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

Congressman Allen West Appearance “On the Record” with Greta 1/17/12

 

Rep Allen West – Weekly E-Newsletter, Legislative Update and more

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is just amazing to me how fast the year has gone by. It seems like only  yesterday the 112th Congress was sworn in on January 5th.

I am recovering this morning from Sunday when I ran in the Palm Beach half-marathon- see story here– in West Palm Beach.  I dedicated my run to young Max Bello of Jupiter who suffers from juvenile diabetes. Max and I ran the first 3.5 miles together. What an incredible day!

In other news,  the new unemployment numbers were released this past Friday and there are those who are taking credit and celebrating. The “new” unemployment rate is 8.6% but that number does not tell the entire story. We also witnessed some 315,000 Americans who have completely given up searching for employment and therefore dropped from the workforce. We also remain concerned about the large number of underemployed Americans. In addition, with the upcoming holidays there is seasonal employment. There are conservative estimates the actual national unemployment rate is closer to 10.2%.

Forty two percent of  Americans have been unemployed for at least six months. Jobless claims were up at 402,000 and yes, there was an anemic 120,000 jobs added — which mainly seem to be in retail.  Which makes one wonder why the President would delay the Keystone XL pipeline project until after the election in November 2012? Based upon testimony at a congressional hearing this week, seems even the President’s union pals are not happy.

And a funny thing happened as well this week: the Department of Labor went back and “revised” the jobs created numbers for two previous months.

There are now 23 pieces of policy legislation passed in the House of Representatives relating to job creation sitting on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk. If we do not develop policies that promote confidence and certainty for our private sector, small businesses and corporations, then we shall not truly move the needle.

The current debate on Capitol Hill centers on another manipulative “fix” for our abysmal economic situation in America. The sad truth is there are those on both sides of the aisle who believe the American people are not competent enough to understand their political gimmicks aimed at personal electoral gain.

The temporary payroll tax cut has done nothing to stimulate our economy in this past year. We have seen Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in America over the past three quarters at only 0.4%, 1.0%, and 2.0%. Social Security, which is the primary recipient of payroll taxes, ran a deficit this year because of this payroll tax cut. For the third straight year we had a federal deficit of more than $1 trillion.

However, the political messaging wants to focus the American people on short-term “candy” which is in truth, long-term “poison.” We are in essence brokering our fiscal future for the insidious masquerade of immediate gratification for the American people.   Listen carefully, for this is nothing more than a simple attempt to buy votes.

Do we want to do something substantial?  Why not take the 2% that we are cutting off the payroll tax and apply it to income tax rates and make it retroactive to January 1, 2011? That is a viable solution, not a temporary fix, which means we would not have to come back and debate the same issue a year later.

As well, how has extending unemployment insurance, not “paid for” I might add, helped our jobs situation in America? It has not. What it has done is create and expand a victim class, totally dependent on subsistence from the Federal Government. Some on the other side of the aisle talk as if they are really concerned about Americans, but they seem not to be. It seems they only want economic slaves wedded to them for their “perceived” political survival.

So no, I will not vote to extend these gimmicks of political and economic enslavement of my fellow countrymen. I shall continue to fight for all Americans to restore our economic security and strength through fiscal policies and reform that are rooted in principle, not politics.   The America I know and love, for which I was willing to sacrifice my life, is worth this fight. This is not about class. America is not about class. America is about the individual freedom that enables an entrepreneurial spirit to flourish for ALL Americans to achieve their dreams and ambitions.

Our economy has a gunshot wound to the chest… no more band-aids!

Lastly, thanks President Barack Obama- looks like radical Islamists will have a 60-65% control of the Egyptian government. You are now right there with President Jimmy Carter for being a total failure in Middle East foreign policy. Is this what you meant by an Arab Spring?  More like Arab winter.

Steadfast and Loyal,

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Legislative Update:

– Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act — On Wednesday, the House approved H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, by a vote of 235-188, I VOTED YES. The bill would pre-empt National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed rulemaking that will significantly change procedures that govern union elections by providing employers just seven days to find legal counsel and prepare their entire case to be presented at a NLRB pre-election hearing.

– Taxpayer Financing of Presidential Elections and the Election Assistance Commission — On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 3463 by a vote of 235-190, I VOTED YES. The bill would eliminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF), terminate public financing of presidential campaigns, and return PECF funds to the general treasury for deficit reduction.

– Regulatory Flexibility — Also on Thursday, the House approved H.R. 527, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011, by a vote of 263-159, I VOTED YES. The bill would close loopholes that the federal government agencies are exploiting to avoid the requirement that they analyze the effect new regulations would have on small businesses.

– APA Reform — On Friday, the House approved H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act, by a vote of 253-167, I VOTED YES. The bill would define “major rule,” “high-impact rule,” “guidance,” and “major guidance” to broaden the definitions of rules that would be impacted by the bill. 

