Former Florida Congressman Allen West joined 'On the Record' tonight to weigh in on the continuing budget battle in Washington.  He told Greta Van Susteren that lawmakers are "playing politics" with the American people by not trying to solve the problem with the government shutdown.


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West argued that if Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich could work together to create a budget surplus, reform welfare and Social Security, we should be able to do it today.

"We just found out that 800,000 federal employees were classified as non-essential," West said.  "So what does that say?  It just says that this thing that we call the federal government has grown leaps and bounds out of control."

He contended that everyone has responsibility in this fight. "I believe that the Republicans need to do a better job of articulating policy and what it means in the long term for the American people and for hard working American families out there," West said. 

"I think the Democrats have to get away from this 'playing politics' where they're concerned about 'we want to win back the House, we want to make sure we keep the Senate' so that the president's last two years can be like his first two years.  They've got to come together and understand what's best for the American people, not what's best for their political party."


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