Barry Asmus

Barry Asmus

Political, Business & Finance Expert & Senior Economist, National Center for Policy Analysis

Speaker Categories: Global Economy | Emerging Market | Economic

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Senior Economist, National Center for Policy Analysis and Author

Dr. Barry Asmus has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speakers in the United States. As a Senior Economist for the prestigious National Center for Policy Analysis, Dr. Asmus does more than just speak on policies, he is actively involved with their implementation. With over twenty-five years experience on the speaking platform, Dr. Asmus presents a powerful picture of America’s future, both here and abroad.

Whether addressing thirty world bankers at the home of Harvard's President, 3000 farmers in Des Moines, or 7000 members of the Million Dollar Round Table at Radio City Music Hall, Dr. Asmus presents his commentary laced with humor, enthusiasm and solid business practices. Based on durable free market economic principles, his presentations analyze the current issues of the digital economy to help decision-makers formulate informed and effective choices in a global, e-commerce world.

He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system; was a featured speaker in a privatizing Social Security conference for Western European leaders; and has addressed the faculty for the Young Presidents Organization in Cape Town, South Africa. His appearance at the Forbes Chateau de Balleroy in France with former Czech Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus, members of British Parliament, and other Western European leaders focused on the importance of public policy decision in Europe and how they might integrate with the global economy.

Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books. His latest is titled Bulls Don’t Blush, Bears Don’t Die, it provides an insightful summary of today’s economy, the problems facing it and proposed solutions to these problems. Another book of note, Crossroads: The Great American Experiment, was nominated for an H.L. Menken award and has been used in hundreds of University classrooms for international trade and comparative economies. Other books written by Barry include:The Best Is Yet To Come; When Riding A Dead Horse, For Heaven's Sake . . . Dismount;  ApolloIt's Tea Time Again;  and ClintonCare, Putting Government in Charge of Your Health. As a Professor of Economics, he was twice voted University Professor of the Year and was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge for Private Enterprise Education.

A major highlight of Dr. Asmus’ career was the invitation he received to deliver his "Tribute to America" speech at the re-dedication of the Statute of Liberty by former chairman of the Board for Chrysler, Lee Iacocca.

His client list reads like a who’s who in corporate America. He has presented to American Express, Microsoft, ATT, Wells Fargo Bank, McDonald’s, State Farm Insurance, Coca Cola, Fidelity Investments, AIG, Cardinal Health and hundreds of Associations. Barry’s ability to reach a diverse audience is one of his strongest attributes.

Dr. Asmus states, "I try never to forget that the speech I am about to give prospers in direct proportion to the way my audience responds. Will they enjoy it? Will they laugh? Will they learn? Will they feel it? Is there something special about this presentation? Will they act upon it? Will it really make a difference? Exceptionalism is not a one-shot event. It is a process which starts with knowing your audience and then delivering with a complete commitment to the immediacy of the moment."

America’s Economic Future

Dr. Asmus identifies the “Six Unstoppable Trends” that are impacting America’s business and its economy. The current recession will temporarily slow these trends but not stop them. The Latin word for credit is credere which means “to believe.” The deleveraging and economic contraction begun in 2008 could last until 2010. But note this: we have had 13 economic recessions in the last 80 years followed by 13 expansions. Currently, 75 million Baby Boomers are in the high investment and most productive stages of their lives. Confidence will be restored. The end of prosperity? Or, the best yet to come? Dr. Asmus’ presents his “Six Unstoppable Trends” and asks you to decide.

Globalization: International Prosperity and its Impact on America

The opportunities embedded in entrepreneurial capitalism, a growing population, and a rapidly globalized world are stunning. As the Internet continues to transform the world, making the planet the relevant market and connecting everyone as both producers and consumers, the role of emerging countries will be something to celebrate. And, because drivers like freedom, prosperity and technology produce such transforming outcomes, the question is how to harness the power of those incentives. The world will once again move forward after a very painful backward step.

Freedom: Still America’s Best Investment

The most vital force of our country has been freedom. Freedom unleashes more energy and genius than thought possible; it is a virus for which there is no antidote. America, the biggest island of freedom in the world, has always been the place where people run to when, in hope or hopelessness, they are running from somewhere else. Could freedom still be America's biggest investment? Is freedom worth fighting for? Dr. Asmus makes a compelling case for why America produces nearly a third of the world's wealth, most of the world's Nobel Laureates, and the majority of the world's inventions with less than 5 percent of the world's population.

Powering America’s Energy Future

As a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis, Dr. Asmus has argued for removing laws that restrict the development of domestic energy supplies. By 2020, Asmus estimates that America will consume 125 quads of energy, a 25 percent shortfall from the current supply. France doubled its energy independence by building 57 nuclear power reactors in the last 30 years. The U.S. should do the same. By drilling in Alaska, in America’s Outer Continental Shelf, in the Gulf of Mexico, and in states that have huge deposits of shale and coal our dependence on foreign oil would fall dramatically, as would energy prices. Both wind and solar energy will be helpful in the long term, but they are only intermittent sources of future power. Do we want more oil, gas, and electricity or more regulation, taxes, and dependence? The choice is ours.

Best Business Practices

Business in the 21st century must be biased for action. A company that is built to last is a company that is built to change. Bucking the wildly held view that "continual improvement" is accepted wisdom, Barry argues that incrementalism can be innovation's worst enemy. Doing the correct thing is often more fruitful than doing the same thing better. And, if by chance you think that you are too small to be effective, you are wrong. Not to act is to act. Not to decide is to decide. Even a mosquito doesn't wait for an opening, it makes one.

Healing Health Care in America: Competitivize It

How much would you buy if you went shopping with someone else’s credit card? Yet, this is how today’s health care system works. We are spending everyone’s money except our own. Is it sustainable? No. Can we do something about it? Yes. Health Savings Accounts create the necessary incentives for a competitive health care system. A high deductible catastrophic insurance plan would cover the high costs, while an individual health saving account would cover all the smaller charges. Reforming Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements would also allow hospitals to overcome the governmental mandate of free health care, currently at $30 billion annually. Tort reform and limitations on medical liability are necessary to slow down the practice of defensive medicine. Widespread use of electronic medical record keeping is imperative for cost and quality control. Dr. Asmus’ presentation offers real world solutions to run-away health care costs.

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