Allen West Discusses “What are the priorities of the federal government?” with Brian Kilmeade

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LT. COL. ALLEN WEST weighed in on the government shut down.  West said that this is a great time to start looking at what is essential in the government.  “What are the priorities of the federal government?” West asked.  He went on to state that 6.6 percent of the EPA was deemed essential, which is a little over 1,000 of the 16,000 people. “This is a great time for us to start looking and saying ‘What can we do to trim back the government?’”

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Allen West “The initial words were that of a whiner” Regarding Presidents Presser

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by Allen West via Facebook

With all earnest intent, I awaited hearing from President Obama just now. I was expecting the Chief Executive Officer of these United States of America to come out and present a vision, way ahead during this fiscal maelstrom. Instead the initial words were that of a whiner who just wants to have his way. Therefore, I muted Obama, as I am quite sure millions of Americans are doing. Sir, regardless of the polls that purport to measure your “likeability,” respect is given where respect is earned. And you’re not earning it right now.

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Rep Allen West released this statement after his sponsored bill, the National Security and Jobs Protection Act, passed

West Sequestration Bill Passes House of Representatives 

(WASHINGTON) — Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement tonight after his sponsored bill, the National Security and Jobs Protection Act, passed the House of Representatives Thursday with a 223- 196 vote.

“The National Security and Jobs Protection Act requires the President of the United States to submit an alternative plan to replace the sequester, and encourages the United States Senate to follow suit with its own alternative. Today, the House of Representatives worked together to pass this bill, proving we are prepared to work with the President on alternatives to achieve the same goal of replacing the sequester with cuts to lower priority spending programs, while protecting members of the armed services, our national security, important domestic programs and our fragile economy.

The President said last week that he wants the ‘strongest military the world has ever known.’  If the sequestration goes through and automatic across-the-board cuts take effect, national defense and essential domestic programs will be reduced as must as 10 percent. These cuts will undercut key responsibilities of the Federal Government and will take our military to the smallest size since World War II.

We don’t have much time left before the automatic cuts in sequestration take effect, and we need to work together to find a solution. The January 2nd deadline is quickly approaching.

The National Security and Jobs Protection Act will not only ensure we continue to have a strong Armed Forces, it will show the American people their elected leaders are fully capable of working together to solve the problems facing their nation. I strongly encourage my colleagues in the United States Senate to also pass this bill.”
To review the National Security and Jobs Protection Act, click here.
To review the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012, H.R. click here.

Congressman Allen West – Legislative Lowdown & Weekly Wrap Up #CISPA

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.  It is time again for my weekly update report to you all.

This week I posted a slide depicting the ten year federal program growth rates. I want to make sure you see it, so I’m including it below.

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This graph illustrates clearly – and frighteningly — that we are not anywhere near reducing the size and scope of the federal government. Instead, the government, along with our debt and deficit, continues to grow. My friends from across the aisle continue to banter about the idea that conservatives are cutting deeply into Federal Government programs, but clearly, nothing could be further from the truth.

We are on an unsustainable path when it comes to our economic security, and continuing on this path is immoral. It is immoral for our children and grandchildren to be saddled with our fiscal irresponsibility. If we stay on this path, the future of the United States is that of a socialist egalitarian welfare nanny state – not a Constitutional Republic.

The American people must realize there is a choice between two very divergent futures. The solution does not include more taxes, which will only serve to grow the size of government.

Last week, we learned that 1st Quarter GDP growth was a lackluster 2.2%, coming off a year of 0.4%, 1.0%, 1.3%, and 3.0% per quarter GDP growth in 2011.  The notion that we need more government “investment” is not a viable path forward to restore our economic standing.

This brings up an interesting question: What exactly is the rate of return on government investment?  We grew the bureaucracy of education within the Federal Government, yet our worldwide standing in education has dropped. We created the United States Department of Energy nearly 40 years ago and yet we are still not energy independent. We spent billions of taxpayer dollars for bailouts and stimulus and as you can see, we are in an anemic economic recovery.

