Saturday, May 31, 2014

The era of big government is really over now




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The resignations and a chat about education

President Obama had no choice.  He had to fire the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs.    

Someone had to be held accountable and the Secretary was an easy target.  

Of course, the real problem at the VA is bureaucratic malaise, a disease that is making the federal government unmanageable.

We also discussed public education with Glenn Fairman.  Here is the link to his archives.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Texas Democrats' trick won't do them any good

(My new American Thinker post)

We hear rumors that many Democrats "switched" in the runoff and voted GOP, or more specifically Dan Patrick.  In other words, they think that Patrick will be an easy target because of his statements about immigration.

In the interest of full disclosure, I voted for Lt Governor Dewhurst in the runoff.  I just felt that he'd be a stronger candidate.   My concerns with Mr. Patrick had nothing to do with immigration.  I just felt that Mr Dewhurt's experience would be valuable in a future Abbott administration.

Now that the primary fights are over, I will vote for Mr Patrick because he is better than the Democrat alternative.

The Democrats' problem in 2014 is that they can't play the "card" anymore.  I agree with Lynn Woolley:
"We are told that Latinos will not vote for Republicans because of people like Patrick who have opposed illegal immigration. But thinking Latinos understand that the U.S., like other countries, must control its borders and have the will to enforce its laws."
The Democrats are running in a state leading the nation in job creation and relocations, such as Toyota.  The strong Texas economy has been good for everybody, including Hispanics.

The Democrats have another problem and his name is Obama.   The president is very unpopular down here, from Obama Care to an EPA out of control to an image of weakness around the world.

My advice to Mr. Patrick is to keep his cool and don't take the bait over immigration.  Focus on border security, economics and President Obama and don't let the Democrats draw you into emotional debates.

After all, we all remember that Mr. Clayton Williams had a huge lead in 1990 and then stumbled over and over and Ann Richards won a very close election. 

I don't think that will happen in 2014.  At the same time, I hope that Mr. Patrick's advisers keep reminding him of Clayton Williams.

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The first "Indy 500" was held in 1911


The 2014 version of the Indianapolis 500 was a real treat.

Ryan Hunter-Reay won a very close race over Helio Castroneves:  126 vs 118 points!   

The images of Ryan riding around with his wife and young son were great. 

It reminds us that the race was started in 1911 when Ray Harround came in first.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

It's Down to 'FIFA Go Home' in Brazil

(My new American Thinker post)

There is a lot of pre-World Cup stuff going on in Brazil, and it has nothing to do with the final team roster, defensive strategies, or "fútbol," as they say down there.

As we saw in yesterday's news reports (via Fausta's Blog), there was a large demonstration with "FIFA go home" signs":

"For many Brazilians, the Cup has become a symbol of the unfulfilled promise of an economic boom for this South American nation. But the boom has fizzled.  And now the World Cup’s $11.5 billion price tag – the most expensive ever – and a list of unfinished construction projects have become reminders of the shortcomings that many believe keep Brazil poor: overwhelming bureaucracy, corruption and shortsighted policy-making that prioritizes grand projects over needs like education and health care."

And it gets worse. 

They are still trying to finish facilities for the Cup in Curitiba, Cuiabá, and Porto Alegre.  Did I tell you that the games begin in three weeks?

All of this has translated into support for the Cup plunging, as reported in the WSJ:
Critics contend Brazil erred in constructing so many arenas in a country the size of the continental U.S. The country has spent a record $3.6 billion to build or remodel 12 stadiums, most of which were behind schedule and over budget.
Meanwhile, public support for the Cup has plunged in Brazil, sparking protests by citizens who say the money would have been better spent on improving the nation's schools, hospitals and other public services.
A few years ago, when Brazil was awarded the Cup, I thought that it was a match made in heaven.  Imagine the Super Bowl at Lambeau Field or the World Series at Yankee Stadium.

Today, the country is furious, and the politicians are avoiding questions. 

