Allen West and Marion C. Blakey Discuss “Sequestration Will Hurt National Security”

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Sequestration was a bipartisan effort to force budget cuts in the absence of action from Congress and the White House. It will require cuts to needed national defense programs, in addition to programs that some consider trifling. Marion C. Blakey, the CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association talks to Col. Allen B. West about the effects of the imminent automatic cuts to the federal budget.


Sequestration Will Hurt National Security

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.”


Rep Allen West Article for The Sun Sentinel – April 20, 2012

Obama tax proposal would wage war on U.S. economy

April 20, 2012|By Allen West

Photo by BBalaban2012

As a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army, I learned a thing or two about weaponry. Our success in Desert Storm and Desert Shield depended on choosing the correct artillery for each specific objective, whether it was halting the enemy’s forward progress, diminishing the strength of its forces, or completely destroying its capabilities.

Although he has never served his country in uniform, or risked his life to defend its freedoms and liberties on distant shores, President Obama seems to understand a thing or two about weaponry as well.

In the president’s case, the current weapon of choice is tax policy, and the “enemies” are small businesses, investors, entrepreneurs and corporations deemed “undesirable” — in short, the economic engines of our nation.

The president’s planned tax increases seem designed to demonize “the rich,” and use them as a propaganda tool to score political points. But the collateral damage of these policies will spread into the heartland of America. After all, the 160 percent increase in federal cigarette taxes put in place in 2009 certainly affects those earning far less than $250,000 — despite his promise not to raise their taxes.

The fact is, next year, unless changes are made in the tax code, Americans will be bombarded with the largest tax increase in the nation’s history, causing massive economic injury and destruction.

If the Bush tax rates are allowed to expire, the current tax brackets of 10 percent to 35 percent will rise to 15 percent to 39.6 percent. Other tax provisions scheduled to disappear that will hit “ordinary Americans” include the American Opportunity Tax Credit (up to $2,500 per student for qualified college costs), tax exclusion for forgiven mortgage debt, and tax credit for employer-provided child care.

Children of farmers and small business owners, who wish to continue the legacy of their parents, will find it increasingly difficult to do so, as the death tax exemption will shrink from $5 million to $1 million. Further, inherited assets exceeding that amount will be taxed at a maximum rate of 55 percent with a 5 percent surcharge on estates over $10 million.



Congressman Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up – April 16, 2012

Photo by Vicki Samuels

Photo by Vicki Samuels

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.

What a week.  My observation about the political ideology of the “left” apparently generated such an extreme response, it indicated a direct hit.  I am pleased that many Americans are beginning to take a look at the history of the progressive movement and the truth behind it.

When one examines the spectrum of political ideology on the “left,” there is little separation between the strategy and tactics of Communism, Progressivism, Marxism, Socialism, and a newly coined term, “Statism.” Actually, it was at the turn of the century in the United States of America that the reference “progressive” was introduced. Those using the term “communist” decided they needed a bit of “rebranding.” However, the basic fundamentals and beliefs did not change.

The term “progressive” is used to refer to the administration of President Woodrow Wilson. Out of the Wilson Administration came some very interesting policies that reflect the far left ideological structure, including a central government bank (Federal Reserve), support to a world body politic (League of Nations), and taxation on production (16th Amendment to the US Constitution).

When we speak of the spectrum of the political left, we see these very interesting aspects: nationalizing production, creating and expanding a welfare state, creating social and economic equality, and creating a secular state. When you recognize these things, as well as centralized financial control and centralized education, I must be truthful to my constituents and the American people. Today in the United States House of Representatives, we have a Congressional Progressive Caucus that does not possess beliefs in concert with that of our Constitutional Republic: individual sovereignty, economic freedom, and limited fiscally responsible government.

