Middle-class parents are working more, seeing their kids less and facing a lower standard of living than ever before.On Tuesday during a visit to New Hampshire, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D., N.Y.) released a
Not all of Clinton's initiatives have been received warmly. A few weeks ago she mentioned an idea for $5,000 "baby bonds" to pay for college tuition or a first home. The idea, designed to encourage saving, was widely panned because of its estimated cost of $20 billion to $25 billion. Clinton dropped the idea and instead chose to offer a plan to support 401(k) savings incentives. Conservative blogs relished comments Clinton made to the Boston Globe last week about the change. "I have a million ideas," she said. "The country can't afford them all." Clinton introduced the plan during a week her campaign calls "Women Changing America." She kicked off the week with an appearance on ABC's "The View" and will continue with a women's finance summit Wednesday and a discussion of women's health care in a presidential forum Thursday. The plan builds on the
Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 . This legislation was the first major victory of President Bill Clinton's administration. As first lady, Hillary Clinton also made important strides to help families, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program and the Adoption and Safe Families Act. Clinton has steadily rolled out policies to help the middle class (health care, expanding college access, retirement savings) over the last few weeks. This working-family plan solidifies her support among the constituency that could carry her to the presidency: women.