Young vs. Old

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.

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One Response to Young vs. Old

  1. Paul Marks says:

    The higher level of collectivist political support among the young is not difficult to explain – they are more recently influenced by the education system (the schools and universities) which is dominated by collectivist ideology (under such masks as “Critical Theory” which is never critical of collectivism)..

    The question is will real life (life outside the education system) correct the false view of the world that so many young people have been taught (indoctrinated into) – or will they just interpret every real world failure as the fault of “the rich” and “the corporations”.

    My own view is that most young people are not totally brainwashed – they are still open to an alternative view of the world. However, an effort has to be made to present the truth – to show that the problem that is not that there is too little government, but that there is too much, that there are not too many rich people (and prosperious companies), but too few.

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