Rep. Allen West “Another Disappointing Month by a Disappointing President’s Failed Polices”

 

(WASHINGTON)—Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement this morning responding to the August 2012 jobs report:

“President Barack Obama and the Democrat party are pleading with the American public to give their party a second chance and the President a second term.

President Obama vows ‘our problems can be solved’ and he just needs ‘more time.’  Presidents seeking to renew their contract by the American people are judged on their record over their first four years in office, however, President Barack Obama wants an ‘incomplete’ and is asking the American people to trust him with another four years to accomplish what he could not accomplish his first term in office.

Although the President uses convoluted numbers to try and prove his policies are helping American families, today’s jobs report and the jobs reports for the past 43 consecutive months tell the real American story.

The hard truth Americans clearly understand is unemployment has remained above 8 percent for 43 months, and there seems to be no light at the end of this tunnel.

Today’s jobs report showing only 96,000 jobs created in August continues to keep America in the weakest recovery since the Great Depression. The labor force participation rate is at the lowest level in 31 years, while 368,000 Americans have been dropped from the labor accountability rolls.

President Obama stated with his own words when he was elected, that if he could not turn this economy around in four years he would be a one term proposition.

American families are being attacked from all sides with the policies of President Barack Obama, with stagnant wages, gas prices and health care costs soaring, and a national debt surpassing $16 trillion that will no doubt be paid back by our children and our grandchildren.

Americans need to ask one question, ‘What will President Obama do differently if provided another four years with no real plan to turn this economy around?’  The numbers simply don’t lie.  The President and his policies are failing America.”

 

Congressman Allen West: Stop the Tax Hike!

(WASHINGTON) — Congressman Allen West (R-FL) is joining House Republicans today by hosting two town hall meetings on “Stop the Tax Hike Day” to emphasize the need for the United States Congress to block the largest tax increase in our nation’s history scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2013.

West released this statement today:

“President Barack Obama’s plan for tax hikes will devastate our already fragile economy.  The United States Congress must act now to Stop the Tax Hike on all Americans and pass the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act, extending current income tax rates for one year.

The United States unemployment rate has remained at or above eight percent for 41 months and nearly 13 million Americans are currently looking for work.  Failure to extend the tax cuts will raise taxes on small businesses and Americans by $232 billion in 2013 and by $4.6 trillion over 10 years.

The Democrats want to use class warfare to divide our nation by calling this a tax break for millionaires and billionaires.  The facts are that 75 percent of small businesses with a net revenue of $250,000 or more pay their taxes as individuals and will therefore be subject to this tax hike.

Over and over, small businesses say taxes are the most important problem they face today. These scheduled tax increases on small businesses will destroy job creation during the worst employment crisis since the Great Depression.”

Rep. West has scheduled two town hall events today to focus on the effects President Obama’s tax hike could have on ordinary Americans:
“Stop the Tax Hike” Town Halls

*1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

1111 E. Sample Road

Pompano Beach, FL

*4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

FAU Jupiter Campus

Lifelong Learning Society Auditorium

5353 Parkside Drive

Jupiter, FL
*Please click here for a line by line review of what specific taxes are expiring and how they will affect American families.

Rep Allen West for Congress SITREP – June 7, 2012

Dear Friend,

With summer upon us, it is starting to get hot and humid outside.  The only thing more stifling than the heat and humidity is the dismal economic news resulting from President Obama’s failed policies.

