Allen West: What Does it Mean to Be a Republican? 

Like many of us, former Congressman from the State of Florida, Allen B. West, is wondering what it really means to be a Republican. It is easy to tell what a liberal progressive socialist Democrat wants, they are trying to transform America. Our Republican politicians, on the other hand, are a lot more difficut to pin down. We know what they have promised to get elected, but now look at them through Mr. West’s perspective. Read on.

As Written By Allen West for Townhall:

Recently MSNBC host and former US Congressman from Florida Joe Scarborough said on a late night talk show that he was no longer a Republican. Scarborough admitted that he would be registering as an Independent. This is the same Joe Scarborough who came of age in the constitutional conservative ideological legislative revolution of one Newt Gingrich and his “Contract with America”. Of course, these days there are many folks changing their party affiliations to Independent.

Another former member of the crew that came into being with Speaker Gingrich is current Republican Ohio Governor, John Kasich. He was someone that that as Budget Chairman balanced the federal budget. If you don’t believe it, Governor Kasich will certainly tell you, often. Yet, now, Governor Kasich is all about an expansion of Medicaid, a government run healthcare program intended for those Americans at or below the poverty line. Governor Kasich now wants more largesse from the federal government program that is causing the incessant busting of the federal budget. Medicaid is part of the mandatory spending programs – Social Security, Medicare, and net interest on the debt – that comprise nearly 64% of our budget.

The current Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the keeper of our tax code, is Texas Republican Congressman Kevin Brady, a nice enough fella. However, as part of tax reform, Chairman Brady wants to introduce and create something called the Border Adjustment Tax. This is nothing more than a value added tax (VAT) that will certainly be passed onto the consumer. And if you have paid attention to the VAT in Europe, it has been a massive failure. Why is it that we are seeking to introduce a taxation policy in the United States that has been a complete failure elsewhere?

There is a debate going on in the Republican controlled US Senate reference healthcare reform. But what is rather perplexing is that the latest iteration of the Senate healthcare legislation entails Republicans advocating for maintaining Obamacare taxes on “the rich”. Why are Republicans taking up the progressive socialist mentality of class warfare and wealth redistribution, along with using the tax code as a weapon against a targeted segment of our society? Also, why are there Republican Senators who embrace the idea of Medicaid expansion? In other words, do they truly believe in the expansion of the welfare nanny-state, the dependency society?

Last Thursday, possibly the most disconcerting vote taken in the House of Representatives, was an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment of which I speak was offered by Missouri Republican Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler, a strong principled constitutional conservative. Rep. Hartzler’s amendment would have blocked federal funding, American taxpayer funding, to transgender troops for hormonal therapy and gender reassignment surgery. Rep. Hartzler’s amendment failed, due to (24) Republicans voting against it, therefore, (24) Republicans voted to support American taxpayer funded hormonal therapy and gender reassignment surgery for individuals suffering from a mental condition termed gender dysphoria. Twenty-four Republicans embraced a belief that the American taxpayer is now financially responsible for the …..

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What Does it Mean to Be a Republican? – Allen West

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