Published on Feb 20, 2013
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Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. It is time again for my weekly update report to you all.
As I was coming into the office Friday morning, I listened to CSPAN’s Washington Journal. The topic of the show was “Congress Kicking the Can.” I love to listen to the callers, and in fact it’s a big reason why I enjoy being on Washington Journal. The show and guests are totally unscripted. No surprise, one of the callers blamed everything in Washington on the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and kept praising President Obama for the great job he is doing. I sat listening, waiting for the caller to give us some example of the great things President Obama is doing for our country. Needless to say, that never happened. Instead, I became even more convinced that many Americans are now more uninformed than ever before.
Later Friday morning, the July jobs numbers were released, and sadly, at 8.3 percent, the losing streak continues. We have now spent 42 consecutive months with unemployment at or above 8 percent. Even worse, the true employment rate, which takes into account unemployed, underemployed and discouraged workers (the U-6 computation) places the country at 14.8 percent. This has been termed by economists as the worst recovery the country has ever known.
A record 9.3 million Americans in the last three and a half years have gone into poverty, a 46-year high. America’s second quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was a mere 1.5 percent. Just to show you how dire this really is, in comparison, at this point in the Reagan recovery in 1984, the GDP growth was almost five times that- at 7.1 percent.
These are the facts and a result of the incompetence and utter failure of this community organizer to present a viable economic vision for America. Never forget that the Obama stimulus plan was supposed to have lowered unemployment in America to 5.6 percent by this time.
Who will take responsibility for the failure of Obamanomics? Could it be the fault of those pesky top two percent wage earners? The real truth is that the top one percent of wage earners in America fork over 37 percent of federal taxes, the top 25 percent contributes 89 percent. The Obama plan to raise taxes on the top brackets (those making more than $200,000 single or $250,000 as a married couple) yields only $85 billion a year, enough to fund the federal government for about 10 days. As well, an independent report by Ernst and Young estimates this would result in more than 700,000 jobs lost.
I would like to ask the caller from Washington Journal this morning if she believes the state of America right now is a reflection of the “great things” accomplished by President Obama?
Earlier this week, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), and see firsthand the power of the American free market as I talked with traders on the floor. I was honored to meet Mr. Terry Duffy, Chairman of the Board of the CME and be interviewed on his trading floor by Rick Santelli, click here.
It seems President Obama is now seeking to associate himself with former President Bill Clinton’s economic policies. However, the real analysis has to come with the comparison of leading our country after the mid-term election debacles of 1994 and 2010. Clinton pivoted away from big government spending policies and worked with a Republican-led House of Representatives and United States Senate, coining the phrase in his State of the Union address, “The era of big government is over.” He enacted welfare reform combined with tax policy, and created a surplus. The GOP legislative body maintained fiscal conservative principles and worked with the President to carry the country forward.
President Obama has accomplished completely the opposite. He tripled down on failed liberal progressive economic, regulatory, and monetary policies and continues to believe Keynesian economic models of government spending are the way forward.
Americans also deserve President Obama to address the looming issue of sequestration and the “hollowing out” of our military. The principal role under the Constitution is for the President to serve America as its Commander-in-Chief. I would like to know what Commander in Chief would decimate the greatest and most superior military force the world has ever known. Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” seems to have become far more important to President Obama than maintaining the preeminent fighting force in the world.
The excuse that he has no choice because the military is apparently bankrupting our budget is absurd and untrue. Mandatory spending is the driver of our debt and represents 62 percent of the budget. With these cuts to our military, we are looking at a devastating reduction not only of our men and women in uniform, but also to those who support them in the defense industry. Florida is looking at losing some 56,000 jobs with implementation of sequestration. Here is an interview from this week where I discuss sequestration, click here.
As I close, we all need to face the facts about where this country is headed. You might be surprised to find out where the political term, “Forward” comes from. I can tell you that it does not come from our free market heritage and it certainly does not describe the governing principles best for our Constitutional Republic.
