Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"...they're more focused on their own worries, such as getting a job or paying off mountains of student loans."

I just read this story linked from Drudge about the "quiet" youth who are no longer so interested in politics. It seems those between 18-29 are too busy looking for a job and trying to pay back student loans to get too invested in politics:

Letdown is inevitable to a point, says James Emmett, an unemployed recent college graduate.

"Of course I'm not as hopeful because everyone's been exhausted, absorbed by the economic realities, from man on the street to Congressman," says the 23-year-old artist who's living with his parents on Long Island, N.Y., while he looks for work. But, he adds, the president needs to "trust that we're still with him, build upon his community of support."

Apparently, none of these college grads is able to put two and two together and realize that they voted for a guy who is ruining our economy, and hence, is making it more difficult for them to get a job and pay off those student loans. I should feel sorry for these younger Obama voters but I don't. All I have to say is "serves ya right, suckers!"



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking for work as an artist? Good luck with that. I thought the accepted path was: waste 4 years of parents money in college, then BE an artist. If you are any good at it, you make money, otherwise, you wait on tables.

3:50 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger blahga the hutt said...

That's why this country is effectively screwed. Most of the young people today have that exact mentality. I work in a university library and the comments my student workers make just absolutely astounds me. They're just completely clueless and have been drinking from the educational kool-aid for so long that they couldn't critically think to save their lives.

So yes, while I think we are still a center-right country by nature, I think the next decade will see a profound shift towards center-left (which completely frightens me). Short-term, conservatives may have enough wherewithal to fight back, but what happens when these people kick the bucket, or worse, what will happen when these college kids get slightly older enough to really start voting in drives (and believe me, that will have a big impact)?

4:22 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger bensvanquisher said...

The country will look like Michigan writ large: union-dominated, high taxes, and high unemployment. We'll be in a positive feedback loop of greater dependency (and more union dues that support Democrats), more government control, which leads to greater dependency, ad nauseum.

I found it hilarious that the University of Buffalo professor in the article talked about gridlock. With Democrats in control of Congress and the White House, only by their sheer ineptitude could there be any kind of gridlock.

5:40 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger Unknown said...

That's why you teach them well at home and make sure they don't assume the Professor's opinion is the right opinion. I mention things to my kids everyday about the news, the economy, healthcare, etc. Parents gotta be vigilant!

5:52 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oops - not talking about the poster above Prof Hale, talking about the school system.

5:54 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: Dr. Helen, et al.
RE: Problem IS....

All I have to say is "serves ya right, suckers!" -- Dr. Helen

....these 'people' are dragging US down with them.


[Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide. -- John Adams]

7:12 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

P.S. And, as I pointed out oft enough during the run-up to the election of this miscreant to the Oval Office....

....half the time, 'change' is for the worse.

Looks like they may be learning the truth of that now. And maybe they'll learn. But only after they get over their pride and prejudice.

[Good judgment is based on experience. Experience is based on bad judgment.]

7:15 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger Mister Wolf said...

Hey now, Dr. H...everyone...

Some of us 18-29 year olds didn't vote for Obama! However, unlike this poor kid, I've actually found a job(well an internship, but it's likely to get me a job. Economics work for one of the State Assembly Committees).

Where my generation is going as far as political beliefs? No dang clue. They'll either come to their senses or they'll drag this country down to hell.

7:48 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: Roman Wolf, et al.
RE: That Old 'Dragging'/Sinking Feeling

Where my generation is going as far as political beliefs? No dang clue. They'll either come to their senses or they'll drag this country down to hell. -- Roman Wolf

I suspect the latter, as I don't think they can overcome their sense of 'pride' in themselves. Something instilled in them by the vaunted American public education Vicki points out (above).

They'll only BEGIN to drag themselves up by their own bootstraps after they've dragged all the rest of US down.


[Be Prepared. -- Boy Scouts of America]

P.S. Note that even though the Girl Scouts of America have the identical motto, I don't think they observe it as diligently....

7:54 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger blahga the hutt said...


There are those in the Millenials who have seen the light (look at Hannah Giles as an example of what a truly critically thinking Millenial can do), but they're far too few. Unfortunately for these kids, they're going to pay an awful price for the stuff they're cheering for now. My guess is that more will eventually "get it" but it'll be way too late.

8:20 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger Dr.D said...

There is an inexorable cycle to political life, and we are on the downhill side. This will not really improve until we hit the very bottom and people begin to see that they don't want to tolerate having life get even one bit worse. Right now, they are no where near that point, so it will get worse.

We should do what we can to slow the decline, and we should continue to live virtuous lives. We do not want to contribute in any way to the degradation of our society, even it it continues despite our best efforts. We should also teach our families how to survive in this increasingly primitive environment. Being educated, truly educated is going to be increasingly rare in the future. The young man with the art degree and unable to find a job is not educated, as witness the fact that there is no need at all for him in society today. He chose to waste his time in college and now he has a high school diploma and some skill in art. But he has no place in the modern world.

10:50 PM, September 23, 2009  
Blogger Helen said...

Roman Wolf,

"Some of us 18-29 year olds didn't vote for Obama!"

I understand that which is why I stated, "I should feel sorry for these younger Obama voters..." to make that distinction. But it's good to be reminded that not all younger voters can be persuaded to vote for the Democrat.

4:08 AM, September 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, reality bytes.

8:02 AM, September 24, 2009  
Blogger Larry J said...

If they think they're being screwed now, just wait until they realize how much "free" healthcare is going to cost them. Add to that the price of cap and tax, massive borrowing for deficits and bailouts, Social Security shortfalls beginning as soon as next year, etc.

9:16 AM, September 24, 2009  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

free healthcare? i like that. only a kid would think that was even possible.

we are reduced to a child-like state by media and it`s no wonder that our society is crumbling.

nobody is willing to fight for it either....we wouldn`t want to offend anyone.

the us, like canada will be a socialist state in a few short years.

11:58 AM, September 24, 2009  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: dr.alistar
RE: Heh

nobody is willing to fight for it either....we wouldn`t want to offend anyone. -- dr.alistar

Speak for yourself, doc.

I've been offending people for the last 40 years of my life, starting in high school when I offended jocks and faculty. Continuing on through a career in the Army starting during Vietnam. And into my becoming a REAL christian.

As for 'willing to fight for it'....

....I gave myself up for dead 'fighting' for the Constitution back in August 1970. I'm surprised that I made it THIS far, all things including the 'slings and arrows', i.e., artillery and air farce bombings, of outrageous fortune aside. Forget about the small arms fire.

I see no reason why I can't continue to abide by my oath as an officer "to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign AND domestic".


[One of the greatest blessings of virtue is the contempt of death. He who has learned how to die has unlearned how to serve. To be ready to die frees us from all bondage and thralldom -- Montaigne]

12:04 PM, September 24, 2009  

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