Yes, the games will go on, but so will protests and demonstrations.  There is going to be a lot of screaming outside the stadium, and it won't be about the games.

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Another silly speech by a silly president

President Obama spoke at West Point and got an "icy" reception, according to a CNN report:
"Obama’s “philosophical” speech to the 2014 graduates of West Point about a new direction for America’s foreign policy was “not a great” speech for that audience, said CNN anchor Jim Clancy on Wednesday. He said that the president did not sound like a “commander-in-chief speaking to his troops” and got an “icy reception” as a result.Clancy did not criticize the substance of President Obama’s speech outlining a shift in tactics, specifically as it relates to America’s approach to fighting terrorist groups. However, he did think that the defining of a new foreign policy doctrine was not something the attendees wanted to hear."
The criticism came from all directions.

The New York Times, also known as the Obama campaign headquarters, was not happy:
"The address did not match the hype, was largely uninspiring, lacked strategic sweep and is unlikely to quiet his detractors, on the right or the left."
The Washington Post was brutal:
"This binding of U.S. power places Mr. Obama at odds with every U.S. president since World War II. In effect, he ruled out interventions to stop genocide or reverse aggression absent a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or a multilateral initiative. Those terms would exclude missions by previous administrations in places such as Somalia and Haiti and Mr. Obama’s own proposal to strike Syria last year — but not the war in Iraq, which was a multilateral campaign."
The Wall Street Journal pointed out all of the stuff left out of the speech:
"No mention of the Reset. “The reset button has worked,” Mr. Obama avowed in a 2009 meeting with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s figurehead president. That was the same year Mr. Obama announced in Moscow that, “The days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chessboard are over.”
No mention of the Pivot or “rebalance” to Asia. This was billed by Hillary Clinton in 2011 as “among the most important diplomatic efforts of our time” and meant as proof that America’s withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan wasn’t simply a retreat from the world. But as assistant secretary of defense Katrina McFarland admitted in March, following the latest round of Pentagon cuts, “Right now, the pivot is being looked at again, because candidly it can’t happen.”No mention of Mr. Obama’s Red Line in Syria against the use of chemical weapons. No mention, either, of the ostensible success of using diplomacy to disarm Bashar Assad. The President was fond of boasting of this achievement until recently, when it emerged that Assad continues to use chlorine bombs to kill his enemies. Somehow that also didn’t make it into the speech.No mention of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which occupied the bulk of John Kerry‘s first year as Secretary of State and which has now collapsed as Mahmoud Abbas patches up his differences with the terrorists of Hamas."
The speech had all of the classic Obama-nonsense, from "false choices" to speaking of successes that even his supporters don't believe anymore.
What a sad contrast.   On one side, hundreds of young people who will be the next military leaders of the US Army.  Sadly, on the other side, a president who doesn't have a clue about what he is doing.
Very sad contrast!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ralph Hall defeated in primary

(My new American Thinker post)

Back in 1998, Congressman Hall was one of 5 Democrats who voted to impeach President Clinton.  A few years later, he switched parties and joined the GOP. 

On Tuesday, Mr Hall was defeated in the GOP primary runoff.   The final result was 52-48% in John Ratcliffe's favor, or about 2,500 votes:
"By phone, Ratcliffe said he’ll spend the next six months making sure he’s educated about the needs of his new constituents.  
“I like Congressman Hall and believe that a majority of people in the district like him as well, but felt like it was time for new leadership,” he said from his home in Heath, where he served 8 years as mayor, his only previous elected office.
“We needed new ideas and new solutions. I tried to present myself as a credible alternative for those that were looking for one.”
Mr Ratcliffe will be the next member of the US Congress.  He will win unless something very unusual happens between now and November.

In the end, this is a case of a better organized Mr Ratcliffe and an aging Mr Hall.  I think that it was time for a change and change happened. We do thank Mr Hall for his service in World War II and his conservative voting record over the years. 

It was time for Mr Hall to retire and that's what's his defeat was all about.

