Congressman Allen West speaks to FAU students and faculty

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Congressman Allen West talked about economic policy and took student questions in the Barry Kaye Hall on November 10. Photo by Christine Capozziello.

Allison Nielsen

Congressman Allen West talked about economic policy and took student questions in the Barry Kaye Hall on November 10. Photo by Christine Capozziello.

Congressman Allen West (R-FL-22) brought conservative politics to the Barry Kaye Auditorium on Nov 10.

West, whose district encompasses the Palm Beach and Broward coastlines, spoke to around 200 students and faculty about the economy, recently passed bills and the importance of maintaining conservative values in today’s society.

After he was done speaking students and faculty were permitted to ask him questions.

In regards to education, West said he’s against  FCAT and the No Child Left Behind Act. “FCAT isn’t teaching [students],” West said, “It makes you a robot. We need a revamp of education.” West did not elaborate on what that revamp would entail.

When asked about the 2010 healthcare changes, West claimed the plan would increase the size of government substantially by adding 159 new agencies, thus increasing taxes and expanding the bureaucracy.

The Jack Miller Forum (JMF) hosted the event. Earlier this semester, the JMF hosted Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL-19).

“[The Jack Miller Forum] isn’t partisan,” said political science professor Kevin Wagner, a member of the JMF’s advisory committee.“So we wanted to have both [Deutch and West] come by.”

Wagner told the UP that the JMF has invited Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson to speak during spring 2012, but neither have been confirmed as of press time.

West’s wife, Angela West, currently serves on FAU’s Board of Trustees.