Outgoing Congressman Allen West released a statement Tuesday on the recent “compromise” tax plan approved by the U.S. House. He did what he promised he would do: He voted a resounding “No!” Unfortunately, he was one of fourteen Florida Republican House members to take this unpopular stance. Eighty-five testicular-challenged Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner, went along with Obama’s bill. In short, House Republicans leadership is in doubt. Bear in mind, however, that Majority Leader Eric Cantor joined with West and other true conservatives to oppose this economically destructive bill.
We now have an appeasement party masquerading as an opposition party, to the detriment of the entire country. My suggestion is to have us sit down with leaders like West and Adam Hasner to ask them to commit to running again for Congress and lead us out of this situation. We need leaders with strength, courage and brilliance.
Here is West’s Jan. 1 letter to his constituents:
January 1, 2013
I wish everyone a very Happy New Year!
As I did my 7-mile run along the DC mall this morning I pondered where we are fiscally as a nation. We continue to have unserious band-aid type solutions to a very serious problem. I reviewed the Senate-passed legislation, and as it stands I will not support it if brought to the House floor.
Raising taxes in order to increase federal government spending is illogical, and disrespectful to all hard-working American families. Sure, I support the “doc fix” and AMT solution, but again the DC way is to make a pot of gumbo and believe that it will taste good to enough people. The American people deserve better.
No one’s taxes need increase and this Senate legislation does not promote economic growth, debt/deficit reduction, or spending discipline, which should be our main goals. The House has sent countless pieces of legislation, good policy, to the Senate which sits idly on Harry Reid’s desk. For the Democrat-led Senate to disregard its most basic Constitutional responsibility and then jam a last-hour cobbled-together 100 pages of nonsense to the House of Representatives is offensive. The future of our children and the promise to our next generation suffers due to extreme incompetence. The liberal progressive rhetoric sounds sweet to the ear but we continue to witness failure. The day is coming when principled pragmatic Constitutional Conservatives will be sought after to restore the American Republic, and we will answer the call.
Steadfast and loyal,
Allen B. West