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Thank you for all of the birthday greetings


THANKS TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES.....THANKS FOR THE NICE MESSAGES....

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Julian Castro would add little to a Hillary Clinton ticket

(My new American Thinker post)

The "inevitable President Hillary story" has a new twist.  

It will be a Clinton-Castro in 2016 thus making Texas a battleground state. Of course, this will be made possible by selecting Julian Castro as VP now that he has joined the Obama Cabinet.

Let me make 4 points before you book your tickets or room to the Clinton-Castro inauguration parties:

1) Hillary Clinton is nowhere as strong as some people think. Her tenure as Secretary of State, from the now infamous "reset" to Benghazi, is not something that she wants to be talking about in 2016.  That "3am" phone call won't work so well this time around!

2) We will likely be entering a recession by 2016. Our current tepid recovery is a recovery but it won't be by the summer of 2016.

3) Hillary Clinton does not need Hispanic or black votes. She needs "white men," as we read recently in The New York Times.

In other words, Senator Manchin of West Virginia or Senator Mark Warner of Virginia make more sense on the ticket.

4) Julian Castro could not win a statewide election in Texas, as Ruben Navarrette pointed out. He is the mayor of San Antonio but little known outside of that city.  In other words, adding Julian Castro will not put Texas in play for a Clinton ticket.

We wish Julian Castro a lot of success in Washington DC. I will concede that he has a future in national politics.

Maybe he can explain to President Obama, and the left, that he attracted businesses to San Antonio by selling to executives that Texas is a right to work state.   

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Assimilation to a new culture



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Monday, May 26, 2014

We remember Memorial Day


We remember Memorial Day and the people who gave their lives from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bob Jagers will return to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day


We spoke with Robert B Jagers, an author & World War II veteran, who will go to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

YOU CAN GET HIS BOOK BY GOING TO BOB'S WEBSITE!

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The war on women (Communist Cuba version)

The ladies in white, or “Las Damas en Blanco”, are women who march every Sunday after mass or other services.  They’ve drawn international attention because they are peaceful and simply want freedom in Cuba, or the release of their husbands, sons or brothers from political prisons.
Over the years, they’ve been harassed by communist thugs and pushed around.  But they keep on marching every Sunday.
We just got news that some of the ladies have been arrested, according to Capitol Hill Cubans (via Babalu):
“Over 45 Ladies in White were arrested as they tried to meet at their headquarters on Neptuno Street in Havana.
“Dozens of others were intercepted and turned away as they made their way to the meeting.
“The group holds monthly meetings, known as “literary teas,” which are heavily repressed by the Castro regime.”
Frankly, the regime is scared to death of these ladies.  It’s hard to blame a bunch of peaceful ladies as CIA agents.  The ladies are also seen by tourists who Tweet or send their pictures out of the country.
To my knowledge, no one in the US feminist movement has publicly supported these brave ladies.
We don’t know why feminists don’t support “Las Damas en Blanco”.
We do know that these ladies are one courageous group of women.
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1935: Babe Ruth hits # 714 or last home run


Babe Ruth is #3 on the home run list behind Bonds and Aaron.  However, 714 is one of those magic numbers for baseball fans like me.  It was the Babe's career home run totals.  60 (later 61) and 714 were the big baseball numbers that we grew up hearing about.  

Frankly, I never thought that anyone would catch Ruth's 714.   At the same time, I cheered Aaron all the way, specially after he got to 700 and eventually passed Ruth.

Babe Ruth hit # 714 on this day in 1935.   He was playing for the Boston Braves after being released by the Yankees.    I am not even sure if he played another game for the Braves after hitting this homer.    It's a shame that he didn't play his last game as a Yankee.