Steadfast and Loyal,
- Preventing Tax Increases — On Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012, by a vote of 256-171, I VOTED YES. The bill would provide a one-year extension of all current individual tax rates, as well as the 15 percent top rate on capital gains and dividends. The proposal would also extend for one year the estate tax rates at their current levels, the $1,000 child tax credit, marriage penalty relief and certain educational tax credits. The bill would also provide higher small business expensing limits for one year and would repeal the personal exemption phase-out and the “Pease” limitations in 2013. Finally, the bill would provide a two-year AMT patch, which would be adjusted for inflation. In total, the bill would prevent a tax increase of $383.6 billion, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), and it would prevent the President’s small business tax increase from destroying more than 700,000 jobs and reducing wages for average American workers by 2 percent—outcomes predicted in a recent study by Ernst and Young.
- Pro-Growth Tax Reform — On Thursday, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 6169, the Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012, by a vote of 232-189, I VOTED YES. H.R. 6169 would provide an expedited pathway to pro-growth tax reform in 2013. The bill would require the House of Representatives and United States Senate to consider tax reform legislation according to an expedited timeline. Under the bill, expedited procedures would be applied to a tax reform bill containing principles included in the last two House-passed budgets: (1) consolidation of the current individual income tax brackets into not more than two brackets and a top rate of not more than 25 percent; (2) reduction in the corporate tax rate to not more than 25 percent; (3) repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax; (4) broadening of the tax base to maintain revenue between 18 and 19 percent of the economy; and (5) change from a ‘‘worldwide’’ to a ‘‘territorial’’ system of taxation.
– Agricultural Disaster Assistance — Also on Thursday, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 6233, the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012, by a vote of 223-197, I VOTED YES. H.R. 6233 would provide supplemental funding for drought relief by retroactively reauthorizing expired disaster assistance programs for fiscal year 2012. The cost of the disaster assistance ($383 million) would be more than offset with reductions in spending for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs ($639 million in savings). The net effect of the spending and offsets would reduce spending over ten years by $256 million.
Highlights of the Week:
- Tuesday, 31 July; met with Army Corps of Engineers representatives and Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio to discuss finalizing agreement on sand transfer plant renovations funding and operations.
-Wednesday, 1 August; participated in the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) full committee hearing on sequestration implementation options and effects. It was a very heated hearing because Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jeffrey Zeints was quite partisan in his position of not having any solutions and blamed Republicans for not raising taxes on the top two percent of American wage earners; attended the retirement ceremony of Army Sergeant Major Tammy Coon; participated in Small Business Committee hearing on impact of Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations on small business; addressed the Constituents of Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ilinois) during their Washington Fly-In.
- Thursday, 2 August; participated in the House Armed Services Committee full committee classified briefing on Transition in Afghanistan; participated in House Armed Services Committee Military Personnel subcommittee closed briefing on the Air Force Investigation of the Lackland AFB sexual assault crimes.
- Friday, 3 August; addressed 200 college students from across the country as part of the Young America’s Foundation National Conference at George Washington University.
By: Michael Dorstewitz for BIZPAC Review
This election cycle, President Obama’s team is bringing up class warfare, the war on women and Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. One issue that’s missing, to the displeasure of the left, is gun control.
During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama called for a ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic weapons and more restrictions on purchasing all firearms. I pointed out in a previous column that most handguns sold today are semi-automatic.
Since his inauguration, however, we have heard little on gun control from the president. And he’s been given plenty of opportunity to make a stand. There have been several school shootings. There was the Fort Hood tragedy (which the administration incorrectly called a “work-related incident”). Finally, there was the infamous Jan. 8, 2011, massacre, when U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and 18 others were shot during a public gathering in a supermarket parking lot.
In the days following the Giffords shooting, liberal politicians and the press called for tighter handgun restrictions — but the president remained silent, choosing instead to urge everyone to tone down the rhetoric. A month after the shooting, Time Magazine’s Alex Altman noted that Obama’s reticence pleased neither the left nor the gun lobbyists. Fully a year after Giffords’ injuries, the Washington Post argued that the best way to honor her would be to enact gun control legislation, much like the Brady Bill signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The Post editorial noted that when President Obama delivered his State of the Union address after the shooting, he “could not muster a single word about the need for reasonable gun control measures to ward off such violence in the future,” expressing hope that he would soon find the courage to do so.
