I have worried openly that both major parties in the US are following agendas that have little to offer for entrepreneurs. All of the remaining candidates in both parties favor programs that will lead to higher taxes and expanded roles for government.
This past weekend the Libertanian Party chose former Republican congressman Bob Barr as its presidential candidate for 2008. Might he offer an alternative choice more favorable to our entrepreneurial economy?
What helps entrepreneurs is lower, simpler taxes and less governmental involvement in the economy. These are the two of the major issues addressed thus far by Barr. He favors a massive roll-back in the role of federal government and a change to a consumption tax (which includes a repeal of the 16th amendment that created the income tax).
Does he have a chance of winning? Probably not. But, he currently is already tracking about 6% in recent polls. This is much higher than any Libertarian candidate has ever registered.
He does offer a voice for those who favor more freedom and less government. The last two Republican Presidents and the current party nominee have all left that part of their party behind. Just a Nader pulled the Democrats sharply left, as we see in the two final candidates remaining this year, perhaps Barr could help pull the Republicans back to the right.
I don’t endorse candidates at this site. But I do examine how their issues impact small business and our entrepreneurial economy. Mr. Barr has caught my attention.