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Jan 14, 201412:01 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Are today’s young turning away from welfare state liberalism?

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Barack Obama is one of this nation’s youngest presidents, but his party is skewing old. (Some would say that Democrats are also skewing the young.) Today’s young adults may be turning Churchill’s adage upside down — the one about being young and liberal, old and conservative.

The current regime’s mandatory, semi-nationalized health insurance scheme is proving to be a big turnoff for the 20-somethings. Only 24% of those signing up for Obamacare are aged 18 to 34. The program needs those healthy young bodies to account for 40% of enrollees to counter all the pre-existing conditions. (In Wisconsin, just 19% of enrollees were 18 to 34.) If the math doesn’t change by the March 31 deadline, O-care is in trouble and the feds starting levying fines.

Bring back General Hershey and the military draft!

National Review detects a shift away from youthful allegiance to liberal politics. It cites a December survey published by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics showing only 41% of millennials approve of the job President Obama is doing, while 54% disapprove.

The liberal image of young people looks an awful lot like Pajama Boy, “less concerned with finding a job, getting married, or buying a house than he is with extracting benefits from the government — in this case, health care. Pajama Boy is a far cry from the Marlboro Man or Rosie the Riveter,” National Review says.

Pajama Boy is not a one-off. You may remember a certain “Julia” from Obama’s 2012 campaign. Her life, too, was lived as a virtual ward of the state for the good things in life. Who had a prime speaking engagement at the party’s national convention? The private law school student who wanted someone else to pay for her birth control pills. So much for “I am woman, hear me roar!” This is permanent dependency!

So much for “ask not what your country can do for you.”


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Jan 14, 2014 08:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Great piece in the WSJ, Dave. I am surprised they ran it. Lefties don't ever want to hear the truth - it is never on their side. Fortunately many of the millenials have the brains to not listen to their professors. There is hope!

Jan 15, 2014 04:08 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Don't forget Tim Scott of S Carolina. Very impressive.

Jan 15, 2014 07:40 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Always fun to see a retiree try to explain what "today's young" thinks and who their "rock stars" are. That you are impressed by these young guns means it's a sure bet that actual members of "today's young" are not. "In my day, we had Bobby, Gaylord..." Tell us more about olden days, Grampa! What kind of hip-hop did you listen to?

Young liberals don't like the president because he has caved to the Republicans too many times. He has disappointed anyone who thought he would be a breath of fresh air, young or old.

The biggest items on young people's agenda these days are legalizing pot and legalizing gay marriage, neither of which they're accomplishing with the help or establishment politicians on either side of the aisle.

Jan 15, 2014 09:08 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

"The biggest items on young people's agenda these days are legalizing pot and legalizing gay marriage, neither of which they're accomplishing with the help or establishment politicians on either side of the aisle."

LOL! Thanks for proving my point about liberals infantilizing young adults.

From the Boston Globe: "Domestic spying by the government, the technological incompetence demonstrated in the launch of the Obama health care marketplace, the continued weakness in the economy — all have conspired to undermine Democrats’ big advantage among young voters, ages 18 to 29, according to specialists."

Now where is YOUR link? "Legalizing pot and gay marriage!" Priceless! Bring back Annoying man and UWBiz!

Jan 15, 2014 01:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Who gives a rip about gay "marriage" if there is such a thing? It's a big thing if you are in the Madison bubble, in the UW-Madison bubble, or you are....well, gay and with a disposition to settle down (uncommon among that demographic). Young people really want jobs, security, a future, a spouse, a home, etc. And by the way, Anon 7:40, pot is basically legal almost everywhere. What is a Madison cop going to do, write you a $80.00 ticket?

Jan 15, 2014 01:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

David, you talk about Free Speech in the WSJ and I think most people believe in free speech if it was real. But look at the situation just this week with Kleefisch who happens to try to push a bill through that will benefit a millionaire (Michael Eisenga)of his, his wife and Scott Walker and yet hurt everyone else. Not to mention, Mr Eisenga has his own children on Badgercare. Oh ya, Eisenga even hired Kelly Rindfiesch after she was arrested for her work with Scott Walker. Shows how the republicans can be purchased and don't believe in free speech. And lets look at Scott Walker, Chris Christie stated that the he needs to take the blame on the bridge situation because he was incharge of the people who did it. Scott, well, no he would never say that, so was he a bad manager or a bad liar who know what was happening.

Don't forget, your generation also had role models of Nixon (Watergate), Oliver North (Iran-Contra scandal), Chris Christie (NJ Bridge), Dan Quayle, Rick Santorum, Clint Eastwood, Ted Nugent, and George W Bush to name a few.

Todays generation has Chris Taylor, Mark Pocan, Paul Soglin, Herb Kohl, to name a few politicians. They also have people like Warren Buffet, our ministers, teachers, etc. to hold as role models. Al Gore may have been boring, but he definitely had the smarts.

And don't forget, the spying was happening under Bush, so get over it not to mention the Wall Street situation in 2008.

Jan 15, 2014 01:50 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

Sorry man, no politician should be a role model for anyone - I don't find inspiration in Taylor, Pocan, Soglin, or Kohl. Buffett???? What - we're aspiring to be rich now??? What about the 99%???
And how convenient you forgot to mention all the Dem "role models" of time past - Ted Kennedy, Gary Hart, Bill Clinton (Monica), Weiner, the mayor of San Diego
And who can forget Obama - our spier in Chief, but nobody cares. Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious - you know if this was under a Repub president, we would never hear the end of it.

Jan 15, 2014 09:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks for summoning me. I think even you'd have to agree with Daily Kos. Joel Kleefisch: "two-bit statehouse whore." Your GOP. Own 'em.

Jan 16, 2014 06:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

One thing I like about your Blog Blaska.

Is in the comment section , it shows me how ignorant the people in Wisconsin really are.

Bring it !!!!!

Jan 16, 2014 07:53 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Al Gore may have been boring, but he definitely had the smarts." - ouch! Seriously?

Most lemmings who followed Al Gore off the "Global Warming" cliff (don't get fancy, revisionists, with your "It's Anthropogenic Climate Change now!" ...rebranding your crisis when the evidence doesn't pan out is for dim suckers) didn't do their homework, just like Al!

George W. Bush got his BA at Yale and an MBA at Harvard. Al Gore squeaked out of Harvard with a 2.2 GPA BA and failed out of Vanderbuilt (F in four of 5 classes, and so he decided to drop out and run for TN state senate instead).

Ironically, I find Al Gore to be the opposite of boring. Listening to that man is a hoot! An expensive, ignorant hoot.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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