One of my Conservative heroes, Jack Kemp, died yesterday. Kemp was a Republican congressman from 1971 to 1989, and played an important role in the Reagan years. He was in George H W Bush's cabinet as Housing Secretary and was Bob Dole's running mate in 1996, having unsuccessfully run for President in 1988. He was a powerful advocate of a low tax, supply side economic policy and was rather unusual for a politician in that he had been a professional footballer (American style!) before entering politics. He became known as a "bleeding heart conservative" in part because he believed in Big Tent Republicanism.
Kemp first rose to national prominence in 1981 as the co-author of the Kemp-Roth Tax Cuts, based on the Laffer Curve theory. George Bush called it "Voodoo economics".
Jack Kemp died yesterday, at the age of 73, following a four month battle with cancer.
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