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IN THIS ECONOMIC MELTDOWN, WHERE IS STEVE FORBES?
Joel C. Rosenberg

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.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; alteredtitle; bloggersandpersonal; forbes2012; joelcrosenberg; missinglink; sarahpalin; steveforbes
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1 posted on 07/06/2009 6:59:32 PM PDT by RED SOUTH
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To: RED SOUTH

Yawn.


2 posted on 07/06/2009 7:00:26 PM PDT by JLS
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To: JLS

Nope. He’d come in behind Bob Dole.


3 posted on 07/06/2009 7:01:09 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: RED SOUTH

Forbes and the fairtax? Sounds good to me!


4 posted on 07/06/2009 7:01:14 PM PDT by fabian
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To: RED SOUTH

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.


5 posted on 07/06/2009 7:01:38 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: RED SOUTH

Hunter/DeMint 2012. Accept no substitutes. Forbes can be Sec of Treasury


6 posted on 07/06/2009 7:01:43 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: JaguarXKE

You are right on all counts.


7 posted on 07/06/2009 7:03:44 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 ! Sarah for President 2012)
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To: RED SOUTH

Naw.


8 posted on 07/06/2009 7:03:48 PM PDT by madison10
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To: RED SOUTH
We've been there, done that.
Didn't work and WON"T WORK.

Get a clue!!!

9 posted on 07/06/2009 7:03:57 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: RED SOUTH

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.


10 posted on 07/06/2009 7:04:14 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: RED SOUTH

I’d prefer Teve Torbes.

He has a musky, Victor-Mature-like scent.


11 posted on 07/06/2009 7:04:24 PM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: JaguarXKE

I was a delegate for Steve Forbes.

I don’t vote on charisma.


12 posted on 07/06/2009 7:05:01 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: RED SOUTH

Why wait until 2012? Insist that 0bama appoint some credible economic advisors and follow their advice NOW.


13 posted on 07/06/2009 7:05:15 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Conservatives allow the guilty to be executed but Lefties insist that the innocent be executed.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

We need BOTH!!!


14 posted on 07/06/2009 7:05:26 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: RED SOUTH

If America were simply an economy, sure. Fortunately we are far more than an economy.


15 posted on 07/06/2009 7:05:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: RED SOUTH

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*


16 posted on 07/06/2009 7:06:15 PM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (Palin stepped down from her state to step up for her country. Thanks to sheikdetailfeather)
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To: cripplecreek

Not now, we’re not, cripplecreek. Not now.


17 posted on 07/06/2009 7:06:22 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Las Vegas Dave

PING!


18 posted on 07/06/2009 7:07:58 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: RED SOUTH

Anyone but Obama.


19 posted on 07/06/2009 7:08:06 PM PDT by omega4179 (Not my Communist in Chief.)
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To: RED SOUTH

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.


20 posted on 07/06/2009 7:08:12 PM PDT by ajay_kumar (Elections have consequences. Socialist Liberals are now in charge.)
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To: RED SOUTH

He’d do a great job, but we have become a “rock star society” which means Forbes and his boring personality have NO CHANCE.


21 posted on 07/06/2009 7:08:25 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: RED SOUTH
I supported Forbes in 2000.

But when Steve Forbes came out in support of TARP last fall, he lost any chance of my vote forever.

I will never vote for anyone who supported that atrocity.

22 posted on 07/06/2009 7:08:43 PM PDT by Notary Sojac (Chains you can believe in...)
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To: omega4179

NO! That ‘anyone but Obama’ will get us a RINO like Mitt or Huckabee. Hold to your principles. 2008 should have been a big enough lesson for us all.


23 posted on 07/06/2009 7:09:08 PM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: GOP_Lady
I don’t vote on charisma

You may not, but obviously the majority did as witnessed in the last election.

24 posted on 07/06/2009 7:09:09 PM PDT by mupcat
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To: RED SOUTH

The “Too ugly to cheat. Too rich to steal” ticket.


25 posted on 07/06/2009 7:09:59 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: JLS

DeMint or Hunter or someone with spine, guts, and gonads. No RINO’s!!!


26 posted on 07/06/2009 7:10:01 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: RED SOUTH

I like Steve, has great econimic prowess obviosuly.


27 posted on 07/06/2009 7:10:04 PM PDT by toddausauras
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To: mupcat

Yep. And that’s the problem.

I vote for experience and what is needed at the time.


28 posted on 07/06/2009 7:11:30 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: ajay_kumar

Exactly! He should be the Treasury Secretary. Someone else needs to be the ‘pop star’ smooth talker most dumb Americans will vote for. Sorry...it’s the world we live in. We have to play the game.


29 posted on 07/06/2009 7:11:49 PM PDT by erkyl (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office --Aesop (~550 BC))
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To: JaguarXKE
Steve has all the charisma of a bowl of oatmeal.

Oatmeal kicks ass.

I mean, if you think about it. Oatmeal really does kick ass.

