Five Lies Allen West Told on Mark Levin's Radio Show Friday Night

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3. Communists in Congress tried to amend the Constitution to "redistribute wealth."
The lie: "They wanted a constitutional amendment to redistribute wealth. That was H.J. Resolution 34. But most of them voted against the balanced budget amendment," West said.

The truth: Well, let's take a look at H.J. Resolution 34. It was most recently proposed in May 2009 -- West wasn't even in Congress yet, because he'd lost the 2008 election by almost 10 percentage points.

Now, who is this "they" that he's talking about? It can't be the Progressive Caucus. West said "they wanted" an amendment, but the last time it was proposed, it had no cosponsors. It was proposed, and there it stopped. It was never voted on -- not even in committee. In a House that was controlled by Democrats, working next door to a Senate that was controlled by Democrats, sending legislation to a White House controlled by a Democrat. No one -- communist or not -- cast a single vote in favor of it.

How about the actual resolution? What dastardly provisions does it contain? Ah, well, not many. It's four paragraphs long, and the actual amendment reads:
The Congress of the United States shall tax all persons progressively in proportion to the income which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the United States.
That's the whole thing. It was a broad, nonspecific constitutional endorsement of a generically progressive tax system -- essentially the only federal income tax system this country has ever had. If that's redistributing wealth, then it wouldn't have taken a constitutional amendment to do it: We've had a progressive tax system in place every year for 100 years running.

The bill was proposed by Democratic Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who has been proposing constitutional amendments (including this one) all over the place for quite a while now. He hasn't gotten one passed, presumably because they are silly.

As for the balanced budget amendment, West is taking disconnected facts and calling them socialism. Yes, 67 of the "no" votes on the balanced budget amendment came from members of the Progressive Caucus. But there were 98 other "no" votes, including Republican budget king Paul Ryan -- are all those people communists too?

West also didn't mention H.J. Resolution 87, which was another of the many proposals for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. That one was cosponsored by Reps. Jared Polis and David Cicilline, members -- you guessed it -- of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

4. West doesn't "hold anything against" the rotten, horrible communists in Congress.
The lie: "These are individuals who really do have principles that are really counter to the fundamental principles of this constitutional republic. Now, I don't hold anything against them if that's what they believe in, but don't get mad at me because I brought it up to the American people, 'cause I thought we were supposed to be transparent."

The truth: West asserting that he doesn't "hold anything against" progressives is the most laughable fabrication of the entire interview -- he's made a political career out of holding things against them and of making money off people who feel the same way.

Here are a few quotes from West about the progressive movement, and you can decide for yourself whether the guy holds anything against them:

-- West said last year that Obama was a "low-level socialist agitator" whose "Marxist demagogic rhetoric" revealed a "Third World dictator-like arrogance."

-- He told fellow Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, to "shut the heck up" and wrote in an email that she was "the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives... You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!"

-- At a Lincoln Day dinner earlier this year (in which he misquoted Abraham Lincoln), he said "the history of the Democrat Party is all about slavery, succession, segregation, and today it's about socialism." He then told Democratic leadership, including "my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee," to "get the hell out of the United States of America. Yeah, I said hell."

-- When his chief of staff, Joyce Kaufman, stepped down a week after she was hired because people pointed out she's a hateful, violence-peddling wack jobWest responded by saying he was "even more focused that this liberal, progressive, socialist agenda, this left-wing, vile, vicious, despicable machine that's out there is soundly brought to its knees."

A summary: For years, West swung his big wooden adjective-hammer at anybody who has a little D next to his (or, more frequently, her) name. But on Friday, suddenly, he doesn't "hold anything against them"; he's just trying to be transparent. Maybe he's had a change of heart?

5. A progressive tax plan is socialist.
The lie: "They wanted to have higher taxes on those deemed by themselves, as the government, as earning too much, and that was H.R. 1124. These are individuals who really do have principles that are really counter to the fundamental principles of this constitutional republic."

The truth: H.R. 1124 is another bill that's a total nonissue. It was referred to committee in March 2011; then nothing happened with it. West knows it was a nonissue because he knows how hard it is to get a bill signed: He's currently batting 0-for-9, according to GovTrack, with only one bill that even got voted on in committee.

And supporting higher taxes for people who are "earning too much"? West is describing the U.S. tax code. Support of higher tax rates for those making more money is not unique to the Progressive Caucus, because that's how American income taxes have worked for 150 years.

