From economics to health care, the president’s policies hammer young people most of all.
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But maybe part of the reason young voters concerned about the economy aren’t all prepared to vote their economic interests is that Romney has not fully made the case that a Romney presidency is in their economic interests. He would surely do well to warn of the threat Obamacare poses to all Americans, including the young. But he will also need a positive economic agenda. Luckily, one is lying right under his nose. Although the budget resolutions passed by the House Republicans these past two years are viewed as politically dangerous by many campaign operatives, the GOP House budget provides a forward-looking economic agenda that should appeal to young voters.
Whereas Obama has offered stale class-warfare rhetoric about raising taxes on the rich, the Republican budget calls for bold reform of both individual and business taxes by nixing or reducing loopholes in order to lower tax rates and create a more competitive and fairer system that will grow the economy.
Whereas Obama has avoided offering any proposal to reform Medicare—a program on track to drown the country in red ink—House Republicans have offered modest reforms for future retirees that will keep spending in check and provide more choice for beneficiaries. Young voters, who don’t even think entitlements will be around to help them when they retire, are therefore the group most likely open to reform.
As a disciple of John Maynard Keynes, Obama apparently believes that in the long run, we are all dead, so he might as well spend his way to re-election. Mitt Romney has the opportunity to remind young voters that, in fact, when the bill comes due for Obama’s reckless and ineffective spending spree, they and their children will be very much alive.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?