This Week:

– REINS — The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 10, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011. The bill would restore Congressional accountability for the regulatory process requiring Congress to take an up-or-down, stand-alone vote, and for the President to sign off on all new major rules—those with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more—before they can be enforced on the American people, job-creating small businesses, or state and local governments.

– Farm Dust — The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1633, The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011. The bill would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing any new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for coarse particulate matter for at least one year from the date of enactment of the legislation. The bill would also limit federal regulation of nuisance dust by EPA to areas in which it is not regulated under State, tribal, or local law, where the nuisance dust causes substantial adverse effects, and the benefits of federal regulation outweigh the costs.

DC/District Highlights: 

– Tuesday, 29 November, Recorded a short video address for the Hebron (Israel) fund annual dinner. I recommend we become more aware of what is occurring in Hebron, which I visited in December 2009. Met with Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer on the Keystone XL pipeline project and other issues facing Canadians “snow-birding” in South Florida. Ambassador Doer has my full support in moving the Keystone project along. Met with Mr. Robert Johnson, creator of Black Entertainment Television, on policies to stimulate urban area and minority business growth.

– Wednesday, 30 November, Participated in a Small Business Committee hearing on how the SBA is meeting the recovery needs of disaster victims. Participated in the 18th Annual DC’s Funniest Celebrity Contest for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer Fund- see photo here.  Out of the nine contestants, finished 3rd and took home a trophy. see story here.

– Thursday, 1 December, Taped a Holiday Season message for our troops deployed with the Pentagon Channel.

– Saturday, 2 December, Attended the Latin American Motorcycle Association pig roast at the American Legion Post in Riviera Beach. Attended the final game in the distinguished career of FAU Coach Howard Schnellenberger, and bid him “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

– Sunday, 3 December, Ran the Palm Beaches half-marathon, took lots of extra strength pain reliever, and then attended the Annual Palm Beach Chapter of the 82d Airborne Division Association Holiday banquet.

A Newt Way to Reform Entitlements – Peter Ferrara

by Peter Ferrara

In New Hampshire on November 21, Newt Gingrich, who has just been endorsed by the Manchester Union Leader, unveiled sweeping entitlement reform proposals, discussed in a comprehensive, extensive campaign position paper now available at Newt.org. Those proposals reflect closely my own work over many years, discussed in detail in my recent book, America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb.

These reforms taken together would reduce federal spending over an extended period of years by half from what it would be otherwise, solving America’s entitlement and fiscal crisis. Yet, these reforms are politically feasible, indeed even popularly appealing, because seniors and the poor would actually gain from them. In fact, they are all based on already enacted reforms, in the U.S. or elsewhere, that have been proven to work in the real world. Remember that even libertarian godfather Friedrich Hayek supported the concept of safety nets for the truly needy, as did Reagan.

The key is that the reforms are all based on modernizing our old fashioned, tax and redistribution entitlement programs to rely on 21st century modern capital, labor, and insurance markets instead. Through such fundamental structural reforms, changing the way the programs work and operate, we can achieve all of the social goals of these entitlement programs far more effectively, serving seniors and the poor far better, at just a fraction of the current cost of those programs. Consequently, we can actually achieve vastly greater reductions in spending than we could ever hope to achieve simply by trying to cut benefits.

These reforms all work more effectively to achieve their goals because they operate through market incentives, productive savings and investment, and competition, rather than simple tax and redistribution. They also all work to contribute to economic growth and prosperity today, rather than detracting from it.

Personal Account Prosperity to Replace the Payroll Tax

Gingrich proposes reforms that would empower workers with the freedom to choose to save and invest what they and their employers would otherwise pay into Social Security in personal savings, investment, and insurance accounts. My own studies with various colleagues over the years show that at standard, long-term, market investment returns, for an average income, two-earner couple over a career, the accounts would accumulate to close to a million dollars or more, depending on how big the account option is. Even lower income workers could regularly accumulate half a million over their careers.

Those accumulated funds would pay all workers of all income levels much higher benefits than Social Security even promises let alone what it could pay. That includes one earner couples with stay at home moms caring for the children. Retirees would each be free to choose to leave any portion of these funds to their children at death.

In retirement, benefits payable from the personal accounts would substitute for a portion of Social Security benefits based on the degree to which workers exercised the account option over their careers. This is where the spending savings come in. The personal accounts don’t just reduce the growth of government spending. They shift vast swaths of such spending from the public sector altogether, to the private sector.

Gingrich proposes to start the accounts focused on younger workers first. But over time the accounts would be expanded to take over financing for all of the benefits financed by the payroll tax today. That would ultimately amount to the greatest reduction in government spending in world history.

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Rep Allen West “When you look at a community that’s truly suffering”

“When you look at a community that is truly suffering — 16.7 percent [black] unemployment, 20 percent adult black unemployment and 45 [percent] to 46 percent black teenage unemployment, [a] 41 percent increase in food stamp recipients, poverty at the highest in 50 years, it is not about you coming up and telling people they have to stop complaining,” West said.

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