Rand Paul’s Plan to Rescue Detroit & Break Down One of America’s Firmest Democratic Strongholds

Oliver Darcy, The Blaze, December 5, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will travel to Detroit Friday to open the Michigan Republican Party’s inner-city outreach office and unveil his plan to “help Detroit bail themselves out.”

The freshman senator told TheBlaze Wednesday he thinks the opening of the African American Engagement Office will help the Republican Party make headway in one of America’s firmest Democratic strongholds.

“I think throughout the U.S. the Republican Party does well in the small towns and rural areas, but the large cities we haven’t been doing very well,” said Paul, who is widely expected to make a bid for the White House in 2016. “I think it is important we establish a presence in those cities, set up offices, meet people, find out what is going on in their community and then try to come up with solutions.”

The libertarian firebrand said he thinks simply becoming engaged in Detroit’s community will be a large step in spreading the GOP’s message of economic freedom to a city that in 2012 saw nearly 100 percent of individuals vote to re-elect President Barack Obama.


“We’re happy Senator Paul realizes how important these engagement efforts are and is joining the Michigan GOP in Detroit–a great opportunity for Republicans to reach potential voters,” Orlando Watson, the RNC’s communications director for black media, said in a statement to TheBlaze.

While in Detroit, Paul will also speak to the Detroit Economic Club and unveil a plan to convert Detroit into an “economic freedom zone”—an idea he says is modeled after Jack Kemp’s “enterprise zones.”

The senator will propose measures that would lower personal and corporate taxes to 5 percent, eliminate the capital gains tax, and lessen red tape to make it easier to start and maintain a business.

“What we are saying is we are going to help Detroit bail themselves out and that’s by leaving more of the money that they actually earn in Detroit,” Paul said. “The big difference between this and a government stimulus is, we are not going to pick who gets the money. The consumer picks.”


“We have tried government stimulus before,” Paul said. “The government stimulus plan has not been working.”

“So I think when you see things that aren’t working and you see Detroit with nearly 18 percent unemployment, I think maybe people will be open to new solutions,” he continued, adding he thinks he will “find people receptive of this.”


Topics: , ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • Truthseeker

    Blacks don’t have the greatest track record when it comes to developing wealth and prosperity, but I admire the intent. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this. I’m not optimistic about the long-term gains, but it might be a slight improvement, since it’s hard for Detroit to get much worse.

    • rowingfool

      What the hey?

      Personal and corporate taxes lowered to 5%?

      No capital gains tax?

      And on top of that he has the gall to say that “we are not going to pick who gets the money”!

      Only a libertarian could be so blind and disingenuous as to deny that exemption from taxes is an implicit subsidy and directly impacts “who gets the money”.

      What right does he have to declare one region of the United States exempt from the laws and the tax burden shared by everyone else?

      And haven’t our Federal taxes sustained this city for the last 35 years? Was that so that it may become a tax haven for any business operating there?

      It’s obvious that Black enterprise isn’t going to bootstrap itself into self sufficiency, so this is aimed at large corporations who are well situated to take advantage of the tax holiday. Great! They can hire black workers in tax-free Detroit to the detriment of white labor in other locales. Just another way to drive down the working wages of Labor.

      • evilsandmich

        It really is a bit of a catch 22. If the pot is sweet enough (especially if, God forbid, Federal labor laws are relaxed/eliminated from the area) then the place may become successful, but it will be in spite of, not because of the current inhabitants. And what will the current inhabitents think of all that freedom when whites/asians/jews are prospering in the area and they aren’t? We’ve already seen how that played out once for Detroit.

      • Emperor Naked

        I agree, Paul is merely setting up a corporate freetown. Some job growth ought to result, but it is really a giveaway to corps. This shows that Paul is really a traditional Republican who supports the wealthy and big business, not a Libertarian. It shows that this new party is simply being co-opted by disidant members of other parties, not by free thinkers who are independent of bias or “strings.”

  • Alexandra1973

    I still say they should tear down that bridge on Woodward Avenue that goes over Eight Mile and wall up Detroit.

    After they get the whites out, that is. They can leave the mestizos and the Arabs there.

    I might add that Arabs are setting up shop in Detroit. Go on Google Earth and you’ll see mosques. I visited a hospital in the northeastern suburb of Warren and the writing was in English–and Arabic.

  • Dirtrot is a failure because income taxes are too high, payroll taxes are too high, there are no education tax credits, the EPA is too onerous and the very existence of Davis-Bacon.

