Senator Rubio “I am pleased to endorse my fellow Floridian,Allen West, in his campaign for re-election.”

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO ENDORSES ALLEN WEST FOR CONGRESS IN FLORIDA’S 18TH DISTRICT

Stuart, FL – Allen West for Congress today announced an endorsement from Senator Marco Rubio who provided the following statement:

“I am pleased to endorse my fellow Floridian, Congressman Allen West, in his campaign for re-election. Congressman West provides a strong, clear voice for conservative principles in the House of Representatives, and his willingness to tackle the critical issues facing our nation demonstrates not only the strength of his character but the depth of his courage.

Character and courage are indeed the fundamental qualities of Allen West, a man who served this country in the uniform of the United States Army for 22 years, and continues to serve in elected office.

At this crucial time for our nation, when damaging fiscal policies have left millions without jobs and added trillions to our national debt, when ambiguous foreign policy emboldens our enemies and isolates our allies, we need leaders like Allen West to help guide the United States back to prosperity and ensure its citizens are secure for generations to come.”

Congressman West said:

“I am honored to have Senator Rubio stand with me and I look forward to continuing to serve with him as we restore the greatness of our Republic.”

Last week Florida’s Lieutenant. Governor Jennifer Carroll, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Rep. Allen West – “Scratching my back kind of politics are not what I want to talk about”

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Rep Allen West – Statement “Thank you for standing shoulder to shoulder with me!” Deadline TONIGHT!

Dear Friend,

There’s not much time left. Our fundraising quarter ends at midnight tonight.

In just a couple weeks, analysts and activists across the country will be looking at campaign finance reports. We must ensure the momentum’s with us — not the liberals and their destructive policies.

There’s less than 24 hours to send a clear message that we will not stand for Obamacare, the largest tax increase in American history. We need another 100 supporters online and the first 100 folks who help us reach our goal will be shipped a bumper sticker. I’m counting on you to chip in $10 or more here:  AllenWestForCongress.Com

Thank you for standing shoulder to shoulder with me!

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress

P.S. Our fundraising deadline is at midnight tonight and we need 100 more contributors online. The first 100 donors who help us reach our goal will receive a bumper sticker. Donate here.

Allen West for Congress Invites you to the Campaign Kickoff – Tomorrow June 9th

 

DEAR PATRIOT – You’re Invited

Please Join us for Congressman Allen West’s 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.

Lou Galterio will perform the National Anthem.

Please RSVP to
RSVP@AllenWestforCongress.com
For questions call (772) 600-7123

Thank you for standing with us!
Tim Edson
Campaign Manager

P.S.- Please consider making a donation to help fight the lies and distortions sure to come from national liberals and their corrupt media allies.

P.P.S – Next week we will also be announcing our Treasure Coast Campaign Kickoff for late June.

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Rep Allen West “Weekly Wrap Up for May 7th”

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.  It is time for another weekly update to all of you.

This past Saturday, President Barack Obama came on TV live from Columbus, Ohio, at Ohio State University, speaking before a group of young people. I looked and saw this new slogan on signs being held by these young people, “Forward ” and wondered if they know from where that motto emanated?  I also wondered if those same young people realize how high the unemployment rate is for their age demographic.

This past week, we witnessed the street violence of these so-called “anarchists” embedded in the Occupy Wall Street movement. We even saw five young men charged with the crime of wanting to destroy a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. It just seems that the promise of hope and change has devolved into “Divide and Rule,” supported by a principle of “Violence and Disruption.”  All the energy these individuals put into protesting, shouting, and complaining should go toward finding a job!  We now see what lies ahead for our country for the next few months – more shouting, demagoguery, protesting, deception, and manipulation all in the name of moving “Forward.”

Here are some simple, yet disturbing factoids:

– We have the lowest workforce participation rate in the past 31 years, right at 64%.

– If  the underemployed and those who have dropped out of the workforce are included, unemployment in America is close to 14.5%.

– We have the longest running rate of unemployment at or above 8% since the Great Depression.

– At this time in President Ronald Reagan’s first term he produced 363,000 jobs per month (April 1984) as opposed to President Barack Obama’s dismal 115,000 (April 2012).

– GDP growth is an abysmal 2.2% in the previous quarter (Jan-Mar 2012), coming off  2011 GDP quarterly numbers of 0.4%, 1.0%, 1.3%, and 3.0%. President Reagan’s economy was clipping along at 6% GDP at this same time.

– According to President Obama’s economic advisors, the stimulus bill was supposed to have resulted in unemployment at 6% at this time.

– We now have the highest corporate/business tax rate in the world, 39.6%.

– According to a survey from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), only 8% of small businesses are looking to grow and expand in the next year.

