Kinda amazing to me: the youth vote leaning BHO by 35, the senior vote leaning R-R by 21. Do the cultural issues (esp. abortion & gay marriage) trump the fact that those young voters’ fiscal future is ruined? BHO’s hip factor still strong? His pandering on student loans?
I’ve always imagined the generational war would cut the other way: my kids resenting the high taxes they pay for Warren Buffett’s free Lipitor & Viagra. Maybe it’s as simple as the old saw about being liberal when you’re under 30, conservative later after life has taught you a thing or two.
In the end I suspect most everyone – including young people – have yet to truly grasp the size of the problem. Scores of trillion$ in debt and unfunded liabilities. Everything is getting cut, and everyone’s taxes are going up. We’re just negotiating the contours of the deal. Personally I’d prefer the contours be pro-growth, because growth makes the deal easier: flatter/simpler tax code, stop demonizing entrepreneurs, less crony capitalism (GM, Solyndra, etc.) healthcare reform that doesn’t crush and stifle.