Young Voters Unhappy with GOP
Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle today reports on young voters becoming more and more unhappy with Republicans:
A Democracy Corps poll from the Washington firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner suggests voters ages 18 to 29 have undergone a striking political evolution in recent years.and further ...
Young Americans have become so profoundly alienated from Republican ideals on issues including the war in Iraq, global warming, same-sex marriage and illegal immigration that their defections suggest a political setback that could haunt Republicans "for many generations to come," the poll said.
Younger voters, who grew up in the Clinton years, are also increasingly at odds with the GOP and its leaders on social issues.And they should be concerned. To see the cost of the Iraq war, click here. As I type this it is at over $455 billion!!!!! And it's frightening, as I've said before, at how quickly that figure climbs.
"This is a more diverse generation, racially and ethnically, and it's more progressive on social issues like gay marriage," Greenberg said. "They see the Republican Party as profoundly different on tolerance and identity."
The poll also suggests the GOP is not addressing young voters' deep concerns about their future economic security. "Young people's economic struggles, more than any other issue, defines their political agenda," she said.
To make a comparison ... it's hard to do because of the different financial situation now in the global economy ... but just so you have a figure: the Vietnam war cost $120 billion. And we're not out of Iraq yet.
We all should be concerned. Who is going to pay for this war? We are. And for a long time. And if you'd like to read about how we're still paying for past wars, go here.