January 23rd, 2008
05:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Real People, Real Issues: The Pink Slip

Employment insecurity is driving the votes of many.
Employment insecurity is driving the votes of many.


ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS, West Memphis, Arkansas (CNN) –
Veda Hardy received a present last Christmas that no one would want. Had it arrived by postage, she would have handed it back to the mailman with a simple message: Return to Sender.

Hardy said she was one of 80 people laid off by her company in December 2006, while another 350 workers from another business nearby were let go. At 46, receiving a pink slip can be particularly hard. But Hardy, who lives in nearby Searcy, decided to do something about it. She went back to school.

Hardy had seen coverage of our cross country trip from South Carolina to California, where we are making stops along the way to talk to Americans about how the economy is impacting their lives, and possibly their votes.

She approached us to say that the number issue for her is job creation.

“I am currently going to school with a lot of 40-plus age bracket, and I think our concerns are with the job market,” Hardy said.

The issue of jobs even trumped Iraq, a war her son served in for 14 months as a gunner on a M1 Abrams Tank. She supports the U.S. efforts in Iraq and quotes her son about how we hear very little about the achievements being made in the war torn country.

“We tend to look at the negative so much of the war, of the cost, and yes we have loss of lives, oh my goodness,” Hardy said. “But he came home and said ‘Mom you just don’t hear the news reporting about getting electricity, getting running water, clean water. Women can vote.’”

Still, for Hardy it is about jobs.

“We just need more businesses brought back into our community, and especially the smaller communities, the ones that are hometown communities,” she said. “We need that economy, we need that boost, we need the manufacturers to come into these small towns, and give people that are out in the rural areas an opportunity to boost their income.”

For now, Hardy does not have to worry about a job. But when she graduates with a degree in marketing and management, she fears that will change.

“My concern is when I get done in December am I going to have a job after or am I going to have to relocate to some place like Memphis or St. Louis or Fayetteville,” she said.

Hardy said she is voting for the state’s former governor, Mike Huckabee, on Super Tuesday. She likes his stand on the flat tax, and his commitment to children’s health care.

– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Jufus, Milwaukee, WI

    Tejano

    Ever hear of SPELLCHECK?

    January 24, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  2. Sammy

    It is surprising how much kool aid some people drink.

    January 24, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  3. Attacks by the Establishment on Ron Paul Continue

    What ever happened to those Americans who worked themselves out of their problems? They also were willing to help others even when they themselves had nothing!

    In the winter after the War for Southern Independence, General Robert E. Lee and his wife were sitting by the fire in their home when a knock on the door came. General Lee went to the door and his wife later told in a letter she could see that it was an old looking guy and after a short conversation between the two, General Lee reached in his closet and gave the old man his best overcoat. Mrs. Lee asked the General what part of the Confederate Army did the gentleman serve in during the war and the General told her the man fought for the other side.

    Now, this is the kind of person we in the South have tried to raise our Children to be like or at least one time many moons ago we did. What happened to our culture? We let the anti-south bigots take it and turn it into some atheist style culture that will in most minds never lead to having people of the caliber of General Robert E. Lee again! May God help us all!

    January 24, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. therealist

    Excellect post Tejano.

    I have liberal friends exactly like that. Although we using don't talk politics, their mindless arguments as so easily squashed. 4 years from now, when Hillary is trying again, she will be talking about how she was for liberation before she was against war..

    January 24, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. mark

    My first thought when reading "tejano's" post:
    Now who's gone and let Dubya onto the internet??
    -----------
    Nah, he only know how to use "The Google."

    January 24, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Duke

    charlotte, I try to avoid it, but I also shop at WalMart sometimes. And I always feel like I need a shower after I do. They put so many good businesses out of business. I don't like them for that. Them and Home Depot.

    January 24, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Lus

    We dont want vote democraps because we have more than the 35 IQ which is most common for the morons that always vote for democraps. Since her husband already sold 98% of everything thru NAFTA Billary is anxious to unload the other 2 %.

    If Billary becomes president she'll replace our justice dept with LA RAZA and sell everything own by goverment to china or anybody else that will pay her a salesman's commission.

    FOR SALE – UNITED STATE OF AMERICA
    REAL,REAL CHEAP
    CONTACT BILLARY AT WHITE HOUSE
    (WHITE HOUSE ALSO FOR SALE)

    January 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Douadavid

    Obama is a crying baby and needs more experiences to qualify to be the Chief of United States. He seems to be getting lost in the debate. What is a short memory as he stated in the earlier debate , he could not and should never be the president of United States. He is not better than Geaorge Bush. Vote for Hillary
    Clinton and you will never feel sorry for your vote. Go !Go !Hillary !

    January 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Gary, Detroit

    LUS
    Hillary Clinton can't sell what The Smirking Chimp has already given away to China...

    January 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Big Brother 2008

    Pink Slips and bread lines.The Big Fix is in .

    January 24, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
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