The most alarming part of the chart provided above is that total family income is down.  This means we are consolidating the capital of hardworking American taxpayers.

My recommendation is to invest in tax reform which focuses capital generation with our small businesses and reinvigorates production and manufacturing in America. This is the means by which we can inspire individual industrialism, innovation, and promote the conditions which will result in the next level of American ingenuity.

We just ended our April 2012 legislative session and tax return season. What will tax return season look like next year? The choice is yours!

Steadfast and Loyal,

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Legislative Update:

Cybersecurity–  This past Thursday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), by a vote of 248-168, I VOTED YES.  The bill would amend the National Security Act of 1947 to enable cyber threat sharing and provide clear authority for the private sector to defend its own networks, while providing strong protections for privacy and civil liberties.  The bill would prohibit the government from requiring private sector entities to provide information to the government, and by encouraging the private sector to “anonymize” or “minimize” the information it voluntarily shares with others, including the government.  In addition, the bill would require an independent Inspector General audit of any voluntary information sharing with the government.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 3523 would have a discretionary cost of $15 million over the 2012–2016 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.

Student Loans – This past Friday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 4628, the Interest Rate Reduction Act, by a vote of 215-195, I VOTED YES.  The bill would prevent interest rates on new federally subsidized Stafford Loans made to undergraduate students from increasing from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012. The bill would extend the 3.4 percent rate until July 1, 2013.  The cost of a one-year extension of the lower rate is $5.985 billion, and in order to pay for this cost, the bill would repeal the unobligated balance of the “Prevention and Public Health Fund,” a slush fund in the president’s government takeover of health care law.  The remaining savings generated from repealing the $11.9 billion slush fund would be put toward deficit reduction. My desired solution would have been to repeal the section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which nationalizes college student loans. Competition in the private sector for college education loans will keep interest rates low, not allowing a government mandated monopoly.

We The People Are To Blame by Scott Cooper of Reflections From The Burg

by Scott Cooper

 

There is a huge uproar these days about the direction our republic is headed.  There is a lot of discussion about spending, debt and entitlements.  There are a lot of suggestions out there about what could and should be done.  During these discussions, many display anger and frustration toward our elected officials, but ultimately, all the problems we currently face can be placed right back in our laps.  What is happening today is a direct result of our lack of engagement – or perhaps our engagement, exacerbating the problem.

We have been electing leaders to go to Washington for decades to “bring home the bacon,” when that was never the intent of our founders.  When I think of our founders risking their lives and pledging their sacred honor for our freedom, when I think of the bloody feet of the soldiers in the snow at The Battle of Trenton, to enable our elected leaders today to “go get bacon,” I know they would be disgusted with us. 
Our good intentions are killing us.
In the last century, we allowed our Government to begin a “war on poverty,” (an unwinnable war) which is not defined anywhere in our constitution.  This war has failed miserably and has become rampant with fraud.  I saw first-hand some of those who are defrauding our government while I was in the banking field.  Quite honestly, this war has permitted extended families and churches to shirk their God given responsibilities in this area, “because the government takes care of that.”  It is time the Federal Government had an exit strategy from this war, and placed the responsibility for this where it should really be.
We allowed our government to begin insuring seniors in the last years of their lives, a plan that was never part of the vision for America, and is not defined anywhere in our constitution.  This one area now controls the largest portion of the liabilities that are bankrupting our nation.  In the last few decades our Federal Government has led millions of people to not plan for themselves, but to be dependent on the Federal Government for their existence.  Sadly, I met a lot of these elderly people while I was in the banking field.  In addition, this system has quite honestly permitted extended families and churches to shirk their God given responsibilities in these areas, “because the government takes care of that.”  Our founders did not risk their lives to create a dependency – they wanted to provide freedom for their posterity. 

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