First West-Murphy Face-off at League of Women Voters Candidate Forum
Will Patrick Murphy Even Show up?
Will Patrick Murphy Even Show up?
Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. I pray you had a wonderful weekend and are getting a great start to your Monday.
I pray that my fellow Americans in the Jewish community in South Florida, and all across the world, enjoyed very blessed High Holy Days concluding with Yom Kippur. May your name be written in the Book of Life.
This segues into the topic of the United Nations General Assembly speeches of this week. It can be no more evident that we must identify and confront the clear and present danger and evil of our time. We cannot retract from this challenge and believe that rhetoric without resolve and vigilance is the answer.
If we go down the path of Sir Neville Chamberlain and accept the premise that dictators, despots, autocrats, and theocrats can be handled with a policy of appeasement then we threaten the future security for our children and grandchildren. Furthermore, if we fail to recognize the terror and the attacks perpetrated by radical, barbarian Islamists, we embolden our enemy.
We can no longer refer to terrorist attacks as “man-caused disasters.” We cannot refer to this current global conflagration as an “overseas contingency operation.” We can no longer believe that you simply end a war by leaving and declaring that you have “kept a promise.”
As a former Combat Commander, I can attest to the fact that no warrior seeks to promote war, but all warriors answer the call of their country.
We no longer speak in terms of victory and certain defeat of our enemy. We seek to placate and even use taxpayer funds to issue apologies. It is simple: weakness is provocative in every way.
A week ago this past Friday, I addressed the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County Round table and carefully laid out the situation in the Middle East and the Maghreb (North Africa). Our disengagement has left our best ally, Israel, isolated in the dark sea of terror at a critical time for her existence.
The Taliban has a saying, “Americans have watches, but we have the time.”
There must be a credible military threat that is viable and poses a serious concern to the Ahmadinejads, Morsis, and Zawahiris of the world. Unfortunately, with sequestration looming, we are telegraphing our recalcitrance to honor Ronald Reagan’s principle of “peace through strength.”
The story behind the terrorist attacks on the 11th anniversary of 9-11 in Libya just keeps getting worse. It comes down to purposeful deceit or unmitigated incompetence — either is unacceptable.
In closing, the downward revision of the Second Quarter Gross Domestic Produce growth number to 1.3 percent reiterates the horrible position in which we find the economic security of America.
Americans must ask themselves: What is more important? Like ability or leadership?
Steadfast and Loyal,
Highlights of the Week:
– Sunday, 23 Sept; addressed the Sunday morning service at the Orange Avenue Baptist Church in Ft. Pierce, special thanks to Reverends Hart and Bullington for their kindness and invite and special thanks to the congregation, especially for the after church pot luck meal.
– Monday, 24 Sept; keynote speaker at the Christian Family Coalition Pastor’s Appreciation breakfast; visited the Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart and discussed services and coming effects from Affordable Care Act cuts to hospice; visited the Treasure Coast Urgent and Family Care in Stuart to address concerns about Affordable Care Act and effects upon small business growth; visited the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute in Ft. Pierce for a tour and spoke to hospital staff and medical professionals- pictures here.
– Tuesday, 25 Sept; kicked off the “Hiring our Heroes” veterans job fair held at the West Palm Beach Convention Center. The event was an incredible success- pictures here– with many receiving on-the-spot hiring; visited the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center with House Veterans’ Committee Chairman Jeff Miller to discuss services, policies, procedures, and vision for the VA Hospital, hat tip to Director Charlene Szabo; visited local adventure clothing manufacturer Native Outfitters, highly recommend the active wear apparel from this local small business- pictures here ; visited the Louis Dreyfus Citrus Plant in Indiantown hosting United States House of Representatives Agriculture Appropriations Chairman, Representative Jack Kingston. The discussion focused on funding for citrus greening research, regulatory constraints, welfare reform as part of immigration reform, H2A Visas, and production costs in the juice industry which is reflected in a rise in commodity price and drop in consumption.
