Allen West Supports Paul Ryan's Budget Cuts, Gives Hypothetical Critics a Biblical Middle Finger

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​Welcome to another post in our Allen West Fact Party series, in which we take claims made by the District 22 Republican and attempt to figure out whether they have a basis in reality.

Today's Fact Party analysis has plenty of honesty -- the problem, it appears, is in its practicality.

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan released a new budget plan on Tuesday that calls for massive cuts in almost every area of government spending. Congressman Allen West immediately issued a news release supporting it -- and if you have a problem with that, you can shut up.

"Anyone challenging me on my support to this visionary plan to restore our economic security will be signing up for a suicide mission," West wrote on Facebook. "My recommendation to any detractors, read Proverbs 17:28 and heed its advice. It is time for those who understand how to govern, not demagogue."

Don't bother Googling it -- Proverbs 17:28 is "Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue." Harrumph.

West's statement calls the new Ryan budget "a much needed blueprint for how this country goes forward" and says the plan "cuts spending by $5 trillion, while at the same time provides for a strong defense, restores economic freedom, and strengthens health and retirement."

The problem? According to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, it looks like the plan is impossible.

While the CBO noted that it can't really predict the effects of the proscribed reductions in health-care spending, much of the savings are realized elsewhere -- and that's where the most concrete problems lie. The plan calls for all spending not related to social security or health care to be cut by 2050 to 3.75 percent of the country's economic output. For comparison, right now, it's around 12.5 percent. Ryan's cuts make projected deficit numbers look spectacular, but they're just not realistic.

Since World War II, government spending in those areas has never dipped below 8 percent of GDP -- Ryan wants to take that and reduce it by more than half. West had ardently defended military spending and decried cuts to the defense budgets, but Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in 2007 that 4 percent is the "absolute floor" -- for defense spending alone. It hasn't been lower than 3 percent since World War II.

So if we can't cut defense spending and that section of the budget has to fall by billions upon billions of dollars, there's only one place for the rest of it to come out of -- everything else. Veterans' benefits, infrastructure projects, federal agencies, education, student loans -- just make a list of every government program that isn't healing people or killing people and that's what the Ryan plan proposes to shave down to the bone.

So, while West said that "just as every hardworking American family crafts a budget to keep track of its income, expenses, essentials and priorities, the United States government must do the same," the Ryan budget looks to be the equivalent of a family balancing its monthly budget by allowing 30 or 40 cents a month on food and leaving a dime to fill up the gas tank. No wonder the Senate's going to kill the thing.

Below are two reports: The first is Ryan's proposal, the second is the CBO findings on a set of parameters they are clear to say might not necessarily be identical to the proposal.

More Allen West Fact Party analyses:





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antigolfer
antigolfer

He is the House Negro, waiting for his rich white masters to throw him a few scraps.  His also a "useful idiot" for the TeaBaggers and a self-hating Black man.

Rachel Corrie
Rachel Corrie

Any idiot who gets his governing ideas from a stupid book that was written by a bunch of storytelling liars needs to be either shot in the head or locked away in a mental institution, if there any left.

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

I am officially tired of the idiocy that dribbles out of the criminal Wests mouth.  He only gets worse in his daily rantings.  Instead I shall take all political rantings from the homeless guy that walks down the street yelling at cars.At least the homeless guy makes more sense.

FQS9000
FQS9000

Whaddaya know, the democraps announce that all the parasites they are currently feeding require still more money to survive.  Everybody is a victim except the people who are earning money and paying all the taxes, those people are oppressors who need to be taxed more.

Right, that theory will work forever. 

ALLEN WEST MUST GO
ALLEN WEST MUST GO

In case you didn't realize, Republican voters have to pay the price of The Great Extraction too. Banks don't care what party you belong to... If your house is underwater or your child has exorbitant student loans, you can't get off the hook by bringing them your party ID card. They will extract from you just the same.

It is astonishing that you haven't figured that out by now. You must be unable to process the facts because of your emotional attachment to right wing politicians."Daddy" ain't gonna save you when Bank of America comes a-knockin.

nanook5
nanook5

i love his bs slideshows. i remember his first townhall had a slideshow where it showed our nat'l debt in 2080. he can see 70 years into the future!!!

ALLEN WEST MUST GO
ALLEN WEST MUST GO

I'm sure his office would love to hear from everyone: (954) 202-6211

He needs to lose in 2012 by a BIG margin. He has TONS of outside money, so peeps in the 18th district need to get active, get motivated to beat his sorry a$$.

In the 22nd district where he is currently, Adam Hasner is running for the GOP. I don't know who the Dem nominee will be, but Hasner was endorsed by "his friend" Allen West. So we have to make sure Adam Hasner loses too.

