Allen West Threatens to Resign from Congressional Black Caucus

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Waters, the California CBC member, before the recession demanded that banks lend to “underrepresented” borrowers — even if the applicant could not come up with a down payment: “We ought to be encouraging our financial institutions to have more products where you have no down payments. When you look at the philosophy behind down payments, it just does not make any sense anymore. There are people who will never have a down payment (saved), who make their rental payments on time, and they would be just fine if they could get a (mortgage).”

Then came the crash. On what does the CBC now blame for the higher-than-national-average black unemployment and the number who face foreclosure? Racism, of course.

“The black community is experiencing a great recession,” said CBC member Frederica Wilson, D-Fla. “And all of the growth in the past 30 years, we see it slipping away. From home ownership, the middle class; it’s slipping away from our hands. And it has a lot to do with … racism.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Carson stood by his tree-hanging comments. “The tea party,” said his spokesman, “is protecting its millionaire and oil company friends while gutting critical services that they know protect the livelihood of African-Americans, as well as Latinos and other disadvantaged minorities. We are talking about child nutrition, job creation, job training, housing assistance and Head Start, and that is just the beginning. A child without basic nutrition, secure housing and quality education has no real chance at a meaningful and productive life.”

Carson is right: A child needs basic nutrition, secure housing and quality education. This is the job of the parents. People have no business breeding if he and she cannot provide these basic needs. The question that Allen West uncomfortably brings up is whether the “anti-poverty” policies endorsed by the CBC, including public welfare, actually encourage bad behavior by subsidizing and rewarding it.

Public policy expert James Q. Wilson said to avoid poverty one must do three things: finish high school, delay marrying until after the age of 20 and marry before having a child. West believes CBC policies create perverse incentives to do the opposite.

Is the CBC rattled by West’s threat to leave to the point of reconsidering some of its policies? Please. “Rep. West,” members will happily say, “don’t let the door hit you on your way out.”

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  • zsqpwxxeh

    Col. West is tired of Maxine and Sheila? Perish the thought!

  • mrbean

    The fact there even is such a thing as racist organization such as the Black Caucas in the Congress of the United States is offensive.

    • Linda Luna


  • John_Kelly

    Allen West has more integrity & character than the rest of the Black Caucus combined.

    Colonel West has a proven track record as he has served America under fire and I sincerely hope that one day this man of courage sits in the White House.

    • upaces88

      Let's wait and see what he does. A Threat is one thing; Action is another.

  • Amused

    Carson was a bit over the top , but the Teabaggers themselves supplied him with the ammo . The monkey drawings, the whole Obama family as monkies or chew-backas , the signs that invariably show up at teabagger rallies , the constant aspersions with what we all know are code words like the neos use ' juice ' for Jews , "non -gentiles " etc . One is racist and the other Bigotry , No Diff . The "innocent " tweets , the the real dullards of the teaparty think no one will get , man just look at some of the comments on this blog …LOL… "basketball players " ,the phony eubonics banter , and all the "thums up they get "rewarded " with .! The Teabaggers must think the rest of the world just fell out of a christmas tree . As do many of you .
    As for West ? Let him "dis-associate himself " , I doubt anyone would care anyway .

    • Ben Kaufman

      Those pictures thay you said were drawn can you offer any proof, because I was at those events and saw nothing of the sort. You're just repeating what Congressional Black communist are tellig you. The CBC also approves of the Nation of Islam a
      very bigoted group.Yes freedon and Independence are bad and Government control is good. Die you insecure control freak.

      • Dennis X

        Not only will I second that I to saw those pictures during t-bagger/ palin rallies but would like to add foxxx refering the ist laby as obama baby momma and the president as drinking forties or his birthday party as a hip-hop party. As for dilbert, don't let the door knob hit ya where the good lord split ya, bye, bye!

  • Amused

    A bunch of little Rush Limbaughs , and what a teacher he is ….as much as he disgusts me , he amuses me , with stuff like "folks of the same shade of melanin " , but what's funnier is the fools that look up to such idiots , and play pretend that they are not hearing or making racist comments .Respect is a two way street , you dont give it , you dont get it . A Very elementary notion . Carson may be a reactionary , but Teabaggers give him the reasons .

    • Linda Luna

      "Teabaggers" I suppose that is not suppose to be challenged?

  • PatriotX

    I’m kind of surprised that an honest and intelligent man like Allen West would join them anyway.

  • Kevin Stroup

    The CBC is a completely racist organization. The only requirement for acceptance is skin color. Racist.

  • upaces88

    I am weary of hearing, "I am an AFRICAN-American." Or, even Asian Americans, etc.?
    Why can't we all be Americans!
    I know that is an old thought but it separates Blacks from Whites, Asians.
    We all have ancestors that came from Europe, and all over the world.
    We need Unity now in the U.S. now more than ever.
    Do they WANT to remain divided American vs. African American?

    • Bamaguje

      A Congressional White Caucus would be racist!!

    • Blackie

      There's NEVER been a united America.

  • Blackie

    Allen West? Dilbert in Technicolor.

    • Elaine

      Blackie, I apologize for posting a reply to you from the wrong place…I could NOT find it.

      When a Military man who is black spills his blood on the battlefield, it isn't a different color. It ts the Blood of any AMERICAN SOLDIER.

      i AM WHITE…I do NOT label myself with White-Indian-Irish American.

      Those that died on 9/11 who were Black were not reported as "an African-American was killed. It was reported AN AMERICAN was killed on 9/11.

  • Elaine

    It is time for the Black People of America to stop beating us over the head with "We were slaves." LONG BEFORE, Africans sold "their own" people into slavery due to tribal wars or criminal activity — The Muslims were taking them as slaves. They neutered the men; and kept the women as sex slaves:
    Slavery in Islam – Answering Islam, A Christian-Muslim Dialog …

    Although Muslims took slaves from all over the lands they conquered, many of the Muslim slaves were black Africans. There were forced …​slavery.htm – Cached