Monday, September 3, 2012
In short, Obama has to fear that his good margins among young and Latino voters will be offset by their low volumes and that those groups simply won’t matter as much as they did four years ago.
I think I can understand why an African-American would vote for Obama. For all the usual reasons and for many it might even be the rational vote, depending on their economic circumstances. But for young people who presumably want to get jobs and advance in their careers, it really strikes me as false consciousness that they should support O as much as they do. My impression is that the evidence that deregulation and tax cuts usually increase employment and economic growth is pretty overwhelming. I saw this first hand in the Reagan years and it was something to see. I concede our large deficits weaken the case for tax cuts. But it seems to me a vote for O is still a vote for high unemployment, a very devastating thing if you are young and in debt. I feel like I am a witness to a great crime being committed, out of reckless indifference to those harmed, against generations of kids, one I am powerless to stop and they are too ignorant to perceive. --TS