Sen. Mike Lee tells conservatives to set agenda like Ronald Reagan did

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    April 8, 2016 6:53 p.m.

    I see tax increases on the horizon. How many did Reagan have? 11? And he the largest in adjusted dollars signed in 1982 since 1968. Now that's what I call a real agenda.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 18, 2014 5:14 p.m.

    John Locke
    Ivins, , UT
    If the "party of no" is the party that does not want socialism or liberalism or any other "ism," as the basic foundation of its economy, then count me in. I belong to the party of no.

    10:21 a.m. Aug. 15, 2014


    So, then you are against Capital-ISM?

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    If the "party of no" is the party that does not want socialism or liberalism or any other "ism," as the basic foundation of its economy, then count me in. I belong to the party of no.

  • David Lloyd-Jones Toronto, 00
    Aug. 15, 2014 2:50 a.m.

    Tax credits, Mike?

    Tax credits are only of any value to people who pay taxes. The richer you are, the more you get out of tax credits. Tax credits are a progressive give-away, directed progressively upwards by tax bracket.

    As Famous Republican Mitt Romney once upon a time pointed out, 47% of Americans don't pay taxes. Mitt missed the fact that most of these are retirees, who overwhelmingly are, or at least used to be, his supporters.

    The rest, though, include the very people who most need help getting back into the middle class. Tax credits or of no, zero, nil help to them, Mike.


  • Gary Federal Way, WA
    Aug. 14, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    It is heartening to see many messages here that don't agree with Lee. Reagan was supposedly a great president then, but now looking back at history on history of reality, he actually took the United states into dangerous territory economically and it has taken a terrible toll on us Americans. So why is Lee falling for Reaganomics as they called it back on those days when it is a known failure? We shouldn't fall for it. Vote Lee out when you get your chance.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 14, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    At what point does the agenda include accepting illegal campaign contributions? Come on, Mike...U.S. Senators are supposed to be "above reproach."

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    regan also was behind deregulating banks and look what happened then. they robbed and pillaged the away with masive crimes that thew middle class would go to prison for.

  • SharpHooks Lake Sammamish, WA
    Aug. 14, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    If Lee is getting the business here, I wonder what it's like in forums where he isn't quite as beloved.

  • Deseretina Murray, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 10:05 a.m.

    Republican conservatism is not really about the principles it claims to espouse. One need look no further than the politically craven troglodytes being elected, see Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.

  • Vince Ballard South Ogden, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    If Mike Lee really means it, the endless prioritizing of corporatism over the working and middle class must cease. That means telling business and investment 'NO' once in a while. Reagan brought prosperity (for a time) to the middle class, and Republicans have never won the Presidency without populist appeal. This is a sound strategy.

  • cocosweet Sandy, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    I can't believe I long for the Reagan era days. At least Congress wasn't as despised as it is now. But really Mr. Lee. we are supposed to believe this very sudden turn around? You helped shutdown the government, you are a major player in the Party Of NO scene you are a Tea Party darling. Sounds to me like you are getting desperately concerned about your (hopefully low) chances of being re-elected. Don't worry though, I'm sure someone will give you a nice juicy job so you can buy another huge McMansion.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Aug. 14, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    The trouble is, most Americans (especially outside of Utah) don't agree with what conservatives want. Conservatism isn't reflective of the values of most Americans at this time.

    Also, it's funny this cult that has grown up around Reagan doesn't seem to know what he actually did. Compared to the current day Republicans he was much more moderate.

  • Light and Liberty St. George/Washington, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    Go Mike! The "forgotten American" is the family man, the tax paying, the law abiding,and the moral. The "forgotten man" is the man who only expects the government to protect him in his God-given rights, rather than create a bunch of rights that are not only not rights, but destroy initiative, integrity, and Constitutional government. The "forgotten man" is the backbone of America! The group of sycophants and whiners that just want the government to take care of them are not what made this country great. The "forgotten man" knows that liberty is not just a philosophical foggy idea, it is a living reality that is based not on what government can do for you, but on what you can do without it! How would any thinking person want to deny any American the right to pursue his/her dream without the blustering, tyrannical, and patronizing hand of government? The "forgotten man" is the silent American. The "do-gooders" destroy the best of America with looney, bureacratic, fraud inflicted ideas from the lazy Americans who call themselves patriotic because they pay taxes, but then sit back and think of something that the "forgotten american" pays for!