    Okay, Rand Paul, aka political zombie Jack Kemp come back to life. (Take that as a hint: All these things have already been tried before and flopped.) All these things which supposedly make Detroit a failure are uniform Federal laws. So why isn’t every place as failed as Detoilet?

    BTW, welfare Sharkeishas in Detroitbabwe aren’t affected by any of these things.

    Detroit failed not because there isn’t enough freedom, but because there is too much “freedom.” Detroit is what happens when you “free” the black African.

    • Emperor Naked

      What I read/hear is that many other large cities are nearly as bad off as Detroit and might file for bankruptcy in the near enough future. So we have to ask what wwould happen when this remedy became a standard practice? Just think, we won’t have to put up with emails from Nigeria offering a million for a wire transfer, they will come from Detroit and other freetowns right here in the good ‘ol USA.

  • Daniel Schmuhl

    Libertarian and libertarianish conservatives think that if only the government got out of the way, black entrepreneurship would take off. Nothing could be farther from the truth, without the big welfare state blacks would fall farther down the socioeconomic ladder and crime would explode.

    • evilsandmich

      Well blacks are better off not living under black government; but I doubt if anyone will bring that up; so yeah, pretty pointless.

      • Emperor Naked

        I don’t know about that, but I do know that I would be safer.

    • Brian

      Crime would explode, but there’s a ‘free-market solution’ for that too…and it fits snugly in your hand.

  • Rhialto

    I hope this is just a PR move by Sen Paul to inhibit Racism charges. If he actually believes that any measurable number of Black Detroiters will vote for him, then Sen Paul is deranged and should be confined for his own good.

    • JohnEngelman

      If one feels something strongly it is easy to over estimate the number of those who feel the same way. It is easy to under estimate the difficulty of converting others to one’s persuasion.

    • evilsandmich

      It is a good play in one sense: blame liberals for the demise of Detroit, and since the liberals don’t want to be seen as racist it’s hard to escape the brush of it’s failure. As well, since none of Paul’s ideas are going to be implemented he can keep using Detroit as a club with which to beat liberals. I know, I know, it hasn’t worked all that well in the past, but can’t blame a guy for trying I suppose.

    • I tend to think that he actually believes it, or that he’s just trying to do what libertarians or kiddie pool libertarians always do, dilute and water down their agenda to pander to constituent groups. Rand Paul doing this in Detroitbabwe is really no different than his father lending his name to those un-PC newsletters of the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Spartacus

    Groids=Failure. Nuff said.

  • JohnEngelman

    Economic freedom only benefits those with the talent to win in competitive situations.

    • Emperor Naked

      Or to those that already own all the marbles.

      • JohnEngelman

        That too. Libertarians look at the economy through the eyes of employers and investors.

  • Alfred the Great

    Another republican “out reach” attempt. What a load of krap! How do you reach out to people who have not, do not, and will not ever agree with what you believe? They are like a cancer and true Conservatives are the cure. How does a cure effectively reach out to a disease, other than to kill it?

  • dd121

    A free economic zone will only work if they also make it a negro free zone.

  • bigone4u

    As if blacks are going to give up rap/hip hop, basketball, indiscriminate sex, welfare, the knockout game, boozing, drugs, etc. and become clean-cut Republican businessmen!! Republicans are delusional again.

  • bilderbuster

    Anytime Blacks are used as an example for any kind of economic experiment the only result to be expected is failure & to make it even worse Paul is using Blacks from Detroit.

  • negrolocaust

    hello amreners!

    if you want to hear a radio talk show host: constantly self-promote,
    promote his books incessantly , plug his latest items he has for sale, take fake staged calls that ask him questions about his books or the latest items he is selling and read scripted content listen to either the rush limbaugh or mark levin show!
    if you want to hear interesting original content listen to michael savage who by the way dedicated the majority of his last few shows to discussing the black on white violence of the knockout assaults..

    • IstvanIN

      I used to Listen to Michael Savage during drive time. The screaming got to me. And he does promote his various books.

      • Jack Burton

        Yeah, who is this guy trying to fool. Savage is right up there with the rest of them with his ads and self-promotion.

        I do find Savage far more entertaining and intelligent than the vast majority of conservative talkers though.