Here are some examples of recent legislative activities from members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC):

— An amendment to the United States Constitution to redistribute wealth (H.J. Res. 34)
– Windfall profit taxes and price controls on certain American industries (H.R .3784)
– Higher taxes on those deemed by the government to earn too much (H.R. 1124)
– Praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro after a 2009 visit to Cuba

President Barack Obama visited South Florida last week.  Not surprisingly, his speech focused on yet another political gimmick used to try and attack Americans. His speech on the “Buffet Rule” will only foster more divisiveness amongst producers and those who believe they are entitled. This horrific tax policy does nothing to either raise revenue or affect the debt and deficit in America. Doubling capital gains taxes will destroy investment in America. The real purpose of the increase in taxation is to score political points.

Over the past decade, we have seen federal government spending as a percentage of GDP grow from 17-18 percent to 24 percent with a glide path to 32-33 percent.  This is unsustainable.

The original progressive, President Woodrow Wilson, created taxation on personal income to feed the growing federal government. The current progressive president in the White House seeks to leverage tax increases (which was not supposed to happen) to feed the bureaucratic nanny-state and support the growing American welfare-state.

Those are the facts and we must be able to draw the contrast between the two competing ideologies in America, and make the choice between two futures for America.

We, as conservative Republicans, must have the courage to address that contrast and not fear the liberal media and their insidious and vile attacks.  If we are reticent in standing upon principle and pointing out these critical issues, then we are failing our constituents. I welcome the opportunity to debate those who have a different political ideology in the arena of ideas.
Before I close this week, I want to leave you with two quotes, which illustrate my steadfast determination to ensure the truth is heard:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” –
December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the LORD.
Isaiah 54:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Steadfast and Loyal,

Special Order House Floor – Rep Allen West – Flat Tax

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Special Order on the House Floor



Rep Allen West “When are you – The Press – going to go ask the Senate, what’s up with that?”

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Rep. West and 40 other House Freshman on the steps of the Capitol, Wednesday January 19th, 2011

1000 Days without a budget! Come on Senate!

by Congressman Allen West “This is, to put it politely, a crock.”

Tomorrow marks three years since the inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama, and yesterday’s Keystone XL project decision is reflective of his failure. It is also an indicator as to what President Obama has as his core motivation, a radical left wing big government socialist agenda. If Senator Harry Reid and President Obama consider me an obstructionist, that is a moniker I am glad to accept in light of their abject lack of leadership and direction. The alternative would be to surrender the Country I love, a Constitutional Republic I, and my family, swore to defend. That ain’t happening so fight’s on!

The central conflict of the Obama Presidency has been between the jobs and growth crisis he inherited and the President’s hell-for-leather pursuit of his larger social-policy ambitions. The tragedy is that the economic recovery has been so lackluster because the second impulse keeps winning.

Yesterday came proof positive with the White House’s repudiation of the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada’s $7 billion shovel-ready project that would support tens of thousands of jobs if only it could get the requisite U.S. permits. Those jobs, apparently, can wait.

Unless the President objected, December’s payroll tax deal gave TransCanada the go-ahead in February to start building the pipeline, which would travel 1,661 miles from Alberta to interconnections in Oklahoma and then carry Canadian crude to U.S. refiners on the Gulf Coast.

The State Department, which presides over the Keystone XL review because it would cross the 49th parallel, claimed yesterday that the two-month Congressional deadline was too tight “for the President to determine whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest.” The White House also issued a statement denouncing Congress’s “rushed and arbitrary deadline,” which merely passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

This is, to put it politely, a crock.

Keystone XL has been planned for years and only became a political issue after the well-to-do environmental lobby decided to make it a station of the green cross. TransCanada filed its application in 2008, and State determined in 2010 and then again last year that the project would have “no significant impacts” on the environment, following exhaustive studies. The Environmental Protection Agency chose to intervene anyway, and the political left began to issue ultimatums and demonstrate in front of the White House, so President Obama decided to defer a final decision until after the election.

