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Rand Paul on Welfare & Poverty

 


Strong safety net, but one that doesn't suffocate us

Let me say from the outset, I will work with the President, Democrats, Independents and anyone else who wants to get people back to work and alleviate poverty in our country.

I believe in an America with a strong safety net, but one that doesn't suffocate our resolve to better ourselves and our country.

We must choose a new way, a way that empowers the individual through education and responsibility to earn a place alongside their fellow Americans in the most prosperous nation ever conceived.

Source: Tea Party response to 2014 State of the Union address , Jan 28, 2014

Economic freedom zones in depressed inner cities

Q: In your trip to Detroit this week, you unveiled your plan for economic freedom zones in depressed areas. Let's take a look at that plan. You would set a flat individual and corporate tax rate in those depressed areas of 5%. Give parents more school choice and education tax credits. And loosen visa rules to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to open businesses. Critics say, well, those are all good ideas, but you've got to pour more government money into those inner cities if you're going to make a difference.

PAUL: Well, it hasn't worked. I mean, the president poured $1 trillion into the nation's economy. And when you divided it out, it was about $400,000 per job. The problem with a government stimulus is you pick the winners and losers. With this stimulus, a free market stimulus, you simply leave the money in the hands of those who earned it. So customers have actually picked out the successful people, the ones they choose to buy products from. Those people get more money.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2013 series of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Dec 8, 2013

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Page last updated: Sep 19, 2014