From the Inbox: Congressman West Statement on South Florida Men Linked to Pakistani Taliban(WASHINGTON)
— Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released the following statement on the news of three South Florida residents charged with funneling money to the Taliban in Pakistan:
“The news that three South Florida residents, including an Imam from Margate, are among six people charged with providing support to the Taliban in Pakistan, is further proof that there are individuals among us aiding and abetting terrorists who want to destroy our way of life. The United States clearly continues to be a prime target. These men were living among South Floridians, worshiping at mosques in our own back yard, and using United States banks to wire money back to terrorist groups.
I commend the men and women of law enforcement who were able to apprehend these suspected terrorists. With the removal of Osama bin Laden, our enemies will only grow more brazen and more committed, not just overseas, but right on our own shores. I call on President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice, and all law enforcement to continue to recognize the seriousness of homegrown terrorism.
The protection of the citizens of this nation will continue to be my prime commitment. We must recognize that a very real, dangerous faction of Islamic extremism exists in our communities. These terrorists are recruiting American citizens, infiltrating our schools and our military, and using our own resources against us.
These terrorists will stop at nothing to kill and destroy us. America must be vigilant and on guard against attacks from the extreme Islamic world and not back down or show weakness to these terrorist groups. We must recognize America’s own soil has now become the center of a new, 21st Century battlefield.”
After voting for the Ryan Plan, which turns Medicare into an under-valued voucher program, Congressman Allen West was honored with the Guardian of Seniors Rights’ award by the 60 Plus Association.
It's easy to guard something when it no longer exists
The self-proclaimed alternative to AARP began running 60-second radio ads in 30 Congressional districts – Allen West included – thanking Republicans for voting for House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, which would phase out the current Medicare program completely for those under 55 years of age. The ads misleadingly assert that the Ryan Plan, which will turn Medicare into a voucher system, will make “no changes for seniors on Medicare now or those who will soon go on it”.
In an award ceremony at the nation’s capital, 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin said “While both programs are running deficits, seniors are not to blame,” Martin emphasized. “After all, we seniors have paid into both all our working lives. We’ve paid our dues but seniors know why deficits face both Medicare and Social Security.”
He continues “On behalf of 7.l million seniors that 60 Plus looks to for support, seniors know you’re in our corner. Congressman West, you have earned our respect and our appreciation. 60 Plus thanks you.”
Allen West has made clear how he feels about Medicare and those other big government evils. We also know how much the seniors in his district responded at his latest town hall.
around minute 8 is where the arrest occurs