Palm Beach TownHall Today Rep Allen West says “We must change U.S. fiscal policy”

By: Michele Dargan – Palm Beach Daily News

U.S. Rep. Allen West discussed the federal budget, mounting deficits, taxes, jobs and security threats to the country Tuesday during a town hall meeting at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

West said the number one priority of Congress must be passing a federal budget. The deficits are mounting and the country cannot keep functioning with 41 cents of every dollar being borrowed, a debt of $14.7 trillion and a continued increase in spending, he said.

“The spending increase this year has resulted in a third record year of deficits in the United States of America,” he said.

About 200 people packed the parish hall as Mayor Gail Coniglio introduced West, a Republican whose District 22 includes Palm Beach.

Coniglio described West as an “active advocate” for the town as well as a friend, particularly on the issue the town’s beaches.

“As a champion of bureaucratic deregulation, he has brought a common-sense approach to loosen the handcuffs of the federal regulatory process,” Coniglio said.

Following a walking tour of the town beaches last spring, West led “a collective letter to the U.S. Corp of Army engineers demanding their cooperation to reduce the cost and permit timeline for coastal matters,” Coniglio said.

“If we’re going to get the federal government lined up, we need to have a balanced budget amendment,” West said. “That means that what we have coming in is what goes out. … It gets us operating within some parameters. Right now, we’re not operating within any parameters in Washington, D.C.

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Protesters outside Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea at Rep. Allen West townhall event

By Daily Staff News Writer: Michele Dargan 

via Palm Beach Daily News

Anthony Falzarano had a bit of an exchange Tuesday morning with some protesters standing outside The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, where U.S. Rep. Allen West was scheduled to speak.

West, a Republican who represents congressional District 22, hosted a 1½ hour Town Hall meeting that drew about 200 people.

The nearly 20 protesters outside held signs and distributed fliers to passersby. But Falzarano didn’t like a comment he heard from someone in the group who said West is against jobs.

After getting past the crowd, Falzarano, of West Palm Beach, shouted back that it was President Barack Obama who’s responsible for the lack of jobs in this country.

“It’s Obama, Obama!” he yelled back at them.

Palm Beach Police Officer Michele Pagan asked Falzarano to be respectful of the protesters and not to bait them into an argument.

Falzarano listened and complied.

Once inside, Falzarano said, “Congressman Allen West is holding President Obama accountable for not getting jobs. Why is the president moving for jobs now, a year before his re-election campaign. Why didn’t he work on jobs three years ago when the Democrats controlled the Senate and controlled the House of Representatives, when he could have easily passed a jobs bill. He’s moving for a jobs bill because he knows he’s in great jeopardy of not being re-elected. Republicans are often accused of being racist, that we don’t want a black president in the White House. We don’t mind any president’s color as long as he stands for American, Judeo-Christian values.”

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