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Steve Forbes on Abortion
Click here for 9 full quotes on Abortion OR 2 older headlines OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • Would require his minor daughter to carry child to term. (Jan 2000)
  • Recommends pledging pro-life platform, VP, & judges. (Jan 2000)
  • Dialogue to persuade instead of impose. (Nov 1999)
  • Ban partial birth, sex selection, & fetal tissue research. (Nov 1999)
  • Litmus test for Vice President. (Oct 1999)
  • Supports litmus test for Supreme Court appointments. (Jun 1999)
  • Limit abortions via step-by-step laws. (May 1999)
  • Life begins at conception; abortion leads to “extinction”. (May 1999)
  • Restrictions now; persuasion to make them disappear. (Nov 1995)
Steve Forbes on Budget & Economy
Click here for 11 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other political leaders on Budget & Economy.
  • We lived in an economic Golden Age from 1980s to 2007. (May 2010)
  • Conservative economics: flat tax, less govt, Greenspan out. (Dec 1999)
  • Fed’s bizarre theory: prosperity causes inflation. (Dec 1999)
  • We should create wealth, not redistribute it. (Nov 1999)
  • Link dollar to gold to avoid inflation. (Nov 1999)
  • Free markets, free elections, free trade, free people. (Oct 1999)
  • Maintain budget caps until Social Security is saved. (May 1999)
  • Cut taxes & interest rates to avoid Asian recession. (May 1999)
  • Fed’s deflation policy worsened Asian currency crisis. (Aug 1997)
  • Set money supply via gold prices to lower interest rates. (Nov 1995)
Steve Forbes on Civil Rights
Click here for 11 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other political leaders on Civil Rights.
  • Against gay marriage but supports gay rights. (May 1999)
  • Respects people without worrying about lifestyle choices. (Mar 1996)
  • Ten Commandments & prayer in schools. (Jan 2000)
  • School prayer OK; civil rights are local issues. (Jan 2000)
  • No separation of religion from civic life. (Nov 1999)
  • Would hire gays if they share his principles. (Oct 1999)
  • Against video gambling - not an economic backbone. (Sep 1999)
  • Against casino gambling; against airborne gambling. (Jul 1999)
  • Posting Ten Commandments is ‘a positive thing’. (Jun 1999)
  • No race or gender quotas nor preference. (May 1999)
Steve Forbes on Corporations
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Steve Forbes on Crime
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  • Stricter penalties, more prisons, longer sentences. (Jan 2000)
  • Americans are confused about right and wrong. (Nov 1999)
  • Littleton shows spiritual impoverishment behind good economy. (Nov 1999)
  • Littleton martyrs could start a spiritual revival. (Nov 1999)
  • Supports death penalty; appoint judges to implement it. (May 1999)
  • “One strike and you’re out” for violent felons. (May 1999)
Steve Forbes on Drugs
Click here for 7 full quotes on Drugs OR other political leaders on Drugs.
  • Drugs are designed to dull our moral integrity. (Nov 1999)
  • Legalization makes America safe for Colombian drug cartels. (Nov 1999)
  • Avoid violating rights, but fight drugs more vigorously. (Jul 1999)
  • No medicinal marijuana - create synthetics instead. (May 1999)
  • Tolerating drugs implies abandoning children. (May 1999)
  • Societal self-help is like 1820s Temperance Movement. (Nov 1995)
Steve Forbes on Education
Click here for 17 full quotes on Education OR 2 older headlines OR other political leaders on Education.
