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Friday, July 21, 2006

AP Reports on the College Democrats' National Convention

"Students say Democrats misunderstood"

The national college-aged wing of the Democratic Party, the College Democrats, met this week in St. Louis to discuss things and to hear from party leaders and presidential hopefuls, such as DNC Chairman Howard Dean, House Minority Leader Nancy Pilosi, Iowa Gov. and presidential candidate Tom Vilsack, Sen. Barack Obama, and former NATO Gen. and presidential hopeful Wesley Clark.

The article said, "Many of the 400 in attendance were upbeat about the party's prospects in the midterm elections, especially with polls showing a preference for Democratic candidates," but "They complained that Democrats have been unable to explain themselves to voters and Republicans are perceived as the party of moral values."

Rather than repeating my previous statements on this phenomenon, I direct you to my previous post, "Wooing Young Voters on Social Issues."

Moving on...

Republicans countered (I guess the fact that the Democrats are having a national college conference; this isn't in reference to anything in particular) that they will continue to make inroads with college students who they say have increasingly turned conservative.

"I think that the Republican Party is one that speaks to students who are just graduating from college, offering hope and economic growth. I think you see that in a pro-business agenda and a small-business friendly tax plan," said Paul Gourley, chairman of the College Republican National Committee.

First of all, I haven't seen a shred of evidence suggesting that college students are becoming more conservative. In fact, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at University of Maryland reports that college students who voted in the 2004 election preferred Kerry to Bush by 14%. The post-election study on those who did not vote found preference to be split, but the study notes that a separate study concluded that the non-voters favored Kerry to Bush again by 14%.

Secondly, though the Republicans may claim to have a "pro-business agenda," their economic agenda is not favorable to young people seeking jobs or even long-term economic growth. The Republican economic policies have created a Glass-House Economy. All it takes is one stone... What do I mean? Republican energy policies have caused the American economy to be reliant on a resource - petroleum - that can only be supplied in sufficient quantity by nations with populations that are extremely hostile to the US and by nations with extremist governments. Due to this crisis-waiting-to-happen, our economy is vulnerable to the most catastrophic disaster - a mass oil shortage - in our nation's history. Republicans have done nothing to shift our reliance off foreign oil.

Moreover, young people shouldn't care about the recent upturn in the economy, because we will not benefit from it: We have the worst job creation rate in 40 years!

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