The May unemployment rate of 8.2% is just the tip of the iceberg threatening to take down this great ship called the United States of America. Unfortunately, there’s much more:

  • The share of Americans who’ve been out of work a long time — now at 42% of the unemployed — is the highest since the Great Depression (source: Labor Department).
  • The proportion of the civilian working-age population actually working, at 58%, is the smallest since the Carter era (Labor Department).
  • The rate of new business startups — the engine of job growth — has plunged to an all-time low of 7.87% of all businesses (Census Bureau).
  • 3 in 10 young adults can’t find jobs and live with their parents, the highest since the 1950s (Pew Research).
  • 54% of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 are jobless or underemployed, the highest share in decades (Northeastern University).
  • Black teen unemployment, now at 37%, is near Depression-era highs (Labor Department).
  • Almost 1 in 6 Americans are now poor — the highest ratio in 30 years — and the total number of poor, at 49.1 million, is the largest on record (Census).
  • Total government dependency — defined as the share of Americans receiving one or more federal benefit payments — is now at 47%, the highest ever (Hoover).
  • Federal spending, now at 23.4% of GDP, is the highest since WWII (CBO).


But liberals simply cannot handle the truth and are incapable of a fact-based discussion of the issues.  Instead they continue to try to shift the discussion to divide Americans along economic, racial and gender lines.

To date, it seems their tactic is to attempt to disrupt our events and silence our message. There’s no doubt the paid left-wing mobs who led the failed recall of Governor Scott Walker will turn their attention to our campaign. But rest assured, we will not be silenced.

Palm Beach Campaign Kick-off

Please join us for our 2012 Palm Beach County
Campaign Kickoff on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Borland Center, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
The Borland Center is located at 4901 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. Refreshments will be served.
To RSVP, please mailto:RSVP@ AllenWestforCongress.com
Any questions? Call (772) 600-7123

Thanks for making us official

With your support, our campaign submitted over 8,000 petitions to secure our place on the August primary ballot. We’re proud to have so many voters in Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties, and all across Florida putting their name on petitions in support of our campaign.

Don’t miss the Martin County REC BBQ

The Republican Executive Committee is having its annual BBQ Picnic this Saturday, June 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sunlight Saddle Club. Enjoy BBQ with all the fixins, a bake sale, music and lots more. We’ll be there, with all the candidates – hope you will be too. More information here.

Join our Conservative Army this weekend

St Lucie County
Where:  Dunkin Donuts (City Hall)
128 SW Port Saint Lucie Blvd
Port Saint Lucie  map it
When: Saturday, June 9th at 9:30 a.m.
RSVP: Nina Bechtel
Cell: (772) 834-2332
Email: ninabechtel@gmail.com

Palm Beach County
Where:  Burns Road Recreation Center
4404 Burns Road
Palm Beach Gardens map it
When: Sunday, June 10th at 9:30 a.m.
RSVP: Marilyn Parmet
Cell: (561) 626-3193
Email: Marmaid12@aol.com

Thank you for standing with me and our campaign!

Steadfast and Loyal,
LTC Allen B. West, USA, Ret.
Member of Congress

Congressman Allen West – Legislative Low Down and Weekly Wrap Up 6/3/12

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our Constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.  It is time again for my weekly update report to you all, marking the end of another month.

With the end of another month, we have just received another monthly jobs report.

It has never been more evident that President Barack Obama’s policies have failed you, my fellow Americans.  He has taken a situation that was bad and made it catastrophically worse.

This current jobs report marks the 40th consecutive month of eight percent or higher unemployment, the longest sustained period of such unemployment since the Great Depression, and the worst economic recovery in United States history.

Despite assuring Americans that his plans of growing government and raising taxes will help the economy, the President’s policies result in just the opposite as the unemployment rate continues to increase, now at 8.2 percent, and families continue to struggle.

The economy picked up only 69,000 jobs in May, well below even the lowest expectations.  Actually, if the U6 computation for unemployment is used (which includes the unemployed, underemployed, and discouraged job seekers) the rate is closer to 14.5 percent.

President Obama continues to disappoint the American people without any real solutions for how to turn this country around.  Instead, he ignores the dismal reality facing most families.  It is simply unacceptable.

The United States House of Representatives has sent more than 30 jobs-related pieces of legislation to the United States Senate, which continues to sit on Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk.  These bills are based upon policies which will enable job creators to get Americans back to work.  However, instead of signing them, the Democrats and this Administration continue to play politics with Americans’ lives.