  • Texas schools under Bush fell from 40th-ranked to 46th. (Jan 2000)
  • Federal involvement creates the crisis in our schools. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports teacher testing and merit pay. (Jan 2000)
  • Apply “trust-busting” to education monopoly. (Nov 1999)
  • Let colleges & churches create new urban schools. (Nov 1999)
  • Support English immersion programs. (Nov 1999)
  • Reforms should empower parents & teachers. (Nov 1999)
  • Textbook illustrations on evolution “a massive fraud”. (Aug 1999)
  • Allow students to study Bible in schools. (May 1999)
  • Columbine shooting shows need for morality in schools. (Apr 1999)

    School Choice

  • Choice in education makes us more moral & more educated. (Jan 2000)
  • More charters; vouchers at private & parochial schools. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports public school choice & private school choice. (Nov 1999)
  • Home schooling: let parents teach without interference. (Nov 1999)
  • Supports tax-supported vouchers for religious schools. (Oct 1999)
  • Parental control will work even in inner cities. (Nov 1995)
Steve Forbes on Energy & Oil
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  • Explore ANWR immediately, to reduce foreign oil dependence. (Jan 2000)
  • Kyoto Protocol based on flawed science & worse economics. (Nov 1999)
  • No real evidence of global warming. (Aug 1999)
Steve Forbes on Environment
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  • Focus on science and practicality, not lawyers and fashion. (Jan 2000)
  • Protect environment while safeguarding property rights. (Nov 1999)
  • Rely less on Washington & more on economics & communities. (Nov 1999)
  • Superfund is counter-productive & wastes money. (Nov 1999)
  • Replace command-and-control with New Economy methods. (Aug 1999)
Steve Forbes on Families & Children
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  • Celebrate marriage; support it via tax cuts & other policy. (Jan 2000)
  • Don’t raid unemployment funds for family leave. (Dec 1999)
  • Reinforce marriage as a legal contract. (Nov 1999)
  • Allow easier adoption by loving married couples. (Nov 1999)
  • Ease adoption rules for church-based marriages. (May 1999)
Steve Forbes on Foreign Policy
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  • Africa: Unshackle drug companies, not US aid, to fight AIDS. (Jan 2000)
  • Russia: Replace IMF loans with 5 rules of prosperity. (Nov 1999)
  • More funding & broadcast power for Radio Free Asia. (Nov 1999)
  • European Union is a “misguided global institution.”. (Oct 1999)
  • IMF & USAID create economic crises by hiding risk. (Oct 1999)
  • Eliminate IMF; eliminate Latin American currencies. (Jul 1999)
  • Russia: Help recovery or risk another Hitler. (May 1999)
  • Stop favoring some foreign leaders & undercutting others. (May 1999)
  • Russia: Tax collection is pointless; aid goes to Mafia. (May 1999)
  • Asian economic crisis: Defend currency instead of devaluing. (May 1999)
  • NATO: Admit Baltic States and others. (Apr 1998)


  • Sanctions if China passes technology to rogue states. (Jan 2000)
  • “Constructive engagement” is abject appeasement. (Nov 1999)
  • No tech to Chinese military; sanctions on PLA companies. (Nov 1999)
  • Do not permit use of force in Taiwan or Tibet. (Sep 1999)
  • Taiwan: Unconditional US response defends against China. (Jun 1999)
  • Cox Report indicates incompetence, ineptitude, insincerity. (May 1999)
  • Punish China for wounding US security. (May 1999)
  • China: Promote democracy and capitalism for long-term. (Jun 1997)
  • Role in the world: military strength and moral clarity. (Jun 1997)
Steve Forbes on Free Trade
Click here for 10 full quotes on Free Trade OR 2 older headlines OR other political leaders on Free Trade.
  • Replace WTO with free trade to UK, Australia, & Pacific Rim. (Jan 2000)
  • Hopes for WTO as worldwide arbiter & lowering barriers. (Oct 1999)
  • IMF policies caused world economic crisis & must change. (May 1999)
  • US job security depends on global economy. (May 1999)
  • Supports Fast Track presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)


  • Lay out rules; then repeal MFN if China breaches rules. (Jan 2000)
  • End religious persecution before joining WTO. (Sep 1999)
  • China: Put commerce second to human right & proliferation. (May 1998)
  • China: Block WTO entry until trade barriers fall. (May 1998)
Steve Forbes on Government Reform
Click here for 13 full quotes on Government Reform OR 4 older headlines OR other political leaders on Government Reform.