What the Post’s editorial board refuses to recognize, however, is that outlawing handguns won’t mean an end to handgun violence. Criminals would continue to obtain handguns just as they always have — through illegal street sales. It would merely make law-abiding citizens unable to protect themselves and their loved ones in the face of violence directed toward them. And self-protection is, after all, the whole purpose of the Second Amendment.
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Last week, it was hobnobbing with Sarah Jessica Parker. Then yesterday comes this email from President Obama’s campaign gushing about what it be would like to “be a fly on the wall” at his fundraising event with President Clinton.
They described it as “almost ridiculously cool.” I describe it as embarrassing and out of touch.
Really, Mr. President? With record high unemployment and spending through the roof, you’re focused on parties with Hollywood celebrities and how cool it is to hobnob with you.
The American people are tired of celebrity ‘leadership’. We’re focused on solutions to get people back to work, and grow the economy so that people can stay in their homes, save for education and retirement, and correct the dangerous debt problem threatening our nation. That’s why so many Americans are standing with my campaign.
Steadfast and loyal,
LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress
From: Jim Messina, BarackObama.com <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, May 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM
Subject: Two tickets to meet Presidents Obama and Clinton in New York
To: Allen West <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Meeting the President of the United States is an incredible thing.
Meeting two presidents at the same time? Now, that’s almost ridiculously cool.
These two presidents know better than anyone in the world that grassroots supporters are how you win elections.
That’s why President Obama always wants to be able to meet you at events like this, and why President Clinton jumped at the chance.
This promises to be one amazing evening. Imagine how great it would be to be a fly on the wall when Presidents Obama and Clinton get together. Now imagine getting to be part of the conversation.
Enter today and you could win two tickets to New York to be there with them:
Seriously, good luck.
Obama for America
Mr Krauthammer’s op-ed piece clearly articulates Obama’s disastrous bit of wealth redistribution policy entitled the Buffett Rule. It does not impact our debt or deficit and would require some 250 years just to alleviate one year of Obama trillion dollar plus deficits. Bill Clinton pivoted and worked with the GOP led House and Senate, Obama has tripled down. This is a choice between two ideologies which yield two very different futures for America. I challenge my liberal admirers to show me where in the world has a socialist egalitarian State been successful?
Washington Post Op-Ed - “Free-lunch egalitarianism” By Charles Krauthammer
Here we go again.
At the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama argued that the country’s spiraling debt was largely the result of exploding health-care costs. That was true. He then said the cure for these exploding costs would be his health-care reform. That was not true.
It was obvious at the time that it could never be true. If government gives health insurance to 33 million uninsured, that costs. Costs a lot. There is no free lunch.
Now we know. The Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimate is that Obamacare will add $1.76 trillion in federal expenditures through 2022. And, as one of the Medicare trustees has just made clear, if you don’t double count the $575 billion set aside for the Medicare trust fund, Obamacare adds to the already crushing national debt.
Three years later, we are back to smoke and mirrors. This time it’s not health care but the Buffett Rule, which would impose a minimum 30 percent effective tax rate on millionaires. Here is how Obama introduced it last September:
“Warren Buffett’s secretary shouldn’t pay a [higher] tax rate than Warren Buffett. . . .And that basic principle of fairness, if applied to our tax code, could raise enough money” to “stabilize our debt and deficits for the next decade. . . . This is not politics; this is math.”
Okay. Let’s do the math. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates this new tax would yield between $4 billion and $5 billion a year. If we collect the Buffett tax for the next 250 years — a span longer than the life of this republic — it would not cover the Obama deficit for 2011 alone.
As an approach to our mountain of debt, the Buffett Rule is a farce. And yet Obama repeated the ridiculous claim again this week. “It will help us close our deficit.” Does he really think we’re that stupid?
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The good news is that 2011 is finally over. The bad news is that 2012 is upon us.