He died in 1948 from cancer.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Walesa saw US leadership and does not see it now

(My new Babalu post)

Former President Walesa of Poland spoke for millions around the world.
This is what he said:
"Speaking to The Associated Press Friday, Walesa said the ‘‘world is disorganized and the superpower is not taking the lead.’’ The former Solidarity leader said that when he meets Obama in Warsaw, he wants to tell him that the U.S. should inspire and encourage the world into positive action.
‘‘I will say: Either you want to be a superpower and guide us, or you should give the superpower to Poland and we will know what to do with it. Amen,’’ he said.

Of course, Mr Walesa remembers presidential leadership, such as what he saw under President Reagan in the 1980s.
He remembers a US president who called the USSR an "evil empire" and told them "to tear down that wall".
Walesa knows a thing or two about leadership and courage.
He was the man who stood up to the communist leadership in Poland.
It was the kind of "community organizing" that got you thrown into political prisons or "blacklisted" by the communist regime.
I hope that Mr Walesa speaks bluntly with President Obama. We need it!


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No Donovan on Team USA


For many of us, Landon Donovan is US soccer.  He's been the most visible US player, whether he was playing here or overseas.

We learned from news reports that Donovan won't be in the US team headed for Brazil:

"On Friday, Klinsmann explained his decision to leave out Donovan, 32, by essentially saying that he believed other players were a better fit. 

He danced around providing details, but he acknowledged that dropping Donovan was a difficult choice."

Frankly, I don't know enough about soccer to judge Coach Klinsmann's decision.  At the same time, you need speed to compete  and younger legs may be the answer.

Thanks to Landon for the memoires.  We wish him well.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Bonnie & Clyde: 80 years ago and people still interested




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Tough days for the Rangers!

The Texas Rangers were dealt another blow today.    Prince Fielder is out for the season or the last of a rash of injuries this season:


"This is what the Texas Rangers’ season has become: Yu Darvish makes another extraordinary start and even gets run support to boot, and it becomes second-tier news.    This season is all about an injury situation that, to quote general manager Jon Daniels, is reaching “critical mass.”
And so, after a 9-2 win Thursday over Detroit, what is becoming the all too regular protocol followed. Manager Ron Washington discussed his team’s grit. Darvish, speaking in Japanese, discussed not very much of anything. And general manager Jon Daniels gave a triage report.
On Thursday, it was:
Prince Fielder: Gone for the year.
Jurickson Profar: Maybe gone, too.
* Daniel Robertson: Not looking so hot either."
It's going to be tough to recover from the loss of Fielder.  At the same time, some young guys are going get a chance, such as Choice in the outfield and Moreland will go back to first base.  
Nevertheless, it will be tough and this may be one of those seasons that we'd rather forget!
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Amigo, 'que pasa' in the United States?

(My new American Thinker post)

We are all caught up in the VA scandal and that's understandable.  It is the latest of the scandals that President Obama apparently learned about by watching the nightly news.

Add the tepid recovery, the lack of spine in dealing with our adversaries and everything else that seems to be going wrong at the same time.

It's enough to make many of us worry about the future of the land we love. It is also a concern for people who live outside the US.  We never hear from them but they are talking too.

Over the last couple of years, I've heard from friends in Latin America about the state of dysfunction in the US government.  

They call me by phone or send me an email.  

A friend from Central America said:   "And they call us a banana republic"? 

A professor in Colombia is frustrated:  "Is President Obama paying attention" 

An old college friend in Brazil said:  "Is President Obama going to resign?"

My point for sharing these comments is to show that the world cares and is concerned about the state of the Obama administration.  

At this point, President Obama's ideology or philosophy is secondary. The primary concern is that we may be watching a man in over his head.  It's one thing for the president of a small country to be in over his head.  It's quite another thing for the leader of the free world to look so rattled.

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1859: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born

Do you enjoy reading Sherlock Holmes?  I do.  They are great stories.  

