Weekly Wrap Up 10/31/11 – Congressman Allen West

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and to all Americans from across this great land, it is time for another weekly update.

It is quite hard to believe how fast this year has gone by, and by the time some of you read this missive, it will be the month of November. I pray all of your children and grandchildren have a safe and fun Halloween.

The thought on the top of my mind as I am writing this is the “Occupy” movement and the liberal progressive mentality towards capitalism in America. The problem in America is not capitalism but rather “crony capitalism” whereby our federal government selects winners and losers by way of subsidies.

As well, we have a federal government which now considers itself as the preeminent “venture capitalist fund” in our country. There can be no doubt that we now see the federal government using taxpayer dollars to fund companies aligned with a certain ideological agenda.

The hypocrisy is therefore obvious.

When I think of capitalism — production, manufacturing, investment, innovation, ingenuity, craftsmanship — I got a firsthand vision of it this past weekend.

The Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is second only to that held in Monaco, and we are working hard to make it second to none. Everyone should know that Fort Lauderdale (with the greater South Florida area) is the marine industry capital of the world.

With all that stated, it was rather odd to have the “Occupy” protestors marching out in front of the boat show. I would have preferred them taking the time to go inside. If they had, they would have seen American craftsmanship and ingenuity at its best. They would have seen the time-honored American tradition of ship building. Yes, America is still a maritime nation!

My question to the protesters is simple, “What would you prefer? We create nothing in our nation and everyone just finds subsistence from the bureaucratic nanny-state?”

As I walked along the floating docks and spent time speaking to vendors and yacht builders, it was easy to get a sense of pride in America. The Boat Show vendors are often family-owned businesses that have existed for years and will be handed down to another generation- that is unless tax policies such as “Estate Taxes” continue to ruin the American dream of building a business and passing it down to their children.

I had the pleasure of touring several of these American-made yachts, truly vessels of impeccable beauty and grace, filled with American components and artistry.

We conducted a Congressional summit on board one of these yachts and I was the only Member of Congress to attend. However, Representative Mario Diaz-Balart did send a staffer.

At the Summit we discussed the concerns of the marine industry. The greatest concerns emanated from the “war” on producers and consumers. Liberals call these producers “ the rich,” and demand they pay their “fair share.” The other concerns discussed at the summit were linked with the over-regulatory environment affecting the industry.

The fear from the marine industry is this war against the private sector and the emphasis on growing bigger government. Government does not create wealth nor jobs.

We must have fiscal, monetary, tax, trade, and regulatory policies, which set the conditions to incentivize and revitalize our free market/free enterprise private sector in America.

The second thought I wish to share with you all is the coming of Veteran’s Day, but this will be a fairly special one. This year we shall witness the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the 11th year. I pray our entire nation pauses at that specific moment for silence.

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of riding with my fellow Veteran bikers. We stopped at the Stand Down House in Lake Worth for Homeless Vets. The fact that we have to have a shelter for Homeless Vets in America is reprehensible. We then stopped at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Palm Beach. At both stops I read a poem, written by American Legion Rider Post 318, Samson A. DeVille, aka Sad Sack, from Port St. Lucie, Florida which I would like to share;

Have They Been Forgotten?

Have they been forgotten? We can’t know what they’ve been through!
They were fighting for our Freedom, and to this Country, they stood true.
They have lost so many Brothers, in lands both near and far.
Have they been forgotten? Do you know, who, they really are?
They fought in countless battles, and they’ve been there till the end. They may have been your Brother, Sister, Father, Son, or Friend.
Let’s not forget the women, who were right there by our side, all fighting for our freedom, with the same great sense of pride.
Many of them still missing, and some, never made it home, so don’t forget to thank them, for the service that they have shown.
They are America’s Veterans, who have fought to keep us free. Have they been forgotten? Is the thought that worries me.

On Veteran’s Day and every day…thank you.

Steadfast and Loyal,


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