Jack Kemp

Posted February 03, 2009

Posted November 12, 2008

My first thought last week upon learning that a 47-year-old African-American Democrat had won the presidency was, "Is this a great country or not?"

Posted October 28, 2008

Are Barack Obama's proposed tax increases adversely affecting our financial markets? We say yes, unambiguously. The senator has done a masterful job distracting attention from his tax increases with his $500-per-worker tax credit supposedly for 95 percent of Americans.

Posted September 16, 2008

Barack Obama says he supports a tax cut for 95 percent of all Americans. He is referring here to his proposal for a $500 refundable income tax credit for all workers, except those in the top 5 percent of income earners.

Posted August 08, 2008

Today, in this presidential debate over a 21st century economic growth agenda, it is ironic that John McCain is far closer to JFK policies than the presumptive Democratic candidate, Barack Obama.

Posted July 23, 2008

For Social Security reform done right is a huge opportunity for a historic breakthrough in the personal prosperity of working people.

Posted May 19, 2008

It's no secret that these are uncertain economic times. With the cost of food and energy rising almost daily, one might expect politicians to work overtime to keep taxes on other consumer goods from adding to the cost of living.

Posted May 12, 2008

In reality, Israel has come a long way, and our hope is that the Palestinian authority can eventually overcome Arab hostility in order to reach a true modus vivendi in these ongoing talks.

Posted May 06, 2008

Ah, remember the good old days of opinion columns appearing on the opinion page opposite a newspaper's editorial positions?

Posted March 11, 2008

In the early 1970s, I remember the disdain (and disgust) I felt as the Republican Party was torn apart by President Nixon.

Posted February 11, 2008

I'm writing to you soon after Mitt Romney suspended his campaign and Sen. John McCain addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference, not to calm you down, but to put McCain's campaign and career in historical perspective.

Posted November 27, 2007

Believe it or not, federal spending has been stable at around 20 percent of the gross domestic product for more than 50 years, ever since it settled down after World War II.

Posted October 19, 2007

Where capital investment and trade are crossing borders, armies don't.

Posted August 14, 2007

Make no mistake dear readers, listening and watching the presidential candidates in the Democratic Party debate over the economy, I believe they are all headed in the direction of higher tax rates, and protectionist trade policies.

Posted July 03, 2007

Watching the third debate between the Democratic candidates for president on PBS at Howard University, I was struck by the juxtaposition of mostly white men and women discussing issues primarily related to people of color.

Posted June 25, 2007

Ronald Reagan said famously, "The trouble with those on 'the left': if they see something move, they'll tax it, if it keeps moving, they'll regulate it, and if it stops moving, they'll subsidize it." We would add, as longtime "tax cutters," that unfortunately, all too often, that phenomenon is also occurring on "the right."

Posted June 19, 2007

What do Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and the ancient Roman Emperor Diocletian all have in common? They all imposed price controls on their respective economies. When Presidents Nixon and Carter embraced government-imposed gasoline price controls for the better part of a decade, consumers paid the price in terms of shortages, rationing and long waiting lines. In contrast, succeeding administrations from Presidents Reagan to Clinton did not, and the performance of the economy under their collective watch proves they were correct.

Posted June 05, 2007

We've only met a few times, but we went to the same college, Occidental in Los Angeles. I graduated 50 years ago and went into the NFL, while decades later you ended up graduating from Columbia and Harvard and practicing law in Illinois.

Posted May 30, 2007

Mario Cuomo of New York electrified the 1984 Democratic Convention with his tale of America as two cities, one rich and one poor, almost permanently divided into two classes. Today John Edwards is running for president on this same platform and using the same metaphor.

Posted May 25, 2007

To wage a real war on poverty, we should launch a 21st century Marshall Aid Plan in the cities of America to reform education; create job opportunities; and provide access to capital, credit and ownership opportunities for low-income Americans.