–  In three and a half years President Obama has incurred more debt, over $5 trillion, than all presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton combined.  The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget would increase the debt by another $10 trillion. What’s more, 47% of our debt is held by foreign nations, 28% by China. The Federal Reserve holds the greatest percentage of our debt.  This is horrible monetary policy.

– Since inauguration day in 2009, gasoline prices in America have gone from $1.84 to $3.89, close to a 112% increase.

I could go on, but I think you get the point.   I have confidence the sun shall certainly rise and shine upon America again as more Americans learn the facts and seek viable solutions to the economic woes of our country. We shall witness the dawn of a New America which shall restore this Republic, recommit to our foundational constitutional principles and values, and reclaim our sense of American exceptionalism.

In closing, having been in combat, and even been on a few raid operations, the honor should always go to our Men and Women in the combat zone, not those far away watching video feeds. The joint document-signing between President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai reminded me sadly of Sir Neville Chamberlain in the 1930’s– “Peace in our time.”  President Obama’s speech, in the hours of darkness, promoting negotiations with the Taliban and a new sunrise for Afghanistan, was responded to by the Taliban with deadly simplicity.  They attacked and killed seven people 90 minutes after President Obama left. They did not appear to be peacefully inspired by his speech.

It was Alexander the Great who stated, “I would not fear an army of lions if led by sheep, but I would fear an army of sheep if led by a lion.”

We will not lose our Constitutional Republic to braying sheep – or donkeys  for that matter.
Steadfast and Loyal,

Congressman Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up – April 23, 2012

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, I hope you all survived another Tax Day. I need to make you all aware of what will become the largest tax hike in the history of America. You can read about it here in our recent Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel editorial, “The American Tax Code: A Weapon of Mass Destruction”.

This past Friday, “The Hill” newspaper reported the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its assessment of President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The CBO estimates the President’s budget would adversely affect economic growth and the higher deficits would reduce economic output between 0.5 percent and 2.2 percent after five years. In addition, this budget strategy will reduce the amount of capital available to businesses.

The President’s budget will add some $3.5 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years, according to the CBO. However, the baseline of smoke and mirrors promulgated by the Obama Administration tries to convince the American people that deficits will be reduced by $3.2 trillion. This is why America must have an ideological debate about the direction in which this country will head. It is a debate which the liberal progressive left would rather avoid.

As you may be aware, much has been made of my recent response to a question from a constituent and assertion regarding so-called “communists” in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. I am pleased it has inspired so much passionate debate, for that was precisely the point. When I was studying for my Masters degrees in political science at Kansas State University and at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College, the very best professors were those who would begin each lecture with a challenging assertion. It engaged discussion and analysis, and was the best way to uncover the essence of the particular subject of the day. As Americans, we must bring to the forefront a fundamental discussion of what we want our country to be like 10 years, 20 years, and 100 years from now. Do we veer from our Founders’ vision of a constitutional republic, which preserves and protects the individual sovereignty of its citizens, along with the free market and the rights of the several states? Or do we continue to slide down a path of expanding the secular welfare state, nationalizing production, and enforcing economic equality and achievement?

You may call this what you wish. The esteemed constitutional scholar and author, Mark Levin, calls it “statism.” In our lifetime, the unpalatable and pejorative brands “socialist” and “communist” have been replaced with the more user-friendly “progressive.” But this is not a discussion about labels. It is a discussion far more important and grave, for it affects our nation’s future, our security, and the lives of each and every one of us. The dialogue must be about the future and direction of these United States. It is about the choice between two futures: a constitutional republic or a bureaucratic nanny-state.

As a nation, we must directly confront those issues that are most critical. We must be able to openly and candidly discuss how we will move forward to preserve our nation’s greatness, reduce our debt and deficit, put Americans back to work, take full advantage of our domestic energy resources and ensure our security.

These are dangerous and critical times for our country. We must be unafraid to discuss and confront the challenges we face, and ensure we keep our focus on the fundamental issues, rather than become distracted by semantics. I gladly welcome this debate in the arena of political ideologies of governance.

Steadfast and Loyal

 

Running for US Congress – Maria Sheffield for Georgia District 12 – Lady Patriot needs our support

Maria Sheffield is a Georgia Conservative running for Congress.

Incumbent Democrat John Barrow, who has represented the 12th district since 2005, will seek re-election.

Maria, a main-street, middle-class, working Georgian, believes the taxpayers of Georgia 12 deserve a Member of Congress who is for them and not for President Obama. Congressman Barrow has proudly proclaimed he is working “hand-in-hand” with President Obama. The taxpayers of Georgia’s 12th Congressional District need a Member of Congress who will work “hand-in-hand” with them and against President Obama’s efforts to destroy our free market economy and undermine individual liberty.

