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Why young voters should and probably will vote against Obama

posted at 2:28 pm on September 27, 2012 by

“Ask not what your country can do for you,” John F. Kennedy famously counseled. “Ask what you can do for your country.” When it comes to the youth vote, Barack Obama’s actions over the past four years suggests he has modified the last half of that quote to read, “Ask (again) what you can do for me.”

In 2008, an untested Obama asked voters under 30 to get behind his efforts to fundamentally transform America. They answered affirmatively at the polls by supporting him by a margin of 66% to 32% over his GOP challenger, John McCain What Obama has done for them since is equally measurable. In the three and one half years that he has been in office, the number of 16-to 24-year-olds who were gainfully employed has shrunk from 56% down to 48.9%. In the last 12-month period, unemployment among Millenials as a whole has never been lower than 16% and in the recent months has been headed back up toward 17%.

Obama will tell youth voters that he has done plenty for them. He’s right if a measure of that claim is honoring them with his presence at colleges and high schools around the country. As the graphic shows, he and members of his of administration in the 18-month period between February 2011 and July 2012 made a total of 437 visits to these and similar youth-targeted venues. The majority—and in some cases all—of the costs associated with these trips was assumed by you, the taxpayer.

He and his surrogates would argue that among his specific initiatives on Millennials’ behalf is his making it possible for them to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until they are 26. Obama would add that he has promised to take steps to lower interest rates on student loans.

All of which demonstrates that during the many visits to campuses the president has made, he has talked but he hasn’t listened. If he had, he would have heard loud and clear the message that young voters feel he has reneged on his part of the contract they entered into in 2008. What they want is not more comfortable quarters in their parents’ basements. They want meaningful jobs that reflect the hard work and dedication they put in through years of schooling. Young grads want to know how to break into the world of work, and they don’t mean by flipping burgers until the economy eventually recovers.

They have been paying attention, and they don’t like what they see or hear coming out of this White House. A survey released by the vast youth empowerment movement known as Generation Opportunity offers a wakeup call for both candidates, but especially the president. Among the findings are that:

  • 54% believe of youths believe America is on the wrong track, while only 24% feel the U.S. is headed in the right direction.
  • More than 50% are pessimistic about the country’s future, and 61% say that their vote in November will be reflection of a candidate’s record, not charisma.

Millennials have been educating themselves on the issues and have opinions. When it comes to the economy and federal spending:

  • 89% say the current state of the economy is impacting their day-to-day lives, and 77% report delaying major life changes due to economic restraints.
  • 66% are worried about the U.S. financial debt, and 71% have grave concerns about the deficit.
  • Two thirds also believe that money spent on Social Security would be safer under their pillows than in the hands of the U.S. Treasury.
  • 69% believe the federal government is not making enough sacrifices right now.

These young voters are acutely aware that paying back the massive debt being run up by this administration will become their and their children’s responsibility. They realize that actions over the past four years have forced them to defer their dreams while the Obama White House has elected to defer its debt onto their shoulders.

Here is one more Generation Opportunity stat that the president may want to pay close attention to, this one of the swing state of Ohio: 81% of Buckeye State Millennials say they plan to vote in the election for president this year.

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Millennials have been educating themselves on the issues and have opinions. When it comes to the economy and federal spending:
89% say the current state of the economy is impacting their day-to-day lives, and 77% report delaying major life changes due to economic restraints.
66% are worried about the U.S. financial debt, and 71% have grave concerns about the deficit.
Two thirds also believe that money spent on Social Security would be safer under their pillows than in the hands of the U.S. Treasury.
69% believe the federal government is not making enough sacrifices right now.

That’s all well and good…..the real problem is a large portion of these “Millenials” believe it is the fault of Republicans and will vote accordingly

Ditkaca on September 27, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Well bho/team just can’t have this now can they? What will bho come up with to ‘help’ change the minds of these before election?

I have to think, I sure hope I am right, that these have more brains to see what bho/team has done to them and will vote for R&R? It sure can’t be any worse for them, IMO, than four more years(or forever) with bho?
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letget on September 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Why young voters… probably will vote against Obama

i love you, howard, but you’re prancing on a feeble limb here.

sesquipedalian on September 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Young People that are FAR more capable of taking care of themselves given their health, fitness, energy levels…..Tend to lean left??????

Older people that are LESS able to take care of themselves given illness, disabilities, reliance on retirement funds, etc. Tend to lean right????

I’ll never understand in my entire life why the YOUNG tend to vote Democratic Party versus Republican……Tend to be Liberal versus Conservative.

It’s like GOD decided to make Human Kind as dysfunctional as possible just to annoy me.

Nonetheless…I hold out hope here that there is hope for the YOUNG PEOPLE of AMERICA to rise up and defend themselves at the voting booth.

Varchild on September 27, 2012 at 7:11 PM

As a young voter myself, call me pessimistic.

54% believe of youths believe America is on the wrong track, while only 24% feel the U.S. is headed in the right direction.
More than 50% are pessimistic about the country’s future, and 61% say that their vote in November will be reflection of a candidate’s record, not charisma.

The “wrong track” being defined as no foreseeable plans to criminalize the Republican Party and imprison Sarah Palin.

66% are worried about the U.S. financial debt, and 71% have grave concerns about the deficit.
69% believe the federal government is not making enough sacrifices right now.

But we could balance the budget if only we cut defense spending and stopped “subsidizing” big oil.

Two thirds also believe that money spent on Social Security would be safer under their pillows than in the hands of the U.S. Treasury.

Because Paul Ryan is going to destroy social security and keep all the money for himself and the Koch brothers. Because he’s EEEEEEVIL.

Transpo on September 27, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I’ll never understand in my entire life why the YOUNG tend to vote Democratic Party versus Republican……Tend to be Liberal versus Conservative.

Young people believe that Dems/Libs will bring utopia to America, and that the only reason it isn’t here yet is because those greedy uncaring rich people are hogging all the money.

Once these young people leave the academic ivory towers and get actual jobs and raise actual families – this is when Reality sets in. They realize their former selves weren’t “activists” or “idealists” but “ungrateful and undeserving moochers.” Also, they learn simple math skills, which lead them to the inescapable conclusion that you couldn’t afford utopia for ten minutes even if you taxed (stole) 100% of the rich people’s money.

The lightbulb comes on – The Libs had been lying all along.

stevehorth on September 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Anyone who removes their head from their rectum will vote against Obama. Young and old alike.

kemojr on September 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

By the time I was 26 I was married, had a child, widowed, remarried, and had two more children.

Nowadays they’re still children at 26.

Bob's Kid on September 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM