More headlines: Steve Forbes on Government Reform

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Wife Sabina’s agenda would be children

Sabina Forbes describes her campaign function as “being there and listening to Steve.” She says that to the extent she has even thought about being first lady, her agenda would be children.
Source: Boston Globe on 2000 race, p. A20 Dec 26, 1999

Independent outsider is the way to reform campaigns

Forbes said there needed to be fewer restrictions on spending by political campaigns, and that candidates ought to be able to do more with the money they have. But he said such changes won’t come if another Washington insider is elected. “To move forward, it is going to take an independent outsider and individual not beholden to the establishment, special interests, lobbyists,” Forbes said during a campaign appearance. “They have no hooks in me.”
Source: Associated Press on 2000 presidential race Oct 4, 1999

Get rid of new $20 bills; they look like Monopoly money

If Forbes is elected president, “We will have money that looks real again.” Forbes railed against the new $20 bills, which he said “look like Monopoly money.” “That’s something that’s going to change when a certain person leaves the White House,” Forbes said.
Source: Speech to Des Moines (IA) Chamber of Commerce Jun 12, 1998

Term limits needed to open system to citizens

Term limits will prevent incumbents from fortifying themselves in office. They will allow citizens to enter politics and achieve effectiveness in politics without spending their whole life in politics. The flat tax together with term limits will start to fundamentally change the culture of Washington. If you don’t do those two things, you can send as many good people to that town as you want and they will eventually become the very people they came to replace.
Source: Speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Nov 27, 1995

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