by Chris Matthews
I have a thought about this election, something that means a lot to me as a citizen of this country.
You know what motivates most people - men, women, fathers, mothers, husbands, wives? It’s being a provider, doing your level best to keep a roof over the family, putting food on the table, taking the family on vacation – usually in the car – buying Christmas presents for the kids and each other.
It’s about being a provider, especially in tough times like the ones coming at us right now.
This is the heart of the political matter in this country and neither candidate, not even Barack Obama who is so good in saying the right thing in other areas, has talked directly to.
I think the average voter doesn’t expect the politicians and the government to make life easy for them.
Believe me, no matter what the politicians promise, nobody believes they’re getting something for nothing. Nobody expects or believes they should expect the political equivalent of breakfast in bed.
What they do expect is that government will be a modest help in doing what they need to do every day and week of their lives: provide for their families: some help with education, with health care, with taking care of their parents who are getting old. What they don’t want is government making it harder to do what they have to do - by raising taxes on the working people or not keeping the streets safe.
It’s not much to ask but it’s the job of the two men running for president to talk directly to the providers out there and say they’ll do it.