Skip to comments.IN THIS ECONOMIC MELTDOWN, WHERE IS STEVE FORBES?
Posted on 07/06/2009 6:59:32 PM PDT by RED SOUTH
(Washington, D.C., July 6, 2009) -- As I traveled throughout the U.S. on my recent book tour, I kept running into people who would ask me, "Where is Steve Forbes? The economy is melting down. We need his economic expertise right now."
I couldn't agree more. Steve's message in the 1990s of free market ways to create hope, growth and opportunity at home and abroad may have seemed too bold to the GOP establishment at the time. But it's desperately needed today. His plan to scrap the corrupting federal tax code - "We need to take the tax code and kill it, drive a stake through it's heart, bury it, and hope it never rises again to terrorize the American people" - and replace it with a simple flat tax that's a real tax cut for American families and businesses is the right prescription for the the mess we're now in.
Steve was passionate about eliminating wasteful government spending, and eliminating pork barrel earmarks and ridiculous corporate welfare schemes. He had serious plans to advance market-based health care reforms where individuals and families get to choose their doctors, and market-based education reforms so that parents could choose the right schools for their children. In foreign policy, Steve was a strong proponent of missile defenses, and recognized the threat Russia and Iran were becoming before many others in Washington did.
The problem is that few in Washington today seem to believe in such bold, dynamic reforms, or have the courage to advance them. I certainly don't hear any of the potential 2012 presidential candidates proposing such sweeping reforms to counter the President's plan to rack up another $10 trillion in debt and socialize much of the American economy, notably the health care sector.
As troubling, few are demonstrating Steve's understanding of global trends and threats or insisting on missile defenses or a tougher stance towards Russia and Iran. Indeed, the biggest news the GOP makes these days are by politicians who have marital affairs and should resign but don't, and successful governors who shouldn't resign but do. What's wrong with these people and this party?
Finally off the road from my book tour, I finally called Steve last week to catch up. The good news: he hasn't disappeared. To the contrary, he's spent the last few months working on a fabulous new book, Power, Ambition and Glory: The Stunning Parallels Between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today . . . and the Lessons You Can Learn.
Last month, Steve embarked on a national media tour. He's talking about the lessons we can learn from history's most effective and provocative leaders and how we can apply those lessons to the challenges we face today. This week, the book hit the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best-seller list at #30. I hope it climbs much higher.
Nope. He’d come in behind Bob Dole.
Forbes and the fairtax? Sounds good to me!
Steve Forbes is a bright guy and would certainly know better how to deal with the economy. That said, whoever is elected President in 2012 will need to have personal charisma. Steve has all the charisma of a bowl of oatmeal.
Hunter/DeMint 2012. Accept no substitutes. Forbes can be Sec of Treasury
You are right on all counts.
Get a clue!!!
Maybe for Sec Treas. but not POTUS.
Folks, we need more than a CEO in the White House. We also need a MORAL PERSON as our chief executive.
One that is not afraid to call evil “evil”. One that is concerned with re-establishing the CONSTITUTION as our guide. One that is smart enough to know they aren’t the smartest person about everything, but can also find other moral, wise leaders to help them.
Morality is necessary, but not sufficient. We also need a wise person—so a CEO mentality is good, but not the only thing needed.
I’d prefer Teve Torbes.
He has a musky, Victor-Mature-like scent.
I was a delegate for Steve Forbes.
I don’t vote on charisma.
Why wait until 2012? Insist that 0bama appoint some credible economic advisors and follow their advice NOW.
We need BOTH!!!
If America were simply an economy, sure. Fortunately we are far more than an economy.
I’m sorry, but any time I hear Steve Forbes I immediately flash back to the SNL he hosted. Teve Torbes wrote the book. Bob Doles says Tuck Off. *LOL*
Not now, we’re not, cripplecreek. Not now.
Anyone but Obama.
I would be thrilled to have Forbes elected into White House. However the realist in me says he can not get elected. Has zero charisma and a face only his mother could love.
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