Rep. Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up and Highlights for the Week

Dear Patriots,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and indeed all Americans. It is Friday, October 19th and it is time to prepare our weekly update for dissemination.

Over the last few weeks, the nation has been focused on the events in Libya and the state of our nation’s foreign policy. I wrote an editorial on that very subject published in Human Events on October 9th, entitled “Looking the Other Way: President Obama’s Dangerous Foreign Policy.” Please click here to read, as I dive into many areas in detail as to what the President is failing to do, and what I believe must be done differently to keep Americans safe.

Also this week, we have been once again reminded of some disturbing economic trends in America. First of all, we had an increase in first-time jobless claims up to 388,000. This is a clear indicator that we are far from out of the woods, and again makes one wonder how we went from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent unemployment in the last month while the workforce participation rate and U6 employment computation rate (unemployed, underemployed and discouraged) remained unchanged.

In South Florida, we have unemployment in Broward County at 7.5 percent (the only bright spot), Palm Beach County at 9.6 percent, Martin County at 9.7 percent, and St. Lucie County at 12.2 percent.  If the same difference between the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national unemployment and U6 national figures of 7 percent was applied, we would be looking at true rates ranging from 15 percent-19 percent including unemployed, underemployed, and unaccounted, discouraged workers.

As well, recent foreclosure statistics have now placed Florida at number one in the country and our own St. Lucie County in the top two for the State of Florida. We have so much to rectify.

For those who still refuse to believe we are witnessing a massive growth of the nanny-state government, we learned this week that welfare spending in America has increased by some 34 percent during this Obama Administration. This is why I have said on more than one occasion that we are seeing the battle between the opportunity society and the dependency society. The former promotes the fundamental Constitutional Conservative premise of limited government. The latter is rooted in the beliefs of the liberal progressive socialist welfare state.

Another key factor that gives credibility to the notion that our economy is not recovering, is the horrific monetary policy being enacted. We are now in what is called “Quantitative Easing III” (QE III). Actually, we are in QE III.5 because in between two and three there was something called “Operation Twist” which involved the purchase and sale of United States Treasury bonds in an attempt to lower longterm interest rates.

At this moment, the United States Federal Reserve is printing money in order to buy up our own debt to the tune of nearly $40 Billion a month, with no declared end stated.  I find it interesting that we can tell the Taliban when we are leaving Afghanistan, but we cannot predict when we shall stop printing more money.

I thought the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) of 2008 was supposed to buy up the bad mortgage securities that poisoned our financial industry. Yet, here we are four years later still printing money to buy up the debt related to these assets.

In addition, we have interest rates at artificially low levels, just 0.25 percent at my last check. Yet, our financial institutions are not lending money to help small businesses expand and as a result our economy is stuck on an anemic 1.3 percent  GDP growth.

It does not take a rocket scientist to recognize none of this is adding up.  President Obama is just not equipped to articulate why, and he doesn’t understand how to resolve this. It certainly is not about “taxing the wealthy.”

This past weekend, gasoline prices in some parts of California hit $6.00 for Supreme Unleaded. Is this to be the new normal?

Remember, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) does not take into account fuel and food prices. If it did, combined with our printing currency, we would probably realize we are in a state of inflation.

The news is not good. The question is, what are we going to do about it?

The definition of insanity is to continue doing the same thing and expecting different results.
Steadfast and Loyal,

Highlights of the Week:

– Tuesday, 16 Oct; attended the Grand Opening/Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Allegro Senior Living Community in Jupiter and presented them with a flag flown over our Nation’s Capitol; attended daughter Austen’s volleyball game against Dwyer High School.  Those young Ladies of Dwyer are pretty good! At the game I was able to meet and take a picture with Dwyer JROTC Cadet Knight who suffers from cerebral palsy but had the American flag mounted to her wheelchair for the presentation of colors!

– Wednesday, 17 Oct; addressed the quarterly safety meeting of the Ranger Construction Company in Port St Lucie; attended the St Lucie Chamber of Commerce networking social in Port St Lucie.

