In my role as CafeMom's election correspondent, I've talked to many moms from across the country about their thoughts on the nation, politics, and the state of the economy. These women come from different states, ideologies, and backgrounds, but nearly all of them say the same thing:
Politicians aren't listening to moms, and they don't care what they have to say.
The good news? That may be changing.
Moms, particularly the kinds of moms who frequently shop at discount superstores like Walmart (and that makes most of us, right?), are expected to be a pivotal bloc of swing voters in the November election -- and this news has the presidential candidates sitting up and taking notice.
Now that we (finally!) have their attention, our question this week for our team of political bloggers -- and for you -- is this:
What is the single most important election issue for you with regard to your children's future?
Let us know what you think in the comments of this post!
A few months ago, we conducted a CafeMom poll to find out what matters to moms in the upcoming election. We found that overall, moms are more concerned about the economy and job creation right now than they are about their kids' well-being and future opportunities.
The reason for this is pretty obvious. Most of America's families have been hit hard by this recession. Our kids' futures are directly impacted by our current financial situation, and when we're worrying about how we're going to pay for groceries or cover our mortgage, saving for our children's college education has to take a back seat.
Moms also listed affordable, accessible health care as a top priority, as well as education. Foreign policy, which is making headlines lately as the US grapples with how to handle Iran, is pretty low on the list of moms' concerns. We're more concerned right now with what's going on in our backyards than overseas.
So ... do our poll's findings mirror your own?
Here's what our political bloggers have to say on the subject:
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