%$@*& My CEO Says - Tire Review Magazine

%$@*& My CEO Says

It’s Election Season, a fact hard to miss if you are anywhere near a TV, radio or mailbox. My Tuesday junk mail pile is three times as mired in muck than usual, topped with odd-sized cards with totally unfamiliar names of people who are apparently running for – or from – something.

And what would an Election Season be without a word – or more – from Titan International chairman and CEO Morry Taylor.

Taylor, reaching out to the business traveler and hotel guest demographic, recently took out a full-page ad in USA Today to offer his views on our national condition. Saying it was time for America to “wake up,” Taylor offered his advice on how to fix things:

• End creation of new government jobs.

• Move civil servants to a government-matched 401(k) programs vs. their current pension programs.

• Totally eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.

• Shut down some 80% of U.S. Department of Agriculture county offices.
 
• Take the food stamp program out of the USDA.

• Reinstate a previous program where only the truly needy receive basic foodstuffs.

• Cut the corporate income tax rate to 25% and the capital gains rate to 20%.

• Fight fire with more fire by raising trade barriers against countries that impose trade barriers on U.S.-made goods.

• Eliminate all U.S. military presence in Europe, Japan and South Korea.

This isn’t Taylor’s first USA Today foray. About this same time two years ago, Taylor took out a full-page ad claiming that the Democrats had control of Congress for two years “and they blew it.”

In his new ad, Taylor reminds us of that claim, and states: “Well, America, what do you think now? Was I right?”

Taylor told the Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig, the daily newspaper of Titan’s corporate headquarters, that his latest ad got the attention of “Freakonomics” authors Steven Dubner and Steven Levitt, who want to interview Taylor for their radio program in New York City. “They’re supposed to interview me for a half hour,” Taylor told the newspaper. “What they’re going to try to do is trick me in some questions or prove how stupid I am.”

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