A Troubling Development

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


Representative Allan West, a man of integrity that served his country with honor and has been a vocal advocate for limited government, just voted against a proposal to scrap 100 million dollars in funding {part of Obamacare} for school-based health centers.

Representative West voted for the repeal of Obamacare yet he questions the validity of attempting to dismantle Obamacare piece by piece. Especially in light of the reality that the democratic-controlled senate will resist any such measures.

Representative West's spokeswoman gave the following explanation:

West spokeswoman Angela Sachitano said in an email that the congressman “believes there are bigger funding issues to be focusing on right now including the numerous developments in the Middle East, concerning Pakistan and whether there is a link to [Osama bin Laden] and the recent unity agreement with the [Palestinian Authority] and Fatah and Hamas."

He also questioned the House’s continued efforts to dismantle the healthcare law on a piecemeal basis, she said.

“He voted to repeal Obamacare, and it was dead on arrival in the Senate,” Sachitano said. “He questions what the goal is of chipping away like this if it’s almost certain that the Senate is not going to take it up.

Indeed these are valid considerations and measured thought ought to be given to them. However, at the end of the day one must decide whether standing firm on principle is the proper course of action or whether pragmatism is the appropriate and better course. On this issue Rep. West chose pragmatism. To what end remains to be seen.

West has been a strong advocate of cutting spending and has pushed the GOP leadership to be more aggressive in efforts to curtail the profligate spending that began under the stewardship of President G.W. Bush and has greatly accelerated under President B.H. Obama. This is why his decision {vote} on the funding for school-based health centers has GOP leadership puzzled:

“He voted to repeal Obamacare, and it was dead on arrival in the Senate,” Sachitano said. “He questions what the goal is of chipping away like this if it’s almost certain that the Senate is not going to take it up.”

A day earlier, West voted in favor of a GOP bill to strip funds from the state-based insurance exchanges created by the 2010 healthcare law. Sachitano would not say why West supported that bill but not the second measure targeting school health centers.

A frequent speaker at Tea Party rallies, West has pushed the GOP leadership to be more aggressive on cutting spending. His actions this week flummoxed members of the conference, a GOP aide said.

While I can understand Rep. West's argument with respect to the Senate's unlikely willingness to vote a piecemeal dismantling of Obamacare -- the nation's worst legislation of this century -- I am struggling with the following:

The aide said West and his chief of staff were urging Republicans to vote against the health center bill on the grounds that Congress should be solely focused on the conflict in Libya and asserting its constitutional prerogatives under the War Powers Act. The aide said West was “sorely mistaken and is out of step with the rest of his conference.”

Sachitano denied the account and said West had merely informed the whip’s office of his stated reasons for opposing the bill.

West’s district in south Florida includes two applicants for federally-funded school-based health centers: North Broward Health District and the Palm Beach County Health Department. Neither entity returned calls on Friday.

As much as I, and perhaps millions of others would like to believe Rep. West voted on sound and proper ethical principles, this is a troubling development. I am sure most can see why.

Read the full story at The Hill.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum

6 comments:

  1. Great find, Les. This is indeed troubling. I'm going to feature this soon.

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  2. I guess now we're just going to be force-fed school-based health centers. What a total waste of our money...I mean, having health centers in schools? What a dumb idea!

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  3. Wanna pay for it, Jason? Is it Constitutional for the Federal government to be running this? Maybe a better idea is to leave that money in the states and let them each control how they spend it? Never underestimate Washington DC's ability to foul up a good idea, make it cost way more than it should, deliver terrible results, and possibly even make things worse than they already are. We've seen it happen soo many times.

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  4. Interesting, Wes...I think Jason's a troll as his id has no link...

    Great points, too,

    "Washington DC's ability to foul up a good idea, make it cost way more than it should, deliver terrible results, and possibly even make things worse than they already are."

    You mean every single thing that the feds have ever touched?

    nice to see you around ;)

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  5. While West's vote is concerning, The Hill tells only the story of bagging a teaparty fav and not of the courage in particular behind Rep. Dold's vote. I outline the whole story behind The Hill story on my blog if you want to read it in perspective.

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  6. West's statement basically argue that the dems won't co-operate, so I'll just surrender. The man has lost my vote completely because when things got tough, the tough got going.

    As for Jason, so the government runs everything else so well (heck, just look at the post office and it's mainly run by Civilians), it would be a good idea to you to have government run health care. Heck, the states, who ARE empowered by the constitution, can't even run the schools and the Feds made it worse with their mandates, and now you think the FEDS will do better with school based health care? The insanity of the left continues to both amaze and scare me.

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