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Guest MINDSETTER™ Alex Morash: The Power of the Youth Vote

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

 

Generation Y, the largest generation in American history, the echo of the baby boom. We are considered the most highly educated generation yet, highly engaged in community service and politics, and a desire to be successful. All the while also having crushing debt post graduation and terribly high unemployment. Our generation will have one of the most complicated journeys in recent American history.

We also vote. Young voters made up 19% of the electorate and 60% voted for President Obama. In 2008 66% of young voters voted for the President. It is clear that the President won both elections with the help of this generation. But will this generation be a solid Democratic voting block for good? Already the President has lost ground with this generation. Will Democrats be able to keep Generation Y in the long run?

They could be. Young voters care about many issues near and dear to the Democratic Party. They are pro-gay rights, pro-education funding and in favor of stimulus to create growth. However, if the Democratic Party does not take this voting block's needs seriously Democrats will be in danger of losing Generation Y. Make no mistake, Democrats will have an unlikely path to victory if they do not win young voters by a healthy margin.

Not that long ago, that is exactly what happened. Senator John Kerry won the youth vote in 2004 but only by 54%. President Bush in 2000 actually won the youth vote by 1 percentage point. Young people do not always vote Democratic and can not be taken for granted. Young people also have many serious economic problems not seen by other generations since the 1970s.

Young people need help with higher education costs, access to affordable housing and healthcare, and most important of all living wage jobs! The longer young people go without access to jobs, the easier it will be for Republicans to make arguments to sway young voters away from the Democrats. Conservatives on reason.com are already making the argument that Social Security and Medicare should be cut so it will still be around for young people. A direct line to cut young voters away from Democratic causes to help seniors. This could be an appealing argument for many young people, putting young Americans in play next election.

If the Democratic Party tackles these issues and shows that young people will get more than an election year concert, real progress on student loan forgiveness, real job growth and the power to organize to protect our wages. Then perhaps the Democratic Party has a winning strategy to secure Generation Y for a lifetime. If they fail the Republican Party could very well pivot and secure just enough young voters to block Democratic victories for many years. Gutting programs to help older generations in the process.
 

 

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Wow, what a poorly written article by a washed up dweeb. I guess they don't teach grammar at Democrat school. Go away!

Comment #1 by donatello gori on 2012 11 28

Alex, make a copy of this article and file it away for 10-15 years, educate yourself on economic and voting issues by looking at both sides, then open it years later and have a good laugh at what you wrote as a young naive voter.

Comment #2 by guy smily on 2012 11 28

We also vote. Young voters made up 19% of the electorate and 60% voted for President Obama. In 2008 66% of young voters voted for the President. It is clear that the President won both elections with the help of this generation.

This is exactly why you shouldn't be allowed to vote. You have no idea what the hell you're doing.
You've yet to pay taxes. You've yet to see how your democratic government will spend your taxes. You've yet looked for a job that doesn't exist. You've yet tried to buy a home that you can't afford.

This is why the voting age should be moved to an actual ADULT age, of 26 - 30. Soon dems will have the voting age down to 10.

Comment #3 by pearl fanch on 2012 11 28

dont forget all the illegals voting lol

Comment #4 by anthony sionni on 2012 11 28

This article is the reason that our country is going to be in bad shape for the long haul. "in favor of stimulus to create growth." is the single most horrifying line here. What growth has come of the $1.4 TRILLON spent already? I guess your "highly educated generation" failed to take this into account.

"Young people need help with higher education costs, access to affordable housing and healthcare, and most important of all living wage jobs!" 2nd point of contention. We have enabled Generation Y to expect these things to be done for them. Help with Higher Education Cost? Well then work a reasonable payment plan, like any other major purchase. Access to affordable housing? Find a roommate and share the costs like many of us had to before you. Living Wage jobs? Try taking an entry level position and WORK your way up? Any entry level position at $22,000 is a living wage (I lived on $11,000 it can be done) but most are spoiled and think anything less than $50,000 isn’t worth it. Healthcare? There are many private insurance companies that will give you a much more cost-effective plan than anything the Fed can do.

Nice try, but all this article does is stinks of one semester of political science at a liberal arts college (meant with no disrespect to LAC, I graduated from one). Please graduate, find a job, pay taxes then tell me how much you agree with the DEMs

Comment #5 by Silence Dogood on 2012 11 28

I think Gen Y is the most liberally-brainwashed without a doubt. Best educated overall? Not a chance. Most anti-social due to technology and social media? Absolutely.

Comment #6 by Russ Hryzan on 2012 11 29




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