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Published on Aug 19, 2013
August 19, 2013 – Allen West Appearance on Greta Van Susteren: Barack Obama “Dangerous Threat” To Existence Of America – Allen West Slams Obama Over Health Care.
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Published on Aug 19, 2013
August 19, 2013 – Allen West Appearance on Greta Van Susteren: Barack Obama “Dangerous Threat” To Existence Of America – Allen West Slams Obama Over Health Care.
Col. Allen B. West is excited for college basketball’s March Madness, and is looking forward to beating his fellow PJ Media co-workers in the 2013 NCAA bracket predictions, and taking home $30 in cash winnings. West suffered a painful loss when attempting to take part in the office Oscar pool. In the wake of that loss, Col. West examined the difference between the NCAA basketball championship, and the Academy Awards. Find out why he thinks the basketball championship is a true form of American meritocracy, while the Oscars are just another form of crony capitalism.
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by Allen West via Facebook
The White House and the US Capitol belong to the American people. What kind of autocrat believes he can tell the American people to get out? This is a Constitutional Republic and those in elected positions serve at the behest of the electorate. America is not a monarchy and the White House is not Versailles. We can give the Muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt $250M from taxpayers but tell the American people they cannot visit their symbols of liberty, freedom, and democracy? President Obama, where are your priorities, where lies your loyalty?
Greetings to our Constituents, fellow Floridians, and indeed all Americans,
It is early Sunday morning on July 1st, and I am reflecting on the astonishing events of the last week. For me, the events center on a simple theme of individual freedom and sovereignty.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, just yesterday, I gathered with almost 500 Americans, 300 of whom were about to participate in the First Annual US Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman Swim. Aaron gave his life in service to this country as one of the Navy SEALs killed in the Chinook helicopter shot down in Afghanistan last year. I have come to know his father, Billy, and met the entire family. One thing you can certainly ascertain is that Aaron grew up in a loving Christian family who understood devotion to Duty, Honor, God, and Country.
Looking at the splendor of the Atlantic Ocean, I reflected upon the sacrifices made over all these years by individuals such as Aaron for the individual freedoms, liberty, and democracy which we enjoy here in America. The wholehearted willingness to lay down one’s life for another is truly amazing and is an essential part of the American experience, our exceptionalism.
Aaron was one of the best this country offers, a US Navy SEAL. He was part of a legacy which began not too far up the coast in Ft. Pierce, Florida, home of the Navy Frogman, Underwater Demolition Team. However, Aaron is part of a legacy that spans all the way back to the first men who answered the call to arms — those brave patriots at Lexington and Concord who fired the shot heard round the world.
It was those first “Minutemen” who stood ready to defend a new nation which embodied a fledgling idea of the sovereignty of the American individual… a sovereignty that emanates from our Creator, not from man or government.
And how those patriots would have shed tears upon hearing the decision coming from the Supreme Court of the United States of America this past week. This decision has set a precedent by collectively subjugating the individual rights of Americans to the subjective whims of the Federal Government. This decision has given the Federal Government unlimited taxing authority to unleash a new era of behavior modification by way of taxation. This decision has taken us back to exactly the point and reason for America’s founding — onerous taxation.
As we come upon the 236th anniversary of the document setting America apart from all other nations, the Declaration of Independence, consider the achievement of Thomas Jefferson all those years ago. Thomas Jefferson would create the longest running Constitutional Republic the world has ever known. He would set forth a concept that was foreign at the time, of rule by the consent of the governed, not by the monarch. His idea that our unalienable rights did not come from a single ruler but were embedded in each of us from our Creator wholeheartedly altered the relationship between God, leaders, and the people.
Yet, in a single moment five Supreme Court justices decided that Jefferson’s words had no meaning. These Justices decided that James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton had it all wrong.
Quite contrary to the serenity of the morning where we memorialized Aaron Vaughn.
I respect our concept of separation of powers and the three branches of government, but I have utmost respect for the fundamental premise in America of individual sovereignty and liberty.
My parting challenge to all who read this missive before this 4th of July — read the entire Declaration of Independence with your families. Read and understand that which Thomas Jefferson set forth here some 236 years ago.
Read the grievances which he listed from an invasive and intrusive King George III and England and find the similarities to today.
Read and understand the impeccable birthright of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that has been given to all who earn the title of American.
Read, and notice, that Thomas Jefferson stated pursuit of happiness, not guarantee!
Read, and read again if necessary to ensure that our children and grandchildren recognize the blessing of having been born in the greatest nation the world has ever known… a nation for which men and women have given their lives… a nation for which many have left other places in order to become a citizen within the laws of the land.
Read, my fellow Americans, and when you feel that swelling of pride within your hearts and the tears well in your eyes, then you are ready to do as 56 men did 236 years ago — pledge your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor to restoring the legacy of this Constitutional Republic, these great United States of America!
Thanks to the five United States Supreme Court Justices who have reminded us, true Americans, of what tyranny looks like.
Contempt of Congress— On Thursday, the United States House of Representatives approved H. Res. 711, recommending that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, by a vote of 255-67, I VOTED YES. According to House Report 112-546,”The Department of Justice has refused to comply with congressional subpoenas related to Operation Fast and Furious, an Administration initiative that allowed around two thousand firearms to fall into the hands of drug cartels and may have led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent. The consequences of the lack of judgment that permitted such an operation to occur are tragic.” The report continues, “The Department’s refusal to work with Congress to ensure that it has fully complied with the Committee’s efforts to compel the production of documents and information related to this controversy is inexcusable and cannot stand. Those responsible for allowing Fast and Furious to proceed and those who are preventing the truth about the operation from coming out must be held accountable for their actions. Having exhausted all available options in obtaining compliance, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recommends that Congress find the Attorney General in contempt for his failure to comply with the subpoena issued to him.” The resolution will be referred to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia for enforcement of the subpoena. In addition, the House approved H. Res. 706 by a vote of 258-95,I VOTED YES , authorizing the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings in any Federal court of jurisdiction to seek declaratory judgments affirming the duty of Attorney General Holder to comply with any subpoena issued to him by the Committee, as part of its investigation into the “Fast and Furious” operation, and to seek appropriate ancillary relief, including injunctive relief.
THUD Appropriations — On Friday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5972, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013, by a vote of 261-163,I VOTED YES. The legislation would provide a total of $51.6 billion in discretionary budget authority for the agencies and programs funded through the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. Budget authority in the bill would be a reduction of $3.9 billion or 7 percent below last year’s spending level and $1.87 billion below the level requested by the President for Fiscal Year 2013. H.R. 5972 would contribute to an overall level of discretionary budget authority of $1.028 trillion for Fiscal Year 2013 as contained in House Continuing Resolution 112, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013.
Transportation funding / Student Loans / Flood Insurance— Also on Friday, the House of Representatives approved the Conference Report to H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, by a vote of 373-52,I VOTED YES. The Conference Report accompanying H.R. 4348 would reauthorize federal surface transportation programs and extend the authority to appropriate funds from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for federal highway and surface transportation programs for two years, through September 30, 2014. The Conference Report would also extend current excise taxes used to provide funding for the HTF. The Conference Report would set the obligation limit for Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs at $39.69 billion for Fiscal Year 2013 and $40.25 billion for Fiscal Year 2014. The legislation would also authorize a total of $10.5 billion for Federal Transit Administration programs in Fiscal Year 2013 and $10.7 billion in Fiscal Year 2014. The Conference Report would include offsets to fully pay for the shortfall between transportation spending levels and HTF tax revenue. Under current law, surface transportation spending authority is set to expire on June 30, 2012. The bill would also include reforms to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) funding, which JCT estimates would reduce the deficit by a total of $9.394 billion over Fiscal Year 2012-2022 (including $8.817 billion from increased revenues and $650 million from reduced PBGC outlays). These reforms, which were not included in the United States Senate amendment to H.R. 4348, are designed to shore up PBGC’s financing in order to reduce the risk of a taxpayer-funded bailout. In addition, the Conference Report would prevent the interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans from increasing to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012, SOMETHING WHICH BECAME AN ISSUE BECAUSE PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT NATIONALIZED COLLEGE EDUCATION LOANS AND SET THE RATE AT 6.8%… ANOTHER INSTANCE OF FINDING OUT WHAT WAS IN THE BILL AFTER WE PASS IT. Instead, interest rates for new subsidized Stafford loan borrowers will be maintained at the lower interest rate of 3.4 percent through June 30, 2013. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that reforms to the length of time interest accrual can be deferred will save $1.2 billion from the estimated $5.9 billion cost of extending the current interest rates. Lastly, the bill would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through September 30, 2017, and amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to include a series of reforms to the NFIP that the CBO has estimated will generate a $2.7 billion increase in net income to the program over the next 10 years. For Floridians, the Conference Report also includes the RESTORE Act which ensures the restoration of the affected Gulf States from the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Greetings to our Constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. As I sit and write this, I am reflecting on Memorial Day 2012, which also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, where my older brother served and was wounded at Khe Sahn.
