Jack Kemp

(Jack French Kemp)

Jack Kemp
Jack Kemp
  • Born: July 13, 1935
  • Died: May 2, 2009
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Jack French Kemp was an American politician and a professional player in both American football and Canadian football. A Republican from New York, he served as Housing Secretary in the administration of President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, having previously served nine terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1989. He was the Republican Party's nominee for Vice President in the 1996 election, where he was the running mate of presidential nominee Bob Dole. Kemp had previously contended for the presidential nomination in the 1988 Republican primaries.

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Affirmative action based on quotas is wrong - wrong because it is antithetical to the genius of the American idea: individual liberty.
All too often the Democratic Party has taken the black vote for granted, and all too often the Republican Party has written it off.
American society as a whole can never achieve the outer-reaches of potential, so long as it tolerates the inner cities of despair. Society
Councils of war breed timidity and defeatism. War & Peace
Democracy without morality is impossible.
Economic growth doesn't mean anything if it leaves people out.
Every time in this century we've lowered the tax rates across the board, on employment, on saving, investment and risk-taking in this economy, revenues went up, not down. Time
He'll call that trickle-down. I call it Niagara Falls.
I am not antigovernment. I would not run a campaign against government. Government
I am shocked that Republicans can't explain why our technological and economic advantages are the result of sound monetary and economic policy.
I believe in civil liberties for homosexuals. I guess I'd have to say I'd draw the line at letting them teach in the schools.
I can't help but care about the rights of the people I used to shower with.
I can't hide my feelings.
I can't understand why the Democratic parties seem so hostile to economic growth and business. Business, Commerce & Finance
I don't use labels a lot.
I learned about the market's power when I was traded to the Buffalo Bills for $100. Power
I never met a poor person who wanted to soak the rich; they want to get rich.
I think Bush understands the Internet and the incredible expansion of global e-commerce.
I think I've advanced my views with compassion and tolerance.
I think the American people want to see the interactivity between candidates and audiences, and tough questions posed by people and how you handle them under fire.
I unabashedly, unashamedly, unequivocally support the explosion of entrepreneurs in the capitalist system.
I wasn't a great debater.
I would be a fool to put my feet down in a position where I can't accommodate metamorphoses.
If we are to change America, we must change the United States Congress.
If you believe these polls, you're making a mistake.
It's nice to be needed.
Its no secret that I've never liked tax credits.
I've been a kind of a wildcatter. I've been able to say anything I wanted.
Just as the left has to be more willing to question 'Government knows best,' the right has to rethink its laissez-faire attitude toward government. Government
Ladies and gentlemen, communism didn't fall. It was pushed.
My passion for ideas is not matched with a passion for partisan or electoral politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
My wife had a miscarriage. We have rarely talked about it. It did make me more aware of the sanctity of human life, how precious every child is. Life
Of course, every job I ever had I thought I was born for.
Our goals for this nation must be nothing less than to double the size of our economy and bring prosperity and jobs, ownership and equality of opportunity to all Americans, especially those living in our nation's pockets of poverty. Equality & Equal Opportunity
People want opportunity so they can earn security.
Pro football gave me a good sense of perspective to enter politics: I'd already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded and hung in effigy. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Quarterbacks are always ready.
Republicans many times can't get the words 'equality of opportunity' out of their mouths. Their lips do not form that way. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Some people have theorized that I lurched to prove myself intellectually. But it was not any lurch. It was more a kind of awakening.
Taxes on capital, taxes on labor, inflation, bureaucratic regulation, minimum wage laws, are all - to different degrees - unnecessary slices of the wedge that stand between an individual's effort and reward for that effort.
The Democratic Party is the party of the status quo.
The only thing I can do is tell the truth as I see it and let the chips fall where they may. Truth
The problem is that the economy isn't growing fast enough to accommodate the level of spending produced through the democratic process.
The real problem is deflation. That is the opposite of inflation but equally serious to the borrower.
The Soviet Union represents a threat in terms of might. It is a joke in terms of its economy and what it has to offer the Third World - a laughingstock to countries that are looking for an economic-development model.
The zeitgeist is for cutting spending and balancing the budget. But I do not want the Republican Party to be perceived as putting the budget ahead of people, jobs and education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
There are a lot of grotesqueries in politics, not the least of which is the fund-raising side. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There are no limits to our future if we don't put limits on our people. Future
There is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There ought to be a thoughtful welfare-reform debate that doesn't turn into something that could be called scapegoating.
There really has not been a strong Republican message to either the poor or the African American community at large.
There's always cause for concern if bad policies are pursued.
There's no limit to what free men and free women in a free market with free enterprise can accomplish when people are free to follow their dream. Women
There's only one race - it's human. We are all brothers and sisters.
To Republicans, I humbly suggest that we make it possible for Democrats to give up their quest for redistribution of income and wealth by our acceptance of an appropriate role for government in financing those public goods and services necessary to secure a social safety net below which no American would be allowed to fall. Government
We don't need to bring down the rich folk to help the poor.
When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.
Winning is like shaving - you do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum.
With the end of the cold war, all the 'isms' of the 20th century - Fascism, Nazism, Communism and the evil of apartheid-ism - have failed. Except one. Only democracy has shown itself true the help of all mankind. War & Peace
You don't boo at a Kemp rally. You boo at football games.

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