The American People Should Not Have to Work So Hard

The American people should not have to work so hard to get leaders who will actually help them...” — Hillary Clinton

Stepping aside from the clash during last night’s debate, I’ve been thinking about the statement above from Hillary Clinton in her closing argument in the debate. American’s are struggling in this ever tumbling economy just to get by. Hillary Clinton gets that. The economy is “the number one issue,” in her campaign because she gets that the economy “is where we live.”

And so, as she said last night “the American people should not have to work so hard to get leaders who will actually help them.” That statement alone resonates with the struggling Americans who can’t pay their bills, who are losing their homes, who can’t afford health care insurance, whose small businesses are experiencing loss instead of growth, who can’t afford to send their kids to college… the list goes on and Hillary Clinton shows voters time and time again that she’s a strong leader who cares about the American people and understands how dire the economic outlook is.

Read the economic news today. The Fed “cut the federal funds rate” today in response to the global concern about our economy. Paul Krugman thinks we could be in for a “deep” and “long” recession. And Hillary Clinton was on top of the issue this morning in Washington, D.C.:

It will take more than a call for “unity” to fix the mess this country is in and again, I can only reiterate once more what Clinton said last night, “the American people should not have to work so hard to get leaders who will actually help them.”

It is noble to call people to march in the streets and get involved, but the bottom-line is this — Struggling Americans don’t have the time or the energy when they are fighting to just get by. They want a leader who knows how to get the job done.

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23 Responses to The American People Should Not Have to Work So Hard

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    No offense Pamela but even GWB has already admitted that his plan to fix the economic problem we really face wasn’t sufficent. I thought that the proposals of Hillary weren’t that dissimilar.

  2. Darrell

    It’s really a two fold piece here tieing the quote and the economy together. The quote from last night about the American people not having to work so hard to get politicians to do their job is a lead in to the economic issues of the day but it’s an important lead in because in my opinion people who are struggling shouldn’t have to “work” to get action from Washington. Clinton gets that and there she was this morning calling a press conference on the BIG issue of the day because she gets it’s an issue.

  3. Darrell

    Following up, it’s really about the message more than the issue. Clinton has a great command of buzz phrases that hit like her “I am listening.” It’s marketing the message.

  4. Marsha says:

    I also had a strong response to this message. I feel that Senator Obama’s message of trying to unite the people is noble and that this should be “part” of a President’s job to “unify” the country, it is not the people’s or electorates job to do the changing, this is what we do when we vote, and this is why we vote a leader with experience into office like Hillary Clinton. When Senator Clinton said last night, that we should not have to work so hard, I felt relief that she already understood the battles we had fought to survive the Bush administration, and that she and the Democrats would fight those battles for us once she was elected and not exect me to take to the streets marching.

  5. Sarah says:

    If we want to make real changes then we need a person with experience and a real plan! Hillary is the best candidate to deal with world issues and keep our country safe. She is the only one with an economic plan and the experience to get the economy back on track. Hillary also supports better funding for education and protecting the environment. Hillary Clinton has the knowledge and experience to solve the serious issues our country is facing. She gets my vote!

  6. Marsha

    Tough times call for tough leaders. I think we’re all tired of fighting and would like to have someone step into the oval office that knows what they are doing and can get things done. That’s worth far more than inspiration to me any day.

    Honestly, too I will add, people are coming out in droves to vote. Women in particular. We make up the largest percentage of voters in America. The women I talk to aren’t lining up to vote this year because they are inspired by calls for unity. They are lining up because they see a capable woman ready to turn this nation around and that’s a huge inspiration for women.

  7. Sarah

    When I heard Hillary Clinton speak in person last week I was really taken with her confidence and knowledge. I think she’s on a roll!

  8. Bonnie says:

    Obama certainly showed he’s NOT READY to be Commander in Chief. He falls apart when asked to back up any of his statements or show that he knows how to bring about change. H

  9. Jessica says:

    The difference between the candidates, it seems, is this: Senator Clinton says she will do the hard work so we don’t have to and Senator Obama is asking people to get together and do the hard work. Each approach has its merits and deficits. I think people work harder to sustain something they built, rather than something that was given to them. That gives me hope for the future–that what we build now will last beyond election cycles because it belongs to us.

    And, I agree that people don’t have the time or energy when they are struggling so hard to survive to do much else. That’s why those of us who are not struggling so hard have to see ourselves in those who do and fight for them. That charge can be lead by a president but it must be fought by people.

  10. This is a great comment thread. I learned something from each comment. Thank you to all!


  11. Deborah says:

    I truly would like a leader that understands the power of the people that they lead, and recognizes that power has been untapped for nearly 20 years. People in the US want a cause to believe in, and to be a part of making something new happen.
    I completely disagree that we shouldn’t have to work hard. Working hard is what made our country great – to think that we should work less to elect leadership is an insult to me.
    Leaving the work of the people to only our elected officials is a recipe for failure of the worst kind. Inspiring a great people to further greatness, empowering them to rise to our challenges and conquer them should not be discredited.
    I truly do not understand the belief that Hillary will be able to get things done on day one. She requires other people, and history has shown that both she and her husband are unable to unite people and get things done.

  12. Frank says:

    I could not disagree more. I was insulted by the comment . Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” What have we become? Yes, people are busy, but if they have time to watch American Idol they have time to contact their congressman or senator. It’s because the American people (and especially the media) are not more involved which has lead us to our situation. The power of this country is in the people. Wake up!!!!

  13. Deborah

    I would disagree on the concept that the Clinton’s weren’t able to get things done. Hillary Clinton has worked successfully to pass legislation with Senators on both sides of the aisle since she became a Senator. In 2006 Clinton was re-elected to the Senate with 67% of the vote clearly attracting Repulican and Independent voters.