The President has a clear vision for this country, but unfortunately it includes job-killing overregulation, increased taxes, and a healthcare plan that has already had devastating effects on the economy, before it has even been fully implemented.

Americans deserve a response from President Obama on this very somber jobs report. They deserve a response that does not point the finger or blame, but takes responsibility for the three and a half years of failed economic policies. President Obama has been in office, flying around the country and the world, without anything to show for it in the way of improving American lives or building confidence in this economy.

Any way you look at it, we are suffering though the weakest recovery since the Great Depression. The following figures demonstrate—regardless of what the unemployment rate might be—that the President’s agenda is detrimental for the economy as a whole and especially for the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

  •  Job Growth Slowest Among Post-War Recoveries: According to data from the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, after the same amount of time following a recession, the average job growth in the past 10 recoveries was 6.9 percent. Under President Obama, jobs have grown by just 1.9 percent.
  • GDP Growth Revised Down, Trending Down: On May 31 the Bureau Of Economic Analysis announced that the economy grew at a 1.9 percent pace in the first quarter of this year, slower than the 2.2 percent rate initially reported. GDP growth in the first quarter of 2012 was down from the 3 percent growth in fourth quarter of 2011. On an annualized basis, GDP growth in 2011 was 1.7 percent, down from 3 percent in 2010.
  • 1 in 2 People are Now Poor or Low-Income: According to a December Census Bureau report, nearly half of all Americans are now classified as poor or low-income as a result of the Obama Economy. The 97.3 million Americans who fall into the low-income category combined with the 49.1 million who fall below the poverty line now equal 146.4 million people or 48 percent of the United States population.
  • Record Number of Americans on Food Stamps: The number of Americans receiving food stamps as of February 2012 was 46.3 million. Today, 15 percent of Americans receive food stamps, an increase of 44 percent since President Obama took office.
  • Half of Recent College Graduates Are Jobless: More than 50 percent of recent college graduates are unemployed. About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed.
  • Ease of Starting a Business in the United States fell from 4th to 13th: According to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2012 report, the United States now ranks 13th in the world in the ease of starting a new business and has been steadily declining since President Obama took office. In 2011, the United States was 8th. In 2009, the United States was ranked 6th. It was 4th in 2008 and 3rd in 2007.
  • Economic Growth Lagging Far Behind Historic Recoveries: In an economic failure unprecedented in postwar America, the Bureau of Economic Analysis statistics for the first quarter of 2012 show that 18 quarters after the start of the recession, this recovery has still not matched its pre-recession real per capita GDP level. On average, America’s postwar economy has recovered all lost real per capita income by the 6th quarter after the recession’s start—about a year and a half—while this recovery has still not recovered after 18 quarters—over 4 years.
  • The American People Know that the President’s Policies are Making the Economy Worse: According to a May 21 NBC/WSJ poll, only 33 percent of respondents believe the economy will get better in the next year, down five points from April and seven points from March. In addition, approval of President Obama’s handling of the economy stands at 43 percent, down two points from last month, his worst showing on this question since December. And just a third of respondents (33 percent) think the nation is headed in the right direction. In a May Washington Post poll, 83 percent of those in the poll rated the state of the economy as “poor” or “not so good,” a much higher portion of negative views than at any other time in the 10 years preceding the recession.
  • Total Employment Still Down: While the unemployment rate has fallen in recent months, the actual number of people in the United States with a job has decreased by 322,000 since President Obama took office.
  • Percentage of Working Americans at a 30-Year Low: The labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of able Americans working or looking for work, was at a 32-year low of 63.6 percent in April. Much of the recent decline in the unemployment rate can be attributed to the historic drop in labor force participation as more and more American give up on finding a job.
  • Youth Unemployment Worst since the Great Depression: The unemployment rate among youth job seekers between the ages of 16 and 19 was 24.9 percent in April. Youth unemployment has been above 23 percent for 34 months, the longest streak since the Great Depression.

