Quotes by: Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp
9th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
In office
February 13, 1989 – 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 – 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 – 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

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
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
All too often the Democratic Party has taken the black vote for granted, and all too often the Republican Party has written it off.
Jack Kemp
I never met a poor person who wanted to soak the rich; they want to get rich.
Jack Kemp
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.
Jack Kemp
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
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.
Jack Kemp
There are a lot of grotesqueries in politics, not the least of which is the fund-raising side.
Jack Kemp
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.
Jack Kemp
There really has not been a strong Republican message to either the poor or the African American community at large.
Jack Kemp

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