Young people prefer, ‘No party affiliation’

The Republican and Democratic parties had better watch out. More and more “Millennials” or Generation Y youth are avoiding party membership. And many of their reasons make sense.

For starters, neither party has catered to youth’s generational needs. The parties have supported politicians who have sold youth down the river. If you are young, let this sink in: Politicians in this country, mostly liberals, have sold out your future. They have put you in hock. They have borrowed astronomical sums of money to fund their current political programs, and you will have to pay it back.

It gets worse. There is no Social Security Trust Fund. All the money American workers have sent to the government in Social Security payments has been spent to finance the federal government. The trust fund vault is empty, and the only thing in it is an IOU.

In addition, the government now borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends, and guess who must pay it back? And for the last four years, the current administration has added over $5 trillion to your federal deficit, putting the new total at close to $16 trillion. Here’s a visual: If laid end to end, 16 trillion dollar bills would go from the Earth to the moon about 60,000 times.

Over 100 million people in our country, 35 percent of Americans, are now receiving federal welfare. This compares to only 6 percent in 1962. The productive among us are paying the tab.

Wait, I’m not through. The costs of eldercare, Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid will drain the federal budget to the point that there will come a time when 100 percent of all tax revenues will go to paying the medical and living expenses of retirees and the retirement costs of government workers.

The European welfare system is what our youth are inheriting. A diminished America. Awakening young voters are now asking the Republican and Democratic parties, “How could you let this happen? How could you sell our future?” And the parties are not coming up with good answers. So the young are reluctant to join up.

The fastest growing political party in the United States is the “No Party,” and the number of independents is mushrooming, mostly at a loss for Ds. Why? The Rs and the Ds have not taken their candidates to the woodshed when they should. The most fundamental functions of government are being bypassed. The Senate, controlled by the Ds, has not produced a federal budget for three cycles, even though it is required to do so. The political parties, especially the Ds, have let their politicians create this fiscal house of cards.

It’s happening in Palm Beach County also. Forty-five percent of registered voters are Ds, 29 percent are Rs, but the remaining 26 percent are gaining ground consistently.

My question to the youth of Florida and the nation is: Can’t you see what the drunken-sailor spending of the liberals is doing to you? You are no longer the younger generation; you are the “debt generation.” You’re getting the bill for today’s expenses and for the spending spree of the liberals over the past few decades. They have stolen your future in order to shower benefits on those who can vote for them in the next election. Remember, you’re to blame for some of the borrowing, too. The debt load on the shoulders of the average college grad, young or old, is now $50,000, but this is a debt willingly incurred.

All this is a form of maximum government intrusion, paid for by other people’s money. And it’s getting worse, not better. So, my young friends, what are you going to do about it? Will you keep supporting people who promise “hope and change,” yet push debt higher, spend more, expand government and give away “free” money and your future? Or will you help to put a stop to this national disaster? Your future depends on the answer.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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