        The problem I have with Savage is he will occasionally go off script and say things that are clearly leftist and irrational. Like how he defended Trayvon. That made no damned sense. Recently he said he would do what Mandela did and said he wouldn’t talk about Mandela, but then proceeded to talk about Obama and insult the founding fathers. Makes no sense.

    • Jackryanvb

      Michael Savage has/had an interesting act. But it’s mostly an act.

      Remember that Michael Savage was once “Michael Wiener” a 1960s New York Leftist of “the tribe”. He changed his name, changed his act. If the United States goes Third World Muslim, don’t be surprised if Michael Savage goes away and comes back with a new act as an Islamic talk show host named Michael Mohamed something, and his form of American Islam will feature strong attacks on White racism and strong support for Israel and Islam in Europe, UK, Australia and USA. In Michael Mohammed something, Jews, Muslims and Hispanics will somehow be on the same team.


      • OTOH, if he’s changing his name and act to be somewhat like us, that’s good news for us.

  • alex

    You can change a zookeeper, you can institute new birth and feeding procedures, you can even build bigger cages.
    It won’t make hyenas herbivores.

  • WR_the_realist

    Jack Kemp’s “enterprise zones” are an old idea and I don’t recall that they ever worked, if they were ever even tried. Tell a businessman that he can operate free of most regulations and taxes if only he relocates to Detroit and he will (in private) tell you he’d rather have the regulations and taxes and operate somewhere else.

    • evilsandmich

      Might even say “Duh, we have those things precisely so that we do not turn into Detroit!”

    • Pro_Whitey

      At best an “enterprise zone” would cause a bubble of malinvestment in the zone area. If the regulations are bad, they are bad for everyone, and should be withdrawn. If just the zone gets a break, then the zone investment will wither away once the special crutches are removed. And that’s the best case scenario. There are about two or three sentences written or said by Jack Kemp that are worth keeping, and likely none of them is originally created by him.

    • JohnEngelman

      Taxes are necessary to fund the criminal justice system. Wherever there are many blacks there is a need for many police officers and prison guards.

  • HamletsGhost

    More proof, as if any was needed, that the Republicans have truly earned their sobriquet: The Stupid Party.

  • Jackryanvb

    I’m generally against human sacrifice and canibalism…

    But Ron and Rand Paul, race denying libertarians…


  • MekongDelta69

    “Paul wants to make Detroit an ‘economic freedom zone.'”

    Make it a “black-free zone” and you’re good to go (again – just like it was in the 50s and early 60s)…

  • Dave4088

    Ya just gotta hand it to those libertarians for thinking that watermelon and malt liquor stands will revitalize Detroit. I hope Rand doesn’t forget to urge the denizens of Detroit to use gold and silver as a medium of exchange.

    Self sufficiency and economic independence will never resonate with blacks, but we’ll let Rand man and other libertardians keep making complete fools of themselves.

    • Stan D Mute

      Not when “blame whitey” and “gibsmedat” are available!!

  • EuroHero

    Hey Rand your plan would work great if your intentions were reversed. In order to create an economically crippled zone simply parachute an army of blacks into the target area for certain victory.

    • Brian

      There’s a lot of talk in the military about ‘smart’ weapons, but I think we should use dumb weapons in the next Arab war. Drop the 85th (IQ) AirJordanBorne Rejamunt on the enemy– blacks smeared in bacon grease and wrapped in rainbow flags. Two birds, meet one stone!

      • EuroHero

        Omg, lmao!

      • EuroHero

        That will be a good one to remember to tell people omg. The “85th (IQ) AirJordanBorne Rejamunt” part had me crying.

  • Brian

    I wonder if Rand Paul has ever heard of King Canute. Or Don Quixote. Or the fable about the grasshopper and the ant.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Paul is either clueless or putting us on with Borat-level satire.

  • scutum

    “The senator will propose measures that would lower personal and corporate taxes to 5 percent, eliminate the capital gains tax, and lessen red tape to make it easier to start and maintain a business.” This will bring in a white entrepreneurial class and the ensuing gentrification will cause a decrease in the black undertow. Only then will Detroit begin to recover. Demographics is destiny, you cannot have a first world city with third world people.

    • Stan D Mute

      You could make Detroit 100% tax free. Only delusional whites would go there.

      Have you BEEN to Detroit? Imagine Haiti except ringed by suburbs growing whiter the further from the city you go. Intelligent whites want NOTHING to do with it.