We remember that Mr Doyle was born on this day in 1859:

"Doyle was born in Scotland and studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he met Dr. Joseph Bell, a teacher with extraordinary deductive reasoning power. Bell partly inspired Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes years later.
After medical school, Doyle moved to London, where his slow medical practice left him ample free time to write. 
His first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, was published in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887. 
Starting in 1891, a series of Holmes stories appeared in The Strand magazine. Holmes enabled Doyle to leave his medical practice in 1891 and devote himself to writing, but the author soon grew weary of his creation. In The Final Problem, he killed off both Holmes and his nemesis, Dr. Moriarty, only to resuscitate Holmes later due to popular demand. 
In 1902, Doyle was knighted for his work with a field hospital in South Africa. In addition to dozens of Sherlock Holmes stories and several novels, Doyle wrote history, pursued whaling, and engaged in many adventures and athletic endeavors. After his son died in World War I, Doyle became a dedicated spiritualist. 
He died in 1930."
Elementary Dr Watson!




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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A bad economy for the groups that Democrats need to turn out

(My new American Thinker post)


Over the last two days, I've read a couple of stories about the US economy and minorities.

The first one is Dedroy Murdock of National Review:
"Obama’s election, no doubt, generated considerable ethnic pride.
Seeing a black man (or, precisely, a half-black man) inaugurated was a truly exceptional milestone for all Americans — black and otherwise.   
But Obama reached the Oval Office nearly five years and four months ago.
Since then, his performance should have dimmed his halo among blacks, especially considering how much they have suffered on his watch."
The second is from The NY Times:
"Though broad measures of the economy are showing signs of improvement, a closer look at important indicators among individual groups reveals that voting blocs critical to Democrats in recent elections are not yet feeling the benefits.
Consider women, whose unemployment rate stood at 8.1 percent, up almost two percentage points from when Mr. Obama took office, as they weighed whether to vote in the midterms of 2010. Today, it is 5.7 percent, a seemingly shining number for Democrats desperate to widen the gender gap.
But while the number of women out of work appears to be much improved, the number of women employed compared with the total female population is 55.2 percent, actually worse than it was in October 2010.
Progress, in fact, is a mirage, the product of what economists call the disappearing work force: people giving up and dropping out."
Sadly, the Obama years have been good for the rich but not so good for the rest of the population.   To be fair, it's not all Obama's fault, but he has not contributed to the kind of economy that encourages people to invest and hire.

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Charles Lindbergh 1927


We remember that Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris in 1927.     His plane "The spirit of St. Louis" taken off from Roosevelt Field 33 hours earlier.

As a result of the flight, Lindbergh became an international personality and met his future wife during a trip to Mexico.     He died in 1974.




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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cuban Americans and Cuban independence day

(My new American Thinker post)

My grandmother had a neat life.  She was born in Cuba (1892) when it was still a Spanish colony. She recalls the celebrations on May 20, 1902 when Cuba finally became an independent country. She left Cuba and died in the US in 1984.

Today, Cuba celebrates the 112th anniversary of that independence day that my grandmother celebrated as a  little girl.  However, there is little to celebrate in Cuba in the 54th year of communism.

We continue to hear of dissidents being arrested, such as Jorge Luis Perez-Garcia, known as "Antunez".  (Via Babalu)

We heard this from Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, a dissident who recently spoke in the US.  He reminded us of Cubans in prison or under harassment by the Castro government via Capitol Hill Cubans:
"Dear friends: since I became an independent blogger and journalist in Cuba, I was told, by the former Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto, and the former director of the Cuban Book Institute, Iroel Sanchez, that I will never publish again in my country. They were both removed from their positions later (Saturn’s law), but the unholy war of the Castros against critical intellectuals goes on and on.

While I talk here, the Havanan novelist Angel Santiesteban languishes a 5-year sentence for a common crime announced to him —by State Security agents— as a punishment for his opinion columns in his blog:Los hijos que nadie quiso /The Children Nobody Wanted.

While I talk here, a journalist from the free-lance agency Hablemos Press / Let’s Talk Press, Calixto Ramon Martinez was kept many months in prison for reporting an outbreak of cholera in Cuba, which still constitutes a serious health risk there, even for tourists, a fact that the Cuban government refuses to recognize in its due importance. Finally he was released without any explanation, documentation of his case, or at least an attempt to give him an apology or indemnify him.

