As many of you have no doubt heard, Jack Kemp passed away this week-end. Many people remember Jack Kemp as Bob Dole’s VP, but he was also one of the greatest champions of supply side economics during the Reagan years. This country has been incredibly prosperous since Ronald Reagan was first elected in 1980 and Jack Kemp deserves some of the credit for that. He also deserves a favorable mention because he was one of the biggest champions of using conservative policies to benefit poor Americans.
In order to help give Jack Kemp his proper due, I want to post 8 of his best quotations.
Democracy without morality is impossible.
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.
There is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble.
There really has not been a strong Republican message to either the poor or the African American community at large.
Pro football gave me a good perspective. When I entered the political arena, I had already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded, and hung in effigy.
Winning is like shaving – you do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum.
Democracy is not a mathematical deduction proved once and for all time. Democracy is a just faith fervently held, commitment to be tested again and again in the fiery furnace of history.
The supply-side claim is not a claim. It is empirically true and historically convincing that with lower rates of taxation on labor and capital, the factors of production, you’ll get a bigger economy.