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1 freetoken  Wed, Jan 19, 2011 10:56:06pm

That's the idiot who replaced the conservative but thoughtful Sen. Bennet.

From the HuffPo transcript:

FABRIZIO: But could Louisiana, for example, have dealt with Katrina? That would have absolutely broken the bank. Should the federal government, in an ideal way, should the federal government have been involved in that at all?
LEE: Well, look, they were, and I generally make a practice of not unnecessarily and futilely going back a few years and saying we shouldn't have done that because the fact is that we did. But looking forward...states will prepare differently if they understand that it's their responsibility rather than that of the federal government.

Lee seems ignorant of the fact that the entire region that encompasses the mouth of the Mississippi is one of the most (and perhaps the most) important ports in the entire country. The economic health and well being of the nation is directly tied to its operation.

Lee is such a classic case of the provincialism of the tea partying right.

2 ClaudeMonet  Wed, Jan 19, 2011 11:13:21pm

I think Senator Lee would have a different perspective if a hurricane hit Salt Lake City.

I have noticed that the TP folks are against all programs except those from which they derive a financial benefit. I don't live near a hurricane zone, so the gummint shouldn't provide hurricane relief. I'm not poor, so the gummint shouldn't provide relief from poverty. I'm not "rich", so the gummint should tax only the rich. On and on the list goes. But don't touch our Social Security and Medicare, because they benefit us!

3 freetoken  Thu, Jan 20, 2011 12:05:28am

I listened to the entire interview up until the callers:

[Link: www.publicbroadcasting.net...]

The interviewer went soft ball, in not tracking down specific statements made previously by Lee, in order to ask him about them.

Lee has left a lot of droppings around the internet. I'm not yet ready to label him a malicious tea partying wingnut, but his smooth act looks to be well crafted as his own upbringing, while "conservative" and Mormon, indicates he would have heard a more sophisticated worldview than what he sold to win the election.


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