Rep. Allen West Accuses Obama of Mass Economic Destruction

The lawmaker says the economic future should be bright enough to require sunglasses.

Posted: 04/26/2012 01:57 PM EDT
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As a former Army field artillery officer, Rep. Allen West (R-Florida) reckons he knows a thing or two about weaponry. According to the firebrand Republican, President Obama does, too, but his weapon of choice is the tax code and the nation’s economic engines are his enemies.


“Although he has never served our country in uniform or risked his life to defend its freedoms and liberties on distant shores, it seems President Obama understands a thing or two about weaponry,” West said on the House floor Wednesday evening. “[His] weapon of choice is tax policy, and the enemies are small businesses, investors, entrepreneurs and corporation deemed undesirable”


West said that if the tax code isn’t changed, the nation will be “bombarded with the heavy artillery of the largest tax increase in the nation’s history, causing massive economic injury and destruction.” He also said individuals and businesses facing higher taxes will work less and create fewer jobs, leading to less new revenue. He called the president’s push for fairness disingenuous because certain low-income individuals don’t pay any federal income taxes.


“The American people want a constitutional republic, not a socialist, egalitarian, welfare nanny state,” West concluded. “The American people want an economic future so bright that they will have to wear sunglasses.”



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