Maria Sheffield is a Middle Georgia girl. The values she holds, the principles she supports, and the Faith she believes in have been instilled in her in the heart of Georgia. Maria grew up worshiping God, loving America, and respecting family.

Maria understands there is right and wrong, good and bad, and things which are pro-America and anti-America. Maria Sheffield is a Christian, an American, and a conservative in that order.

Maria Sheffield is from the grassroots conservative wing of the Republican Party. Maria supports bold, conservative, transformational solutions as opposed to the disaster that is the Obama-Barrow Agenda.

GEORGIA ROOTS – Maria is a Georgia native, born and raised in a small town in Middle Georgia by a mother who was a nurse, and a native of Bibb County, and a father who served and retired from the Air Force and was a native of Laurens County. They were both truly exceptional people who instilled in Maria the value of public service and hard work.  As a student, Maria spent many years active in 4-H. This important program instilled a core set of values in Maria which guide her as an adult.

Many generations of Maria’s family made their living as farmers and Maria was raised with a deep respect for the land and agriculture.  Maria is proud her family who have lived, farmed and worked in Georgia. Of these, at least five generations have called Laurens County home, which is a beautiful and warm place. As often said in Maria’s family, “It was a good place to live in the 1800’s and it still is today.” Laurens County is like the other counties in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, each county has a rich heritage, amazing historical sites and treasures, welcoming neighbors, and good old fashioned entrepreneurial spirit.

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Video – Allen West “The Republicans Proud History of Standing Up for African-Americans”

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To Celebrate Black History Month, Congressman West took to the House Floor with a remarkable speech on the relationship between African-Americans and the Republican party

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Rep Allen West’s Legislative Low Down & Weekly Wrap Up

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.  Reflecting on the past week, I will tell you that Saturday morning got off to a very emotional and great start. My youngest daughter, Austen, was sworn-in as a United States Navy Sea Cadet, part of the USS Spruance Division in Fort Lauderdale. Our family was there as she placed her left hand on the American flag and took her oath.  Could this lead to the first Sailor in the lineage of service in the West family? It will make the Army-Navy game quite personal!

In keeping with this military theme, the past week was really about national security in many different ways. I pray there will be a strong, capable United States Navy and United States Military, for my daughter to join in the future. I am deeply concerned that again our Federal Government is forcing our men and women in uniform to pay the bills for the fiscal irresponsibility of Washington D.C.

Let us not forget that 62 percent of our federal spending is mandatory spending; net interest on the debt, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, and Social Security. Our defense budget, base and overseas operations, makes up only 19.6 percent of the total. Even if we eliminate the entire defense budget, America still runs close to a trillion dollar deficit this year.
It will take courageous leaders who will stand up and tell the American people the truth. We must protect and preserve our mandatory spending programs, however they have to be reformed in order to address our deficits and ever increasing debt.

On the heels of the news about harmful cuts to our military — which will take our Army and Marine force strength down to dangerous levels — Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, stated we are going to end combat operations in Afghanistan sooner than expected. This is a repeat of the strategy which fails to understand the enemy has a vote. There are only two ways to end a combat operation or war — you win or you lose. You do not stop in the 4th quarter and tell the referee that you are going to leave the field. And as expected, following Secretary of Defense Panetta’s statement about Israel’s contemplation of an attack on Iran, America got a threat from Iran’s Supreme Leader.

We MUST stop telegraphing weakness.

I spoke to the Reserve Officers Association this week and laid out a national security strategy for the 21st Century Battlefield of “Engage, Deter and Strike.” We talked about how we must conduct a global threat assessment in order to develop the requirements and capability to meet any threat for the next 15 years.  I also had the distinct privilege of addressing the Arlington Virginia Squadron of the Marine Corps Aviation Association. I built upon the national security strategy and articulated how we must have individuals who understand the tactical level of war serving on Capitol Hill. It is imperative to ensure we have those individuals who can state why we must move away from a Cold War Era forward-deployed military to a power projection force that focuses on strike operations and not nation-building/occupation-style warfare. We discussed how the Marine Corps Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) model is key to understanding how we tailor our forces going forward. Lastly, the Marines and I discussed how we need to create a national military strategy which drives the weapons systems being developed by the defense industrial base.  We need more attack and troop transport helicopters and close air support platforms.

What was special about this week was the chance to speak with allies as well. I had a fantastic conversation with Brigadier General Shmaya Avieli who is head of the Israeli Defense Export and Cooperation Department. We must work with our allies in new weapon system development in order to reduce our procurement and research and development timelines. When we can have more common operating platforms with our allies, we can reduce our logistical support chains and costs which is another driver of the Department of Defense spending.

