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Why the GOP Is Stepping Up in Detroit

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  • Why the GOP Is Stepping Up in Detroit

    On Friday, the Michigan Republican Party opened a new political office in Detroit. Some pundits raised their eyebrows: The Motor City isn’t particularly known as a hub for Republican politics or conservative activism.

    Yet that’s the point. It hasn’t been, but it should be. And it will be.

    Sen. Paul spoke at the office’s opening and later talked with community leaders from the Detroit area about how to help cities in need of economic growth. Chairman Priebus also recently traveled to Detroit for a roundtable with local business leaders. While there, he announced the RNC’s hiring of Wayne Bradley as state director of African-American engagement and the formation of the Michigan Black Advisory Council.

    Critics might question our efforts, but as Republicans we believe in fighting for individual freedoms and equal opportunity for all, so we will listen to all voters in all neighborhoods, towns and cities. If a political party wants to have an impact, it can’t be in the business of going only where it already has supporters. It should be in the business of going where it can lend its support to important causes and continue to earn the trust of voters in return.

    Republican leaders need to hear from residents about the many challenges they face in Detroit—chief among them job creation and economic opportunities. That’s why Republicans must engage even more in Detroit, talking to people with whom we haven’t connected well in recent years, including the black community and urban voters. We must hear their concerns and offer real solutions to their needs.

    Where unemployment is high, we need to offer our ideas for job creation. We have to clear away unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and advocate for a more efficient, more frugal government. We have to make it easier for people to access capital. We have to encourage, rather than fight, entrepreneurship.

    Detroit has spent too many years under the mismanagement of Democrats who kept on spending and kept on increasing the size of the government—until the city went bankrupt. Detroit has learned the hard way that an economic comeback won’t come from higher taxes, more regulation or more government control.

    It’s time to give the Republican ideas of free enterprise a try in the Motor City. It’s time we offer real solutions that leave more money in the hands of those who earned it. It’s time for the GOP to share our message of less government and more individual freedom.

    The national economy over the past few years has been hard on millions of people across the country, especially in many urban areas. The snail’s pace of economic growth might have been enough for the stock market to recover, but it hasn’t been enough for many families and communities to recover—like Detroit, where the unemployment rate is 16.2 percent.

    We need to go to these communities and speak with these families. We need to hear their concerns and work with the local governments to solve problems. Political engagement isn’t just about winning votes; it’s about offering solutions.

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    I think it's a good idea. Strike while the iron is hot, so to speak.
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