Even though I am a teacher and daily spend my time around youth, I simply don’t understand their voting choices. Last election, according to exit poll samples of people 29 and under voted for Barack Obama by a margin of 60% to 36%. And youth voters made up 19 percent of all those who voted, according to the early National Exit Poll conducted by Edison Research, which is higher than normal. This sort of large and decisive turnout of the youth for President Obama is surprising to me because his policies are destroying their future. As evidence, let’s look at two of Obama’s signature achievements- Obamacare and the national debt.
From BuzzFeed story Obama Prepares To Screw His Base:
…The provisions required to make any kind of health insurance plan work — not just ObamaCare, but really any plan of its sort — require healthy young people to pay more in health insurance than they consume in services, while the elderly (saved by Sarah “Death Panels” Palin from any serious attempt to ration expensive and often futile end-of-life care) consume far more than they pay in. There is always a push and pull, however, and this year will be spent laying plans to shift the burden further toward the young.
State and federal officials and the health-care industry are currently preparing to implement two specific ObamaCare provisions taking effect on Jan. 1, 2014, acting on this politically perverse principle of shifting resources from your supporters to your opponents. The first is the individual mandate, which aims to force the young, childless, and healthy — “Young Invincibles,” as they are said to think of themselves — to buy health insurance, even if they think (and even perhaps make a rational, if risky, bet) that they don’t need it.
The second is a lesser-known policy to limit the practices of charging different premiums to different ages, known as age-rating. Many states currently set a limit on this difference, often mandating that an old person shouldn’t pay a premium more than five times a younger person’s, even if she’s expected to use more than five times as much health care. The ObamaCare provision kicking in next Jan. 1 would reduce that ratio to three-to-one, essentially limiting what the elderly pay in part by forcing young people to carry a larger share of the total cost of national health care…
I don’t understand why youth would support someone who would make them buy health insurance whether they want it or not- whether they think they need it or not- so that their money is transferred to an older generation. And I don’t understand why the youth would support someone who pushed for a policy that increases the amount of money that these youth have to pay in health insurance. The youth didn’t used to be this ignorant and foolish- in past elections they voted Democrat, but never this decisively and never turning out so enthusiastically to re-elect someone who attacks their personal health choices and uses government policy to transfer wealth from them to those who are older.
And then there is the debt. “We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt,” President Obama said last year, and he’s right- mounting national debt, especially owed to foreign governments, is going to increasingly harm the youth that voted for Obama, more so than the older generation.
The national debt crisis will not be faced by the older generation- likely for the next decade any tough choices on spending and the mounting national debt will be pushed off. The amount of interest owed on the national debt will steadily increase, taking an ever larger share of the federal budget to pay. For a while, this sort of problem will be overcome by simply borrowing more, but that sort of solution only makes the problem worse. And the amount of debt being owed to foreign governments will mean that the youth will have a nation that is less sovereign- a nation that doesn’t control its own foreign policy but instead takes orders from other countries like China or even Russia. For a while, I’m sure that our overwhelming military will be a solution to this problem, but eventually the cuts to our military and gains in the military power of foreign nations will overcome this and our kids will be be living in a country where our foreign policy is set by foreign powers.
President Obama’s professed concern for our nation’s children is belied by his actual record on debt. He has increased the national debt by nearly $6 trillion since taking office, has offered no serious solutions to our entitlement crisis, and has even ignored most of the recommendations of his own fiscal commission. The youth, who overwhelmingly voted for him and turned out in large numbers, voted for someone who is pushing for policies that damage their future.
Original Post: A Conservative Teacher