Exactly 150 years, as it were -- the first federal income taxes were collected by the Revenue Act of 1861, which was a flat tax. But it was repealed within a year, when the progressive system of the Revenue Act of 1862 was signed into law by -- oh lord -- Abraham Lincoln, as a temporary measure to help pay for the Civil War. People who made more money paid a higher rate, and there was no special rate for capital gains.

(Though if we're going on a commie hunt, Lincoln's up for some suspicion -- his assistant secretary of war was previously one of Karl Marx's editors when Marx wrote for the New York Daily Tribune. To think, we put that asshole on the penny.)
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More like "IN MARX WE TRUST," amiright?
Legal wrangling after that made subsequent income taxes tricky until 1913, when the 16th Amendment was ratified. After that, the federal income tax came back to stay -- at the time, with seven tax brackets, each one prescribing a higher rate for higher income. Again, there was no exception for capital gains.

Fast-forward to today, when tax rates on income earned from investments are arranged in a way that the wealthy people making significant money from them are paying lower tax rates than the regular Joes who make their money from paychecks.

The suggestion from the left (and, uh, middle) is that if you make more money, you should pay a higher tax rate, regardless of what fancy ways you used to make the money. It's not socialist; it's the principle behind the only system we've ever used.

Obama's branded this modification the "Buffett Rule," and it would adjust the minimum effective tax rate on people making more than a million dollars a year. The Republican line is that it's a hit to "job creators," because that's their newest euphemism for "rich folk." But this isn't a rule for average rich folk -- it wouldn't affect some guy whose air-conditioner business took off and now he's got a nice car. West loyally defends small-business owners whenever he's got the chance, but this isn't a modification for the top 5 percent of earners or the top 1 percent of earners -- this rule would affect fewer than 0.3 percent of Americans.

RNC Chair Reince Priebus said Sunday that the Buffett Rule was a "tiny alteration" and said it wouldn't put a substantial dent in federal deficits. But it's still good enough for West to use it as evidence of creeping socialism?

West said on Friday that it's just "just smoke and mirrors for [Obama] to be the arbiter of fairness," but, as it's been pointed out ad nauseum, only 37 percent of Americans are against the rule, possibly due to the fact that it doesn't change anything for the poorest 99.7 percent of Americans.

In addition, what's so wrong with the president wanting to be an arbiter of fairness? Ronald "Republican Jesus" Reagan didn't have a problem with making people "pay their fair share" when he raised the capital gains tax in 1986. We don't remember him as a Marxist commie progressive dunderhead, because progressive taxation doesn't make you a Marxist commie progressive dunderhead.

And then, at the end of this ridiculous diatribe, this comical, embarrassing failure to back up hyperbolic and irresponsible statements, how did Levin respond?

"Isn't it amazing when you speak the truth, how much hell you take for it?" he said. "I wanna come down there and help you raise some bucks one night."

Levin then wrapped up the show by extolling the virtues of Gold Line, that charming little company under investigation on charges that it rips off ignorant people who think novelty coins are a solid investment.

In any case, Congressman West, I'm sorry you don't think I do my research. I hope this helps.




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38 comments
Garage door Plantation
Garage door Plantation

Thank you for the sensible critique. I and my neighbor were just preparing to do alittle research about this.

E t
E t

What the Mr. West lie about? on been black.? you can tell he's proud to be a white Republican..

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

"it's wrong, and West, a former history teacher,"

Say what? 

FQS9000
FQS9000

We jes be a hatin dat fool West.  He be black and he don be a loving the Democraps.  He be such a uncle tom niggra.  All good ole liberals, progressives, democraps, commies must be a hatin him or dey havta turn in der copy of kumbaya an no more welfare for dem.

Joel Valez Stokes
Joel Valez Stokes

I want to know...who are the "Knuckleheads" that voted West into office?

HockeyDadMn
HockeyDadMn

The media want to bury this story or any mention of Marxism, socialism or communism. It is sad how many people immediately discredit anyone that mentions communism. Why isn't this being seriously discussed? What are the hiding behind the illusion that communism doesn't exist in the USA?

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

I hope those in the district the criminal West is running to know about his politics.  He is all about making everyone who cant afford it to pay all the taxes while leaving those poor rich folk free of such burdens so they can "create jobs".  I wonder if he has noticed that after all these decades of protecting the rich has actually started this country on the slide to a third world nation?  Course that could be his plan all along, so he can attempt to regain his former and disgraced military career. 

