Steve Forbes for President 1996 Campaign Brochure
‘Steve Forbes Will Change Washington’
Renewing Growth, Hope and Opportunity
Dear Fellow Americans:
Isn't it time to break the lock-grip that the political class in Washington has on so much of our lives?
America needs a new vision, one that relies on the values of family, faith and freedom. We need policies that expand opportunity for all Americans by releasing the vast growth potential locked inside the American economy.
That's why this outsider is running for President. And that's why I'm proposing to take power away from the Washington politicians and give it back to the American people, where it belongs.
An honest voice
START WITH A FLAT TAX THAT IS A TAX CUT.
An across the board 17% tax rate and expanded exemptions so that a family of four would pay no taxes on the first $36,000 of income. With no taxes on Social Security, pensions, personal savings or capital gains, this flat tax would be fair (everyone would pay the same rate), honest (no more political manipulation of the tax code) and simple -- you could fill it out on a post card.
CUT SPENDING AND REDUCE GOVERNMENT.
It's time to remove the dead weight of Washington and let the American economy run free. Eliminate the departments of Commerce, Energy, Education, and HUD. We can also eliminate a whole alphabet soup of independent agencies.
Put an end to the permanent political class in Washington. It's the will of the people. It makes sense. Pass term limits now.
BRING BACK 4½% MORTGAGES.
Take control of our money out of the hands of politicians. Tie the value of the dollar to a fixed measure, as we used to, and bring mortgage rates down to the 4½% our parents took for granted.
RETURN CONTROL OF SCHOOLS TO PARENT.
It is time to put America's parents back in control of our schools, Give parents the means to educate their children in the school of their choice. Reduce the education bureaucracy; put more resources in the classroom.
REAL SOCIAL SECURITY.
No more Washington-style "reform" of Social Security, which means raising taxes and lowering benefits. We must strengthen security for our elderly and make the system sound for the future -- with guaranteed savings in a growing private sector.
Steve Forbes and his wife Sabina are raising five daughters ranging in age from 7 to 22.
President Reagan appointed Forbes to lead Radio Free Europe which helped bring down the Iron Curtain.
MEDICAL SAVINGS ACCOUNTS.
Put the consumer in charge, with private MSAs coupled with insurance policies that provide seamless and complete coverage (no more Medigaps!). We did a variation of medical savings accounts at Forbes magazine, and it is very effective and popular.
A U.S., NOT A U.N., FOREIGN POLICY.
Freedom at home depends on strength abroad. As Chairman of Radio Free Europe and publisher of Forbes magazine, my work with business leaders and heads of state has brought me to more than 60 countries. I know from personal experience that America is still the "last, best hope for mankind." We need a Commander in Chief who recognizes our unique role in the world. One who conducts a U.S., not a U.N., foreign policy.
I pledge to work tirelessly to make this vision a reality. Won't you join me?
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