Sen. Mike Lee talks spying, poverty with Utah lawmakers

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  • wYo8 Rock Springs, WY
    Feb. 20, 2014 11:36 p.m.

    if you bad mouth republicans for wanting to help the middle class. you need to do the same when the demo's talk about education and helping the poor. it's nothing but lip service.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    FT, very well said. I have to support everything you have said. Anyone with common sense and the ability to research the subject will come to the same conclusion as you did. I still am reeling from the economic damage his and Cruz's shutdown did to all of us. I have family in Southern Utah whose livelihoods were damaged by this folly.

  • ruraljohnboy Duchesne, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 8:17 p.m.

    Senator Lee is a great American.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 8:07 p.m.

    FT I second your comments. Well said.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 7:45 p.m.

    Enough reason to vote against him and for his next opponent when he runs is that he and Cruz orchestrated a sixteen-day shutdown of the Federal Government, resulting in more than a $240,000,000,000 loss for the country and the American taxpayer.

    Worse, he said he would do it again.

    Shameful, to say the least.

  • History Nut Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 5:47 p.m.

    Window dressing. Senator Lee has seriously alienated the leadership and most members of his own party. Because of his petulance, his proposals, regardless of merit, will never get out of a committee if they get that far. He's burned far too many bridges to ever be effective as a legislator. Utah needs to replace him with someone with maturity.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 19, 2014 5:40 p.m.

    Wanna know when a republican isn't telling the truth? It's when he says he wants to help the middle class.

  • Heidi T. Farmington, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    Senator Lee, you have my complete support. I appreciate and feel comfortable supporting a representative who actually thinks and is capable of identifying issues and have policy to take action toward resolutions. Thanks.

  • Mikhail ALPINE, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 3:50 p.m.

    dalefarr - and your point is? The fact that a sitting Senator has had some of the same experiences that are all too common to ordinary folks is a problem? Institutions of a civil society and a free market place are a problem??? The wonderful thing about a free market place is that sometimes we are allowed to make mistakes - yet the freedom allows us to overcome those mistakes.

    Senator Lee is someone that holds values that I hold and has experienced life in much the same way that many have. He is of common, yet exceptional, experience and understanding. I trust him. One of the better humans that I am privileged to know. I applaud him for his integrity and courage.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    Senator Lee's results and myopic views continue to amaze me. He says:
    "Middle-income Americans can't get ahead because taxes, inflation and government regulation eat up any raises or cost-of-living adjustments they might receive, he said."

    It's a fact that taxes on the middle class have gone down over the past 10 years so that's had no affect on our ability to get ahead. Inflation has been almost nill during that time period as well, so that's not a factor. It was the lack and enforecment of regulations in the financial sector that crashed our economy so I'm not buying his regulation argument either. The real issue is greed and the abudance of cheap labor being used outside the country. My company has given me a 1-2% increase in pay annually for the past 10 years, while cutting benefits and retirement income. All this time their profits and compensation for senior management has been two-fold.
    We can't expect our leaders to solve problems if they continue to distort the truth or have no knowledge of the facts.
    2016 can't come soon enough to get this man back home.

  • cocosweet Sandy, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 3:28 p.m.

    Accreditation involves both governmental and non-governmental agencies... I can just see each state having their own accreditation department, want to talk about increasing government size? I'd much rather have one group of people made up of a variety of interested parties than 50 little squabbling states who can't agree on anything.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 19, 2014 3:10 p.m.

    Institutions of a civil society and a free market place did not enable Senator Lee to make his required house payments or avoid a short sale