Dick Cheney on Jobs

Vice President of the United States under George W. Bush

FactCheck: Yes, 1.7M jobs added, but still net loss of 0.9M

EDWARDS: Here’s what’s happened: In the time that they have been in office, in the last four years, 1.6 million private sector jobs have been lost, 2.7 million manufacturing jobs have been lost.

CHENEY: The data he’s using is old data. It’s from 2003. It doesn’t include any of the gains that we’ve made in the last years. We’ve added 1.7 million jobs to the economy.

FACT CHECK: Both Edwards and Cheney quoted selective and misleading figures about jobs. Cheney correctly noted that 1.7 million jobs have been added in the past year, since payroll employment bottomed out in August of last year. New employment figures are due on Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the last report before election day. It now appears certain that Bush and Cheney will end their term with payroll employment still below where it was when they took office, the first time that’s happened since the Hoover administration. The net loss in total employment is actually 913,000 as of August

Source: Edwards-Cheney debate analysis by FactCheck 2004 , Oct 6, 2004

Deal effectively with tax policy and reduce litigation costs

Q: What can you tell the poor and jobless that your administration will do to better their lives?

CHENEY: There’s no better antidote to poverty than a good, well-paying job that allows somebody to take care of their own family. To do that, we have to make America the best place in the world to do business. We’ve got to deal effectively with tax policy. We’ve got to reduce the litigation costs that are built into our society. We’ve got to provide the adequate medical care and make certain that we can, in fact, create the opportunities that are vital to that process.

EDWARDS: 4 million more Americans have fallen into poverty during the Bush presidency. They’re for outsourcing jobs. Bush says over and over that the outsourcing of millions of American jobs is good. We’re against it. We want to get rid of tax cuts for companies sending jobs overseas. We want to balance this budget, get back to fiscal responsibility. And we want to invest in the creative, innovative jobs of the future.

Source: Edwards-Cheney debate: 2004 Vice Presidential , Oct 5, 2004

Tax relief for small business means more new jobs

Many of you [small business owners] pay taxes at the top rate. By lowering your income tax rates, we can help you grow. And that means somebody is more likely to find work. Tax relief for small businesses means more new jobs in America. There are some who suggest that we should repeal the tax relief and raise taxes. They need to get the message that small businesses deserve tax relief, because the more money our small businesses can keep, the more jobs the nation will have.

Under the tax relief package that the President signed this past May, we raised the annual expense deduction for capital investments from $25,000 to $100,000 -- a sure way to promote investment in new equipment and software. We believe all of these policies have set the stage for sustained growth in our economy. A recent survey of small businesses shows rising optimism among owners, evidence of improving sales, and more plans to invest and hire new workers.

Source: Remarks at the National Minority Enterprise Conference , Sep 30, 2003

Limit labor actions & overtime; require layoff notification

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

Other governors on Jobs: Dick Cheney on other issues:
WY Gubernatorial:
Matt Mead
WY Senatorial:
John Barrasso
Michael Enzi

Newly elected Nov. 2012:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for re-election 2013:
NJ: Chris Christie
VA: Bob McDonnell
Up for re-election 2014:
AK: Sean Parnell
AL: Robert Bentley
AR: Mike Beebe
AZ: Jan Brewer
CA: Jerry Brown
CO: John Hickenlooper
CT: Dan Malloy
FL: Rick Scott
GA: Nathan Deal
HI: Neil Abercrombie
IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
NY: Andrew Cuomo
OH: John Kasich
OK: Mary Fallin
OR: John Kitzhaber
PA: Tom Corbett
RI: Linc Chafee
SC: Nikki Haley
SD: Dennis Daugaard
TN: Bill Haslam
TX: Rick Perry
VT: Peter Shumlin
WI: Scott Walker
WY: Matt Mead
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