The weather has been so nice here in South Florida and my concern is that many Americans did not stop to reflect upon what makes our nation such a free and exceptional Constitutional Republic during their holiday festivities. Many citizens have the day off, but the question is whether they remember those who gave “the last full measure of devotion?”
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then I said, Here am I. Send Me!”- Isaiah 6:8
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends”. – John 15:13
When I reflect on all of the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for America since the battle at Lexington and Concord all the way up until today, those two Bible verses come to mind. What manner of person answers the call to service and leaves behind the comforts of their loved ones and homes to protect our beloved America?
Those who serve their country represent the best among us. They are the brothers and sisters with whom I, and many others, have had the privilege and honor to stand beside. They are our true heroes for whom we find a sense of impeccable pride when we remember their faithful sacrifice.
Two hundred years ago, America fought her second War of Independence, the War of 1812. In that war, we were blessed to have written the words which every American should know by heart, “The Star Spangled Banner:”
Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
Oh say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Let us remember the men at Fort McHenry. During that bombardment, these brave men ensured that our flag, the standard of liberty, freedom, and democracy, continued to stand. Let us remember that we are indeed the “Land of the Free” because we have always been and shall forever be the “Home of the Brave.”
Before I go, I want to leave with you a special video, “Here’s to the Heroes, a Military Tribute” as sung by the Ten Tenors, view it here.
It is no surprise this video has already received more than 1.8 million views!
Requiem en pace, Frater et Soror.
Steadfast and Loyal,
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By Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.)– 04/24/12 06:03 PM ET
Much has been made of my recent response to a question from a constituent and assertion regarding so-called “communists” in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. I am pleased it has inspired so much passionate debate, for that was precisely the point.
When I was studying for my two master’s degrees in political science at Kansas State University and at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College, the very best professors were those who would begin each lecture with a challenging assertion. It engaged discussion and analysis, and was the best way to uncover the essence of the particular subject of the day.
As Americans, we must bring to the fore this fundamental discussion of what we want our country to be. Do we veer from our Founders’ vision of a constitutional republic that preserves and protects the individual sovereignty of its citizens, along with the free market and the rights of the several states, or do we continue to slide down this path of expanding the secular welfare state, nationalizing production and enforcing economic equality?
My colleagues in the Congressional Progressive Caucus have taken umbrage with my equation of their ideals with those of communists. Why? Why shouldn’t we have this discussion? What part of their agenda are they trying to hide?
We must be able to openly discuss how our fundamental freedoms are being slowly chipped away by an over-reaching nanny state that has bit by bit slipped its tentacles into every aspect of our lives, from the types of light bulbs we can use to the size of our toilet tanks.
Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, I hope you all survived another Tax Day. I need to make you all aware of what will become the largest tax hike in the history of America. You can read about it here in our recent Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel editorial, “The American Tax Code: A Weapon of Mass Destruction”.
This past Friday, “The Hill” newspaper reported the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its assessment of President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The CBO estimates the President’s budget would adversely affect economic growth and the higher deficits would reduce economic output between 0.5 percent and 2.2 percent after five years. In addition, this budget strategy will reduce the amount of capital available to businesses.
The President’s budget will add some $3.5 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years, according to the CBO. However, the baseline of smoke and mirrors promulgated by the Obama Administration tries to convince the American people that deficits will be reduced by $3.2 trillion. This is why America must have an ideological debate about the direction in which this country will head. It is a debate which the liberal progressive left would rather avoid.
As you may be aware, much has been made of my recent response to a question from a constituent and assertion regarding so-called “communists” in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. I am pleased it has inspired so much passionate debate, for that was precisely the point. When I was studying for my Masters degrees in political science at Kansas State University and at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College, the very best professors were those who would begin each lecture with a challenging assertion. It engaged discussion and analysis, and was the best way to uncover the essence of the particular subject of the day. As Americans, we must bring to the forefront a fundamental discussion of what we want our country to be like 10 years, 20 years, and 100 years from now. Do we veer from our Founders’ vision of a constitutional republic, which preserves and protects the individual sovereignty of its citizens, along with the free market and the rights of the several states? Or do we continue to slide down a path of expanding the secular welfare state, nationalizing production, and enforcing economic equality and achievement?