Wednesday, 26 Sept; took the morning to enjoy a couple of nice dives with the Jupiter Dive center. Saw lots of Goliath Groupers and enjoyed our beautiful reef diving experience while cleaning up some fishing line.
Thursday, 27 Sept; met with US Army JROTC C/LTC Logan Gallo and his Dad, Ron, to discuss charting a successful career in the US military. It seems not too long ago I was wearing the same uniform as a Cadet at Henry Grady High School in Atlanta GA. Please support our High School JROTC programs; visited the South Florida Wildlife Center in Ft. Lauderdale which is the nation’s largest trauma treatment center for wildlife. Was able to witness x-ray procedure on a falcon that had been recovered from a rooftop, as well as a checkup on an osprey and owl- great pictures here; visited Capitol Supply Company in Sunrise who provide unaccompanied housing furnishings for our military installations. We have assisted them in resolving a contract issue which allowed them to stay in business- more info here and pictures here ; addressed the 52d Annual South Florida Manufacturers Association trade meeting, spoke on tax, regulatory, and monetary policy that works adversely to restoring our economy and support to private sector production and manufacturing growth.
– Friday, 28 Sept; addressed the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach Leadership Round table.
Saturday, 29 September; welcomed everyone at the Opening Ceremony of the Third Annual Palm Beach Touch Rugby Tournament benefiting our Wounded Warriors; addressed the Community Outreach Youth Program Leadership Seminar in Ft. Pierce sponsored by the Miracle Life Temple Church.
Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and indeed all Americans. It is time for my weekly update for dissemination to all of you.
For starters, we received yet another very disappointing monthly jobs report from the United States Department of Labor this past Friday, with a mere drop in unemployment from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent. I’m sure there are plenty on the other side who will look at this dismal drop as some kind of sign of success or economic turnaround, however the underlying truth is quite telling. The facts are that 368,000 Americans are simply no longer counted, and are considered “discouraged,” and it is the only reason why the number dropped at all in the first place.
Our great nation created 96,000 jobs in the month of August, and we actually had a downward revision of 41,000 from the jobs report of June and July. This is an abject failure in leadership.
America is now coasting through 43 months of unemployment at or above 8 percent. We are at a 31-year low for workforce participation rate, at 63.5 percent. The true level of unemployment, based on the “U6 computation rate” (which includes unemployed, underemployed, and discouraged workers) is now at 14.7 percent, climbing more than 3 percentage points since President Barack Obama took office, at 11 percent.
In South Florida, we have unemployment rates below the national average. Nine percent of Palm Beach County residents are out of work, 9.8 percent of Martin County residents are looking for a job, and a whopping 12.8 percent of people in St. Lucie County are without work.
We are seeing gold prices skyrocket now that the Federal Reserve is about to initiate a third quantitative easing policy, after the first two were not productive. This means we will be printing more money with hopes of stimulating economic growth. The downside is that it will have an adverse effect on the dollar’s value.
American families are seeing an atmosphere of inflation at the grocery store and the gas station. All of this, while median family incomes have dropped between 2.6 percent and 4 percent.
This is the middle class the liberal progressives state they want to protect:
The number of Americans on food stamps rose this past week to 47 million.
More than 9.3 million Americans are in poverty, a 46-year high.
The debt of America eclipsed the $16 trillion plateau this past week, including almost $5.5 trillion in new debt in just over three-and-a-half years under President Obama.
This is the worst economic recovery in the past 40 years. It is no time for excuses. Our Gross Domestic Product is growing at an incredibly anemic 1.5 percent. With scores like this, most teams would look at changing the quarterback.
Our deficits have not been cut in half as promised. In fact, our deficits have exploded from what was a record high under the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency at $458 billion to $1.42 trillion, $1.29 trillion, $1.3 trillion, and an estimated $1.1 trillion for this year.
