And for far too long, the Democrats have had a monopoly on black votes in this country.
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 dream doesn't lie in victimization or blame; it lies in hard work, determination and a good education.
The Republican Party is committed to the basic principle that everyone deserves a chance to achieve the American Dream.
The so-called black leaders of this nation have convinced a large portion of the black community that blacks aren't capable of self-advancement.
They tout the belief that if blacks want to succeed in this country, there is only one path: reliance on the government.
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.
Yet critics on the left find it incomprehensible that any black American could succeed on his or her own through hard work and determination.
You can't rise as a class. You have to rise individually. It's what many of the civil rights-era people don't understand.
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.
And what most people don't understand is the bulk of business in this country is small business.
HUD's mission is to provide decency and sanitary housing for low and moderate income people in this country.
For the first half of my adult life, I was a Democrat.
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.
I think serving your government is the greatest thing in the world.