    Here’s a look at successes under the Clinton Administration:

    1. Family and Medical Leave Act (1993)

    2. National Voter Registration (Motor Voter) Act (1993) – this was the trigger for the fastest expansion of voter rolls in U.S. history and a major win for the voting rights movement

    3. Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993)

    4. Expansion of Earned Income Tax Credit (1993) – perhaps the largest poverty reduction program in the U.S.

    5. Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (1993) – this was the famous budget with tax increases on the wealthy and tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses, which the GOP railed against forever

    6. Federal Direct Student Loan Program (1993) – this allowed the Government to loan money to students directly at lower rates and compete against private agencies

    7. Creation of AmeriCorps (1993)

    8. Assault Weapons Ban (1994)

    9. Violence Against Women Act (1994) – the National Organization of Women called this the “greatest breakthrough in civil rights for women in nearly two decades”

    10. California Desert Protection Act (1994)

    11. Minimum Wage Increase Act (1996)

    12. Megan’s Law (1996)

    13. Food Quality Protection Act (1996)

    14. Enhancement to Safe Drinking Water Act (1996)

    15. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (1996)

    16. State Children’s Health Insurance Program – SCHIP (1997)

    17. Child Tax Credit; HOPE Scholarship, Lifetime Learning Tax Credit (1997)

    18. Head Start/Pell Grants Expansion (1997)

    19. Adoption and Safe Families Act (1997)

    20. Child Support Performance and Incentive Act (1998)

    21. Workforce Investment Act (1998) – provides federal job training funds for dislocated workers, adults and youth

    22. Work Incentives Improvement Act (1999) – this was “landmark legislation modernizes the employment services system for people with disabilities and makes it possible for millions of Americans with disabilities to no longer have to choose between taking a job and having health care”

    23. Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act (2000) – allowed senior citizens to work part time without losing their social security benefits

    24. Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (2000)

    25. Re-authorization of Older Americans Act (2000) – with an important program added “The National Family Caregiver Support Program”

    Finally, you totally miss the point that the American people are working so hard to just survive these days, that most don’t have the time to prod our politicians to do their jobs. That is the point.

  14. Frank

    There’s nothing at all insulting about the comment. She gets that the people who are struggling the hardest shouldn’t have to work hard to be listened to. They already have enough to do – liek the single mothers that work 2 or 3 low paying jobs to make sure they can pay rent and put food on the table. You think those women are sitting around watching American Idol. I doubt it.

  15. Frank says:

    Those who work the hardest should be the loudest.

  16. Frank

    Ya think? Kinda figures that would be your response.

  17. Darrell Prows says:

    Pamela: One I believe should be added to your list: establishment of the Grand Staircase National Monument. Pissed off every Republican in the State of Utah, the reddest state. Also, gave recognition and protection to some mighty gorgeous terrain.

  18. Darrell

    Thanks for the addition to the list. I’m quite sure there’s plenty more to add to it as well, but some folks don’t want to reflect on that right now.

  19. Frank says:

    “Ya think.” Brilliant retort. Yes I do think. I do not put my blind trust into a politician. Why do you think that there are so many problems in this country. Where was the outrage in the ’90’s over NAFTA? Where was the outrage when the government allowed privatization of student loans, among other things? Where was the outrage over the lax credit card regulation? Over the sub-prime regulations? Over the last 8 years de-regulation has ruled. Oh, Hillary gets it. Trust her. Just vote for her. The citizens of this country better realize the power is with us. “They just want a leader to get the job done.” It’s called apathy, and it’s destroying us.

  20. Frank

    Evidently you have been listening to word Hillary Clinton has said because the outrage has been there. I sugguest you visit and get enlightened rather than spout here.

  21. JoeySky says:

    A very good article, thanks for your view. I believe we as human beings are prone to bias and, once we make up our mind, will not easily open up to see the truth. We are deeply afraid of being labeled a flipflop if we change our views. So we will selectively hear only what we want to hear, only the message that confirm our belief.

    But I believe truth and facts will prevail. Hillary Clinton has got many things done, difficult things, splendid things for people in need. But some folks just don’t want to hear about them. The truth is out there. Have the courage to seek and you shall find.

  22. JoeySky

    Hillary Clinton has got many things done, difficult things, splendid things for people in need. But some folks just don’t want to hear about them. The truth is out there. Have the courage to seek and you shall find.

    Yes, the truth is out there. She’s done many wonderful things and I am proud to support her.

  23. Daniel says:

    Clinton’s response is a non sequitur that intentionally misconstrues what Obama stated before: that real social change happens from the bottom-up, not the top-down. Understanding this, Dr. King would have put primary faith in the American people rather than a single candidate.

    The national conversation about equality in civil rights in the 1960s was spurred by individual agents of change — King, Parks, and millions of others who joined them. Successful civil rights legislation came afterwards to crystallize popular sentiment into law.

    Recall that when Kennedy expressed a similar message — “Ask not what your country can do for you…” — he was not dismissing his role as a national leader who gets things done. Rather, he expressed an understanding that the accomplishments of his New Frontier — increasing the minimum wage, creating the Peace Corps, establishing Equal Pay for women, and fighting tyranny abroad — would come to pass only with the active support of an engaged citizenry. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 only passed after Kennedy commissioned the Peterson Report, in which working women from across the nation came forward to document instances of unfair treatment and unequal pay. If the act were introduced to Congress before substantial popular input, it would have stood little chance of passing. Moreover, the report addressed detailed issues that later spurred additional legislation and research — issues of education, child-care, taxation, and legal representation for working women.

    Several statements by Obama show that he understands the bottom-up nature of lasting, positive change. Politicians and other individuals at “the top” can masterfully facilitate and channel grassroots movements — or they can suppress them.