Just sayin.

30 posted on 07/06/2009 7:12:13 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Notary Sojac

I agreed with the first TARP.

Unfortunately, it was needed.


31 posted on 07/06/2009 7:12:32 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: RED SOUTH

The more speculation the more desperate the GOP seems. Let’s focus on 2010 - district by district.


32 posted on 07/06/2009 7:14:05 PM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: mupcat

I don’t vote on charisma
You may not, but obviously the majority did as witnessed in the last election.

AMEN TO THAT!!!


33 posted on 07/06/2009 7:14:08 PM PDT by TaraP (Unless we stand for something, we will fall for everything.")
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To: RED SOUTH

Actually, I was a Dole Delegate, last time Forbes ran, and I was pulling for Forbes to do better, behind the scenes.

I think Forbes is acceptable, on the social issues. Not as strong as I would like, but far better than Rudy and some others.

Think of it this way, if Forbes ran again, he would suck a big chunk of Romney’s support, for those who want a financial whiz!


34 posted on 07/06/2009 7:14:24 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: RED SOUTH

Just what the country needs, another wonk.


35 posted on 07/06/2009 7:15:07 PM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: RED SOUTH

Forbes? Emphatically no!


36 posted on 07/06/2009 7:15:30 PM PDT by wgflyer (Liberalism is to society what HIV is to the immune system.)
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To: Kansas58

I would still go with Mitt Romney.


37 posted on 07/06/2009 7:15:58 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Yeah, I think a “wonk” is exactly what we need.

We are in dire condition.


38 posted on 07/06/2009 7:16:32 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: RED SOUTH

Forbes Magazine Layoff Tracker:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2286965/posts


39 posted on 07/06/2009 7:23:19 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: RED SOUTH

I was thinking about this the other day. Steve Forbes could be Sarah’s Dick Cheney in the War on Liberals.


40 posted on 07/06/2009 7:23:34 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: wgflyer
No RINOs. No Obama supporters.

Forbes and backstabber Romney are OUT.

"A political party cannot be all things to all people.
It must represent certain fundamental beliefs
 which must not be compromised to political expediency
or simply to swell its numbers."

--  President Ronald Reagan


"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party
 over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
 to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldn’t make any sense at all.""

--  President Ronald Reagan

"GO AWAY, WILLARD and FORBES"


41 posted on 07/06/2009 7:24:49 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

A “wonk” that can get capital flowing to grow business and create jobs and hire people. That sounds like what is needed at this time and a wonderful idea. Too many people losing their jobs.


42 posted on 07/06/2009 7:25:01 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: RED SOUTH

Fred or we are all dead....


43 posted on 07/06/2009 7:25:37 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (No teleprompters were harmed in the creation of this post.)
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To: GOP_Lady; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; Tennessee Nana; EternalVigilance; Reagan Man; ...
You are correct. That rules out Romney.

"As U.S. real output grew 13 percent between 2002 and 2006, Massachusetts trailed at 9 percent.
* Manufacturing employment fell 7 percent nationwide those years, but sank 14 percent under Romney, placing Massachusetts 48th among the states.
* Between fall 2003 and autumn 2006, U.S. job growth averaged 5.4 percent, nearly three times Massachusetts' anemic 1.9 percent pace.
* While 8 million Americans over age 16 found work between 2002 and 2006, the number of employed Massachusetts residents actually declined by 8,500 during those years.
"Massachusetts was the only state to have failed to post any gain in its pool of employed residents," professors Sum and McLaughlin concluded.
In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal."

[Cato Institute annual Fiscal Policy Report Card - America's Governors, 2004.]

44 posted on 07/06/2009 7:27:08 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: Allegra; CanadianMusherinMI; Clemenza; Diogenesis; ejonesie22; EternalVigilance; Finny; ...

Post #37 ping. ;-)


45 posted on 07/06/2009 7:27:41 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: GOP_Lady
I don’t vote on charisma.

I don't either, but the fact is, without it one doesn't stand a snowball's chance of getting elected. That's just a fact of life. We need a candidate who has the right conservative values and who can connect with people. Or we loose.

46 posted on 07/06/2009 7:29:29 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: GOP_Lady

TARP? We didn’t buy toxic assets. We bought stock.


47 posted on 07/06/2009 7:31:43 PM PDT by csmusaret (If you like this economy, keep voting for Donkeys.)
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To: RED SOUTH
After four years of Obama, the Republicans could win with Elmer Fudd.
48 posted on 07/06/2009 7:31:49 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: GOP_Lady
You mean the guy who spent 44 Million of his own money to come in third behind Mike Huckabee and John McCain...

The guy who created the Health care plan that is draining the coffers of his (once) home state....

You are right, we sure could use such business acumen right now...

49 posted on 07/06/2009 7:32:11 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: csmusaret

Yes, that was part of the problem. Again, no oversight.


50 posted on 07/06/2009 7:33:10 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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