Jack Kemp Articles

An Idea Whose Time Never Came

Jack Kemp's enterprise zones still deserve a try.
Jan 25, 2016

G.K. Chesterton famously remarked, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried." The same can be said of a more down-to-earth but still-radical idea: The late Jack Kemp's antipoverty proposal for urban enterprise zones was found politically difficult and never tried.

Democrats and too many Republicans believe the urban myth that in 1993 Congress passed Kemp's plan, which the Clinton administration enacted with disappointing results, thus demonstrating that the enterprise zone idea doesn't work. But Kemp's proposal was drastically different from what was carried out. The two versions share similar names but reflect divergent views about government's role in

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