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Bridget Johnson


January 28, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) will drop a reference to the original Tea Party in his Tea Party response to the State of the Union tonight, stressing that the inequality President Obama is expected to decry in his address has its roots in big government.

“In America, the test of any political movement is not what that movement is against, but what it is for.  The founders made a point at Boston Harbor, but they made history in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall,” Lee will say in the speech from the National Press Club.

“Today, Americans know in their hearts that something is wrong. Much of what is wrong relates to the sense that the ‘American Dream’ is falling out of reach for far too many of us. We are facing an inequality crisis — one to which the president has paid lip-service, but seems uninterested in truly confronting or correcting,” he’ll say.

“But where does this new inequality come from? From government — every time it takes rights and opportunities away from the American people and gives them instead to politicians, bureaucrats, and special interests.”

Lee’s response, an alternative to the official GOP response that began with Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) in 2011, will be viewable at Lee’s Senate website and

“Throughout the last five years, President Obama has promised an economy for the middle class; but all he’s delivered is an economy for the middle-men,” the senator will say.

“We have a new generation of leaders in Washington with positive, innovative ideas – thoughtful policy reforms to, as my friend Senator Ted Cruz says –’Make D.C. listen.’ Reforms to help poor families work their way into the middle class, to help middle-class families start to get ahead, and to level the playing field and put corporate and political insiders back to work for the rest of us.”

“All of these proposals within this new conservative reform agenda, along with many more to come, mark the road to Philadelphia.  These principles and these policies will work – and will put Americans back to work. Not just by cutting big government, but by fixing broken government.  Not just by making government smaller but by promoting bigger citizens, stronger families and more heroic communities. Our goal should be an America where everyone has a fair chance to pursue happiness – and find it. That’s what it looks like when protest grows into reform.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Good job, Mike Lee.

I thought Cathy McMorris Rodgers response was fantastic as well.
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Hey, Lee! You wanna do a Boston Tea Party-like thing? Do a Wile E. Coyote: get a giant paint brush and paint the border from Texas to Tijuana. That should take a few months. Then, do a Bugs Bunny and start sawing with a giant saw.

If you frickin' idiots want to filibuster, go stand on the border with your arms crossed until we actually obey our own frickin' laws, even if you have to camp out a year. And get rid of that damn anchor baby law.

And then deport about a zillion illegal aliens.
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"Our goal should be an America where everyone has a fair chance to pursue happiness – and find it."

Kind of pointless. Because that's EXACTLY the same goal the Democrats believe they're pursuing. Only they believe they can ONLY achieve it by making the government BIGGER.

It's the same old left/right, bigger/smaller argument stated in different words. What makes anyone think it will convince the unconvinced?
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He gets it.
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