You may call this what you wish. The esteemed constitutional scholar and author, Mark Levin, calls it “statism.” In our lifetime, the unpalatable and pejorative brands “socialist” and “communist” have been replaced with the more user-friendly “progressive.” But this is not a discussion about labels. It is a discussion far more important and grave, for it affects our nation’s future, our security, and the lives of each and every one of us. The dialogue must be about the future and direction of these United States. It is about the choice between two futures: a constitutional republic or a bureaucratic nanny-state.
As a nation, we must directly confront those issues that are most critical. We must be able to openly and candidly discuss how we will move forward to preserve our nation’s greatness, reduce our debt and deficit, put Americans back to work, take full advantage of our domestic energy resources and ensure our security.
These are dangerous and critical times for our country. We must be unafraid to discuss and confront the challenges we face, and ensure we keep our focus on the fundamental issues, rather than become distracted by semantics. I gladly welcome this debate in the arena of political ideologies of governance.
Steadfast and Loyal
Facebook post by Congressman Allen West on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
“I vehemently condemn the bounty poster emanating from the New Black Panther Party putting a $10,000 ransom up for the capture of George Zimmerman and call upon the US Department of Justice to prosecute their actions, clearly a hate crime. We have seen this type of abhorrent behavior from this group previously in 2008 as part of a voter intimidation action, it is reprehensible. To openly solicit for the death of an American citizen, with reward, is not in keeping with the laws of due process which governs this Constitutional Republic. However, this is to be expected when irrational voices dominate our public dialogue and are fueled by an ideological driven media. I am concerned that that the tragic death of Trayvon Martin is being hijacked by malcontents.”
Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is time for our first weekly update of the new year. This will undoubtedly be a crucial year for the future of America.
As I reflect upon a year ago, I remember what many termed the “Arab Spring” when referring to the hoped-for birth of democracy across the Islamic world. However, today we now clearly see this as the “Arab Winter,” especially when one considers that in this month the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamists groups shall have a 60-65% control of the Egyptian government.
Radical Islamists are promulgating their anti-Western, anti-America message and goals all over the world, not just in the Middle East and in Southwest Asia. Please read here about the latest terrorist threat on our own soil- this time in Tampa, Florida- mere hours from our Congressional District.
If that isn’t enough to worry about- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be traveling through Latin America this very week strengthening alliances in the region. Does everyone remember the Monroe Doctrine?
We have a 28-year-old “4-Star General” now in charge in North Korea and he will likely want to take some action to prove his “street cred.” As well, China is expanding its strategic military capability by way of its maritime and air forces. Need I remind you all the last time that occurred in an Asian nation?
With all of this as a backdrop, President Obama made an unprecedented trip to the Pentagon to release his “strategic vision” for our military – a vision which is a nightmare. The President fails to realize the “enemy has a vote” and is preparing to set up America up for another Kasserine Pass or Task Force Smith. We cannot have the United States Military as the bill payer for the fiscal irresponsibility of Washington D.C. Currently, our Department of Defense spending is around 19.6% of our total budget. In terms of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) we are only at 4.5% in defense spending, and that includes funding support to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In contrast, our mandatory spending (net interest on the debt, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, and Social Security) makes up 62% of our federal budget. In Fiscal Year 2011 we saw a 6.7% increase in MEDICARE spending, but less than a 2% increase in defense spending.
With President Obama’s vision, we shall see defense spending over the next ten years drop to 2.7% of our GDP, while mandatory spending grows closer to 12% of GDP. One has to ask, what does President Obama believe to be the essential task of the federal government?
My recommendation is simple: develop a National Security Strategy of “Engage, Deter and Strike”, and from there enact a threat assessment across our geographic AORs (Areas of Responsibility) which looks at threats in those regions for the next 15-20 years. Then develop the requirements, capabilities, and capacities necessary to meet that strategy.
Other evaluative criteria for this strategy: eliminate nation-building or occupation style operations; move from a forward deployed to a power projection platform military; eliminate sustained deployments in a combat zone longer than eight months for our troops and allow for a two-and-a-half year “dwell” time back at home. In addition, we should reduce weapon system procurement and acquisition development timelines down to five to seven years and enact a 10-15% cut across higher headquarters staffs.
No President gets to decide where this country will fight, the enemy will make that decision. The Commander-in-Chief needs to be able to protect this nation and our interests abroad.
I am constantly reminded of Alexander the Great’s famous quote, “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” America always must be led by a lion with a vision of “peace through strength.”
