About Alphonso Jackson:
Alphonso R. Jackson was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 28, 2004 and confirmed by the Senate on March 31, 2004. Jackson announced his resignation on March 31, 2008.
But I do know this: that the two and a half years that I've been at HUD, I am absolutely convinced that some of the best workers in the world are in Federal Government.
And what most people don't understand is the bulk of business in this country is small business.
As you know, in this country Anglo-Americans are about 75 to 76 percent home ownership in this country, where Hispanics, African Americans are less than 50 percent.
One of the problems that we are confronted with is, when we decide to buy or build a home, we don't get a clear picture of what closing costs will be of that home.
The Bush administration is the most diverse in history because the president fills jobs on the basis of a person's capabilities and qualifications, not on the color of his or her skin.
Progress for black Americans depends on good schools because education is the last great equalizer.
The dream doesn't lie in victimization or blame; it lies in hard work, determination and a good education.
In 1965, I marched for equality.
But we look back now, and we realize the Great Society was not a success.
And I always like to stress, it's not a quota, not a set-aside, it's not about race, it's about giving opportunities to demonstrate their abilities to do work with the Federal Government.
I think serving your government is the greatest thing in the world.
For the first half of my adult life, I was a Democrat.
We believe that, by the time that we leave office, it will be institutionalized, and these programs will be addressing the needs and curing the problem that we set out to do.
After leaving law school, I intentionally said that I never wanted to hold a job more than six years.
America is a place where you can be born into a low-income household but still lift yourself up, and it doesn't matter what color you are.
And for far too long, the Democrats have had a monopoly on black votes in this country.
And I'm the kind of manager that doesn't believe that you micro-manage professionals. They should understand their responsibility and carry out those responsibility.
HUD's mission is to provide decency and sanitary housing for low and moderate income people in this country.
I believe that if you are elderly, physically or mentally handicapped we have an obligation too you, but if you are able-bodied, you should be working.
I think that there will always be a need for Housing and Urban Development.