- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

During his official tea party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Sen. Mike Lee cited a growing “inequality crisis” the nation is facing due largely to big government.

“We’re facing an inequality crisis. One to which the president has paid lip service, but seems uninterested in truly confronting or correcting,” the Utah Republican said Tuesday night.

“This inequality crisis presents itself in three principal forms,” he said. “Immobility among the poor, who are being trapped in poverty by big-government programs; insecurity in the middle class, where families are struggling just to get ahead, and they can’t seem to get ahead; and cronyist privilege at the top, where political and economic insiders twist the immense power of the federal government to profit at the expense of everyone else.”

Mr. Lee went on to argue that issues like abortion, gay marriage and government spying are examples of overreaching government that leads to “real” inequality, Politico reported.

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

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul delivered his own 10-minute rebuttal to the State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers gave the official Republican response.



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