Yesterday, presidential candidate Rand Paul spoke at a fundraiser for Baltimore County Republicans. In his speech, he offered a diagnosis for what he sees as the root of Baltimore’s recent troubles. Is it police violence? Pfft, of course not. Decades of racist housing policies leading to entrenched disenfranchisement and poverty? No way! How can Baltimore struggle with racism if we have a black mayor, after all?
So how, then, do we fix Baltimore’s problems? For Paul, the answer is simple: “We lower the taxes on the business people so they hire more people.” (To be fair, Paul also touched on criminal justice reform and walked back some of his previous comments about the Baltimore unrest that many found offensive, too.)
In a way, I wish Paul was right. If only we could fix all our problems by a simple tweak of the tax code!
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