Congressman Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up & Highlights

Dear Patriot,
Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.  It is time for another weekly update.
The great philosopher Plato once stated, “Those who refuse to participate in politics shall be governed by their inferiors.” America has fallen prey to individuals who truly are not the best and brightest amongst us. They seek political office not to serve but as a stepping-stone for power and control. Indeed, they want not to serve, but to be served.

At this time, our President has better things to do than address the looming issue of sequestration, also known as the hollowing out of our military. Thanks to the idea of the “Super Committee,” an idea courtesy of United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Americans are now facing a specter that will surely reduce the greatest military in the world to a shell of itself.

Although I’ve only been in Washington, D.C. for 18 months, I quickly learned that as a leader, you will not always get 100 percent of what you seek.  At times, you must go with a 75 percent solution, knowing that much of what you want for your country will still be accomplished in the negotiation.  This is the very reason why I voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011. Pragmatism was essential to move forward.

Since then, the United States House of Representatives has approved legislation to stave off sequestration, however, it sits on Majority Leader Reid’s desk.  The “Commander-in-Chief” has remained virtually silent on the issue. One has to ask, what President would want the decimation of our Armed Forces on his watch?Unfortunately, this issue is being virtually ignored by the media.

The ever-growing American welfare-state also continues to be of little concern to the mainstream news pundits.  One of the tenets of socialism is the creation and expansion of the welfare-state, which is key to promoting a dependency class. In his essay, “The Law”, Frederic Bastiat talked about how government enacts legal plunder based upon greed and misconceived philanthropy. Such is the case with the leading liberal progressive in America, whom I believe is President Barack Obama. I caught a lot of flak recently when I stated that I believe President Obama wants economic dependency.  I said that I believe the President’s kind of democracy is a form of enslavement. Harsh words perhaps.  But the truth hurts, and facts are a killer. The question is, will the American people accept the truth or just march forward as mindless lemmings to the death of our constitutional republic? Click here for the August 10th OP-ED from Investor’s Business Daily titled, “The United States of Dependency.”

There is a clear choice America, economic freedom and liberty, or economic dependence and obedient servitude to the nanny-state.  It’s your choice.
Steadfast and Loyal,

Highlights of the Week:
–  Tuesday, 7 August; addressed the residents at Ocean Palms Retirement Living Community.
Wednesday, 8 August; keynote speaker along with Aerospace Industry Association Chairman and President of Pratt Whitney Tom Hess at the “Second to None” rally at the Pratt Whitney facility in Jupiter,Florida. The purpose was to rally the employees against the looming issue of sequestration and inform the public of its dangers not just to our men and women in uniform but to our defense industrial base- see pictures here ; visited GelTech in Jupiter, a company that produces an incredible new product called FireIce- it will revolutionize firefighting and personnel protection against fires- see pictures here; visited Power Systems Manufacturing in Jupiter where they produce high end component parts for large scale power generations plants.
– Thursday, 9 August; visited Vought Industries/Triumph Aerostructures in Stuart where they produce wing components and doors for 737, 757, 767, and 777 aircraft. This is a phenomenal facility that will be a part of developing the wing structures for Boeing 767 US Air Force tankers; visited STS Aviation in Jensen Beach who recruits and provides top notch maintenance services for our airline industry; spoke with President/CEO of Arise Virtual Solutions and two of their small business franchisees; addressed the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 26 in Tequesta on Law Enforcement and current issues.
Friday, 10 August; visited American Custom Yachts in Stuart and discussed how we can improve accessibility for their facility along the Okeechobee Canal and restore their production of top-of-the-line craftsman handmade wooden vessels; attended a luncheon with local Pastors hosted by Pastor Rick Addison at the Grace Place Community Church in Stuart; visited the River Forest Yachting Center in Stuart where they have a state-of-the-art yacht storage and maintenance facility. They share an accessibility issue with American Custom Yachts and we shall work with US Army Corps of Engineers to enable these businesses to grow and hire more great citizens of Martin County.

Rep Allen West “My colleagues in the House of Representatives and I are standing strong”

I only have a moment, but I wanted to update you on what is happening and why we are still in session on Capitol Hill.

As you have heard, there is a standoff now regarding the extension of the payroll tax cut. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and their friends in the Obama Administration want to once again “kick the can down the road” and only extend the cut for two months.

At the same time, like a Christmas tree, they’ve added things like weakening unemployment insurance reforms and curbs on President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional health care law.

My colleagues in the House of Representatives and I are standing strong. But some “Leaders” are too ready to compromise and want to play the “go along to get along” Washington, D.C. game.

I’ll never compromise my principles for political gain.