The missed economic opportunity was spelled out Tuesday by Mr. Obama’s own Jobs Council, which released a report that endorsed an “all-in approach” on energy, including the “profound new opportunities in shale gas and unconventional oil.” The 27 members handpicked by the President recommended that he support “policies that facilitate the safe, thoughtful and timely development of pipeline, transmission and distribution projects,” and they warned that failing to do so “would stall the engine that could become a prime driver of U.S. jobs and growth in the decades ahead.”

Only last week the White House issued a “jobs” report praising domestic energy production, but that now looks like political cover for this anti-jobs policy choice.

State did give TransCanada permission to reapply using an alternate route, timetable indefinite. The construction workers, pipefitters, mechanics, welders and electricians who might otherwise be hired for the project—well, they must be thrilled with this consolation prize. Not to mention all the other Americans who might fill “spin-off” jobs on the pipeline’s supply chain like skilled manufacturers and equipment suppliers, or still others who might work in oil refining and distribution.

Environmentalists seem to think they can prevent the development of Canada’s oil-rich tar sands, and that their rallies against Keystone XL will keep that carbon in the ground. They can’t, and it won’t. America’s largest trading partner will simply build a pipeline to the Pacific coast from Alberta and sell its petroleum products to Asia instead, China in particular.

Such green delusions are sad, and Mr. Obama’s pandering is sadder, though everything the country stands to lose is saddest. If Mitt Romney and the other GOP candidates have any political wit, they’ll vindicate the Keystone’s “national interest” and make Mr. Obama explain why job creation is less important than the people who make a living working for the green anti-industrial complex.

Taken directly from Congressman Allen West’s Facebook Page

Rep. Allen West Statement Condemning State Department for Denying Keystone Pipeline Project

(WASHINGTON)– Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today upon learning of the State Department’s decision not to issue a permit to begin construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, before the February 21st deadline:

“It is absolutely irresponsible that the President would block a project such as the Keystone XL pipeline – a project that industry experts say would create at least 20,000 American jobs and be essential in helping jumpstart the American economy.  This decision today is further evidence that President Obama is not serious about setting the conditions for job creation nor working towards our energy independence as it relates to our national security.  Once again, President Obama has shown that his reelection and pandering to his left wing liberal environmental base is more important than securing the future for our nation.  The ramifications of this utterly disturbing politically motivated decision will be far and wide.  Congratulations China.”

Allen West: Obama’s Delay of Keystone XL Pipeline is “Pathetic”

photo by Starla M Brown

By Matthew Hendley On Broward Palm Beach Blogs

Rep. Allen West isn’t too happy about the State Department’s decision — or as West says, “Campaigner-in-Chief” Obama’s decision — to delay the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which means it’s time for another rhetoric-loaded statement from the congressman.

According to the State Department, a more thorough analysis of some of the issues regarding the pipeline — chiefly the environmental issues of running it through the Sand Hills in Nebraska — would put the project back up for consideration in 2013.

In West’s opinion, that’s “pathetic.”

“Campaigner-in-Chief is at it again, this time denying America a positive step towards achieving energy independence,” West says. “The President’s decision to delay further study of the Keystone XL oil sands project is an indicator that American jobs, restoring our economy, and our national security is not as important as his personal self-interest and that of radical environmentalists…..pathetic.”



Congressman Allen West speaks to FAU Students and Faculty

photo by Christine Capozziello.

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Congressman Allen West (R-FL-22) brought conservative politics to the Barry Kaye Auditorium on Nov 10.

West, whose district encompasses the Palm Beach and Broward coastlines, spoke to around 200 students and faculty about the economy, recently passed bills and the importance of maintaining conservative values in today’s society.

After he was done speaking students and faculty were permitted to ask him questions.

In regards to education, West said he’s against  FCAT and the No Child Left Behind Act. “FCAT isn’t teaching [students],” West said, “It makes you a robot. We need a revamp of education.” West did not elaborate on what that revamp would entail.