Alphonso Jackson

(Alphonso R. Jackson)

Alphonso Jackson
Alphonso Jackson
  • Born: September 9, 1945
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant









Alphonso R. Jackson served as the 13th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 28, 2004 and confirmed by the Senate on March 31, 2004. Jackson announced his resignation on March 31, 2008.

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Each year, $55 Billion occur in closing costs, and people can’t shop around for them. Housing
When I came here I thought I worked for the President. But I didn’t realize that I also worked for 534 other people at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue who all think that they are presidents. Intergovernmental Relations
When I was Under-Secretary, I never got quoted at all. Now everything I say gets noted and printed. Media, Journalism & The Press
Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the President, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the President. Management & Managing Government
After leaving law school, I intentionally said that I never wanted to hold a job more than six years.
America is a place where you can be born into a low-income household but still lift yourself up, and it doesn't matter what color you are.
And for far too long, the Democrats have had a monopoly on black votes in this country.
And I always like to stress, it's not a quota, not a set-aside, it's not about race, it's about giving opportunities to demonstrate their abilities to do work with the Federal Government. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
And I'm the kind of manager that doesn't believe that you micro-manage professionals. They should understand their responsibility and carry out those responsibility.
And what most people don't understand is the bulk of business in this country is small business. Business, Commerce & Finance
As you know, in this country Anglo-Americans are about 75 to 76 percent home ownership in this country, where Hispanics, African Americans are less than 50 percent.
But I do know this: that the two and a half years that I've been at HUD, I am absolutely convinced that some of the best workers in the world are in Federal Government. Government
But we look back now, and we realize the Great Society was not a success. Society ;Success
For the first half of my adult life, I was a Democrat. Life
HUD's mission is to provide decency and sanitary housing for low and moderate income people in this country.
I believe that if you are elderly, physically or mentally handicapped we have an obligation too you, but if you are able-bodied, you should be working.
I think serving your government is the greatest thing in the world. Government
I think that there will always be a need for Housing and Urban Development.
In 1965, I marched for equality. Equality & Equal Opportunity
In the final analysis, it is your decision to make, but it doesn't move as fast as I'd like it to move.
One of the problems that we are confronted with is, when we decide to buy or build a home, we don't get a clear picture of what closing costs will be of that home.
Progress for black Americans depends on good schools because education is the last great equalizer. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
So, I have the responsibility of making sure that HUD functions and runs well.
So, we're saying, if we can give developers and builders incentives to cut down on the regulatory barriers that are faced in this country, then we might be able to address the needs of affordable housing.
The Bush administration is the most diverse in history because the president fills jobs on the basis of a person's capabilities and qualifications, not on the color of his or her skin. History
The dream doesn't lie in victimization or blame; it lies in hard work, determination and a good education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The largest challenge that we face, from my perspective, is the ability to continue moving forward so the agency will have a single mission: that is, to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing.
The other part of outsourcing is this: it simply says where the work can be done outside better than it can be done inside, we should do it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
They take pride in their schools. They begin to participate, where, when they are renters, they don't do that. So what we're doing by this program is strengthening America.
We believe that, by the time that we leave office, it will be institutionalized, and these programs will be addressing the needs and curing the problem that we set out to do. Time
You can't rise as a class. You have to rise individually. It's what many of the civil rights-era people don't understand.

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