RESTLESS TONGUE
RESTLESS TONGUE

West's mantra:  IF YOU CAN'T DAZZLE 'EM WITH RHETORIC, BAFFLE 'EM WITH BULLS**T!!

Connie_shelp
Connie_shelp

Sounds to me like you the writer is being fellated by someone. Saying there are 80 communists in congress doesn't scare us out here in the country. It really does not surprise us. Why would it? We have a third world tin horn dictator wanna be in the white house. So save your snarky articles. We love Alan West mainly for how well he shuts down Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz, you know the hag that looks like a guppy with nappy hair? How about you amatuer journalists focus on the real gaffe master, the dumbest man alive, Joe Biteme?

nanook5
nanook5

 of course communism exists in the usa. the idea our politicians are secret muslims or communists always has and always has been a distraction; they are merely criminals.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

"Why isn't this being seriously discussed?"

Because it is not a serious thought; it is the thought of a batshit colonel who may have been hit with too much shrapnel.....or a hockey puck.   

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

 It is highly dubious that any communism is present in this senate or house.  And definitely not in the executive branch.  There is no evidence of it and it is HIGHLY unlikely for the voters to elect any such people into office.  While there may be some fringe groups out there, they do not operate inside our government.  If there was, we would know about it.  Yet, there is no evidence of any such things.The criminal West, as well as HockeyDad, are either paranoid, or very misinformed.  It would be more believable if there were aliens secretly running the planet from Area 51.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Bury it? This is the longest story I've written on this blog. I'm not discrediting West because he mentioned communism, I'm discrediting him because he's lying.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

 What happened? You vanished. Witness protection program?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Fuck you Matt Hendley.  You and the rest of your latte loving Arizonians.

On a side note, say hello to Kelly (Bartender) at the Phoenician.  See if they finally repaired that mirror I broke.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

If there was any credibility to your contribution on this topic, it was washed away with the childish attempt of substituting actual names with deprecating nicknames, i.e. "Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz", "Joe Biteme". Really? You are not alone since most posters of your ilk have developed the same ritual. I suspect these monikers are handed out at the TP gatherings.

Kill-lefty
Kill-lefty

Ah excuse me but what planet are you living on? Let me see here- Debbie waserman-Schultz , the bearded Marxist- Bernard west, Obama, Pelosi, the gay caballero- who speaks like Barney rubble-Barney Frank, etc,etc,etc.... Your clueless.

Original1
Original1

No Abdill, you are making shit-up and you just don't like hearing the truth! Plus, you have a small chip on your shoulder because you can get a job as a real journalist you just parrot the other shit you hear/read.You are a unoriginal piece of garbage and it's time you consider a new line of work like maybe teaching Marxist history in Red China.

Johncoctoasten
Johncoctoasten

Rich, you are either a ignorant fool or your head is stuck up Hendly's ass but most likely your just just another Marxist that should move to Siberia.... You leftists make me sick. If things keep moving left in this country were all screwed and your life may be on the line the..

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Close -- he moved to Phoenix. The comments program won't let me post links, but he's the news blogger at Phoenix New Times.

Matthew Hendley
Matthew Hendley

A semi-legitimate reason to get loaded at the Phoenician? If I have to...

Rastas
Rastas

Chaz Stevens = Perez Hilton

Aaron Byron
Aaron Byron

dont forget the race buzzword nappy hair

Bebep
Bebep

I'm gonna repeat a word like you guys and that is going to be my argument.

You are now traitors.

Bebep
Bebep

Nice TRAITOR logic!

nanook5
nanook5

 i sure haven't. i assume you meant bernie sanders? surely if communist politicians are such a dire threat i wouldn't have to help make your argument for you...

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

 Amusing thing is, when I entered that name into a search engine, guess who shoes up?  The criminal West, your all time favorite right fright wing lunatic.

E t
E t

I go alone with the rest you are a liar traitor..and stop  listening  to Radio Mambi.pls it can mess up your brain...

Bebep
Bebep

You're making shit up TRAITOR!

You obviously don't love AMERICA!! TRAITORS!!

nanook5
nanook5

i seriously doubt chinese schools teach much marxist history. maoism is very far removed from marxism and the chinese government doesn't really even practice that anymore. then again, our public schools still teaches us that our government operates on the foundations of the constitution today. hrrm.

Bebep
Bebep

TRAITOR RHETORIC!

Stop hating America!

nanook5
nanook5

things keep moving left in this country? please explain.

Mlevinrules
Mlevinrules

2nd that opinion but firmly agree your a Marxist with your head up hHendly's ass..

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