My other concern coming out of this past week is not just about the “recess appointments” made by President Obama, but rather the accompanying rhetoric. Our Founding Fathers established a Constitutional Republic rooted in the rule of law and a system of checks and balances between coequal branches of our Federal Government. America is not an imperial monarchy and no one gets to bypass Congress to implement his ideological agenda. I hope America is now realizing that elections have consequences.
I am pleased the unemployment rate dropped to 8.5%, but let us not start dancing in the end zone yet. We need to have a consistent drop and never forget that we have millions of Americans who have dropped from the rolls because they are no longer seeking employment, as well as many more who are underemployed. I want to be assured this drop from 9% to 8.6% to 8.5% is not just a “seasonal bump.” Only free market-oriented, private sector, fiscal, monetary, tax, and regulatory policies will create the conditions for sustained economic and job growth. Furthermore, a year from now, Americans must realize that we could see the most massive tax increases in our history.
I want to close with a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” which was written in the mid-1800s: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
In this critical election year, beware the individual who promises more spending to placate the electorate and expands the level of dependency upon the State. That person, truly a Statist, will end the longest running Constitutional Republic the world has ever known, our America.
Steadfast and Loyal,
Highlights of the Week:
– Tuesday, 3 January, addressed the Federated Boca Raton Homeowners Association, visited Randy Lebolo of Lebolo Construction Management Company- Randy came to America years ago from Colombia with just a pair of shoes. Now he is watching his business suffer under insidious anti-business policies emanating from Washington. Visited Anne Chung at her small business, Tropic Pharmacy, to talk about how policies are squeezing out small community pharmacies. Visited the Moran Boys and Girls Club center in Deerfield Beach and served evening meal to kids. Addressed the Coral Springs City Commission on one-year update. Addressed the Boca Raton TEA Party Chapter on challenges for 2012 and the future for the Constitutional Conservative grassroots movement.
– Wednesday, 4 January, Visited Diabetic Care Network in Pompano Beach, a 20-year business that is suffering under the newly-instituted government policy of competitive bidding in MEDICARE. Met with local Pearl Harbor survivor and World War II hero, Abe Stein. Ended the day addressing the Town of Davie Council meeting, providing a one-year report.
– Thursday, 5 January, Visited Double Eagle Distributing in Deerfield Beach to discuss how tax and regulatory policies affect small business growth. Addressed the West Palm Beach Rotary Club providing a Washington update and responding to questions and concerns. Met with the Palm Beach Economic Council about local private sector initiatives and general fiscal and tax policy. Addressed the Northern Palm Beaches GOP Club and installed their newly-elected officers for 2012.
– Friday, 6 January, Met with Dean of College of Business and Heads of the Entrepreneurship program at Florida Atlantic University on expanding a veteran-oriented entrepreneurship program from Syracuse University to FAU. Visited local small business Mobile Help, located in FAU Business Technology Park. Mobile Help provides alert/alarm systems for seniors in case of immediate medical emergency. It is a testimony to American individual industrialism, innovation, and ingenuity. Ended the day with a Shabbos dinner at the home of Dr. Ben and Cara Freedman in Boca Raton.
– Saturday, 7 January, Attended the 2012 Town of Palm Beach Policemen’s Ball—-My wife, Angela and I sat with those one-percenters who were raising funds to provide for a well trained and equipped Police Force, to ensure the strength of their pension plans, and to provide a scholarship foundation for their families. What always astonishes Angela and me is the fact that our parents would not have imagined we would have achieved so much. But thanks to American exceptionalism and the opportunity it provides, Angela holds a PhD and I am the Congressional Representative for Palm Beach and Broward Counties. America is about everyone having the opportunity to achieve, yes, all 100% of us!
– Sunday, 8 January, Attended a reception put together by Agudath Israel of Florida to discuss security issues relating to the State of Israel.
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Greetings to our Constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, let me begin by hoping all of you had a very Happy Thanksgiving. I pray everyone had safe travels and enjoyed special time with family and friends, and a good time shopping on Small Business Saturday!
As I head back to Capitol Hill, I reflect on the many challenges facing us as legislators. However, there is an even bigger challenge facing the entire nation. During my time in the military, I was mentored by men and women who carried an honored title, “Leader.” They taught me that leadership has five components: courage, competence, conviction, commitment, and character.
Washington, D.C. has a budget deficit, but the leadership deficit is even more disconcerting. Leaders take responsibility and rarely take credit, a simple lesson that was taught to me as a young Captain in the U.S. Army by a superb Battalion Commander. So as I draw closer to ending my first year as a Member of Congress, I want to briefly discuss failures in leadership, as a strong American leader would not take the misfortunes facing the American people and leverage it for “political gain.”
