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Rand Paul: 'Enterprise Zones on Steroids' Can Save Detroit

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Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 03:31 AM

By Greg Richter

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Rand Paul believes he has a better idea than President Barack Obama's stimulus programs to aid an ailing Detroit.
 
"For 50 years we've been trying government stimulus, trying to bail out cities that have gone bankrupt," Paul said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity."
 
Paul will be in Detroit on Friday to speak to the Detroit Economic Club, The Daily Caller Reports.
 
While there, he will promote what he is calling "economic freedom zones," which he says are similar to Jack Kemp's "enterprise zones" of the 1990s.
 
"This is enterprise zones on steroids," Paul told Hannity.
 
Paul's plan would lower personal and corporate tax rates to 5 percent and get rid of the capital gains tax. It also would lower payroll taxes for workers and employers and "cut red tape." Immigrants would be offered $50,000 to move into cities, and entrepreneurs would also be invited in.
 
The Democratic Party method for half a century has been to bail out cities and institutions with stimulus programs, which haven't worked, Paul said. His plan doesn't pick the winners and losers, he said, "but the consumer does."
 
"It's phenomenal how much money can be left in Detroit simply by lowering the taxes in Detroit," he said.
 
Paul, thought to be a presidential candidate for 2016, said the GOP needs to compete for votes in big cities, and his plan would show that Republicans care about urban areas at times other than right before an election.
 
"But it's also good for America to have big cities like Detroit that were once industrial engines — we need them thriving again," he said.
 
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