[EM] Fwd: Greenspan Predicts 2008 (Perot Type) Independent Presidential Candidate

Jan Kok jan.kok.5y at gmail.com
Sun Mar 12 12:02:30 PST 2006

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Date: Mar 12, 2006 12:24 PM
Subject: Re: [electionwatch2006] Greenspan Predicts 2008 (Perot Type)
Independent Pres...
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 In a message dated 3/12/2006 2:20:52 PM Eastern Standard Time,

You may have a point here and it is already showing up in the 2006 election
where strong independent candidates are running in Texas, Massachusetts and
Oregon for Governor. Of course, I  do not believe that IRV is the answer to
this problem. But there is no point in debating that forever.


jimdorenkott at yahoo.com writes:

Will the 2 partys innoculate themselves in their major strongholds against
this "spoiler" threat with Instant Runoff Voting? The major parties are
losing strength and a well funded Perot type could step into the middle says

 Greenspan Predicts Independent
CNN has this interesting little
Alan Greenspan's new book and his thoughts on a centrist Independent
candidate for President in 2008…

Recently retired Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan believes that there
will be a major independent candidate for president from the nation's
political center, according to a published report. In an interview with The
New York Times about his post-Fed activities, Greenspan said he makes that
prediction in a memoir, for which he recently got an estimated $8.5 million
advance from Penguin Press, a unit of British publishing concern Pearson.
Greenspan told the Times he plans to argue that the current "ideological
divide" separating conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats leaves "a
vast untended center from which a well-financed independent presidential
candidate is likely to emerge in 2008 or, if not then, in 2012."
He also told the newspaper the book will focus on "the forces that will
determine how the next decades are likely to unfold." Among his conclusions
are that "global competitive pressures are likely in the years ahead to bias
most market-oriented economies toward the U.S. model."
Greenspan is working about 10 hours a day since chairing his last Fed
meeting Jan. 31, the newspaper reports, with most of his time spent working
on his book.
The Fed chairman, well known for his dense prose in testimony during his 18
years as head of the nation's central bank, said the book would not be all
economic or political analysis.
He told the newspaper he plans to write some of his early life history,
including the influence of his mentor, the author and novelist Ayn Rand, who
shaped him as a young man into a libertarian. And he promised the newspaper
he also will describe his "encounters with, and impressions of" numerous
politicians, cabinet members, presidents and world leaders.
Greenspan has made a number of speeches since leaving office. The Times
quotes an industry executive as estimating his pay at $90,000 to $150,000.
But Greenspan said he has been careful to "stay closely to statements I've
made previously either in speeches or in testimony.
"Ben Bernanke has a tough enough job as it is," Greenspan told the
newspaper, referring his successor. "Having his predecessor speak out on
monetary policy or on the short-term business outlook is not helpful."

San Francisco
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