“Forward, what, over the cliff?”

Mr. Obama’s campaign recently announced its new slogan: “Forward”

Governor Romney asked the rhetorical question: “Forward, what, over the cliff?”

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Yesterday’s WSJ published Daniel Henniger’s weekly column titled, “Memo to the Youth Vote” that challenges the notion there is anything progressive or forward benefiting the young voter.

Why would anyone under the age of 25 vote for Barack Obama in November?

Mr. Obama resumed his College Tour 2012 last week, visiting campuses in Iowa, North Carolina and Colorado for the purpose of replicating his 66% youth-vote total from 2008.

In 2008, he reeled them in with promises of hope and change. In 2012 he’s offering cash, promising to protect 3.4% interest on their college loans. We’re about to find out if it’s true that when you’re young, hope springs eternal.

Put differently, the past three years have been a Peter Pan presidency for Peter Pan voters. If you’re going to college, it’s good to vote for Barack Obama again, so long as you’ll never have to turn 23. But for many young Americans, there will be no Tinker Bell showing them how to land a job with lovely thoughts.

The youth unemployment rate for Americans has hovered around 16%. Anecdotal stories abound of college graduates living in the bedroom they grew up in, jobless. But hey, the president they voted for as freshmen is promising 3.4% interest on the average $25,000 or so of college debt they owe four years later.
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Last May, the Nobel laureate economist Robert Lucas, an expert on economic growth, put together a lecture on the economy because so many people asked him why the U.S. economy’s post-recession growth rate was struggling around 2%.

He noted that in the years after World War II, both the U.S. and Europe grew at an annual rate of about 3%. But in the mid-1970s, Western Europe dropped below that growth rate and stayed there, creating a 20% to 40% gap in income levels between Europe and the U.S. Prof. Lucas suggested this had to do with the cost of maintaining the social-welfare commitments Europe accumulated in the postwar years.

He then looked at the levels of U.S. social-welfare commitments, including the new Obama health-care entitlement, and ended with a simple observation: “Is it possible that by imitating European policies on labor markets, welfare and taxes, the U.S. has chosen a new, lower GDP trend? If so, it may be that the weak recovery we have had so far is all the recovery we will get.”
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For new American college graduates, there is an alternative to that job you thought you’d have: Join a union.

If your new goal in life is to join the United Auto Workers (saved by Mr. Obama with your parents’ taxes) or work for a government agency somewhere for the next 40 years, the president is your candidate. The modern Democratic Party from top to bottom is the party of all unions, hardly different than the European political parties whose union members and unemployed college graduates filled city squares Tuesday in forlorn May Day demonstrations. If a career inside an American union is what it’s all about, then an Obama vote (“Forward”) is a no-brainer.

But aside from the aspiring union lifers, what’s in an Obama vote for the rest of the youth vote? The U.S. annualized growth rate in the first quarter this year was 2.2%. Perhaps the life raft is that provision in ObamaCare that extends health-insurance coverage to children living at home until the age of 26. If Barack Obama wins another four years, you may need it.

By the way, Henninger’s social-welfare argument above might have a lot more truth to it when considering what many are saying is behind Mr. Obama’s one line slogan. Consider these three: Here, here, and here. Would any President of the United States employ a subliminal message such as these from history? Am I naive to think not?

Nah. This is what I think of Mr. Obama’s new slogan:

By Bill Fortune

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5 Responses to “Forward, what, over the cliff?”

  1. Wow , Is this the famous Bill Fortune ? My husband and I have been a fan of his work for years and we are thrilled he has teamed up with you , Vic. This is an important message to impart and I think you both hit the nail right on the ……….head ! Keep up the good work …there is lots of work to be done .

  2. Marlon Bateman says:

    This is an OUTSTANDING article! Puts to words my thoughts exactly. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Vic. Your work is appreciated!

  3. Verla Swords says:

    This is a very good aerticle, all college students should really take note.

  4. Annette says:

    Very interesting article. I understand the youth are not too excited about Obama this election cycle. At this point a lot of our youth may just chose to stay home and not vote. I hope Romney can persuade them that free market solutions are the answer for a strong private sector where wealth and jobs are created. I am sure some college graduates would like to create their own wealth instead of work for a union. If they do…Mitt is their man!! Romney 2012!!

  5. AfricansforRomney says:

    Obama’s youth vote may be shifting to Ron Paul this time. RP postioning himself almost like a 3rd party candidate this point. These young kids think life is like itunes so they can share, get it cheap, free. Certainly, Obama’s mission are accomplished by transforming these kids set of mind.

    These kids if they don’t wake up soon, they will be slave by Chinese. If you’ve young family memebers, time to have a kitchen table conversation about their future, encourage them to study math, science also equally important public policy.