  • Negative ads are OK if they tell the truth. (Jan 2000)
  • Remove gov’t from health care, retirement, & education. (Dec 1999)
  • Drain the tax code swamp to kill lobbyist mosquitoes. (Dec 1999)
  • Remove excess regulations, a hidden tax. (Nov 1999)
  • Tort reform to end frivolous lawsuits. (Nov 1999)
  • Unlimited campaign gifts, with full disclosure. (Oct 1999)
  • Eliminate tax code instead of soft money. (Jul 1999)
  • Appoint judges who are not social activists. (May 1999)
  • End of Cold War is opportunity to shrink government. (May 1999)
  • Supports Term Limits. (May 1999)
  • Refuses PAC money; opposes banning soft money. (May 1999)
  • Eliminate Commerce Dept, FCC, & other ‘alphabet agencies’. (Nov 1995)
Steve Forbes on Gun Control
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  • Concealed carry OK; gun issues are local. (Jan 2000)
  • Prosecute crimes done with guns; not buying guns. (Dec 1999)
  • Key is to enforce 40,000 laws we have about guns now. (May 1999)
  • Supports Second Amendment rights, with limits. (May 1999)
Steve Forbes on Health Care
Click here for 13 full quotes on Health Care OR 4 older headlines OR other political leaders on Health Care.
  • Replace “gatekeepers” with health care vouchers. (Jan 2000)
  • Give small-business employees same options as others. (Jan 2000)
  • Fight AIDS by changing people’s personal behavior. (Jan 2000)
  • Solve health care affordability with choice. (Jan 2000)
  • Allow opting out of Medicare via private doctors. (Nov 1999)
  • Health Care Declaration of Independence. (Nov 1999)
  • Expand Medical Savings Accounts. (Nov 1999)
  • Consumerism works in health care. (Oct 1999)
  • More Rx support, to avoid cross-border drug buying. (Oct 1999)
  • Patient rights: choice, security, ownership. (Jul 1999)
  • Provider rights: meet customer needs; respond to market. (Jul 1999)
  • Against Doctor-Assisted Suicide as “barbaric”. (May 1999)
Steve Forbes on Homeland Security
Click here for 14 full quotes on Homeland Security OR 3 older headlines OR other political leaders on Homeland Security.
  • Act unilaterally, without UN command or involvement. (Jan 2000)
  • Haiti & Somalia interventions were mistakes. (Dec 1999)
  • Maintain production of F-22 fighters. (Nov 1999)
  • Problem is procurement process, not defense spending. (Nov 1999)
  • Percentage of GDP on defense is too little. (Nov 1999)
  • Deploy an Aegis-style missile defense worldwide now. (Nov 1999)
  • ABM Treaty was a bad idea then and worse today. (Nov 1999)
  • More $ for veterans’ health & housing; fund WWII memorial. (Sep 1999)
  • Military has been hollowed with little to show. (Jun 1999)
  • SDI defends against rogue states’ nuclear blackmail. (Aug 1998)
  • Stop “demobilizing” US military, or pay long-term price. (May 1998)
  • Lack of military readiness hurts global economy. (May 1998)
  • Increase defense spending to meet global responsibilities. (Jun 1997)
Steve Forbes on Immigration
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  • Toughen rules on illegal immigration. (Sep 1999)
Steve Forbes on Jobs
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  • Family farms: Lower interest rates; enforce anti-trust. (Jan 2000)
  • Farmers need policy reform. (Jan 2000)
  • Ethanol should be self-sufficient by 2007. (Dec 1999)
  • Raise wages by allowing growth, not by fiat. (Dec 1999)
  • Farm crisis caused by federal policies. (Aug 1999)
Steve Forbes on Principles & Values
Click here for 11 full quotes on Principles & Values OR 4 older headlines OR other political leaders on Principles & Values.
  • Withdraws, saying “money well spent”. (Feb 2000)
  • ‘New birth of freedom’ applies to all policies. (Jan 2000)
  • Political freedom exists only when government is limited. (Nov 1999)
  • American dream is to discover & develop our potential. (Nov 1999)
  • Self-governance requires moral fabric. (Nov 1999)
  • “A new birth of freedom” of schooling, investing, & security. (Oct 1999)
  • “Life, liberty, & happiness” are in a particular order. (May 1999)
  • American definition of “freedom”. (May 1999)
  • For 80 years, we focused on war; now focus at home. (Nov 1995)
  • Values and economics are one and the same. (Nov 1995)
Steve Forbes on Social Security
Click here for 11 full quotes on Social Security OR 2 older headlines OR other political leaders on Social Security.