The coming year will not give us a break from the steady stream of political knavery, green graft and governmental stupidity that 2011 delivered, though it will surely provide a flood of politically-induced comedy.
JANUARY: An enterprising BBC reporter — seeking to prove the practicality of electric cars — drove from London to Edinburgh. The journey took four days — longer than a horse-drawn stage would have taken for the trip 150 years ago — including nine stops of up to ten hours.
(In its first crisis summit of the year, EU leaders declared they would impose Germanic controls on its members’ sovereign debts and toasted each other with large portions of Rémy Martin Louis XIII cognac. Meanwhile, in the first Republican presidential debate, both television viewers cheered when twelve contenders, apparently chosen at random, actually showed up.)
FEBRUARY: Chicago chose as its new mayor former White House chief of staff Rahm Effing Emanuel, who immediately ordered a voter registration drive in the city’s cemeteries. Shortly after that, the “Arab spring training season” began in Egypt. After Secretary of State Hillary said that the Mubarak regime was stable, the Cairo Clubbers traded their top grenade thrower to the Port Said Molotovs for two machine-gunners and a future draft pick.
(In an urgent crisis summit, Eurozone leaders sought to solve Greece’s insolvency by imposing budget rationalization written by Italian PM Silvio Burlesqueoni. Eurozone leaders toasted each other’s wisdom with a tiny sip of Dom Perignon 1975 champagne. Burlesqueoni requisitioned the rest of the bottle for what he called a “bunga-bunga” party, which term had to be translated for the media by Bill Clinton.)
MARCH: In January, Obama had proclaimed France our best and strongest ally. Because the French never forgive a favor, Sarkozy dragged Obama into his war for glory in Libya. Barry called it a “kinetic military action” and cute little Sarah called it a “squirmish.” My blazingly brilliant pal, Andy McCarthy, said that henceforth we should call acts of terrorism “kinetic Islam.” Barry told Congress to stuff its War Powers Resolution because bombing Libya wasn’t a hostile act. Meanwhile, Hillary called Syria’s Bashar Assad a “reformer.”
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Recommended reading via Congressman Allen West’s twitter feed this morning “As I stated yesterday, Obama using Americans misfortunes for political gain- a brilliant OP-ED by Charles Krauthammer”
In the first month of his presidency, Barack Obama averred that if in three years he hadn’t alleviated the nation’s economic pain, he’d be a “one-term proposition.”
When three-quarters of Americans think the country is on the “wrong track” and even Bill Clinton calls the economy “lousy,” how then to run for a second term? Traveling Tuesday to Osawatomie, Kan., site of a famous 1910 Teddy Roosevelt speech, Obama laid out the case.
It seems that he and his policies have nothing to do with the current state of things. Sure, presidents are ordinarily held accountable for economic growth, unemployment, national indebtedness (see Obama, above). But not this time. Responsibility, you see, lies with the rich.
Or, as the philosophers of Zuccotti Park call them, the 1 percent. For Obama, these rich are the ones holding back the 99 percent. The “breathtaking greed of a few” is crushing the middle class. If only the rich paid their “fair share,” the middle class would have a chance. Otherwise, government won’t have enough funds to “invest” in education and innovation, the golden path to the sunny uplands of economic growth and opportunity.
Where to begin? A country spending twice as much per capita on education as it did in 1970 with zero effect on test scores is not underinvesting in education. It’s mis-investing. As for federally directed spending on innovation — like Solyndra? Ethanol? The preposterously subsidized, flammable Chevy Volt?
Our current economic distress is attributable to myriad causes: globalization, expensive high-tech medicine, a huge debt burden, a burst housing bubble largely driven by precisely the egalitarian impulse that Obama is promoting (government aggressively pushing “affordable housing” that turned out to be disastrously unaffordable), an aging population straining the social safety net. Yes, growing inequality is a problem throughout the Western world. But Obama’s pretense that it is the root cause of this sick economy is ridiculous.
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This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” December 7, 2011.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Tonight, Congressman Allen West slaps back at President Obama! He says life ain’t fair. Now, West blasted the president, saying he’s making matters worse for our country already in economic crisis.