No more “shovel-ready” nation-building at home gimmicks are needed at this time. We don’t the federal government hiring more teachers, which incidentally, I thought was one of the objectives of the nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
Our national security and foreign policy is no better off either as we continue down the road towards the Obama Administration defense cuts known as “sequestration,” which will decimate our Armed Forces. Canada’s diplomats are leaving Iran and expelling the Iranian diplomats, a telltale signal. Egypt is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.
A Russian attack submarine went undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for almost two months. Hezbollah has training bases in Latin America.
Many do not realize that 70 percent of casualties in Afghanistan have happened over these last three and a half year. Yet, we are just now declaring the Haqqani network as a terrorist group.
Our greatest ally in the Middle East, Israel, finds itself surrounded on all fronts by enemies and met with a lack a clear support from the Obama Administration.
These are critical times, these issues are serious and the picture is not rosy. There is an alternative plan and I have often presented it on these pages. The point is that we cannot continue on this road to perdition.
Steadfast and Loyal,
District Highlights of the Week:
– Sunday, 2 Sept; had a nice visit with the family to services at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens. Enjoyed being with dear friend Pastor Tom Mullins and his family and was honored to be asked to give a prayer for our men and women in uniform, as well as the service offering.
– Monday, 3 Sept; rode with my motorcycle buddy Major Bobby Allen of the Palm Beach County SWAT through the open roads of Indiantown, Stuart and Jupiter.
– Tuesday, 4 Sept; met with the President/CEO and executive leadership staff for the Southeast Regional office for Scotts Miracle-Gro in their West Palm Beach headquarters to discuss economic growth policy issues. Met with representatives from the Palm Beach County Workforce Alliance to discuss job creation opportunities. Attended my daughter’s volleyball game against Suncoast High School, which they won. Great to have the time to support my youngest daughter in her accomplisments!
– Wednesday, 5 Sept; spoke to the Fort Pierce Breakfast Club- a cross-section gathering of local business and government leaders- on the subject of economic, energy, and national security. Visited the Treasure Coast Food Bank distribution center and one of their service centers. It was there that I met young Emily who was celebrating her 10th birthday. We all sang to her and I presented her with a Congressional coin. My objective is to secure Emily’s family’s future so she will never have to go to a food bank again. Spoke to the seniors at Harbour Place Senior Center in Port St. Lucie and focused on mandatory spending programs supporting our retirement community, and the economy. Visited with Peter and Phillip Busch at Southeast Eagle Distributors in Fort Pierce and addressed their employees on current economic indicators and trends as well as tax code reform. Visited the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League facility and stepped into a boxing ring for the first time in quite a few years to take a picture with young people training. Ended the day with a spiritually rewarding Bible study at the Miracle Prayer Temple in Fort Pierce- hat tip to Pastor and Mrs. Brown.
– Thursday, 6 Sept; addressed the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast on issues affecting small business growth and tax, regulatory, and monetary policies. Visited the biomedical research facilities at Traditions in Port St. Lucie, including the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and Torrey Pines Molecular Research Center. It was fascinating to see the important functional research being done to remedy invasive sicknesses by studying our genome, DNA, and cells relating to cures for Alzheimer’s and addictions. I visited a nuclear power plant in St. Lucie which provides some two-thirds of energy production to the State of Florida. They were undergoing a systems upgrade and it was phenomenal to see the work being done there. The major issues presented were overregulation and Yucca Mountain storage. Afterwards, I was able to get down to Boca Raton and see my daughter’s volleyball game against Pope John Paul II, which they won in a thrilling five-game match.
– Friday, 7 Sept; Finally got into the office and was able to catch up on paperwork.
Saturday, 25 August; ran the 5K 9-11 Heroes Run at Lance Corporal Justin Wilson Memorial Park in Palm City. Attended the 30th Anniversary Gala of the Palm Beach County Business Development Board.
– Sunday, 9 Sept; addressed both morning services at the Morningside Church in Port St. Lucie on “God’s Challenges to a Nation.”