  • Endorsed increased retirement age; then attacked Bush for it. (Mar 2010)
  • Raising retirement age betrays promise to American retirees. (Dec 1999)
  • Details of Personal Retirement Accounts. (Nov 1999)
  • Investing Trust Fund in stocks is a government power grab. (Nov 1999)
  • 5 step plan: Lockbox, PRA’s, start now. (Nov 1999)
  • Stop taxing seniors’ benefits & income. (Nov 1999)
  • Use surplus to fund personal retirement accounts. (Aug 1999)
  • Take Trust Fund off-budget. (Jul 1999)
  • Young taxpayers can invest in Personal Retirement Accounts. (May 1999)
  • Supports individuals privately investing 75% of SSI taxes. (Jun 1998)
Steve Forbes on Tax Reform
Click here for 18 full quotes on Tax Reform OR 8 older headlines OR other political leaders on Tax Reform.
  • 1995: 15% across-the-board tax cut to stimulate economy. (Feb 2011)
  • Optional flat tax: 17% with $13,200 deduction. (Dec 2007)
  • A flat tax will help families, homeowners, and charities. (Jan 2000)
  • Evidence that Bush broke 1997 no-tax pledge. (Jan 2000)
  • Remove mortgage deduction & keep business deductions. (Jan 2000)
  • Top priority: throw out tax code. (Jan 2000)
  • Flat-tax IRS exists, but is smaller and less powerful. (Dec 1999)
  • Sales tax better than current IRS; but we’d end up with both. (Dec 1999)
  • End death taxes: “No taxation without respiration”. (Nov 1999)
  • Murky tax code breeds police state collection tactics. (Nov 1999)
  • Tax return on a postcard. (Nov 1999)
  • Better tax incentives for business investments. (Oct 1999)
  • Urges Clinton to sign Congress’ $792 billion tax cut plan. (Sep 1999)
  • Signed no-tax pledge; will “end IRS as we know it”. (Jul 1999)
  • Flat Tax of 17% on earnings over $36,000. (May 1999)
  • Bible has 700,000 words; Tax Code has 7 million. Junk it. (Nov 1995)
  • Charitable deduction gone under Flat Tax; but giving is not. (Nov 1995)
Steve Forbes on Technology
Click here for 12 full quotes on Technology OR 2 older headlines OR other political leaders on Technology.
  • Market will address digital divide - government stay out. (Jan 2000)
  • Fund NASA to Mars, but with less micro-management. (Jan 2000)
  • Aggressive space program, but via private sector. (Jan 2000)
  • Internet tax ban fosters growth. (Jan 2000)
  • Drop Microsoft case; new tech makes it obsolete. (Dec 1999)
  • Use high-tech advantage to stay ahead of our adversaries. (Nov 1999)
  • Radio Free Europe helped spark a freedom revolution. (Nov 1999)
  • Plan defenses against cyber-warfare. (Nov 1999)
  • “Microchip Age” favors decentralization. (May 1999)
  • Ban taxes on Internet commerce and phone service. (May 1999)
  • We have technology for Y2K, but lack leadership. (May 1999)
Steve Forbes on War & Peace
Click here for 11 full quotes on War & Peace OR other political leaders on War & Peace.
  • Premature agreement with Syria could hurt Israeli security. (Jan 2000)
  • Syria: End support of terrorism to qualify for US funds. (Jan 2000)
  • Arming intended victims would have avoided Bosnia & Kosovo. (Dec 1999)
  • Iran: More spies, pro-democracy, & bio-terror defense. (Nov 1999)
  • Allow full use of airpower; arm Kosovars; help refugees. (Jun 1999)
  • Supports bombing; supports arming the Kosovars. (Mar 1999)
  • Israel: Official support for Palestine jeopardizes security. (May 1998)
  • Iraq: Assist Iraqi opposition in removing Saddam. (May 1998)
  • Palestine: No peace, no money. (Sep 1997)
  • Extend international order friendly to our security. (Jun 1997)
Steve Forbes on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 5 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other political leaders on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Federal welfare is devolving to state and community. (May 1999)
  • ‘Homestead Act’ for tenants to own projects. (Nov 1995)
  • Charitable deduction gone under Flat Tax; but giving is not. (Nov 1995)
  • Supports Enterprise Zones as welfare opportunity. (Nov 1995)
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