And that’s not all. Congressman West is launching an attack on the president on Facebook. He writes, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Obviously, President Barack Hussein Obama believes in a guarantee of happiness and that he, along with his liberal disciples, are the arbiters of fairness. America is about equal opportunity, not the liberal progressive mantra of equal achievement. Nice try, Mr. President, but teleprompters and poll-tested messages do not equal visionary leadership. Sorry. I know that ain’t fair.”
OK, so what provoked Congressman West to write those harsh words? He joins us. Good evening, Congressman. And what a blistering FaceBook posting. What’s up with that?
REP. ALLEN WEST, R-FLA.: Well, first of all, Merry Christmas to you, Greta. And it’s not about being blistering. You know, I grew up in the United States military, and you have to be able to call it as you see it. And I’m very concerned about this very divisive rhetoric that the president is using when he continues to talk about equality and fairness and this thing that I think that is really contrary to the principles that I mentioned as far as life, liberty and pursuit of happiness because the government cannot guarantee happiness.
And if we believe that there are people in Washington, D.C., that are going to be the arbiters and be the ones who are trying to create some type of fairness — we remember FDR talking about a chicken in every pot, or recall all the rhetoric of economic and social justice — then we get away from having the right type of monetary policy, fiscal, policy, tax and regulatory policy that can turn this dismal economic situation around in our country.
VAN SUSTEREN: Is it that we all don’t have a sort of the same definition of fairness, where is it, if I can take from what you say, that fairness should be, you know, the same opportunity — an opportunity to achieve, whereas the president might think that fairness is that, you know, everyone have an education so that everyone can then go on to achieve — is it that it’s simply a difference in definition of fairness, or do you think the president is almost deliberately sinking the ship?
WEST: Well, I think when you listen to the president’s speech where he’s talking about supply-side economics has failed, you know, really, it is his economic policies that have failed. The fact that the president has added $4.4 trillion of new debt, which is more than from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
So I think the thing we have to understand, going back and remembering the great quote from Abraham Lincoln that talked about the two definitions of liberty, where some believe that liberty means a person being able to do with the fruits of their own labor, but then other people believe that liberty means that you can come down to do as you wish with another person’s fruits of their labor.
And in that same word, there is really two different definitions, which is liberty and tyranny, and Lincoln talked about that in 1864.
VAN SUSTEREN: Have you ever had a conversation with the president and just sort of sat down and talked to him and asked him about his ideology and compared yours to his?
WEST: Well, I’d be happy to sit down with the president and talk about the two different ideological bases which we look at. I believe in a constitutional republic. I don’t believe in a bureaucratic nanny state. I don’t believe in manipulating the American people for political gain. I believe we have to be honest with them and tell them the truth. And I don’t think that the president sees it that way.
I think that the president believes that this is about gaining votes. That’s not what I see if we’re going to really get the fiscal situation for America turned around so that we can have better days for our children and grandchildren.
VAN SUSTEREN: Are you able or are you — do you — can you say whether you think the president is helping the country, hurting the country, or maintaining the status quo, in your opinion?
WEST: Well, let’s look at the numbers. Since January of 2009, we’ve seen a 41 percent increase in people that are on food stamps. We’ve seen a 16 percent increase in people on poverty. We see 48.5 percent of America’s now on government aid. We talked about the three years of trillion-dollar- plus deficits and the fact that he’s added $4.4 trillion of new debt.
So I think that he is doing things that are not enabling this country to turn the situation around, but instead, he wants to continue to blame House Republicans. We’ve got about 25 pieces of legislation sitting over in the Senate right now that will help to turn around the job situation in America. As a matter of fact, tonight we just passed another piece of legislation called the REINS Act, which will preclude us up here in Washington, D.C., from having agencies institute regulations that have a major economic impact on our private sector.
VAN SUSTEREN: Who do you at the moment — and I realize a lot can happen, a lot can change, but who do you at the moment of the potential candidates for your party’s nomination do you think is the best candidate, most able to beat the president?
