In her remarks to the Methodist women, Mrs. Clinton described an America reminiscent of the Great Depression. She said too many women don't just face ceilings on their aspirations and opportunities, rather "it's as if the floor is collapsing beneath them." She added, "I don't think we can sit back and wait for someone else to step forward and solve these problems." Yes, it takes a village of politicians and government bureaucrats.
Was this a shot at President Obama, who promised a stronger economy?
The numerous social programs we have aren't working, as David Muhlhausen has chronicled in his book, "Do Federal Social Programs Work?" The social gospel of Mrs. Clinton and her fellow liberal Democrats aims to pile more programs on top of the ones that are not working hoping the new ones will miraculously work better. Why not try something new, or something old that worked?
How about motivation for starters? The same Scripture from which Mrs. Clinton selectively quotes also says this about the able-bodied: "If a man does not choose to work, neither shall he eat." (2 Thessalonians 3:10). When Bill Clinton signed the Welfare Reform bill 20 years ago, many welfare recipients found jobs.
Hillary Clinton is more comfortable with religious language than some of her predecessors who stumbled on the sawdust trail, but her policies are little different from those of a liberal skeptic.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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