Jack Kemp Quotes

Jack French Kemp (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) was an American politician and a professional gridiron football player. A Republican, he served as Housing Secretary in the administration of President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, having previously served nine terms as a congressman for Western New York's 31st congressional district 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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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.

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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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The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.

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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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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.

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The only law we broke was the Brezhnev doctrine that once a country is in the Soviet bloc it cannot be overthrown.

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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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There are no limits to our future if we don't put limits on our people.

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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'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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There's always cause for concern if bad policies are pursued.

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Winning is like shaving - you do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum.

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We want peace with all our hearts. But peace cannot be achieved through weakness.

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I think Bush understands the Internet and the incredible expansion of global e-commerce.

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The Democratic Party is the party of the status quo.

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