The people of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District didn’t send me to Washington, D.C just to follow the herd and behave.  They wanted a strong voice — our voice – in the Halls of Congress speaking up for real reform and common sense conservative values.

And we won’t let them down.

My outspoken character has made me a lot of enemies in the establishment in Washington, D.C.  The Democrats take every opportunity to ridicule our conservative army and its beliefs.

But as I have written before, I will stand and fight and we will win, thanks to friends like you.

Please support our conservative army by making a special year-end contribution of $25 or more to my re-election campaign.

There are only 11 days left in our campaign’s fundraising period.  We need each and every supporter to step forward today because we can see the battlefield ahead and we need everyone to do their part for our conservative army.

Make your special year-end donation of $25 or more at my website today.

Thank you so much for your support.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Congressman Allen B. West (R-FL)
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired

P.S. If you haven’t yet made a donation this month to support our conservative army, please do so right now. Make a special year-end donation of $25 or more at our website. And once again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.





Congressman Allen West ‘s Weekly Wrap up 10/10/11

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is time again for our weekly update report. We are in the month of October and I first want to say I hope the Jewish community had a deep and meaningful Yom Kippur.  To our American-Italian community, I  wish you all a happy Columbus Day.

As we enter October, the Budget Control Act of 2011 mandates that we shall have a House and Senate vote on a balanced budget amendment before the end of the year. It has been almost 16 years since we had a vote on this important amendment. The last time this happened, the amendment to our Constitution fell one vote short in the Senate and precluded it going to the states for ratification.

With every speech from the President, it becomes more evident that there is an incredible ideological divide in our nation’s capital and across America. There are those who truly embrace the misguided theory and belief that government creates wealth and jobs. These are the same people who promote the growth of the bureaucratic nanny-state and a centrally planned and executed economy.

We are still suffering from the first stimulus package, which left the American people with unfilled promises, yet these individuals believe another “mini-me” stimulus is the right medicine. Obviously they failed to learn from Japan’s venture into stimulus spending in the 1990’s.

We keep hearing the liberal progressives ask, “Where is your plan?” My response is that my plan is to trust the American people- the job creators, the small business owners and the American entrepreneurial spirit. My plan is to create tax and regulatory policies that will promote long term economic and job growth in America, which is exactly what is sitting on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk.

Instead of blaming House Republicans, the President should ask why Senator Harry Reid recently stated,  regarding the Jobs Bill, “right now is a relative term.” Perhaps the President should further ask why he does not have a single Democrat cosponsor of his legislation in the House of Representatives.

Seems to me this is déjà vu of the 0-97 vote on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget that took place this last summer.

The September jobs report reminds us we are in a state of stagnation and the solution is with the American people, not in Washington. We learned this week that we now have 48.5% of Americans on some form of government aid. We are creating victims and growing a dependency class in America, which is anathema to the flame that is America.

I truly believe President Barack Obama does not comprehend American exceptionalism. He does not fathom that in America the station of your birth does not determine the station of your outcome. America is not about class or caste, it is about rewarding individuals for their drive and determination, for their hard work and ideas.

America is about the individual and not about a collective. We are not like “The Borg” of Star Trek.

Liberal progressives do not want to unleash our individual strength, they prefer to foment collective divisiveness, which is exactly what this  “Occupy Wall Street” movement is about.

Never forget that every time in the history of the world that a national leader has demagogued and demonized a targeted segment of society, it has ended up horribly for that country.

In closing, this past week we remember the 10th Anniversary of the commencement of combat operations in Afghanistan. I had the privilege of serving two and a half years in Afghanistan as a civilian-military advisor to the Afghan Army. This past summer I returned to Afghanistan as part of a Congressional delegation. We have not had perfect execution in this theater of operation, but no war is ever perfect. However, we have been successful in denying a sanctuary to the radical Islamic terrorist enemy. We must now move away from nation building occupation – style warfare and capitalize on our strategic and operational mobility.  This will allow us to conduct more enemy-oriented strike operations and utilize the full arsenal of our lethal and non-lethal assets. For more on my thoughts, please read my entire statement on the 10th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan, here.

As we reflect on Afghanistan, let us not forget the new “Greatest Generation” of American heroes- our men and women who, regardless of our strategic blunders, always answer the call to arms.

Steadfast and Loyal,


All information obtained from Congressman Allen West’s E-Newsletter <— Click here to subscribe


For all of President Obama’s insistence that Congress must “pass this bill now,” and Democrats’ assurances that they have the votes necessary to pass it, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was in no mood to vote on the president’s jobs-creation bill Tuesday afternoon.

Reid blocked a vote on Obama’s jobs bill after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a motion to add it as an amendment to a bill being heard on the floor. That bill was an effort to put pressure on China to allow its currency to appreciate.