Here are the facts for America since January 2009:
– More than 2 Million Americans are unemployed, close to 26 Million are underemployed (National unemployment at or above 9% for 28 straight months, double that in the Black community.)
– Average gas prices have gone from $1.83 to $3.45.
– Federal debt has gone from $10.6 Trillion to over $15 Trillion, with three straight years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits (debt per person has gone from $34,000 to over $48,000)
– Food stamp recipients up by 41%, with 16% more Americans in poverty at 6.4 Million, the Misery Index is up 65%, and nearly 48.5% of Americans are on government aid.
– Home values are down 11%, and health insurance premiums are up 23% from $3,354 to over $4,000.
– United States global competitiveness is down from 1st to 5th in the world.
Yet with these abysmal statistics, all we hear from the big megaphone of the White House is we need to tax people, particularly certain people, more. We hear about extending payroll tax holidays which is nothing but a band-aid approach only providing a very short-term impetus. What no one is telling the American people, especially Seniors, is that the constant use of payroll tax breaks continues to erode the funding of Social Security – which is already running a deficit. When combined with the unemployment situation, we are speeding up the demise of Social Security in America.
If the solution is to extend unemployment benefits, then we are creating a situation where we must continue to borrow more money to fund initiatives, which will promote and exacerbate the destructive economic indicators.
We currently borrow 42 cents on every dollar… a dollar which soon, thanks to the insidious monetary policies emanating from the Federal Reserve, may not be the default currency of the world.
This is not leadership. It is policy by election cycle sound bite where the purpose is just to get reelected. Politicians are now preying on the uninformed electorate and are not developing visionary pro-growth economic policies for America. The obvious goal is to create more victims in America, an America of dependency – not individual independence.
I have never previously held elected office and four years ago was returning from a two-and a- half year assignment as a civilian-military advisor to the Afghan Army. I do not see myself as a “politician.” I seek to be a political leader and thus hope to be an American Statesman.
Therefore, I will not be supporting, if I get a straight up and down vote, any of these manipulative deceptive political gimmicks – such as extension of payroll taxes and unemployment benefits.
I will be supporting stabilizing or lowering tax rates in America, and prefer to flatten them, eliminate loopholes, and reduce subsidies and deductions.
No more raising of the debt ceiling! We have shown the American people enough ineptness, incompetence, failure, and lack of courage and conviction to last a lifetime. Our system of governance is broken and we need major bold structural reforms.
Predictably enough, I am quite sure the Democrat party, many in the media, and political opponents will take my words, and eventual votes, and use them against me- feel free. I am not going to manipulate, deceive, or mislead the American people for “political gain” such as the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave is comfortable doing.
If the constituents of this Congressional District would rather have a follower than a principled leader to represent them… well, the quote of Plato comes to mind, “those who refuse to participate in politics shall be governed by their inferiors.” However, it is not just about participating; it is about being educated and informed on the issues.
The challenge to our constituents, as well as all Americas, is how long will you be treated as mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed crap? There is an incredible choice Americans must make next November 2012.
Shall America continue as a Constitutional Republic led by men and women of courage, conviction, and character… or shall America become a bureaucratic nanny-state ruled by manipulative deceivers seeking their own political gain?
Is America truly that shining City on the Hill, or will that light be forever extinguished? Choose wisely, your children and grandchildren are watching… as well as our enemies abroad.
Steadfast and Loyal,
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Highlights of the Week:
– Monday, 21 November, Attended the Disabled America Veterans Thanksgiving luncheon and presented a special award to a three-time Purple Heart recipient from Vietnam, presented two checks to deserving local students for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship award.
– Tuesday, 22 November, Participated in the Big Heart Brigade Thanksgiving dinner preparation…pulled meat off (4) turkeys to assist with over 6000 volunteers preparing 100,000 meals for local needy families.
– Wednesday, 23 November, Visited with Veterans and families at the Fisher House Thanksgiving luncheon at the West Palm Beach VA Hospital. I was really pleased to see the High School students there serving the luncheon from local Palm Beach County High Schools.
– Thursday 24 November, Participated in the first -ever Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot 5K race, incredible turnout, over 1,000 runners. Watched lots of football and ate some darn good chow! Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy 15th birthday to my daughter Austen.
– Friday, 25 November, Office work and watched more football.
-Saturday, 26 November, Small Business Saturday! Time to get in some early holiday shopping.
– Sunday, 27 November, Family day.
– Monday, 28 November, Met with the Mayor of Stuart, FL