Lastly, we really need to clean out the Florida STATE government of the fascist Republicans. One really big race in the FL Senate is Maria Sachs (D) against Ellyn Bogdanoff (R). Bogdanoff has voted in favor of all the fascist GOP bills. She MUST be defeated. Please support Maria Sachs over Bogdanoff in November!

Don't JUST get angry at West's stupid insulting comments. It's time to TAKE IT OUT ON THEM by obliterating them in November. State and Federal elections alike. They all matter. So let's get it done.

Dan Klein
Dan Klein

Don't try to talk to him, he doesn't want to hear you.Just wait untill Nov. and vote the fool out then he won't have to take your opinion into acount.

Hermmot
Hermmot

 "but Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in 2007 that 4 percent is the "absolute floor" -- for defense spending alone."*********************************************************************************************Holy crap! Who knew defense spending requirements were not based on defending us, but on how much money was out there to confiscate by spreading fear and constantly dreaming up weapons systems unneeded and unwanted. Who knew? Me.

Gisele Becker Mgiseleb
Gisele Becker Mgiseleb

Who are the peoples that put that sick dangerous allen west to congress??? 

Wayne
Wayne

Drive by the Target at Oakland Park Blvd. and US 1. The idiots waving signs about socialism and Israel. Those are his base.

Gail Brockman
Gail Brockman

Thanks to the columnist for a fact-based analysis and the documents.  It's easy to get caught up in how West delivers his edicts, and most reporting on the internet focuses on that.  But this time, we get some facts.  

Pixilicious
Pixilicious

Those who disagree with this man will be committing "suicide"?? If a *Democrat* threatened the life of a critic, whaddya suppose the reaction would be?

Sure, being a Black Republican doesn't make you the sharpest tack in the box but, come on, *seriously*?? You're gonna kill me because I disagree with you?? How dumb does one have to be to say such a thing?

Mr. West, we welcome your attempts to silence us. Make our day

Ronald
Ronald

Darn I got all excited with the headlines thought West was considering suicide. Humph. 

Cynthia
Cynthia

I agree with you, I wish I could get through one day withour feeling like I'm in church, I tired of them trying to run the Nation from a book.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Actually, folks, I think we should have at least one Alien West story every day, filled with his typical outrageous, brainless quotes. This way, more and more voters will see his thoughts, be repulsed and disgusted, and thus be motivated to go to the polls and vote against any candidate with an R beside his or her name. Keep it up, Alien. Just keep carrying that water for us, fetchin' boy!

wryawry
wryawry

I'm very pleased to see some rather unrestrained, plain-talking language explaining heart-felt reactions to these certifiably insane repugnant-can'ts. Their collective hubris is staggering, and their rabidly exclusionary belief systems are contemptible.

Johntangier
Johntangier

THE RICH HAVE HAD THEIR WEALTH INCREASE OVER 300%, SERIOUSLY IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES WHEN THE MIDDLE CLASS IS SUFFERING DO THE WEALTHY  NEED MORE TAC CUTS? ALLEN WEST IS A FOOL AND THE SOONER HE IS GONE THE BETTER.

Johntangier
Johntangier

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT YOU CAN JUST SHUT UP, WOW THE EMPEROR HAS SPOKEN.

Robert I. Laitres
Robert I. Laitres

Ah, the "I have spoken" mentality of some.  It never ceases to amaze some of us.  And, in this case, from a person who left the military that proverbial "one step" ahead of a courts-martial or other severe disciplinary action.  Talk about someone having a "God complex".

windy33
windy33

why does allen west act like a nazie in training. and if he truly goes by the bible he needs to read and remember what the good lord said about greed. ALLEN WEST GOD WILL TAKE YOU DOWN

Robert I. Laitres
Robert I. Laitres

Nice to quote the Bible, but if there is a God (most believe there is), one must also accept the fact that he gave people a brain,one that is to be used by that individual and not by others.  Such as Mr. West quite obviously use the Bible as a substitute, wanting the public to just "believe" instead of doing any real independent thinking.  That is what some of us would call "prostituting" religion to materialistic ends.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Proverbs is full of those quotes too: "An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. (18:1-2)

Davegstein
Davegstein

I love the smell of political suicide in the morning.Keep it coming,GOP...

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

 I understand your angst, but I look forward to his inane rants, since they will be the bullets needed to unelect his smarmy ass come November. Self incrimination will be his downfall. It may be close, but I suspect there are not enough morons to re elect him.

Barbara Blumlo
Barbara Blumlo

 He lost his district to new redistricting. The Refubs don't even want him. He's a loose cannon that was forced out of the military for war crimes.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrggghhhh. Paul Ryan needs to get back his old Weinermobile driving job with Oscar Meyer. He is not suited to be an economic advisor.

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