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Al Gore on Welfare & Labor
Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for 6 older headlines OR click here for 21 headlines about Labor Policy OR click here for Al Gore on other issues.
  • Housing: Keep interest rates low; foster more savings. (Oct 28)
  • Invest to increase median family income by one-third by 2010. (Sep 6)
  • $2.3B in tax credits for worker training. (Jun 23)
  • $200B to encourage more savings by low-income workers. (Jun 19)
  • Second generation of welfare reform: focus on fatherhood. (Jun 2)
  • Build 180,000 low-income homes; subsidize 120,000 more. (Apr 19)
  • Investing in inner cities is good deed & good business. (Apr 16)
  • 7M people off welfare: reform has worked. (Jan 26)
  • Reduce child poverty via tax credits & minimum wage. (Jan 8)
  • Invest in urban redevelopment and “Empowerment Zones”. (May 1999)

    Faith-based organizations

  • Strengthen voluntary charity as well as federal welfare. (Sep 30)
  • Supports volunteerism thru faith-based organizations. (May 1999)
  • Corporations should match donations to faith-based orgs. (May 1999)
  • “Charitable Choice:” Fed funds for church-based welfare. (May 1999)
  • Faith-based organizations replace govt programs. (May 1999)


  • Reduce poverty to 10% via welfare reform & minimum wage. (Sep 6)
  • Support equal pay for equal work. (Sep 6)
  • Promises labor prosperity, repeal of striker replacement law. (Jul 21)
  • To union: we disagree on China; but agree elsewhere. (May 22)
  • Supports Coal Miner and Widows Health Protection Act. (May 10)
  • Add $1 to minimum wage; add earned-income credits. (Aug 1999)
  • Injuries can be reduced by workers self-identifying hazards. (May 1999)
David McReynolds on Welfare & Labor
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  • Housing, food, & health benefits for welfare recipients. (May 2)
  • Raise minimum wage & establish maximum wage. (Sep 1999)
Dick Cheney on Welfare & Labor
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  • Bush’s call for charity not heeded by Cheney’s 2% donations. (Sep 6)
  • Voted against WIC welfare nutrition programs. (Jul 26)
  • Raise public housing rent; pay with oil import revenue. (Jan 1988)
  • Supported family services being provided by private groups. (Jan 1988)
  • Co-sponsored bills for workfare; for local farmer control. (Jan 1988)
  • Voted to cut public housing & mortgage subsidies. (Jan 1986)
  • Co-sponsored bills for Enterprise Zones. (Jan 1986)
  • Limit labor actions & overtime; require layoff notification. (Jan 1986)
Ezola Foster on Welfare & Labor
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  • Welfare system destroys self-worth of poor. (Aug 11)
George W. Bush on Welfare & Labor
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  • Housing: Help low-income purchasers, and housing developers. (Oct 28)
  • Housing: Use HUD rental vouchers for first home purchase. (Oct 28)
  • Bush’s Texan philosophy for the poor: up-by-the-bootstraps. (Oct 16)
  • Blueprint: promote charity, community, and safety. (Sep 17)
  • Transform low-income rentals to home ownership. (Aug 3)
  • Focus welfare on transition to work & responsibility. (Jun 5)
  • $1.7B over 5 years for home rehabs in poor neighborhoods. (Apr 19)
  • 50% tax credits for 20,000 home rehabs per year. (Apr 19)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: rent vouchers; homeowner credits. (Apr 11)
  • $1B & tax credits for Individual Development Accounts. (Apr 11)
  • Remove tax “tollbooths” for poor single moms. (Jan 22)
  • Supports low-income heating oil assistance program. (Dec 1999)
  • Work and responsibility to replace welfare. (Dec 1999)
  • Too much government fosters dependency. (Dec 1999)

    Faith-based organizations

  • Government solving social problems crowds out compassion. (Oct 31)
  • Devolve welfare to both state and private charities. (Sep 30)
  • Fund faith-based private programs that promote independence. (Jun 27)
  • Compassion Capital Fund to foster church-based welfare. (Apr 2)
  • Church-based solutions for drugs, daycare, & crime. (Apr 2)
  • “No-strings” vouchers for religious groups to do charity. (Jan 22)
  • Religious charities deserve government support. (Dec 1999)
  • Churches provide “armies of compassion” to help the poor. (Oct 1999)
  • Look first to faith-based organizations. (Aug 1999)
  • Religious groups compete for state service contracts. (Jun 1999)


  • Flex-time & family-oriented work rules via tax code. (Oct 6)
  • Tax breaks, child care & bus fare for working recipients. (Jul 1998)
Harry Browne on Welfare & Labor
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  • Repealing taxes will foster charity. (Sep 9)
  • End unemployment programs; feds out of employment biz. (Jan 13)
  • Religious & community-based charities should handle welfare. (Jan 13)
  • End welfare completely; no entitlements to others’ earnings. (May 1996)
  • War on Poverty & rent control cause poverty & homelessness. (May 1996)
  • Supports enterprise zones; eliminate govt regulations. (May 1996)
  • End welfare; return to private compassion & charity. (May 1996)
  • Community-based welfare ensured oversight & honesty. (Jul 1995)
  • Welfare perverts natural incentives & hence destroys lives. (Jul 1995)
  • 8-month transition, then end all welfare checks. (Jul 1995)
Howard Phillips on Welfare & Labor
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  • Federally subsidized welfare should be ended. (Jan 13)
  • End welfare; family income doubles when fed gov’t shrinks. (Sep 1999)
  • Deconstruct the humanist-globalist welfare state. (Nov 1992)
John Hagelin on Welfare & Labor
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  • Supports tax credits for job creation & empowerment zones. (Jan 13)
  • Welfare via block grants; focus on job creation. (Jan 13)
Joseph Lieberman on Welfare & Labor
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  • Commitment to labor & working families stressed. (Sep 4)
  • For minimum wage; against labor on free trade. (Aug 8)
  • Individual Development Accounts for low-income families. (Aug 7)
  • Small business drives job creation. (Aug 7)
  • Volunteerism is good but government needs professionals. (May 2)
  • Enterprise zones spread prosperity to poor cities. (May 2)
  • Train local workers to reduce dependence on foreign labor. (Feb 14)
  • Supported 1996 welfare reform. (Jan 1)
Pat Buchanan on Welfare & Labor
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  • Keeping US jobs benefits black middle class. (May 30)
  • Agrees with union stance on trade. (Feb 3)
  • Welfare is a state and local responsibility. (Jan 1)
  • No minimum-wage increase. (Jan 1)
  • Offset minimum wage increase with small business tax cuts. (Nov 1999)
  • Corporations are “amoral behemoths”. (Sep 1999)
Ralph Nader on Welfare & Labor
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  • Charity work is good; but politics addresses root causes. (Oct 14)
  • Attack corporate welfare kings, not poor welfare queens. (Oct 9)
  • Limit executive compensation to 30-to-1 over lowest pay. (Oct 9)
  • Domestic Marshall Plan to abolish poverty. (Oct 8)
  • Democracy can’t co-exist with gross income inequality. (Jun 25)
  • Retail malls siphon off business from central cities. (May 18)
  • Homelessness is peaking despite good economy. (May 7)
  • Big business lobbying subordinates democracy. (Feb 21)
  • Training & earned income credits are corporate subsidies. (Apr 1996)

    Consumer Rights

  • Help for ordinary people should replace corporate welfare. (Sep 1)
  • Address corporate crimes piecemeal AND by revoking charters. (Feb 23)
  • Stop giving corporations the same rights as people. (Dec 1995)


  • Living wage spreads economic expansion to reach all areas. (Oct 22)
  • Repeal Taft-Hartley; strengthen unions. (Oct 8)
  • Unions struggle even in heart of union country. (Sep 5)
  • Vote for a union supporter, not against Republicans. (Aug 29)
  • Message to Democrats: Don’t take labor for granted. (Jul 23)
  • Raise the minimum wage immediately. (Jun 26)
  • Functional wages are falling despite economic boom. (Jun 25)
  • Top CEOs make 415 times entry wages. (Feb 23)
  • Limit executive salaries & perks. (Feb 21)
  • Student pressure can help oppressed textile workers abroad. (Aug 1999)
Winona LaDuke on Welfare & Labor
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  • Current government policies benefit the privileged few. (Jun 25)
  • Supports increased wages for dignity in work. (Apr 25)
  • Opposed 1996 welfare reform; help the poor instead. (Oct 1996)


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