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Jack Kemp
9th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
In office
February 13, 1989 â€“ January 20, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Samuel Pierce
Succeeded by Henry Cisneros
Chair of the House Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 1981 â€“ January 3, 1987
Leader Bob Michel
Preceded by Samuel Devine
Succeeded by Dick Cheney
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1971 â€“ January 3, 1989
Preceded by Max McCarthy
Succeeded by Bill Paxon
Constituency 39th district (1971–73)
38th district (1973–83)
31st district (1983–89)
Personal details
Born Jack French Kemp
(1935-07-13)July 13, 1935
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Died May 2, 2009(2009-05-02) (aged 73)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joanne Kemp
Children 4 (including Jeff and Jimmy)
Alma mater Occidental College
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1958–1962
Rank Private
Unit U.S. Army Reserve

If you believe these polls, you're making a mistake.
I don't use labels a lot.
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.
Jack Kemp
Winning is like shaving – you do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum.
Jack Kemp
There ought to be a thoughtful welfare-reform debate that doesn't turn into something that could be called scapegoating.
Jack Kemp
It's nice to be needed.
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.
Jack Kemp
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.
Jack Kemp
If we are to change America, we must change the United States Congress.
All too often the Democratic Party has taken the black vote for granted, and all too often the Republican Party has written it off.
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I never met a poor person who wanted to soak the rich; they want to get rich.
Jack Kemp
Of course, every job I ever had I thought I was born for.
The Democratic Party is the party of the status quo.
Quarterbacks are always ready.
Councils of war breed timidity and defeatism.
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.
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My passion for ideas is not matched with a passion for partisan or electoral politics.
Jack Kemp
I think Bush understands the Internet and the incredible expansion of global e-commerce.
Jack Kemp
There's always cause for concern if bad policies are pursued.
I've been a kind of a wildcatter. I've been able to say anything I wanted.
Jack Kemp
Republicans many times can't get the words 'equality of opportunity' out of their mouths. Their lips do not form that way.
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There are a lot of grotesqueries in politics, not the least of which is the fund-raising side.
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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.
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There really has not been a strong Republican message to either the poor or the African American community at large.
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Its no secret that I've never liked tax credits.
I wasn't a great debater.
I can't understand why the Democratic parties seem so hostile to economic growth and business.
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Ladies and gentlemen, communism didn't fall. It was pushed.
I learned about the market's power when I was traded to the Buffalo Bills for $100.
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The problem is that the economy isn't growing fast enough to accommodate the level of spending produced through the democratic process.
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I am shocked that Republicans can't explain why our technological and economic advantages are the result of sound monetary and economic policy.
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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.
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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.
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You don't boo at a Kemp rally. You boo at football games.
When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.
Jack Kemp
I can't hide my feelings.
He'll call that trickle-down. I call it Niagara Falls.
Some people have theorized that I lurched to prove myself intellectually. But it was not any lurch. It was more a kind of awakening.
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We don't need to bring down the rich folk to help the poor.
American society as a whole can never achieve the outer-reaches of potential, so long as it tolerates the inner cities of despair.
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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.
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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.
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The real problem is deflation. That is the opposite of inflation but equally serious to the borrower.
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There is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble.
The only thing I can do is tell the truth as I see it and let the chips fall where they may.
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Economic growth doesn't mean anything if it leaves people out.
I am not antigovernment. I would not run a campaign against government.
There's only one race – it's human. We are all brothers and sisters.
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I would be a fool to put my feet down in a position where I can't accommodate metamorphoses.
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I unabashedly, unashamedly, unequivocally support the explosion of entrepreneurs in the capitalist system.
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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.
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I think I've advanced my views with compassion and tolerance.
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.
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Democracy without morality is impossible.
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.
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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.
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I can't help but care about the rights of the people I used to shower with.
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There are no limits to our future if we don't put limits on our people.
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People want opportunity so they can earn security.
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.
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