While I talk here, a Catholic Afrocuban young mother and her husband, both peaceful pro-democracy activists, Sonia Garro and Ramon Alejandro Muñoz, have been for two years and two months in several Cuban prisons, subject to physical abuse and isolation periods, just because they protested when they were forbidden to attend the Holy Mass of the Pope Benedict XVI in the Revolution Square of Havana city, in March 2012. Hundreds of human rights activists were then arrested, including me, kidnapped for three days with my girlfriend, apparently accused of attempting to take counter-revolutionary photographs of His Holiness with the Heroic Guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara behind him, in the façade of the mysterious Ministry of Interior where the mass took place.

While I talk here, an American citizen under contract by USAID, Alan Gross, is being held hostage since December 2009 in a Cuban jail, serving a 15-year sentence for charges that included espionage. A Jew himself, he was just helping the Cuban Jewish community to have a ready access to the internet, since the right to independent information is not recognized by my government. In fact, it constitutes a major crime: enemy propaganda, diffusion of negative news, among other brutalities of our actual Penal Code. This was a miserable mafia message thrown to the fair-play face of America: mind your own business, do not dare to try to help the Cuban civic society or you will pay a dirty price too.

Besides, dozens of well-known terrorists have found safe haven to grow old in Cuba and take care of their families and their fortunes, after a whole life devoted to international delinquency, including USA fugitives, ex CIA agents and hit-men associated with dictators and paramilitary bands worldwide."
The Castro government will put on a show today and celebrate independence day.  However, I am sure that most Cubans won't really feel it until this corrupt dictatorship passes on.

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May 20, 1902 (and a few stories from my abuela)


As a kid growing up in the US, our grandmother used to tell us stories of May 20, 1902, or the day that Cuba became an independent country.  

She recalls celebrations, large crowds, Cuban flags all over and a sense of joy in the island.

She died in 1984 and I never recorded her comments.  It would have been very interesting to share her memories with the readers and listeners.


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Monday, May 19, 2014

The State of our Young People in Year 6 of "hope and change"

(My new American Thinker post)

We saw a couple of stories over the weekend about young people.

First, USA Today story discussing the grim job prospects for young people.

Second, a story (via Bill Katz) about young people tuning out of politics:
Students across the country are protesting commencement speakers of all political varieties. Rutgers students balked at Condoleezza Rice and her ties to the Iraq War. Smith College kids and professors threatened to jeer IMF director Christine Lagarde’s monetary policies. And Robert Birgeneau faced protests at Haverford College over an incident involving campus police and batons. All the high-profile speakers are taking a pass.
The dispassionate protest represents a certain irony: The under-30 set is deeply dissatisfied with politics and institutions of government — an attitude emerging ahead of an election year when Senate Democrats could use some first-term Barack Obama-style enthusiasm from the young.
But a recent national poll of 18- to 29-year-olds conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics found that few intend to vote in the midterms.
Less than one in four said they “definitely” planned to vote in November.
Young Republicans showed more enthusiasm than young Democrats for participating in the midterms.
Another Harvard poll showed that post-election partisanship on a number of issues is deepening.
Young adults are losing their faith in government."
To be fair, President Obama is not responsible for an educational system that graduates students who offer little to real world employers. 

In other words, too many degrees are worthless, as my friend Aaron Clareywrote about a couple of years ago.

On the other hand, President Obama is responsible for inspiring a bunch of young people in 2008 with utter nonsense and phrases like "we are the change that we've been waiting for." Too many expected a President Obama to walk on water. Sadly, they've learned that he can't swim.

Politically, this is a challenge for the Democrats in 2014 because they need a turnout. At the same time, it is an opportunity for the GOP to gain some support with sound economic proposals that focus on growth.

P. S. You can hear my chat with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda about this & follow me on Twitter @ scantojr.



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