The country is being lied to by both party's about the condition of our country. I will absolutely vote for Mike Lee again.

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    Nov. 9, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    Mike should stay in Iowa

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    Nov. 9, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Reminds us of the election cycle of 2008 and 2012 when Rick Santorum, Michele Bachman, Herman Cain, etc. were suppose to clean up and push the Democrats aside with their conservative menu.
    Recall their success?

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    Whether you like Sen. Mike Lee or not you should consider the following. The delegates almost eliminated him at convention.

    re: Sen. Bennett in 2010. He was not in the top 2 coming out of convention. In fact the more moderate of the two, Tim Bridgewater was selected by 57% of the delegates in the last round of voting by the delegates. If he had received 60% Tim Bridgewater would have been the party nominee and Mike Lee would have been eliminated.

    Sen. Bennett endorsed Tim Bridgewater during the primary, but with voters ticked at TARP and ObamaCare, they went with Mike Lee.

    Sen. Mike Lee was the party nominee after the primary

    The Neighborhood Election and Convention system in Utah is the best way to make sure a grassroots process can win over large amounts of money. It is the only way someone with $100,000 can go against someone with $2 million in election funds.

    We have a system that that does NOT favor the incumbent, the wealthy or the famous. This is a good thing, and should be preserved.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Nov. 9, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    Mike Lee seems to get more face time with Iowa voters than Utah voters.

  • gotold Ivins, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    How can Mike Lee look himself in the mirror and say I am doing the right thing for Utah and my country by shutting down our government and hurting so many people? This man has his own personal agenda and only appeals to the extreme right wing of our party. Does he hate Obama and the Democrats so much that anything is justified? His legacy will not be as a statesman but as an angry insensitive radical senator who unfortunately was sent to the senate by our great state.

  • Deanie Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 6:18 a.m.

    I'm fully supportive of Mike Lee. The recent nightmare with Obamacare should bring to the forefront (for everybody) Lee and Cruz' foresight and wisdom in fighting to delay ACA's roll out. During the shutdown, Lee was spot on to call on the House and Senate to immediately fund those things that all could agree on. As the "freedom fighter" of our times, Mike Lee represents the real values of the Republican party, not the establishment GOP leaders who are slowly drifting to the left. Stand firm Sen. Lee, we're proud of you. And please don't pay attention to your nay-sayers - that only means that you must be doing something right!

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 11:21 p.m.

    I am glad he hasn't past Legislation! The more legislation the clowns in Washington pass the more debt we incur!!!

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    Rther than strut around the National scene what has Mike Lee done for Utah?

    Has he authored any legislation that has passed the Senate?

    As I remember he was voting no on all the Presidential nominees that came before the Senate as some sort of a protest.

    By angering this Administration I hope it does not come back to haunt us like down sizing Hill Air Force base as retribution.

    Yes things like this happen

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 9:45 p.m.

    2nd attempt must be another one of those low information voters I have heard so much about......
    Reaching across the aisle and holding hands is for Obama and Christy!
    I am not it interested in working with liberals....I want to defeat them!

    Go LEE!

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    Nov. 8, 2013 9:13 p.m.

    Over the past few months, Mike Lee has caused our country a tremendous amount of damage. His brilliant brainchild, the government shutdown, cost the country billions of dollars and accomplished absolutely nothing. His confrontational, my-way-or-the-highway style virtually assures that he'll never get anything productive done as a senator. He reminds me of a line from the film Joe Versus the Volcano: "I know he can GET the job, but can he DO the job?" We knew Mike Lee could get this job, but he's amply demonstrated his inability to do it.

  • The Reader Layton, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 7:08 p.m.

    Truth, You have to be kidding. Mike Lee and his type are not doing the country any good. If the constitutional convention at the founding of this great country had been full of the likes of Mike Lee and Ten Cruz - We never would have had a United States. The constitution was written in the form t is in because of compromise. There were a group of strong willed intelligent men who knew compromise was the only way a strong government could be formed that would stand the test of time. We ave done real well up to now.

    If the T party does not learn to compromise and work together with the democrats we the country will be the losers. The republican party will cease to exist.

    the problem with the T party movement is that they refuse to compromise. The country can not stand with the attitude the T party represents.

    If they really understood the constitution they would compromised and work for the good of the American Peorple and not for the good or their own agenda.

    T Party = losers!!!

  • jacknba Billings, MT
    Nov. 8, 2013 6:45 p.m.

    "My Way or the Highway" politics accurately describes Barack Hussein Obama. Senator Lee has my full support and any candidate who will stand up to the this socialist president and his cronies such as Harry Reid. If Romney had a political backbone like Lee than he might have one the presidency. The Tea Party stands for fiscal responsibility and being true to the Constitution. If that is considered extremism than our country is deep trouble.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 6:18 p.m.

    Mike Lee is a STUD! He is the best senator we have ever had in the history of this state.......Imagine how great America would be if every state had a MIKE LEE instead of the Pelosi/REID/Hatch/McCain/Obama crowd of losers?

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    I truly believe Mike Lee would be more at home in Iowa and it would be a shorter travel to get home to his family.