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Greg Slabodkin: The nation could use someone with Kemp’s vision

By Greg Slabodkin | The Buffalo News|

It’s been more than two years since the passing of Jack Kemp, former Republican congressman, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, vice presidential nominee and Buffalo Bills quarterback. Kemp’s absence from the political stage has never been felt more acutely.

Partisan politics and gridlock dominate Washington, crippling our political process, as demonstrated in the recent fight over raising the nation’s debt ceiling. The self-serving gamesmanship played by both Democrats and Republicans took our country to the brink of catastrophe before a deal was struck.

“You serve your party best by serving our nation first,” Kemp said, a lesson in public service that has been lost on today’s politicians.

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