Also this week, I had the honor of speaking to 30 Officers and Interagency workers attending the Canadian Defense College National Security program, their version of the United States military War College. Having served alongside the Canadian Army in Kandahar, Afghanistan, I was able to use anecdotal stories of how we must have better coordination of National and Operational security strategies to ensure our success at the tactical level. Interestingly enough, we are coming-up on the anniversary of the establishment of the 1st Special Services Brigade “Devil’s Brigade” which was the joint US-Canadian venture and the precursor to our Special Forces.
The closer for this week of national security and defense-related topics was the deployment ceremony for the US Army Reserve 841st Engineer Battalion. Special hat tip to Miami-Dade College North Campus for hosting the event where I was joined by Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Men and women from our local area, and other states as far away as Georgia and Alabama, are deploying to Afghanistan’s RC-North. They represent all that is best about America and are the true one percent who ensure the other 99 percent live in a land of liberty and freedom. We must guarantee they have proper ROE (Rules of Engagement) to enable them to engage the enemy on the battlefield.

The lesson learned for all of us is that the world is still a very dangerous neighborhood. We cannot pretend to believe that targeting our military will relieve our fiscal woes. We must listen to our allies and find the means by which we can cooperatively grow stronger and confront the growing adversaries who wish to promote their hegemonic dominance.

At each opportunity to speak, I challenge more of our uniformed men and women to “ruck up” in a suit and tie and seek out offices to run in their communities.  Capitol Hill I can attest is in need of true warriors and those who have a conviction and commitment for our Constitutional Republic.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update: The House got back to full legislative work this past week:

– CLASS Repeal — Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1173, the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2012 by a vote of 267-159, I VOTED YES. Twenty-eight Democrats supported this legislation. The bill would repeal Title VIII of the Democrats’ government takeover of healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which established the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program—a national, voluntary long-term care insurance program for purchasing community living assistance services and supports.

– Pro-Growth Budgeting — Thursday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3582, the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2012 by a vote of 242-179, I VOTED YES. Four Democrats supported this legislation. The bill would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prepare a supplemental estimate of the macroeconomic impact of any major bills reported by a House or Senate committee. Under H.R. 3582, a “major bill” would be defined as legislation with any one-year estimated budgetary effect of more than one-fourth of one percent (0.25%) of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in that year.

– Baseline Reform — Friday, the House approved H.R. 3578, the Baseline Reform Act of 2012 by vote of 235-177, I VOTED YES. Four Democrats supported this legislation. The bill would remove the automatic annual inflation adjustment from CBO’s discretionary baseline spending projections, thereby removing the baseline assumption that discretionary spending will increase each year.

– FAA Authorization (Conference Report) — Friday, the House approved the Conference Report on H.R. 658, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 by a vote of 248-169, I VOTED YES. Twenty-four Democrats supported this legislation. The Conference Report would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations and programs for four years, from Fiscal Year 2012 through Fiscal Year 2015. The legislation would provide a total authorization of $63.4 billion over the four year period, including $50 billion in discretionary authorizations and $13.4 billion in contract authority through the Airport Improvement Programs (AIP).

Highlights of the Week:

– Tuesday, 31 January, cast my vote and conducted several media interviews on the Florida GOP Presidential primary.

– Wednesday, 1 February, addressed the Reserve Officers Association Conference, met with Kristina Hebert of the Marine Industry Association of South Florida who attended the Small Business Committee full hearing on “The State of American Small Businesses.” Met with Brigadier General Shmaya Avieli, head of the Directorate for Israeli Defense Export and Cooperation.

– Thursday, 2 February, met with representatives from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Taped an interview with CBS News investigative reporter on the two month payroll tax increase fees on government sponsored enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) loan guarantees. Video here. Linked up with Iraq combat buddy SGM(R) George Gurrola and escorted him to House chamber and gave a Capitol tour after evening votes. Addressed the Marine Corps Aviation Association.

– Friday, 3 February, conducted an after action review and gave guidance for next Conservative Black forum. Addressed Officers from the Canadian Forces College National Security program. Met with Cindy Chafian Executive Director of “The Mommy Lobby” who asked me to be on her Board of Advisors which I proudly accepted.

– Saturday, 4 February, addressed the Soldiers and Families of the 841st Engineer Battalion at their deployment ceremony. Attended the wedding party for Mr. Bill and Mrs. Sharon Petraglia Jr. The Petraglia Family are just wonderful and have always been there for me, God bless and long life to this new American family.

– Sunday, 5 February, attended the World War II Chaplain’s Memorial Ceremony in Boynton Beach to commemorate the memory of the Four Chaplains who sacrificed their lives during the sinking of the US troop transport Dorchester on 2 February, 1943.

– Monday, 6 February, flew back to Washington DC, recorded video address for Combat Veterans for Congress. Participated in the HASC panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry.

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