Milo Stevanovich’s father escaped Communist Yugoslavia and emigrated to the United States through Ellis Island with nothing more than his hopes and dreams for a better life. For those who fled oppression, America stood for freedom, equality and opportunity. Milo’s father imparted to his son the values that we Americans hold dear: fairness, personal responsibility, self-reliance, rule of law and the value of education.
When Eastern European countries finally shed their dictatorships for democracy, Milo made his way there as an American advisor. He led broad-based reforms to help end the hopelessness and resignation that totalitarian state-planned socialist regimes had wrought. Today, our own free-market culture and rule of law that provide the basic enabling environment for our creativity, risk-taking, and prosperity are now under threat from within. Reform is needed at home. The time for strong competent leadership is now.