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When will Republicans get serious about the youth vote?

mccarthyJohn020612_optBY JOHN McCARTHY

My little sister is a senior in high school and will be voting in her first Presidential election this November. Brilliant and talented though she is, up until recently she has been an unengaged teenager who was busier keeping up with the Kardashians and less concerned with presidential politics. A lot of this changed when the Republican primaries picked up.

Young people have often been considered a lazy, undependable voting block. However, the intensity in which the Democratic Party has listened and responded to young people has made all the difference.

22 million people under the age of 30 turned out to vote in 2008, up eleven percentage points since Bush-era 2000. This is not a coincidence but rather the result of the Republican Party’s dismissal of real education reform and their constant blind-eye to the youth vote.

President George W. Bush made college less affordable, less accessible and less productive. During the Bush administration America saw the cost of a college education soar over 60 percent, with more than 60 percent of students having to bog themselves down with loans to pay it off. All the while, nothing was done to increase Pell Grant assistance to meet the rising costs of college tuition.

Despite this luxury price tag, the Republican education policy has been less than thrilling. Bush and his Republican controlled Congress failed to fund the majority of No Child Left Behind—their assembly line approach to educating our countries youth. (Maybe they even knew it sucked?) School districts around the country were forced to allow the performance gap to grow wider as they lacked the financial resources to meet the new nationalized standards. Republicans can’t be serious about young people, when they aren’t serious about education.

On March 30, 2010 President Obama kept his promise to make college more affordable for students all over the country as he signed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. This sweeping legislation increases access to Pell grants, reinvests in community colleges, strengthens early childhood education, repairs damaged high schools and colleges, creates the College Access and Completion fund which rewards states who make college more accessible, and most importantly balances student loan payments with a college graduate’s income. That’s a promise kept—and students notice.

Comments (4)
4 Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:36
Your analysis grossly oversimplifies the issue at hand. This piece is under-researched and you do not provide any real proof for your arguments. On top of that, this piece is terribly written. No one will ever take you seriously if you use a word like "sucked" in your argument. Also, I guess its the Republican Party's fault that you have no idea how to use a comma, right?
3 Saturday, 03 March 2012 13:45
John F. Kennedy was the Democratic president who started grants and low interest loans for college students.

FDR was the Democratic president who originated and started the unemployment insurance program and who started welfare in the 30's during the great depression he actually renewed the nations spirit. Just think family's didn't have to live on the street and eat out garbage cans anymore.They regained their dignity.

If it were up to the republicans we would have High School Grads, if that... period end of story. The only people who would be able to afford college would be the self serving evil republicans. Lets face facts, if republicans had complete power there would be only 2 types of people, rich or poor. They would eliminate the middle class in a heartbeat. As you can see now the Republicans are stepping on the people by having the majority vote. I believe if the democrats lose majority for another 4 years the middle class will no longer exist.

Republicans who I have talked to who have lost their high paying jobs and their money making company's. Are now seeing how it is being on the opposite side of the fence and they don't like it one bit. Well the old saying is "You reap what you sew" But one thing they are grateful for is the help that they are receiving to avoid foreclosure, food stamps, energy assistance,..etc.. to keep their families alive. Thanks to the Democrats throughout the years who were elected by the people and served the people.

People young and old need to step up to the plate and say ENOUGH PROPAGANDA AND SELF SERVING REPUBLICIAN POLITICIANS!!

2 Friday, 02 March 2012 18:10
Dean Foulks, Sr
You failed to mention that without the support of your 53% the republicans would not have won the gubernatorial election in NJ in 2009...

...And really, New Hampshire? (maybe for vacation).
1 Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:30
NEVER. The Republicans are too busy courting the hypocritical, religious fanatical vote.

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