The Obama Administration and the media can attempt to spin these facts however they wish, but the facts themselves don’t lie. Every day, more and more Americans are waking up to the truth.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update:

– Intelligence Authorization — On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5743, the Intelligence Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2013, by a vote of 386-28, I VOTED YES.  The bill would authorize the intelligence activities of the United States government for Fiscal Year 2013.  This bill would fund the requirements of the men and women of the Intelligence Community (military and civilian), many of whom directly support the war zones or are engaged in other dangerous operations to keep Americans safe.  These activities are intended to enhance national security, support and assist the Armed Forces, and facilitate United States foreign policy.  This is the principal source of funding for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and provides resources for the coordination of programs, budget oversight, and management of the intelligence agencies.  On an unclassified basis, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that spending subject to appropriations under section 103 of the bill would cost $525 million over the Fiscal Year 2013-2017 period, in addition to the authorization of $514 million in direct spending to the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System (CIARDS).
– MilCon/VA Appropriations — Also on Thursday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5854, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2013, by a vote of 407-12, I VOTED YES.  The bill would provide a total of $71.7 billion in non-emergency, discretionary budget authority for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs in Fiscal Year 2013, which is the same as the Fiscal Year 2012 level. The bill would provide $10.6 billion for military construction projects, a decrease of $2.4 billion below last year’s level and $573 million below the President’s request. Funding for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs in Fiscal Year 2013 would include $60.7 billion in discretionary funding which is $2.3 billion above last year. In addition, the legislation would provide $54.5 billion in advance appropriations for VA medical accounts in Fiscal Year 2014. Including $74.6 billion in mandatory spending, which does not count against the subcommittee’s allocation, the bill would provide a total of $146.3 billion in budget authority for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding in Fiscal Year 2013. H.R. 5854 would contribute to an overall level of discretionary budget authority of $1.028 trillion for Fiscal Year 2013 as contained in H. Con. Res. 112, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

Next Week:

 Energy and Water Appropriations (continuing consideration) —  The House of Representatives will continue consideration of H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2013.  The bill would provide a total of $32.09 billion in non-emergency, discretionary budget authority for the agencies and programs funded through the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. Budget authority in the bill would be a reduction of $965 million or 3 percent below the spending level requested by the President for Fiscal Year 2013 and $87 million or 0.3 percent above the Fiscal Year 2012 funding level. H.R. 5325 would contribute to an overall level of discretionary budget authority of $1.028 trillion for Fiscal Year 2013 as contained in H. Con. Res. 112, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

– Additional Appropriations — The House of Representatives is also expected to continue consideration of Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bills, and will likely take up the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill and/or the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. The DHS Appropriations bill would provide $39.1 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, a decrease of $484 million below last year’s level and a decrease of $393 million below the President’s request. The Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, excluding Senate-only items, would provide $3.3 billion, for the House of Representatives, the support agencies of the United States Congress, services for visitors, and United States Capitol operations and maintenance, which is $34 million below last year’s level and $190 million below the requested level.

– Preventing Obamacare tax increases — Also next week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider a package of bills to repeal the onerous 2.3% medical device excise tax (H.R. 436), to restore the ability to use tax preferred health accounts (i.e. FSAs, HRAs, HSAs, and Archer MSAs) for over-the-counter medicines without a prescription (H.R. 5842), and to allow for the payout of unused Flexible Spending Account (FSA) balances, up to $500, at the end of a plan year, as ordinary wages (H.R. 1004).

Rep Allen West “Obama’s Failure is America’s Pain”

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West released this statement today in reaction to the May jobs report:

“It has never been more evident that President Barack Obama has failed Americans.  He has taken a situation that was bad and made it catastrophically worse.  Today’s jobs report marks the 40th consecutive month of eight percent unemployment, the longest sustained period of such unemployment since the Great Depression, and the worst economic recovery in United States history. Despite assuring Americans that his plans of growing government and raising taxes will help the economy,  the President’s policies result in just the opposite as the unemployment rate continues to increase, now at 8.2 percent, and families continue to struggle. The economy picked up only 69,000 jobs in May, well below even the lowest expectations.

