Here's Mike's website. Learn about him, find out why he answers all the missing qualifications needed in today's Senate and House of Representatives.
Here's a man who not only understands the Constitution, he loves it with all his heart and will apply its founding principles in his decision making on pending legislation. He will keep balanced on the need to represent people, not lobbyists, not special interest groups, and certainly not the demands of party.
He's the son of Rex Lee, former president of BYU, but beyond that he's the personification of all his father's best attributes.
I've never met Mike Lee. I was told about him from a friend who knows and trusts him, a friend whom I respect and admire. I told him in response to his invitation to support Mike Lee, "If you like Mike, then I like Mike." Since then I've been studying Mike Lee. I like what I hear. I have made up my mind. He will be Utah's next Senator, even if none of you knows who he is yet.
Lee has made this comment that continues to resonate with me: “We expand the role of government at the expense of individual liberty. Our prosperity and happiness depend on restricting government to its proper size and scope.”
Former U.S. Congressman, Jim Hansen, and former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter have endorsed Mike. Why? Bangerter said, "Because he asked me to." You have to ask for people to vote for you. It's politics 101. And I ask you as friends of this page to do as I have done -- study Mike Lee's positions, then spread the wildfire across this great state of Utah, and let's elect a worthy successor to Senator Bennett, who seems to have neither the wisdom or the self-awareness to retire gracefully.
I have been on the "ABB" (Anybody But Bennett) bandwagon in my own mind for a long time, well at least since the fall of 2008. When Senator Bennett voted for the disastrous TARP legislation, these were his exact words: “If we say, no, we want to take the time to do this right, we want to put this provision in, and that provision in, and let’s debate it for another week, and thus send the signal that we’re not serious, I think the markets are going to fall off the cliff.” His predictions proved faulty. Then last week, he admitted that they didn't get what they "thought" they were going to get with TARP. Why? Because it was done in a panic.
He was the poster child advocating swift passage of the TARP legislation, $750 billion of it for the very institutions he was tasked, but failed, to oversee from his lofty perch as a ranking member on the Senate Banking Committee. Not only did he fail Utahns, he failed America. At least Chris Dodd, (D-CT) had the decency to step down voluntarily. Bennett did not -- he will go down in flames because he doesn't know when to step aside gracefully.
Bennett, while serving on the Senate Banking Committee was nothing more than "bought and paid for" -- it's little wonder he was in such a hurry to swiftly pass TARP. The top industries that have funded his political career are (as of 2008, according to Opensecrets.org) Securities & Investment ($484,236), Commercial Banks ($377,074) and Insurance ($284,855). Bennett’s six leading individual PAC donors are, in order, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citigroup, Fannie Mae, Bank of America, and the American Bankers Association. He was little more than their puppet. The TARP legislation, completed on President Bush's watch, by the way, opened the flood gates for the orgy of deficit spending that then ensued.
So in the panic there was no time for Congress to do it “right,” better to just fork over the money.
Well, today it stops. I am going public with this disclosure because I wrote personally to Senator Bennett about my concerns over what appeared to me to be "pay for play" scheming among his colleagues. Months later I got a long and rambling summary of his votes on this and that matter, alleging he was rolled by the majority party, but never addressing directly my stated concerns. He will be held accountable for that vote if I have any influence among my friends and associates.
What has been lacking in my mind fixated on ABB was an acceptable alternative, and now I have found him in Mike Lee.
Please join me in supporting Utah's next Senator, Mike Lee.