Dick Cheney on Welfare & Poverty

Vice President of the United States under George W. Bush


Bush’s call for charity not heeded by Cheney’s 2% donations

Cheney bristled at questions yesterday about donating less than 1% of his income to charity in light of Bush’s call to substitute giving for government activism. “You can disagree with that,” he told reporters about his level of giving over the past 10 years. “I thought it was appropriate.”

Charity has been an important theme in the Bush-Cheney campaign, in part as a substitute for government programs. “We must rally the armies of compassion,” Bush has repeatedly told audiences, and has proposed expanding the permissible tax deductions for charitable contributions by those who do not itemize, as well as lifting the cap on corporate giving.

He also disagreed with the reporters’ arithmetic. While they counted only direct cash donations, he said that noncash items doubled the amount to more than $400,000, or 2% of his income. Cheney’s aides said he had spent 30 years in public service and that only in the past 5 years had he begun earning substantial money to pass on to his children.

Source: Boston Globe "Campaign Notebook" on 2000 race , Sep 6, 2000

Voted against WIC welfare nutrition programs

He voted against the creation of the Department of Education and opposed funding for the Head Start program. He was one of only 16 House members who voted in 1983 against a nonbinding measure to protect a nutrition program for women, infants, and children from budget cuts.
Source: Michael Kranish, Boston Globe on 2000 Pres. race, p. A13 , Jul 26, 2000

Raise public housing rent; pay with oil import revenue

Source: Thomas Register of Congressional Votes , Jan 1, 1988

Supported family services being provided by private groups

Source: Thomas Register of Congressional Votes , Jan 1, 1988

Co-sponsored bills for workfare; for local farmer control

Source: Thomas Register of Congressional Votes , Jan 1, 1988

Voted to cut public housing & mortgage subsidies

Source: Congressional Record, in Poltics in America, Alan Ehrenhalt , Jan 1, 1986

Co-sponsored bills for Enterprise Zones

Source: Thomas Register of Congressional Votes , Jan 1, 1986

Promote energy security with more LIHEAP spending.

Cheney adopted the National Energy Policy Development Group report:

The National Energy Policy seeks to lessen the impact on Americans of energy price volatility and supply uncertainty. Such uncertainty increases as we reduce America ’s dependence on foreign sources of energy. At the same time, however, we recognize that a significant percentage of our resources will come from overseas. Energy security must be a priority of US trade and foreign policy. We must look beyond our borders and restore America ’s credibility with overseas suppliers. In addition, we must build strong relationships with energy-producing nations in our own hemisphere, improving the outlook for trade, investment, and reliable supplies. Energy security also requires preparing our nation for supply emergencies, and assisting low-income Americans who are most vulnerable in times of supply disruption, price spikes, and extreme weather.

Source: National Energy Policy report 01-NEPD4 on May 2, 2001

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