The Democratic Party: 

Working to Keep America Working


Printable "Working to Keep America Working" Talking Points


"I'm sure American workers are shocked
by the president's embracing of outsourcing."

- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
[Bush Econ Advisor: Outsourcing OK CBS 2/13/04]

President Clinton’s leadership increased the number of net new jobs by 22 million. 

With George W. Bush in the White House, the U.S. has lost nearly 3 million jobs (Chart).
In fact, more jobs have been lost under Bush than we’ve experienced since the Great Depression. Indeed, George W. Bush has returned the country to economic hard times with families either worried whether their jobs are secure or—for the 9 million unemployed, whether America is still the land of milk and honey that rewards those of us who work hard and play by the rules. 
In his book Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them, political satirist Al Franken reveals that if Bush and his father had run the country from its inception, they would not have created a single net new job.

"[M]y economic security plan can be summed up in one word: jobs."

— George W. Bush, 2002 State of the Union address

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“Since Bush took office in January 2001, the United States’ manufacturing sector... has seen its employee ranks shrink for 43 consecutive months.” [Bush's pick for jobs 'czar' withdraws Cox News Service 3/11/04]

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“Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, encountering the other side of a tempestuous debate in the United States, sought to assure Indians on Tuesday that the Bush administration would not try to halt the outsourcing of high-technology jobs to their country.…Mr. Powell said: ‘Outsourcing is a natural effect of the global economic system and the rise of the Internet and broadband communications. You're not going to eliminate outsourcing; but, at the same time, when you outsource jobs it becomes a political issue in anybody's country.’” [Powell Reassures India on Technology Jobs New York Times 3/17/04]

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Bush’s chief economic advisor, Greg Mankiw, head of the Council of Economic Advisors, told members of Congress and the press while presenting the Economic Report of the President that outsourcing jobs overseas was good for America.

“Mankiw wrote that the movement of U.S. jobs overseas due to cheaper labor costs - "outsourcing" he dubbed it in a remarkable display of political tone deafness - would prove "a plus for the economy in the long run," and was simply "a new way of doing international trade."” [Bush Econ Advisor: Outsourcing OK CBS 2/13/04]

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle called Mankiw's assessment
Alice in Wonderland economics

[Bush Econ Advisor: Outsourcing OK CBS 2/13/04]

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Rather than finding an expert on creating jobs here in the United States, Bush appointed an outsourcing expert as America’s Manufacturing Jobs Czar Anthony Raimondo, chairman and chief executive of Behlen Manufacturing Co, was Bush’s nominee for the new position of assistant secretary of manufacturing. “Democrats noted that while Behlen was expanding in Beijing, it was laying off workers at home.”

Since the 2001 recession, Raimondo has cut his 600 jobs from his 1,600 employee US workforce. He made no apologies about his views on outsourcing. He said:“If you want to sell in China, you have to produce in China.” [Bush's pick for jobs 'czar' withdraws Cox News Service 3/11/04]

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Raimondo “withdrew from consideration to be the White House's manufacturing "czar".... Democrats opposed Raimondo because "we want somebody focused on jobs here," not in China, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said at a news conference.” [Bush's pick for jobs 'czar' withdraws Cox News Service 3/11/04]

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In the Democrats' weekly radio address, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm told the story of a refrigerator plant that closed recently in her state and moved its 2,700 jobs to Mexico. She said it had become an all-too-familiar American tale. "But after losing over 2.7 million manufacturing jobs over the last four years, all the Bush administration can say is that shipping jobs overseas is a 'positive development,"' Granholm said.

"Americans deserve a president who will fight to create good jobs, not export them," she declared.” [“Democrats Say Bush Speeding U.S. Job Exports” Reuters March 20, 2004.]

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Kerry has proposed creating jobs through a new manufacturing jobs credit, by investing in new energy industries, restoring technology, and stopping layoffs in education.

For more information, see John Kerry Outlines Comprehensive Plan To Restore Manufacturing Sector and John Kerry’s Plan to Create 10 Million New Jobs. See also Kerry’s speech on his program to end current tax incentives “A Jobs First Economic Plan.”

Our Jobs First economic plan will end laws that encourage companies to export jobs while plowing back every dollar we save into new incentives to help companies create and keep jobs in America.

Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry
A Jobs First Economic Plan, 3/26/04


"So if I am elected President, I will fight for the most sweeping international tax law reform in forty years – a plan to replace tax incentives to take jobs offshore with new incentives for job creation on our own shores."

Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry
A Jobs First Economic Plan, 3/26/04

The Democratic Party:

A History of Creating Good Jobs at Home