1/14/2014

Why young people support Democrats is a mystery, though support for Democrats is slipping


Whether it is Social Security, the high premium increases under Obamacare, jobs, the teachers' union, or minimum wage, Democrats have positions that hurt young people.  Social Security and Obamacare represent a huge wealth transfer from the young to the old.  Democrats protect teacher unions even though it ensures a poor education for tens of millions of young Americans.  Minimum wage rules prevent young people from entering the job market and getting training.  And thanks a lot to Democrats for the horrible job market with their Keynesian policies.

OK, young people care about abortion, but nothing is going to happen to change the Supreme Court's solid majority supporting abortion.  Marijuana legalization gets support from both Republicans and Democrats.  From the Boston Globe:
. . . Domestic spying by the government, the technological incompetence demonstrated in the launch of the Obama health care marketplace, the continued weakness in the economy — all have conspired to undermine Democrats’ big advantage among young voters, ages 18 to 29, according to specialists. 
In a detailed, national poll released last month by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, nearly half of young voters said they would recall President Obama if they could. Only 41 percent approved of the job Obama was doing, an 11-point drop from six months earlier. 
“People should be concerned about those numbers,” said Tad Devine, a longtime Democratic strategist. “We’ve got to make sure young voters understand the stakes.” . . . 
For a generation that relies on smartphones and tablets, the government’s inability to create a functioning website was unfathomable. They also believe the law will bring more costs, worse care, and little benefit to them. Among the 18- to 29-year-olds who don’t have health insurance, fewer than 1 in 3 of those surveyed by Harvard said they are likely to enroll in the health care exchange. . . .

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