Fred Thompson on Jobs

Former Republican Senator (TN)

In a dynamic economy, some jobs lost and some gained

Q: In the kind of dynamic economy you favor, lots of new jobs are created, but a lot of jobs are lost, as well. What would you do to help those that lose jobs?

A: Well, in a dynamic economy, there are jobs lost and there are jobs gained. And so far, there have been more jobs gained. To put up barriers and say that so-and-so cannot lose a job would be the wrong thing to do in a free-market economy thatís been so well for us. Itís made us the most prosperous nation in the history of the world.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Donít use union dues for political purposes

Q: Are unions good for America?

A: I donít have to pretend that Iím a union member because I have been a union member some time--the Screen Actors Guild still counts, doesnít it?

Q: Yes, sir.

A: No, I believe in the rights of workers to band together for their own purposes, no question about that. I do not believe a person ought to have to be a member of the union to work. I do not believe that union bosses ought to use union dues for political purposes that their members donít necessarily agree with, and I do not agree with them denying union members a secret ballot. But other than that, I think that theyíve done a lot of good over the years for this country and will continue to do so.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

USDA problems: info security and Forest Service finances

Repeated studies by both the GAO and the Agriculture Departmentís own Inspector General have documented over 15 core management problems that plague the Department. Two of the problems--information security and Forest Service financial management--are on GAOís ďhigh risk listĒ of those federal activities that are most vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. The following is a brief description of eight of the most serious core management problems at the Agriculture Department. These problems are:
Source: Government at the Brink, by Fred Thompson, Vol.2, p. 1 Jun 3, 2001

Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress.

Vote to pass a resolution to give no enforcement authority to ergonomics rules submitted by the Labor Department during the Clinton Administration. These rules would force businesses to take steps to prevent work-related repetitive stress disorders
Reference: Bill S J Res 6 ; vote number 2001-15 on Mar 6, 2001

Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage.

The Kennedy (D-MA) Amdt would have increased the minimum wage by $1 an hour over two years, to $5.65 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2001. The Kennedy Amdt would have also provided $9.5 billion in tax cuts over five years.
Status: Motion to Table Agreed to Y)50; N)48; NV)2
Reference: Motion to table Kennedy Amdt #2751; Bill S. 625 ; vote number 1999-356 on Nov 9, 1999

Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time.

This bill would have allowed workers to choose between overtime and compensatory time.
Status: Cloture Motion Rejected Y)53; N)47
Reference: Motion to invoke cloture on a Committee amdt to S. 4; Bill S. 4 ; vote number 1997-68 on May 15, 1997

Voted YES on replacing farm price supports.

Replaces farm price supports with seven years of annual fixed payments.
Status: Bill Passed Y)64; N)32; NV)4
Reference: Agriculture Market Transition Act of 1996; Bill S. 1541 ; vote number 1996-19 on Feb 7, 1996

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GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

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Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
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