President Obama continues to disappoint the American people without any real solutions for how to turn this country around.  Instead, he continues to campaign full time and ignore the dismal reality facing most families.  It is simply unacceptable.  Republicans have sent more than 30 jobs bills to the Senate, which continue to sit on Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid’s desk.  These bills will put Americans back to work.  However, instead of signing them, the Democrats and this Administration continue to play politics with Americans’ lives.

The President has a clear vision for this country, and it includes job-killing overregulation, increased taxes, and a healthcare plan that has already had devastating affects on the economy, and it has not been fully implemented yet.

Americans deserve a response from President Obama on today’s somber jobs report, a response that does not point the finger or blame, but takes responsibility for the three and a half years he has been in office, without anything to show for it in the way of improving American lives or building confidence in this economy.”

Reading Recommendation by Congressman Allen West – The Truth Cannot be debated

George Santayana stated, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”, this message is quite appropriate as we review our US economic history with recessions. The truth is plain and cannot be debated. It is just a question of Americans awaking from the kool-aid induced coma and accepting that which is obvious before we go into full economic decline. – Congressman Allen West  – Good Read/Wall Street Journal:

 “The ‘Financial Recession’ Excuse”

“Faced with the failed results of his own governing strategy of tax, spend and control, the president will have no choice but to follow an election strategy of blame, vilify and divide. But come Nov. 6, American voters need only ask themselves the question Reagan asked in 1980: ‘Are you better off than you were four years ago’”

By Phil Gramm and Mike Solon

 Commerce Department data released last Friday show that four years after the recession began, real gross domestic product per person is down $1,112 while 5.8 million fewer Americans are working than when the recession started.

Never before in postwar America have either real per capita GDP or employment still been lower four years after a recession began. If in this “recovery” our economy had grown and generated jobs at the average rate achieved following the 10 previous postwar recessions, GDP per person would be $4,528 higher and 13.7 million more Americans would be working today.

Behind the startling statistics of lost income and jobs are the real and painful stories of American families falling further behind: record high poverty levels, record low teenage employment, record high long-term unemployment, shrinking birthrates, exploding welfare benefits, and a crippled middle class.

As the recovery faltered, President Obama first claimed the weakness of the recovery was due to the depth of the recession, saying that it was “going to take a while for us to get out of this. I think even I did not realize the magnitude . . . of the recession until fairly far into it.”

But, in fact, the 1981-82 recession was deeper and unemployment was higher. Moreover, the 1982 recovery was constrained by a contractionary monetary policy that pushed interest rates above 21%, a tough but necessary step to break inflation. It was also a recovery that required a painful restructuring of American businesses to become more competitive in the increasingly globalized economy. By way of comparison, our current recovery has benefited from the most expansionary monetary policy in U.S. history and a rapid return to profitability by corporate America.

Despite the significant disadvantages the economy faced in 1982, President Ronald Reagan’s policies ignited a recovery so powerful that if it were being repeated today, real per capita GDP would be $5,694 higher than it is now—an extra $22,776 for a family of four. Some 16.9 million more Americans would have jobs.

The most recent excuse for the failed recovery is that financial crises, by their very nature, result in slower, more difficult recoveries. Yet the 1981-82 recession was at least in part financially induced by inflation, record interest rates and the dislocations they generated. The high interest rates wreaked havoc on long-term lenders like S&Ls, whose net worth turned negative in mid-1982. But even if we ignore the financial roots of the 1981-82 recession, the financial crisis rationalization of the current, weak recovery does not stand up to scrutiny.

The largest economic crisis of the 20th century was the Great Depression, but the second most significant economic upheaval was the panic of 1907. It was from beginning to end a banking and financial crisis. With the failure of the Knickerbocker Trust Company, the stock market collapsed, loan supply vanished and a scramble for liquidity ensued. Banks defaulted on their obligations to redeem deposits in currency or gold.

