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August 15th, 2014
04:05 PM ET

What millennials want to hear from politicians

Millennials will represent nearly 40% of the voting population by the year 2020, and the race is on to win this crucial voting demographic.

To my eye, neither party has worked particularly hard to woo young people in the past. Democrats have pandered to them and Republicans have barely even acknowledged them.

But now, with so many up for grabs, and millennials shaping our lives in such important ways, pandering and avoidance won't cut it.

They aren't very impressed by government solutions to problems they've watched their idols in Silicon Valley solve, some without even a college degree. And they don't take kindly to being cut out of the political process or treated like children when it's their parents' generation that has created many of the problems (and debt) they will have to carry. Full story

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  1. SoullessTechnocrat

    What I want to hear is: "I'm sorry. We are all wreched liars who should be lined up against a wall and put to death by firing squad; the most honorable thing we will have ever done in our lives. We betrayed the mission given to us by the people of the US, and now resign and desolve the federal government."

    That would be one step in the right direction. Then just oust the police and attorneys, and you can start 'solving' the problem of life. It's a permanent solution to a recurring problem.

    August 25, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  2. The "Compassionate" GOP Solution

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    August 18, 2014 at 9:42 am | Reply
  3. Anthony

    Millennials are not interested in the government solving all of their problems, but they do not automatically reject the government either. If the government is as useless as Republican politicians and pundits say, millennials have no interest in listening to people who think that their work is useless, or putting people into the government who will be useless when they get there. If Republicans think that the government is useless, they should find another line of work.

    August 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  4. definitely

    "You can't get a 0% or zero down mortgage, you've got to put 10 or 20% down. Well for a $200K starter home or a $100K starter home, that's 10 or 20,000 dollars. That's some serious money. And so it creates a bit of an obstacle for some people getting that starter home."

    So what, you will be ahead of the game when you reach that mark. While your neighbors are struggling you have a lower mortgage and equity. If you can't afford it don't buy it. These same people wanting $0 down payment also want the same when buying a $35,000 car.

    America wake up! We have taught our children to want without responsibility!

    August 16, 2014 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • NeoPrudentist

      Responsibility isn't putting up cash for a down payment. Responsibility is paying off the money you're promised, whatever amount you put in up front. I don't see a problem with zero down loans (I've bought both a house and a $38000 car with one), but then again I paid off the car and make my mortgage. Don't paint with such a wide brush and focus your hatred on the people walking away from loans. They're the ones doing damage, not me...

      August 29, 2014 at 1:39 am | Reply
  5. definitely

    "But now, with so many up for grabs, and millennials shaping our lives in such important ways, pandering and avoidance won't cut it."

    Pandering and pampering is America's political problem. This is a leftists policy. Their ideology is so off the charts that they must pander, pamper, bribe, and lie for votes. Yet, it works and America is in decline because of it. If the millennnials are not smart enough to figure that out then what's the use.

    August 16, 2014 at 9:32 am | Reply
  6. definitely

    "Millennials will represent nearly 40% of the voting population by the year 2020, and the race is on to win this crucial voting demographic."

    Milliennials eventually grow out of their liberal diapers when they get older and realize the fked up! Been there done that!

    August 16, 2014 at 9:16 am | Reply
    • kurt

      I've heard this a lot... but it hasn't been true for a while now.

      In 1988, 18-29 year olds voted for Bush over Dukakis 53%-47%. In 2012, 45-64 year olds voted for Romney 51%-47%.
      That 18-29 age group would be 42-53 and would make up the majority of the 45-64 age group in the 2012 election. They appear to be voting very similar if not more democratic then when they voted as young voters.

      It wasn't until Clinton came in that the Democrats really started doing particularly well with young voters. By '96, clinton got 54% of the 18-29 block. Obama got 52% of the 30-44 block. That 18-29 group would be 34-45 in 2012. Again... not a huge change.

      While people's views may change as they age... the voting patters seem much less likely to do so. And in this past elect, Obama took 60% of the 18-29 demographic.

      August 19, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Reply

        All that tells us is if you blatantly lie your @$$ off you'll win their vote.

        The younger the more gullible.

        August 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
      • NeoPrudentist

        What you're saying isn't that young people vote democrat, you're saying young people vote for young candidates. Clinton ran against Bob Dole (old) and George Bush 1 (old). Obama did the same with McCain (old) and Romney (old). If the Republicans put up a young guy someday, and the Dems an old one, I wouldn't be surprised if the trend reversed...

        August 29, 2014 at 1:42 am |
  7. The liberal America will be

    America the next Congo, Somalia, Nigeria, Mozambique!

    August 16, 2014 at 8:28 am | Reply

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