Israel, foreign policy, deficits draw Rep. Westmoreland’s attention

3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-Grantville) speaks to the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-3rd District) had a foreign policy question for members of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in Fayetteville May 20.

“How do others look at us?” Westmoreland asked, narrowing the focus of the international perspective to Israel in conjunction with the statements by President Obama that Israel’s borders be set like they were prior to the 1967 war.

“Will we be a strong ally for Israel, our most reliable ally? The Golan Heights (the high ground in the West Bank) provide a clear view of Israel,” the Grantville congressman said.

Broadening his focus and assessing the Obama administration’s perspectives and inclinations pertaining to world events and America’s place in those affairs, Westmoreland said, “I think the entire world is confused about what our foreign policy is.”

Moving to domestic issues and the continuing resolution to keep the federal government running, Westmoreland noted that the Democrats last year never passed the deficit-ridden Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

“I figured (Democrats) would pass the budget after the November elections but they didn’t,” Westmoreland said. “I think the Democrats made a conscious decision not to pass it, thinking Republicans would shut government down.”

As for the increasing debt ceiling, the Congressman said, “We’re robbing our future generations,” adding that the Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling another $2 trillion.

“We need to prioritize spending, then we will find out what’s the non-essential part of what we’re doing. Will Obama do that? I don’t know,” said Westmoreland. “The Democrats will extract as much political capital as they can.”

What is certain, Westmoreland said, is that Congress must get a handle on entitlements such as Social Security and Medicaid.

“Republicans are telling the truth and some people don’t like it,” he said of the calls by Republicans to revamp programs like Social Security and address the recessionary economy. “Some people say ‘raise taxes’ but we’ve got to stop the bleeding first, then worry about the revenue. I don’t think we’ve got a revenue problem, we’ve got a spending problem.”

Citing Medicaid as an example, Westmoreland said the federal program was originally intended to assist the “sickest of the sick and the poorest of the poor.” Many states today have expanded the program so much that they are running out of money, he said.

“So give the states a block grant. I think that makes more sense,” said Westmoreland, noting that such a move would likely spur innovative approaches and a more viable methodology in addressing the issues surrounding Medicaid.

And citing the business climate across the country, Westmoreland said small businesses need certainty.

“Our job (in Congress) is to bring certainty and stability and confidence to the American people,” Westmoreland said, again broadening his comments while challenging Democrats to step up to the plate of public accountability.

Turning again to the economy and the national debt, Westmoreland responded to those audience questions saying, “It’s like an aircraft carrier. We can’t turn our debt on a dime. (Republicans) are trying to do it in a reasonable way and in an organized manner. What scares me is that I don’t know what the next Congress will do, so we’re trying to develop an economic roadmap that the next Congress will follow.”

Westmoreland in his remarks covered a wide-ranging number of topics that included foreign policy to the national debt and entitlement programs to Congressional accountability.

Westmoreland in a portion of his comments centered on America’s standing in the world and the actions of the Obama administration that sometimes tend to downplay the significance of the nation’s treaties with our allies and underscore the technological capability that is held by the world’s only remaining superpower. Whether in the conflict areas of central Asia such as in the recent raid that killed Osama bin Laden, in the Middle East or elsewhere, America’s technology and weapons systems provide the edge in the world, he said.

JeffC's picture
Joined: 04/21/2006
Westmoreland and foreign policy

It's not surprising that Congressman Westmoreland has sided with Netanyahu against the United States, but let us not forget recent history.

Ehud Olmert, Netanyahu’s predecessor, said in a speech to the Israeli Knesset in 2008: “We must give up Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem and return to the core of the territory that is the State of Israel prior to 1967, with minor corrections dictated by the reality created since then.”

George W. Bush in 2008: “I believe that any peace agreement between them will require mutually agreed adjustments to the armistice lines of 1949 to reflect current realities and to ensure that the Palestinian state is viable and contiguous.”

Here is a joint statement issued by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Netanyahu himself on Nov. 11, 2010: “The United States believes that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”

Although the Republicans delight in the disrespect shown to the President, the Israelis know the real situation:

Israelis See Netanyahu Trip as Diplomatic Failure

What would be interesting would be for our Congressman to tell us what his expectations are after the UN vote in September declaring Palestine a state.

suggarfoot's picture
Joined: 10/10/2007
????? Social Security running our country into the ground?

"What is certain, Westmoreland said, is that Congress must get a handle on entitlements such as Social Security and Medicaid."

The little old ladies that worked 40 years and paid into the social security system are not the "entitlements" that the government need to 'get a handle on'. It is the government itself!

The truth is they have borrowed/stole money from SS to give money to countries like Israel in federal aid.

I'm sorry, our little old ladies that put the money into the system need it much more than the goldilocks Jews that won't give up the territory they have taken.

We are giving aid to a country that looks down on us. Did you know that the flt attendants that work the TLV flight are asked by the goldilocks Jews if they are on their period? How disgusting! It seems that the goyes (us Christians)serving their food to them is repulsive, a woman on their period is a double whammy. They look at us as 2nd class people, yet our government gives them our hard earned money!

maximus's picture
Joined: 03/03/2007
So it's all the Jews' fault, sugarfoot?

You got one thing partly right in your insane post - the leeches in Washington have spent the entire social security "trust fund". There's not a dime in it, and all the libtards want to keep sending them more and more money to squander.

roundabout's picture
Joined: 01/01/2011

I thought Bush spent it on two wars over 9 years!

Do you really think that there should be trillions of cash in a big box somewhere that the monthly checks for Social Security are taken?

Like all cash money, it is invested so as to supply more income. The government happens to be paying a nice interest rate on some of that money!

Do you think Wells Fargo (or your bank) has your cash in a box or you?

Political talk!

Do you know if Jewish women have periods and can't serve food---as you said about the insane comment above you?

Do the Muslims also think this? Thought you might know!

maximus's picture
Joined: 03/03/2007
Speaking of insane posts...

The government is paying a nice interest rate on that money? The government is doing nothing but promising that future taxpayers will make good on the pile of IOUs.

And there was nothing there but IOUs when Bush took over.

roundabout's picture
Joined: 01/01/2011
Earn no interest, huh?

Then why dos the budget show that it is paid?

I'm afraid you know not of what you speak?

Actually, don't feel badly, most citizens know nothing of high finance!

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