New Year, new beginnings

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Happy New Year folks from the Dallas,Texas area. Yesterday I watched the Florida State-Oregon college football playoff game. There have been some great games. Angela and the girls went back New Years Eve to Florida so they could be at the Outback Bowl. Her nephew plays for Wisconsin who pulled out an exciting OT win against Auburn — Aubrey was texting me the overtime play by play. She is my college football buddy!

Aubrey and Austen are excited about coming to Dallas after they graduate in May. They love the new house and Austen likes Texas Women’s University and University of North Texas. While Aubrey has somehow become fond of Baylor University and just fell in love with Southern Methodist University — a very impressive campus and history, including a presidential library.

As for me, New Years Eve I was invited over to Southern Methodist University for a basketball game — guess who they played — University of South Florida, poetic irony. Moody Coliseum is an impeccable arena for a college basketball game and the Mustangs blew USF off the court. And as is my tradition, I did my New Year’s Day run — and when I awoke, well, I sure wasn’t back in South Florida. It was 34 degrees and raining – but I still did a nice five-mile run through the Oakmont neighborhood in Corinth. Needless to say there was no one else out running. It actually reminded me of some PT mornings in the Army.

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So, it’s Friday the second of January and it’s my first day as the President/CEO of the 31-year-old National Center for Policy Analysis — a new beginning. And there is so very much to consider between tax reform analysis, budgetary system reform, free market healthcare reforms, regulatory and monetary systems reforms, controlling of our mandatory spending programs of the federal budget, energy policies, education opportunity, and of course our national security.

In other words, leading an astute group of research fellows at this time, there won’t be a boring minute. While I was running yesterday morning I just had to laugh at the attempts by certain liberal progressive media outlets to demean my position or this organization. I didn’t realize my comings and goings were so threatening to the left. But then again, when it comes to the desire to destroy, denigrate, and demean, the left is very adept, especially towards black conservatives. Good ol’ Saul Alinsky Rules for Radical number 12.

Regardless, this is a great opportunity to press on towards the restoration of our Constitutional Republic. Yes, you’ll still be able to tune in here for my commentary on current events. I’ll still be contributing to Fox News, and speaking engagements across the country will continue as we heighten the visibility of the NCPA. I’m looking forward to speaking in Lake Charles Louisiana in late February.

So 2015 will be busy and engaging — and exciting. It is nice to be back in Texas. As a young Artillery Lieutenant I remember driving the fellas down to Dallas from Ft. Sill — this place has gotten kinda bigger. And yes, I already have three pairs of cowboy boots — will be getting another pair soon. As for a Stetson hat? Hmm, I don’t know…

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