January 29th, 2014
12:49 AM ET
9 years ago

Tea Party SOTU Response: ‘Obamacare is an inequality Godzilla'

Washington (CNN) – Utah Sen. Mike Lee blamed big government for growing inequality in America, calling Obamacare an “inequality Godzilla.”

Lee’s comments came during his Tea Party response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

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“Obamacare – all by itself – is an inequality Godzilla that has robbed working families of their insurance, their doctors, their wages and their jobs,” Lee said. “Many Americans are now seeing why some of us fought so hard to stop this train-wreck over the last four years.”

In addition to Obamacare, Lee cited government surveillance, changing laws without congressional approval, and abortion as issues that also spur disparity amongst “hard-working, play-by-the-rules” Americans.

Responding to the President’s address, Lee stated that inequality stems mostly from three problems, immobility among the poor, insecurity in the middle class, and cronyism in the federal government.

“Government-driven inequality is the reason why, as hard-working families across the country struggle to make ends meet, six of the 10 wealthiest counties in America are now suburbs of Washington, D.C.,” he said.

Lee, who stood alongside Sen. Ted Cruz’s during his marathon filibuster in September over defunding Obamacare, defended the Tea Party movement’s aggressive protest of big government, comparing their actions to those of the Boston Tea Party.

“I believe we need to do what Americans have always done – come together and press for positive change. Protesting against dysfunctional government is a great American tradition, going back to the original Tea Party in Boston, about 240 years ago,” Lee said. "Americans have a natural instinct to stand up and speak out when they know something is wrong. … Unfortunately, in recent years, we have had no choice but to engage in a number of protests against our current president’s Washington-centered agenda.”

Despite his criticism of the Obama administration and its policies, Lee did acknowledge that the Democratic Party wasn’t solely to blame to the mounting inequality in America.

“President Obama and his party did not create all of these problems. … The GOP can be just as out-of-touch as the Democratic Establishment.”

Filed under: Mike Lee • President Obama • State of the Union • Tea Party
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Just a critique one would expect and absolutely no real solutions for economic growth, job creation, or even condescending to acknowledge the Income disparity of the rich getting more rich and the poor getting poorer. Hence no extension of jobless benefits, raising the minimum wage or any other meaningful solutions.... what waste of space time and effort.

    January 29, 2014 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  2. Thomas

    Utah Sen. Mike Lee blamed big government for growing inequality in America.

    Mike Lee makes everything look so simple as if governing is like a drive thru fast food burger joint.

    Where was Lee's good buddy Ted Cruz ?

    January 29, 2014 01:56 am at 1:56 am |

    Nobody cares about the Guns Over People tea potty wingnut response. They are as popular as herpes.

    January 29, 2014 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  4. Marie MD

    We turned it off as soon as the President finished his speech.
    The little teaklan woman and these fools had a response?
    The Daily Show has spence, rafaelito and other teaklan members with theiri new mantra . . . . the President shut down the government.
    Unfortunately for them there are plenty of videos and diarrhea of the mouth coming from all of them.
    Proceed teaklans.

    January 29, 2014 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    But losing 8 million jobs in Bush's last year was good? Lee is one of the main reasons for government shutdown and dysfunction.

    January 29, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Shutting down government to the tune of $24 billion will somehow bring us together? Lee should be tested for drug use.

    January 29, 2014 07:39 am at 7:39 am |