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 7:59 a.m.

    For conservatives, Reagan's signature moves were tax cuts, which were enacted without corresponding cuts in government spending, leading to the first wave of the deficit spending that conservatives decry.

    Now we're at a position where multiple decades of deficit spending - in good times and bad - (except a couple of years when Bill Clinton was President) have seriously started to hamstring what the US government can do. As we've seen with the cuts from the Sequestration, spending cuts have a distinct negative effect, driving top-tier healthcare researchers to other nations, for example.

    Lee wants to reach out to "forgotten Americans", but the reality is with more tax cuts this outreach to older Americans will probably mean letters explaining how their benefits are being cut.

    I agree this is just a political move to endear him to Republicans, because to a lot of everyone else this will mean not-so-good times.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Aug. 14, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    The supposed government shutdown was a great wake up call warning the country of what was going to happen when Obamacare finally kicks in. When the government goes further bankrupt because of it the furlowed workers won't get all their back pay and the "closed down" government won't have enough money to set up barriers to keep citizens out of outdoor monuments. The brief shutdown brought out the true attitude of the administration toward the American citizens.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    As the good book says, by their works you shall know them. So, by this standard, I don't have expectations from Lee or the modern version of the Republican Party. It just won't happen.

    And for all of you who pine away for Reagan, he may have been a personable guy, an actor really, the results really weren't that good for the average person or for families.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 14, 2014 7:32 a.m.

    "ending the "corrupt alliance of big business and big government."

    Great. I see this as the solution to many of our countries ills.

    But, what are his specific plans?

    Campaign finance reform? Doubtful
    Redefining free speech to exclude political activities? Slim chance.
    Restrict or prohibit lobbying? Never happen

    So, Mr Lee, give me a specific proposal on how you propose to do this.

    Neither the Dems or the Reps have shown any inclination to bite the hand that feeds them.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Aug. 14, 2014 7:26 a.m.

    Why is it when some scandal breaks on Mike Lee he scrambles at damage control, this involves a visit to Doug Wright, a Town hall meeting, and some press releases. If the wolves are not at the door we hear very little from the good Senator.

  • ElmoBaggins Escalante, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    Hey Mike want to appeal to forgotten Americans?How about you and your elitist republican cohorts stop refusing Medicaid expansion that would give health care to thousands of poor Utahns?How about you quit your ridiculous and wasteful attempts to impeach or sue the president or chase imaginary WMD from Benghazi and work to pass legislation that would actually help someone besides your rich masters!

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    Aug. 14, 2014 6:44 a.m.

    If we do as the Senator wants, when do we start the policy of selling drugs to buy arms? And when do we start ignoring world-wide health crises? Which nice little Caribbean island do we invade? How many deals and compromises will the Senator countenance (Reagan cut a lot of deals with Democrats). I look forward to a steady does of warmongering around the world too. It makes us all feel so masculine and John Wayne'ish.

    Reagan was no saint. Some of what he did and what he did not are reprehensible. He was a man of his times, and perhaps the better President for the 80's. I am sure that it gives the Senator warm fuzzies to wax lyrical about Reagan. However, it is over 30 years since his election and times have changed. Let the poor man lie in the grave, and move on.

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    Aug. 14, 2014 6:31 a.m.

    I find this extremely ironic. Mike Lee's record has the "party of no" philosophy written all over it. Shutting down the government is the epitome of "no".

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    Documented principles of a Republican Ronald Reagan agenda.

    For starters...

    Deficits don't matter.

    Massively increase spending for the military-industrial complex.

    Triple the national debt.

    Trickle-down Reaganomics.


    In closing...

    Ronald Reagan signed into law an abortion bill that led to the murder of over 2,000,000 children.

    Yet, to this day, Republicans can't exist without daily invoking the name of Ronald Reagan.

    Daily invoking the name of a man who signed into law an abortion bill is a principled position for a Republican Agenda?