WEST: Well, I’m going to leave that up to the pundits and the pollsters. The most important thing for me right now…
VAN SUSTEREN: But your voice is important. But — I mean, you’re a very influential member…
WEST: Oh, I don’t think I’m that important.
by Mark Baisley on TownHall.com
Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. It is time for the weekly review.
It was a picture-perfect South Florida morning with a nice breeze coming in off the ocean. For the third straight year, I completed the race in 44:04 – just over my 43 minute goal. I carried our beloved American flag as an inspiration for all. See picture here.
I want to wish my Jewish brothers and sisters, here and abroad, “L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu” and pray you had a joyous Rosh Hashanah leading to Yom Kippur.
It has been a whirlwind week. I am pleased to say both the current Chairwoman of the Democrat National Committee and the Vice President have clearly stated, “that we [the Democrats] own the economy.”
I am delighted they are finally admitting what I and the remaining 53% of us ‘fair share-paying” Americans understand: we need to begin reducing the shovel-ready pile of fiscal mess which the liberals are building.
We have a growing debt of $14.6 trilliion, which is not far off double the $8.6 trillion in 2007 when the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and United States Senate.
Not only that, when I gaze upon Mount Debtmore, I find myself becoming rather queasy. It is troubling to me that even as we have built this seemingly insurmountable fiscal morass, there are those who truly believe yet another $447 billion “mini-me” stimulus is the answer.
I am worried that we could possibly be the first generation of Americans to leave less to our children and grandchildren than previous generations.
My stomach turns realizing there are those who truly embrace a philosophy that says government creates jobs and wealth — a failed premise.
Now, my liberal friends are going to say it is all George W. Bush’s fault…however, in eight years, President Bush’s biggest annual deficit was $500 billion in 2008.
In three years under President Barack Obama, we have had deficits of $1.42 trillion, $1.29 trillion, and an estimated $1.5 trillion for 2011- which ended just a couple days ago.
Yes, big government-spending Republicans started us down this road as we offered tax cuts, but grew the federal government. But any reasonable person must confront the truth that a bad situation has been exacerbated to a level of epic proportions, and that makes me sick and should make most Americans sick as well.
Americans are not soft and we are not a “nation of cowards.” Americans are a proud, hard-working, and resilient people who, through our entrepreneurial spirit and determination, have overcome countless obstacles. We are a nation of victors, not victims, and when we have leadership in America that seeks to empower us through encouragement, not enslave us through regulatory obedience,our greatest days lie ahead, not behind.
Next, I want to bid farewell to two traitors who got their proper punishment, Mr. al-Awlaki and Mr. Samir Khan. There are those, to include a couple of GOP Presidential candidates, who believe these dangerous men should have been brought back to the United States for due process. They did get due process- by way of an American Hellfire missile.
Let me be straightforward, any American who decides to become a non-state, non-uniform belligerent on this 21st Century Battlefield and incite insurrection and death upon Americans from a foreign land, deserves a one way ticket to Hell.
We must send a message to radical Islamic terrorists that an attempt to foment homegrown Jihad in America shall not be tolerated. If we need to change laws, then we in the United States Congress should go about doing so. However, I applaud President Barack Obama for placing these enemies on a “Kill or Capture” list and agreeing to the former rather than the latter.
My humble admonition to President Obama is simple, do as President Bill Clinton did- and pivot. Stop doubling down on the divisive rhetoric which threatens our union.
I will not compromise my pragmatic Constitutional conservative principles to anyone who embraces a belief that is anathema to securing our fiscal and national security.
In conclusion, this past week in South Florida we bid farewell to two stellar Floridians: former Governor Claude Kirk and former Broward County Sheriff Nick Navarro. Both of these gentlemen, and I truly mean gentlemen, were very inspirational and encouraging to me in my transition to public service from a military uniform to a suit and tie. May God bring peace to their families.
We shall truly miss them and may God welcome them with open arms and keep the family members who shall carry on their legacy and memory with ”fair winds and following seas.”
Steadfast and Loyal,
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