"Regardless of the five-minute sound bite that Katie Couric might provide you with, young people are smart."
Courtesy of Tennessee GOP spokesman Bill Hobbs: A recent Vanderbilt grad argues that young people aren't stupid, and that Barack Obama is simply the new Jimmy Carter...
College graduates and young professionals across the country are facing an economic landscape that seems quite daunting, and are going to be flocking to the polls in droves to elect the policies that will be shaping our future. And believe it or not, regardless of the five-minute sound bite that Katie Couric might provide you with, young people are smart…and young people are mad.
As a recent college graduate, I took a particular interest in the past year’s economic downturn. Rather than simply accepting the thought that our country simply needed a little “hope” and “change”, I decided to do a little investigating of my own. What I learned was that it was not George Bush that encouraged the reckless desecration of our credit system. Ironically, I learned that it was John McCain and even Bill Clinton who begged Democrat leaders like Chris Dodd and Barney Frank to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government sponsored entities that encouraged people to live beyond their means and empowered predatory lenders.
As a young professional I also watch every week as a substantial chunk of my measly paycheck disappears to fund government programs whose benefits will almost certainly not be there when I retire. I listen to the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new programs that Obama and his counterparts Pelosi and Reid are proposing and think of my future nest egg that will be disappearing to help pay for them. And oh yea, on top of that, Obama plans to tax us out of a recession??
I may not always like my boss, but I know that if the government overtaxes productivity and growth, my fellow young workers and I will no longer have jobs. I might be young, but I am not stupid. I have read about what happened under Jimmy Carter, and I refuse to let the youth of America fall for yet another man who sounds and looks good on T.V.
Cheap talk and rhetoric might be nice, but as we have learned from our history books, it isn’t enough. Jimmy Carter should keep building houses, and Barack Obama should keep writing books. Because regardless of what the media elite might say, America’s young professionals can’t afford the kind of community organizing that Obama is proposing.
2008 Vanderbilt University Graduate