A May study from the market research firm YouGov found that 26 percent of people ages 18 to 39 have a favorable opinion of socialism, compared with only 15 percent of people older than 65. The Pew Research Center has also found that almost half of people ages 18 to 49 view socialism favorably. Source: NPR
The promise of “free” college and health care and, more is appealing, especially if you are young and your brain is still not fully developed, even if you are in college.
The younger generation may have had a tough time graduating and then finding a job during the recession and thus concludes the American Dream is not up to par so socialism must be a better way.
Do people under age 30 even know what tough times are?
When I was growing up we hid under our school desks practicing for nuclear war. We (or at least our parents) worried about polio and other diseases and some of us saw what it did to friends. We thought about being drafted and going to Vietnam. Some of us had a hard time finding a job after high school because college was out of the question. Some of us had our national guard units called to active duty with no employer salary or benefits to cushion the financial blow. Some of us raised children (successfully) and our time off was the vacation we saved for the purpose. Some of us had mortgages at 9-3/4 % interest with 20% down required. Some of us never used credit cards and avoided debt, and stayed in a home for decades and actually bought a car we kept until it stopped moving.
And these were the good times.
Think about the Americans born in the early 20th Century and before and what they endured.
Socialism is great at allowing the ants to take care of the grasshoppers.
Let’s be blunt. Opportunity still abounds despite what some our leaders tell us. Get off your duff and do what is necessary to reach your goals. Work two jobs, define your career, be prudent spending and saving and with life choices.
We need more ants, not more grasshoppers. If capitalism doesn’t work for you, maybe they have an opening at the Lego factory in Denmark.
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