Friday, April 17, 2009
By Charles Johnson at 7:00 PM
On April 17, 1999, Claremont McKenna's Henry Salvatori Center (who else?) hosted what was then dubbed by BusinessWire as the "first annual 'conservative leaders in the making' conference." Looks like in addition to being the first annual, it was also the only. Hmm...
The event was headlined (or is it keynoted?, I sometimes get those confused) by none other than Steve Forbes, Republican presidential candidate and CEO of Forbes Inc.
Oh, how I wish he had won in '96 and '00.... (Do I have to step down as majority leader now?)
For the neophytes in the room, Steve Forbes was the man who fought for the flat tax, which has been a great idea everywhere it's been practiced. So why don't we have it here? In a word, Democrats. (You know, the same group that always argues we should do what foreign nations do, except when it comes to things like restricting abortion and taxation... I digress.)
But hey, you can still watch Daniel Mitchell talk about how awesome flat tax nations are.