Allen West: Where Was Your Leadership in Opposing the Payroll Tax Deal?

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Rep. Allen West
Whenever we point out the quirks of Rep. Allen West, there's always some dissent from his fans. In his defense, his supporters typically point out the leadership quality they see in the congressman.

West was given a chance to be a leader this past week, as he's opposed the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut from the get-go.

When it was thought that there would be a vote on the issue, West issued a statement affirming that he'd vote against what he's called a "short term fix."

"I will not be voting for this short term fix when it comes to the floor of the House of Representatives," West said on December 17. "I will only vote to reaffirm the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act as passed by the House of Representatives."

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday, that payroll tax extension passed in the House by unanimous consent.

The House Committee on Rules says anyone can object to a request for unanimous consent, which would have essentially forced a vote in this situation.

By not objecting, West became part of that unanimity -- all he offered was a Facebook post stating that he still wasn't on board with what he and his fellow representatives consented to:

The conference lasted less than 15 minutes and we were not allowed to ask questions. We were told that by unanimous consent the House will pass the Senate Amendment with a correction to the new payroll reporting procedures. Harry Reid agreed to appoint conferees but we were not told any timeline for this move.

I cannot support this, but it seems the politics of demagoguery have won over policy and principle with the concession to enact tax policy on two-month basis.

This is a sad day for America and further evidences our continuing decline. Men and women of principle are become a dying breed in this Republic...

If West were the leader he swears to be, he would've brought the Democrats and the Republicans to the House floor to vote on the matter.

Instead, we're left with more ramblings out of the megaphone from South Florida.


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maxie.orlandoes
maxie.orlandoes

We should ask every politician with this question. I wonder how they will respond and if they can answer it very well.

-Maxie O.

teinya.pheillis
teinya.pheillis

If I were him, I will not vote for that short term fix as well. I really admire that guy because of his good traits especially his leadership quality as well.

-Teinya P.

Morris Victor
Morris Victor

i generally do not support abortion, but in his mothers case, i would have consented.

Rjones
Rjones

LTC (R) West knew what was coming, that this was being paid for by homebuyers. Whomever wrote the bill figured they could get a few more dollars out of a reliable source, the homebuyer. Now we find out that the money is going to the general fund, and all it really means is that the payroll taxes collected for programs will not be replaced. If Anything, Mr West should be congratulated for speaking up.

Artillery adds dignity, to what would otherwise be an ugly brawl

James
James

Wow, look atthe racism here from "progressives", hating Allen West because he isa black man. Maybe he took a page from Obama’s leadership manual on this issue?Oh wait, Obama would have gone golfing while someone on his staff would havemade a tepid statement. For those crying that he is somehow against middleclass tax cuts. He was against a simple two month extension, favoring a longerteam solution. How is that against middle class tax cuts? What are you going todo with that $20.00 you are getting? Are you happy with a simple two monthextension that will cause more issues as this fight will now resume again thismonth.

If Allen Westdid object and force this to a floor vote, the author here would have attackedhim for it, as the measure would have passed anyway. The same people here wouldbe insulting him; making charges that he wasted people’s time and money byforcing this floor vote. There is nothing he can do that won’t have the authorand the rest in this echo chamber screaming at him.

riverrat69
riverrat69

I hope you are reading the posts on here Allen you asshole. No one has come to your defense you hypocritical teabagger. And you should know deep down what they call you behind your back, and it starts with a capital N.

Ethan Oringel
Ethan Oringel

Everything that comes out of his mouth is an insult or a bullying tactic. Sick of it!

ALLEN WEST MUST GO!!!!!!!

facebook (dot) com/groups/325005804195316/

(replace the (dot) with a period)

Ethan Oringel
Ethan Oringel

All he does is rant and insult. It is daily at this point. He is a disgrace. Everyone in Allen West's district (FL-22), please vote him out! If you are like me and live in FL-22 (along the coast from West Palm Beach down to FtL), please join my group "ALLEN WEST MUST GO 2012":

www.facebook.com/groups/325005...

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Yet as I recall he was all for maintaining cuts for the rich.  So he would oppose cuts that effect the majority of Americans but is perfectly okay with the ones that effect the wealthy?  Wonder what the tea baggers would think about that, let alone the rest of the poor and middle class (fancy word for poor lately)?  Yeah this might just be the straw that broke the camels back.  And proof that the criminal West is two faced as hell.

riverrat69
riverrat69

Can West at least give us a full weeks rest from his next self serving  statement?

Jessica
Jessica

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KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Now West can actually say, when the campaigning rhetoric gets hot and heavy next year, that he did not vote to kill the "payroll tax cut " extension. See how that works? Cozying up to the common man.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

If the voters in this carpetbagger's district have been paying attention for the past year, it won't matter what Mr. West says in the campaign. Come January of 2013, he can go back to starring in Planet of the Apes movies, where he belongs.

Democrats are Racist...
Democrats are Racist...

Lifelong "Ku Klux Klan" Dem - Aahh, the racist democraps come out of the woodwork...!!! LMAO!! The only carpetbagger is your mooslem messiah obama, he will be shown the back door when his time comes in January 2013, it can't come soon enough...Our Liar-in-Chief(obama) has turned the U.S. into a cesspool of corrupt Attorney Generals(Holder and his regime), lying Congressmen & Women(Reid, Pelosi, Wasserman Shitz, Frank, etc) and blacks against whites...!! He has divided this country like no President in our history, he is a clear and present danger to our future. Any person who votes for obama because he's black IS a racist, that's just a fact that you can't deny...Guess we have a lot of racists in our country!!

Morris Victor
Morris Victor

sooo...before PRESIDENT OBAMA America was utopia???rriiiiggghhhhhttttt... 

Joel Valez Stokes
Joel Valez Stokes

It's not this President...it's so-called American's like you that are supposedly outraged because the current admin. is not competent. But we all know it's your own blatant racism  and bias because a black man is not at the helm!

All the President's before Obama were perfect and you did not protest there term in office, naaaah it's because you finally realized a black man is the Prez and oh no we cannot have that!

Gopweakling
Gopweakling

Just another "principled" Republican.

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