Allen West to be the CEO of a major think tank
For those of us who hoped Allen West would run for office, that dream looks less likely as it was recently announced he has been named the CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis. West and his family are relocating to Dallas, Texas, where the think tank is based. He will start working in his new role after the first of the year.
The NCPA press release, dated November 7, 2014, reads:
The Board of Directors of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) has named Allen B. West as CEO of the 31-year old nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy think tank. (snip)
“I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to lead one of the country’s preeminent think tanks,” said West. “I have long admired the NCPA’s innovative research in health care, tax reform, entitlements, retirement, energy, environmental and education policy.”
West added, “I believe one of the NCPA’s strengths is that it is not headquartered in Washington, D.C. Working from the nation’s center, I believe the NCPA’s future is that of a leader in economic research as the most trusted policy analysis voice in America – philosophical, principled and policy proficient.”
“It will be policy, not politics that secures a sound economic future for Americans – with growth, opportunity and returning the promise of the American dream for this generation and those to come,” West added. (snip)
Looking ahead to his vision for the NCPA, West said, “We want to align ourselves with the fundamental principle of governance of America as a Constitutional Republic and promote the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual sovereignty and free market economy. We should focus not on party but rather effective and efficient governing policy. We want our message to reach the kitchen tables of the everyday American.”
As West recently wrote on his blog:
My goal is for NCPA to be the preeminent Constitutional Conservative policy analysis entity, not advocacy group. We want to align ourselves with the fundamental principles of governance of America as a Constitutional Republic and promote the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual sovereignty, free market economy, and strong national defense. (snip)
It’s not about attaining political office for me – it’s about a better-engaged and informed electorate regarding the policies that advance America. It is about the oath of office I took many years ago — “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” And NCPA has so blessed me to be a voice that can have an impact on the future of my country. Folks, it just does not get any better than that!
And as Davy Crockett said — y’all know I am a Tennessee Volunteer — “You all can go to hell, I am going to Texas.” Well, ten years later, I get to go back to Texas, the place of my last Army duty station!
Rest assured, I will continue to make my voice heard on this pages, and to each and every one of you, I shall remain Steadfast and Loyal.
And as a little side note for Allen West fans (of which I am one), you might be interested to know that every single candidate his PAC supported in the 2014 election won, except for two races that are currently still too close to call.
Godspeed, Allen West!