BERRIEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Vice President Dick Cheney (search), asked Friday what he and President Bush would do to help the working poor, said "the best solution for poverty is a job" and contended their tax policies would help small businesses create more of them.
"What most people want is a good-paying job that will allow them to take care of their families," Cheney said during a campaign stop at a restaurant.
The question came from Cyndi Sanders, who lives in Benton Harbor, an impoverished community along Lake Michigan. Benton Harbor was devastated by two nights of rioting last year after a black motorcyclist died during a high-speed police chase. The rioting and public outcry that followed highlighted its struggling economy.
Cheney said he and Bush would help small businesses create jobs by keeping down taxes and offering tax breaks for businesses that would offer their employees catastrophic health insurance.
"We have to make America the best place in the world to work, to have companies that want to expand and want to invest here," he said.
Cheney and his wife, Lynne, were visiting three communities during a daylong bus tour of southwestern Michigan.