July 11, 2005
Looking For Love in All The Wrong Places
RedState.org thinks they've found the group who'll revive Social Security privatization:
Social Security reform garners major support from young Americans, who know that the system is tilted against them. Personal accounts are supported by 2/3rds of young Americans and almost universally by Young Republicans. Since the over 55 crowd will not be affected by any reforms, the face of reform should be young Americans. YRs have an opportunity to fill that void alongside groups such as Students for Saving Social Security.
Gee-willickers, Social Security is really in trouble! I didn't know 2/3rds of young folks believed in anything! But it seems I was wrong. Not only do they believe private accounts are a good idea, but they believe Bush is a lying scumbag who can't be trusted. Here are more results from the 18-29 demographic in the exact same poll:
• 26% approve of Bush's handling on Social Security, 51% disapprove;
• 39% mostly trust what Bush says about Social Security, 54% think he's mostly lying;
• 42% think Republicans are generally truthful on the issue, 50% think they're liars;
• 50% think Democrats are honest about Social Security, 41% think otherwise;
So here's the Republican's great hope, the demographic clear-eyed enough to lance through liberal lies and mass behind the President's proposals: they disapprove of Bush 2:1, more than half think he's a liar, most think his party lies, and most think Democrats are telling the truth.
Huh. Maybe my generation's smarter than I thought.
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I like the idea that 100% support among Young Republicans is any indication of broad youth support.
Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Jul 11, 2005 3:00:53 PM
Even the more rational conservatives (like many on RedState) are fully mentally able to pict a straw from the haystack and believe they have discovered the pure truth. Amazing, how selectively they deploy facts.
Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Jul 11, 2005 5:25:15 PM
Yeah, and when the CRs & YRs staged the "Stormin' for Reform" rally on the Sunday of the CR national convention (free buses advertised in PA and MD), 50-60 people showed up, according to TPM.
Posted by: Sally | Jul 12, 2005 7:13:14 AM
HA! I thought the Reds would learn from us Blues to not rely to heavily on the young ones.
Posted by: Adrock | Jul 12, 2005 1:06:30 PM
Posted by: peter.w | Sep 17, 2007 3:18:47 AM
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