From my email, WEST’S WEEKLY WRAP-UP

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is time for my recap of the final week of the summer constituent work period. If you all have been following our weekly updates, you can easily determine this was not a “recess” for us. This final week has proven to truly set the stage for our return to Capitol Hill and get us back focused on rectifying the horrific economic situation in which we find our America.

Friday, we received the news that there was not one new net job created in the United States of America. In other words, we have stagnated the investment, innovation, and ingenuity of the entrepreneurial spirit that has made our nation a leader in free market and private sector growth.

Somehow in three short years, we have taken a bad situation and exacerbated it to epic proportions. It is not just the debt and deficits which have grown to astronomical proportions in these years, but now we face something which is a complete anathema to our principles- an attitude towards business which is completely anti-growth.

Previously, we have discussed the over-regulatory environment emanating from Washington and this Obama Administration. It has been evidenced in the nearly 600 new regulations issued in the month of July, with an estimated compliance cost of $10 billion.

We have heard enough about “investing” in green energy jobs. This is evidenced in a green energy company, Solyndra, praised a year ago by President Obama as a model green energy company in California, just announcing bankruptcy. Solyndra was a recipient of stimulus finding, one of the top 5 “green energy” companies.

We even have the Obama administration now attempting to “manage expectations” by hinting that unemployment may not be down below 9% within the year. The difference here is that we have a President who is unwilling to admit his economic policies have failed, and it is time to pivot in a completely different direction…a lesson he could learn from former President Bill Clinton.

Therefore, what is the purpose of the speech next week on the grand jobs plan which we have been waiting for with baited breath since the Big Black Bus tour? We have sat and counted the days and hours until the speech while the President relaxed in Martha’s Vineyard, truly a place representative of America.

What will be the purpose of this address, since the President wants all of Congress to sit attentively? Will we finally receive a written plan, or must we again seek to “score” or evaluate another speech? One thing that has already been declared is that after the speech on Thursday, the President will be heading back to the White House to begin working to resolve this situation. Actually, no, he will go back out on the campaign trail Friday.

The question is, will he take the taxpayer-funded private jet or the Big Black Bus?

It seems my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus have been reading Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, and are seeking to apply his Rule #13 tactic. This baseless attack upon the constitutional conservative grassroots movement called the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party has reached a new low of unreasonable desperation.

What person would not agree with the principles of efficient and constitutional limited government, fiscal responsibility, national security, and free market/free enterprise? It appears Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson along with Congressman Andre Carson do not.

Perhaps my colleagues, who were out this past month across America conducting “job fairs,” should closely examine failed economic, monetary, tax, and regulatory policies emanating from this current Obama Administration, rather than point fingers.

And oh, by the way, while the CBC was out conducting these “job fairs” the unemployment rate for black Americans rose from 15.9% to 16.7%.

That is why, as the only Conservative member of the CBC, I will meet with Chairman Cleaver to compare lessons learned on what small business owners, corporate leaders, and chambers of commerce members told me about revitalizing our economic and job growth. The objective solutions I was given from my constituents after visiting dozens of small businesses and their employees this month are far superior and results-oriented.

In conclusion, I wish you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and my thoughts, prayers, and condolences to those who have had to contend with the flooding in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont, as well as across the Gulf States of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Steadfast and Loyal,


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