Milton Friedman and Anna Schwartz, in their classic “A Monetary History of the United States,” found “much similarity in its early phases” between the Panic of 1907 and the Great Depression. So traumatic was the crisis that it gave rise to the National Monetary Commission and the recommendations that led to the creation of the Federal Reserve. The May panic triggered a massive recession that saw real gross national product shrink in the second half of 1907 and plummet by an extraordinary 8.2% in 1908. Yet the economy came roaring back and, in two short years, was 7% bigger than when the panic started.

It is certainly true that the economy languished in the Great Depression as it has over the past four years. But today’s malaise is similar to that of the Depression not because of the financial events that triggered the disease but because of the virtually identical and equally absurd policy prescriptions of the doctors.

Under President Franklin Roosevelt, federal spending jumped by 3.6% of GDP from 1932 to 1936, an unprecedented spending spree, as the New Deal was implemented. Under President Obama, spending exploded by 4.6% of GDP from 2008 to 2011. The federal debt by the end of 1938 was almost 150% above the 1929 level. Publicly held debt is projected to be double the 2008 level by the end of 2012. The regulatory burden mushroomed under Roosevelt, as it has under Mr. Obama.

Tax policy then and now was equally destructive. The top individual income tax rate rose from 24% to 63% to 79% during the Herbert Hoover and Roosevelt administrations. Corporate rates were increased by 36%. Under Mr. Obama, capital gains taxes are set to rise by one third, the top effective tax rate on dividends will more than triple, and the highest marginal tax rate will effectively rise by 21.4%.

Moreover, the Obama administration’s populist tirades against private business are hauntingly similar to the Roosevelt administration’s tirades. FDR’s demagoguery against “the privileged few” and “economic royalists” has evolved into Mr. Obama’s “the richest 1%” and America’s “millionaires and billionaires.”

Yet, in his signature style, Mr. Obama now claims our weak recovery is not because a Democratic Congress said yes to his policy prescriptions in 2009-10 but because a Republican House said no in 2011. The sad truth is this president sowed his policies and America is reaping the results.

Faced with the failed results of his own governing strategy of tax, spend and control, the president will have no choice but to follow an election strategy of blame, vilify and divide. But come Nov. 6, American voters need only ask themselves the question Reagan asked in 1980: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

Sadly, with their income reduced by thousands, the number of U.S. jobs down by millions, and the nation trillions deeper in debt, the answer will be a resounding “No.”

Mr. Gramm, a former U.S. senator from Texas, is the senior partner at U.S. Policy Metrics, where Mr. Solon, a former senior budget staffer in both houses of Congress, is also a partner.

Pajamas Media “Letter to the Republican Presidential Candidates from a Former Democrat”

Dear Lady and Gentlemen,

As you all know, we are living in parlous times, the most economically precarious since the Great Depression and the most militarily threatening since the fall of the Soviet Union. Many of our citizens fear this great country of ours is on the edge of collapse. Desperation stalks the land.

Yet if we were to watch the Republican debates, for the most part, all we see is bicker, bicker, bicker with candidates looking to score points off their opponents. Worse yet, most of these points are based on obscure malfeasances that would have little to do with how those opponents would actually perform as president.

Tuesday night in Las Vegas it almost reached the level of opera bouffe with one candidate vitriolically accusing another of, albeit unconsciously, using an illegal alien in his gardening service (something so common here in Southern California that, were laws enforced, three quarters of the population would be in jail). Nevertheless, instead of waving off this petty accusation or, better yet, turning it into a joke, the second candidate came back even harder. For a moment it almost seemed the two would come to blows – over nothing.

Fellas!

Everybody’s got an ego, everybody wants to win, but if you have to achieve that by cutting down the other guy, maybe you don’t deserve to lead, not these days anyway. Things are too extreme, the stakes too high. We need someone who can rise above it. Maybe even smile.

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