In the lead up to the 2008 Presidential election college campuses fairly crackled with excitement and anticipation. The oh-so-much-more enlightened “Youth vote” was ready to explode and “show” the older generations who was the smartest most compassionate and most politically correct generation in American history. They intended to elect America’s first Black president,and they did.
Now two years later those 18- to 24-year-olds look like the dumbest group of people ever to walk into a polling place. The most recent USA TODAY analysis of the employment picture reveals the startling fact that,as a group,those aged 16 to 24 are suffering the highest level of unemployment since the government started keeping track back in 1948.
Making the point that falling for Obama’s socialism was a huge mistake,the level of unemployment for this group has grown from 34% in 2000 to 45% today.
Hurt Their Parents and Grandparents
As bad as Obama’s recession has been on our “enlightened youth” it has hit harder at the opposite end of the age scale. People who should be retiring are staying in their jobs into their 70s. Among workers between 60 and 64,55% are working as compared to only 47% who were employed in 2000.