Herman Cain has explained what he once called Empowerment Zones and is now calling Opportunity Zones. Apparently others were feeling as I did that Empowerment Zones did not sound like something a conservative could support. Now I know that just changing the name makes absolutely no difference, but, regardless of what it is called, I like the idea better the way Cain explained it recently. Simply stated, an area must qualify to become an “opportunity zone” and by qualifying the zone will be enacting policies that empower citizens to work and the economy of that region or zone to improve. A few of the things Mr. Cain mentioned are:
To qualify for zone status under Cain’s plan, a given jurisdiction will have to enact policies the unions consider anathema – such as the elimination of the minimum wage, the provision of school vouchers, or the declaration of a zone as a “right-to-work” area.
While I never jumped completely off the Cain Train, I definitely was getting ready to jump. After hearing his explanation, I think Cain is probably still the man to vote for in the Republican primary. Notice that I said, ‘probably’. Two things that impress me about Cain; he is not afraid to say, “I am working on that” and “I will surround myself with people who know.” I have listened to him for several years when he has hosted radio programs and he has a solid, common sense approach to problem solving. It could be just what we need in this country.
- Cain to clarify 9-9-9 plan ‘opportunity zones’ at Detroit speech (thehill.com)
- Cain Adds to ‘9-9-9’ Plan, Angering Unions (foxnews.com)
- Fox: Herman Cain jobs plan to include proposal for abolishing minimum wage in ‘Opportunity Zones’ (dailykos.com)
- Republican Cain modifies 9-9-9 tax reform plan – Reuters (news.google.com)