I like Mike!

I like Mike!

The mainstream media in Utah was giddy last October to see that Senator Mike Lee’s approval numbers were around 40 percent. Remember this was around the time of the government shutdown.

111213_mike_lee_ap_328-1I was tired of hearing the Republican Party just being about saying “no” to any proposals from the Democrats or the White House. President Ronald Reagan spoke about this in 1964: “Yet anytime you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being against their humanitarian goals. They say we’re always “against” things—we’re never “for” anything. 

Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

Well, enter Senator Mike Lee. He is now telling us what he is for. He is presenting new ideas.

Here is a sampling:

USA Freedom Act

Bipartisan – Would make changes to the Patriot Act and require warrants for the collection of metadata.This bill is a compromise bill between those who want a straight reauthorization of the Patriot Act and those who want to abolish the NSA programs altogether.

Smarter Sentencing Act

Bipartisan – Would make changes to the prison system and lower mandatory minimums. Endorsed by President Obama.

Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act

Would provide a parallel track for institutions of higher learning to become accredited. It would grant power to the states to establish a system of accreditation. This would allow online learning models, competency based education, apprenticeship programs, certifications, specializations, etc. to become accredited. Would bring more competition to the higher ed market which should in turn bring down the cost of higher ed.

Working Families Flexibility Act

Helps workers handle the constant challenge of work-life balance by allowing private-sector employers to offer all individuals who work overtime to choose between monetary compensation or comp-time. Particularly for families, the law would help alleviate the difficulties of juggling work, home, kids, and community.

Transportation Empowerment Act

Phases down the Federal Gas tax over a period of 5 years from about 18 cents to about 4 cents. The bill would also transfer highway authority proportionately from the federal government to the states. States would be free to develop the transportation system they desire and are willing to pay for.

Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act

This legislation, modeled closely after welfare reform of the 90’s, would add a work requirement of 36 hours/month to SNAP benefits. 16 of the 36 hours would be supervised work. This bill also caps welfare spending at 2007 levels and requires the president to issue a yearly report outlining exactly how much money was spent on welfare and how the money was spent.

The Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform

This tax reform would dramatically simplify the tax code by creating only 2 tax brackets, increase the child tax credit, undo the marriage tax penalty, bring down corporate tax rates, and eliminate certain deductions.

 

This is what I like to see in an elected official – bold ideas!

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Richard Jaussi
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Richard is a political junkie. He teaches Political Science and US Constitution courses at a University. Richard can be found reading books on American history and politics. He resides in Utah County with his wife, 4 kids, and Frodo (their dog). You can reach him at fortyfivepolitics@gmail.com.

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