Jack Kemp has passed away. Long noted or vilified because of his fiscal conservatism and association with “trickle down” (actually free enterprise) economics Mr. Kemp certainly exemplified the Republicrat “tent”. He was a passionate advocate of using state power to provide economic opportunity to urban areas. He also was an open borders “reformer” proposing guest worker and amnesty immigration programs. He was pretty staunch in his pro-life and strong national defense positions. Having met Mr. Kemp, I can tell you that he tended towards a haughtiness that was off-putting but managed his “blue collar” western New York credentials well.
Far from perfect, it must be noted that Jack Kemp helped architect the critical aspects of the Reagan economic revolution in Congress. He was a high profile advocate of economic empowerment. Despite his statist tending solutions to many things, he did boil his message down to individual acheivement and responsibility. Our thoughts and prayers are with his surviving family. Rest in Peace Jack Kemp.