– Thursday, 18 Oct; addressed the Boca Raton Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Chapter of Senior Small Business advisors on current economic issues affecting small business growth. Also presented them with a copy of the Congressional Record remarks introduced on the United States House of Representatives floor recognizing the Boca Chapter and best in America; click here to see photos of the event. Attended the 2012 Best Places to Work in Martin County luncheon; visited the A-1 Roof Trusses business in Ft. Pierce to address effects of onerous tax, regulatory, and access of capital policies on small business growth- great pictures here; addressed the local Chapter of the Gold Star Mothers Association to hear their concerns and update them on pressing national security issues.

– Friday, 19 Oct; addressed the Community Prayer Room group at Summit Christian School on the topic of “God’s Perfect Will for our Nation;” attended Austen’s last regular season volleyball match, ending her season at 19-5.

– Saturday, 20 Oct; attended the Palm City Chamber Fall Fest event.

– Sunday, 21 Oct; participated in the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization 5K; spoke at the First Bethel Baptist Church in Ft Pierce; addressed the congregants at the Chabad Jewish Center of Martin County in Palm City.

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Congressman Allen West Weekly Wrap Up and District Highlights of the Week

Dear Patriot,

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.”

Rep. Allen West to speak at the Grand Opening of the RNC/RPOF St. Lucie County Republican Party Victory Office


An RSVP is REQUIRED on or Before Thursday, August 9th.

Please Email Event Chairman, Mike Mulleady at trekspec@gmail.com  ASAP to be included.

St. Lucie GOP  http://www.stluciegop.org/ 772.249.0460

Allen West ” I do not answer to self-appointed elitists so blinded by ideology they are incapable of an intellectually honest discussion”

by Michele Kirk for Biz Pac Review

Congressman Allen West blasted Robert Crowder, his Republican opponent in the upcoming 18th Congressional District race. He also took a few swipes at  the Palm Beach Post in a scathing letter that the Post chose to publish on July 3rd.

In the letter, West said he would not accept requests by Crowder to debate him. “I refuse to waste the voters’ time by dignifying Crowder’s cynical political maneuvering.”

West also explained why he refused to interview with the Palm Beach Post editorial board, calling them “elitists so blinded by ideology they are incapable of an intellectually honest discussion ”

He called the board “elites” a second time, describing it as out of touch with its readers.
Referring to the voters, West said, “I will not waste my time and theirs with career politicians who seek office only to feed their egos. Or with panels of self-appointed elites who pontificate about what they believe is best for their readers and the millions of individuals who make our nation so great — yet about whom they truly know so little.”

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Congressman Allen West “We Must Change the Balance of Power in Washington DC”

This week we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our Founders’ signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Fourth of July marks an incredible milestone in the history of modern man as it celebrates the sovereignty of individuals and their own self-governance.

But this year, my own personal celebration will be dampened considerably by the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare.

With its ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Court has granted Congress infinite power to tax each and every one of us.  If this Act is not repealed, we will all be hit with the largest tax increase in our nation’s history.  It will cripple small businesses and punish Americans of all income levels.

Be even more devastating, we will have lost the individual sovereignty intended by our Founding Fathers, as the Court has in effect granted Congress the power to tax our choices and behaviors.

In addition to the Obamacare ruling this week, the Court also ruled against Arizona, saying that states do not have the right to take the initiative in protecting their own borders, and to add insult to injury, even ruled it’s okay to lie about having received military honors by striking down the Stolen Valor Act.

Our country is now in a very dangerous and precarious place. Our very Constitution is being slowly unraveled before our eyes.

The only solution is to change the balance of power in Washington DC with principled, conservative leaders. We must reinforce our hold on the House of Representatives, we must take back the Senate, and above all, we must take back the White House on November 6th.  Election Day is only 18 weeks away, and we have a heckuva fight ahead.
Will I see you July 4?

Downtown Delray Beach July 4 Celebration
2:30P.M. EST 1111 E. Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL

Port St. Lucie Freedom Fest
5:00 P.M. EST Port St. Lucie Civic Center 9221
SE Civic Center Place,  Port St. Lucie, FL

Star Spangled Stuart
7:00 P.M. EST Flagler Park 201 SE Flagler Ave
Stuart, FL


On Saturday I had the honor of participating in the first annual Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman Swim in Jensen Beach.  Aaron was a member of SEAL Team 6.  Aaron and 29 of his comrades were killed last year in Afghanistan when terrorists shot down their Chinook helicopter.   With our nation’s 236 birthday just days away, we must take time to remember that men and women like Aaron Vaughn have sacrificed to ensure the blessings of liberty and freedom for all of us.  We must earn all that they have given us by redoubling our efforts to keep America exceptional.