  • Jack Burton

    Liberals are so clueless and backwards they use the truth and what’s positive as a supposed attack on “White radicals” like Paul.

    www. youtube. com/watch?v=L9B0giJLlEU

  • Stan D Mute

    Rand Paul is delusional. As a native Detroiter, I can authoritatively state that NOTHING will “rescue” that city from its demographically rooted demise.

    Well, maybe if ALL affirmative action and race based laws were suspended and an open door invitation to all white South Africans – that might do it. Then again, would they be willing to escape certain genocide in SA for the uncertainty of Detroit?

  • Jackryanvb

    Unfortunately for us this Jack Kemp style, pandering to Blacks, Liberal-Libertarian posturing works for Rand Paul.

    No, Rand Paul or Paul Ryan or any libertarian will never be elected President of the United States or given any real power to do any of their free market reforms. That isn’t their success.

    Rand Paul’s success is they are presented in the MSM mainstream media and Conservative Inc as the only “respectable” alternative to Left-Liberal, political correctness, Lib Dem, one party rule with the Lib Dem party controlling more and more of our lives.

    Rand Paul will be rich, famous, free to sell books, get invited to debates.

    In order to get access to the MSM – And not be driven from public life as a terrible RACIST, Rand Paul and all his current and former aides like Jack Hunter must accept all of the terrible belief system of the Liberal – Left, it’s just policy that is up for debate.

    It’s not up for debate that pre 1965 White America was an EVIL RACIST NATION. It’s not up for debate that only Whites can be racists. It’s not up for debate that Blacks in Detroit, Blacks in Haiti or Somalia or anywhere are some how responsible for their own poverty, high levels of violence. It’s not up for debate that Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela are/were saints. In Rand Paul’s world, as the only type of respectable “conservative” that can appear on the MSM and get talks about as a leading Presidential contender, he must fully embrace the fundamentalist religion of Black Ruled America, with all of it’s saints and dogmas, Blacks are victims, Whites were/are oppressors, only Rand Paul has some spin that his Libertarian Free market reforms will end the oppression of Blacks, give them “get out of jail” cards for being oppressed by evil White racist laws against drug trafficking, give the Blacks freedom to get out of all Black public schools, give them vouchers to go to clean private schools with pretty White girls, why shouldn’t poor Blacks get to go to nice, safe private schools like middle class Whites? Only a RACIST would ever tell poor Blacks “no” you can’t do that.

    To be acceptable to the mainstream media MSM, you must never tell poor blacks “no you can’t do that”. Rand Paul/Jack Kemp’s form of Libertarian Conservatism is about giving poor Blacks more freedom to choose, to do what they want to do”

    And what do poor Blacks all over the world want to do?

    Oh dear.

  • Jackryanvb

    They run the stores until they are attacked and burned down by Black rioters who are justifiably upset that some Italian Pizza place didn’t feature Black sports stars on their Italian American hall of fame wall.


    Spike Lee hates all Whites, but especially Italians.

  • Transpower

    It should be a tax-free business zone with no minimum wage. The main thing is to get people employed in the private sector as soon as possible. All government pensions should be eliminated. The schools should all be privatized.

    • Detroit with no minimum wage, no public worker pensions and no public schools.

      Sounds just like Somalia.

      • Transpower

        Nah. American for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations will rush in if Detroit is made a tax-free business zone. Public workers should pay for their own pensions. Public schools have failed America; let try free enterprise here.

  • Emperor Naked

    I’ll finish your last sentence, “and crime around.”

  • Yes, I catch your drift.

    Within the secure confines of an ethnostate, are some of the idea of Mises, Rothbard, Friedman, Hayek and Rand worth considering? Yes. Should we put their books on the photocopier and call it our future ethnostate’s economic policy? No.

    If left to their own devices and unencumbered by ideological cultism and the “guilt” we’re supposed to have of past regimes, the ideal economic paradigm of white peoples in white ethnostates is, if not purely national socialism, then some ethnocentric form of mixed socio-capitalism.

  • John K

    Blacks and their liberal enablers are to cities what termites are to wood. Detroit is finished; it is an example of what happens when liberals run cities.

  • Paleoconn

    How’s this for gummint stimulus. Rand can make incentives solely for Detroiters to go to his state of Kentucky. Then all the folks from the Detroit suburbs who have been chased out of their city over almost half a century, can move back into inner Detroit and rebuild it.

  • Detroit already is an “economic freedom zone”. Blacks were free to utterly wreck the city, and promptly did.