Rand Paul: Channeling Jack Kemp

Andy McDonald has written an interesting post for a central Kentucky outlet:

Rand Paul: Channeling Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp, for example, doggedly peddled enterprise zones, not government entitlements, as a remedy for urban poverty. By keeping tax dollars in the community, Kemp argued, poor neighborhoods could grow new businesses, build a new future, and break the cycle of dependence on the government.

Moreover, Jack Kemp went searching for votes in places where no other Republicans would go. He went to distressed urban neighborhoods and he enthusiastically courted African American votes, figuring Republicans would never get their support if they didn’t at least ask.

In 2015, it is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who seems to be picking up the legacy of Jack Kemp – the first true proponent of what has been coined compassionate conservativism.

A few weeks back, the senator from the reddest of red states went to Chicago to address a predominantly African American audience. In his speech, he decried the impact of violent crime, not just in Chicago, but all over America. Some grandstanding politicians can take as long as 10 seconds to tweet that black lives matter, but you can bet they wouldn’t get within 20 miles of a distressed neighborhood.

In contrast, Rand Paul’s appearance sent a message: He was there to tell voters, face to face, that black lives matter. It was a page right out of Jack Kemp’s playbook. And what did Paul offer as one remedy for poverty? An idea resembling Kemp’s pioneering urban enterprise zones.

Read the entire post here.

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