On the eve of our nation’s 236th birthday, we kicked off our campaign on the Treasure Coast on Sunday with over 600 supporters at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.  I want to thank everyone who took time out of their Sunday afternoon to come and help send the message that the work started in 2010 is just beginning!

Join our team and take action!
Get a front-row seat this election season by volunteering for the campaign. Whether you like to write letters, stuff envelopes, talking on the phone or attending events, we can use your help. Email Sue Snowden our Volunteer Director here.  sue@allenwestforcongress.com 

Primary Registration Deadline: July 16th
Don’t forget – we still have to go through a primary election in August to make sure we’re on the ballot in November. You must be registered to vote by Monday July 16th in order to vote in the August primary.  Don’t miss the deadline

Absentee Voting
Not sure you’ll be in town for the primary or general election? Make sure your vote is counted with an absentee ballot.  If you live in Martin, St. Lucie or Palm Beach County, email us and we will send you an application.

Free Yard Signs!
We now have yard signs in different sizes for your home or business. If you have a home or business on a high-traffic thoroughfare, and would like to display a larger sign, please email our campaign office.

Thank you for standing with me and our campaign, and for these United States.


Steadfast and Loyal,
LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress

Please join Elect Allen West as they walk door-to-door for Allen West this weekend

Please join us as we walk door-to-door for Allen West this weekend. All walks are meeting on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 9:45am.

Find the meeting location closest to you below:
St. Lucie County Walk:
Meeting Location:
Dunkin Donuts
128 Sw Port St Lucie Blvd
Port St Lucie, FL 34984
Contact: Nina Bechtel
ninabechtel@gmail.com
(772) 446-7645
 
Martin County Walk:
 Meeting Location:
Starbucks Coffee
5932 Southeast Federal Hwy Stuart, FL 349977850
Contact: Darlene Fuggetta 
dlfuggetta@bellsouth.net
(772) 285-7447 
 
Palm Beach County Walk:
Meeting Location: Burns Road Recreational Center 4404 Burns Road Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Contact: Cory Hebert
cory@allenwestforcongress.com
(954) 684-2723

Congressman Allen West’s 2012 Treasure Coast Campaign Kickoff

 

Dear Friend,

Please join us for:

Congressman Allen West’s 2012 Treasure Coast Campaign Kickoff
Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The Port St. Lucie Civic Center is located at
9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34952

Please RSVP to:  RSVP@AllenWestforCongress.com

For questions call (772) 600-7123
Thank you for standing with us!

Tim Edson
Campaign Manager

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Honoring Our Fallen – Rep Allen West

Rep Allen West:

Dear Friend,

Memorial Day is a time to remember that we are the land of the free because we are the home of the brave.

Today, I had the honor of speaking at services honoring our fallen heroes in Stuart, Tequesta, and Port St. Lucie.

I hope you will take the time to remember all of them and join me in giving thanks to the men and women who, as Abraham Lincoln said, “gave the last full measure of devotion” in service to our country and their fellow citizens.

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress

Florida’s Favorite Son, District 22’s Warrior, Veteran and Congressman – Allen West – Come meet him

THE REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY

Cordially Invites You to Attend: 2012 LINCOLN DAY DINNER

343 NW Prima Vista Blvd, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34983-1986

Keynote Speaker: U.S. CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST

Cocktails (Cash Bar): 6:00 pm * Dinner (Surf & Turf): 7:00 pm

LIMITED SEATING to the first 300 to RSVP by April 3rd

Dinner: $100 per person

VIP Package*: $200 per Person (Includes VIP Reception & Photograph with Congressman West, and Dinner VIP Reception includes an Open Bar & passed Hors d’oeuvres)

Please contact the REC Headquarters at: 772-249-0460 or Judy Jurewicz at: 772-873-9296

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