The Obama Generation: 6 in 10 Want More Government

A new poll reveals that 6 in 10 young people want more government in their lives. Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has made a point of pandering to youth. Looks like it’s working.

Obamacare, record numbers on food stamps, unprecedented student loan subsidies, the unalienable right to free birth control pills–young people like the handouts and they want more.

November 6th, 2012 was America’s declaration of dependence. Now you can order takeout on your Obamaphone, and the government commissary will deliver the roasted head of a genuine, organic, corn-fed American taxpayer on a silver platter, oozing with BBQ sauce. And you can pay for the meal with your EBT card.

My grandmother recently told me about how her father refused to take a job with the WPA during the Great Depression because it was viewed as make-work, or welfare in disguise. The view toward government has changed. In those days, government help was a last resort. Now it’s every rung on the ladder of success.

Yesterday we found out that the BET crowd has anointed Obama “Lord and Savior.” Today, I’m thinking the president’s youthful devotees may give him another divine title: Jehovah Jirah–which means, in biblical terms, something like “God, our provider.”

Look at it in the context of the recent presidential election. The results of that campaign reveal a crisis of character and culture in this country. Let’s face it, this is a coddled generation. For 6 in 10, The Life of Julia was disturbingly biographical.

It may take 20 or 30 years staring at the mirror for them to figure out the answer to the question they forgot to ask: Who’s gonna pay for all this?

What’s the solution? I think somebody needs to tell these 6 in 10 to go jump off a fiscal cliff. Maybe the fall will knock some sense into them.

  1. Mark

    That’s consistent with the polling data showing Romney winning the over 30 vote by 50-48 and losing the election because of the under 30s who turned out in greater numbers than expected.

    Funny thing is that they’re the ones being set up for the big bill.  They just don’t believe it.  They still think we won’t run out of other people’s money.

  2. RightinChicago

    When we started whining as children, my father would say, and I quote, “Gimme, gimme, gimme, I want, I want.” Adolescence has been dragged out to such a long period, that in 20 years, right after you’re no longer eligible for your parents health insurance, you’ll be eligible for Medicare. If Medicare is still around.

    This may sound monstrous, but if the “gentleman” being interviewed was on fire and I held a bucket of water, I’d pour the water out on the ground and fan the flames.

  3. DocJay

    We are done in before 20-30 years.  These socialists got their wish but the piper must be paid for their economically illiterate president.  How to make them own the failure is another story though.

  4. Whiskey Sam

    The self-esteem generation is the death of us all.  They have no shame in living off someone else and actually see it as something to be proud of.  Parasites.

  5. Goldgeller
    DocJay: We are done in before 20-30 years.  These socialists got their wish but the piper must be paid for their economically illiterate president.  How to make them own the failure is another story though. · 10 minutes ago

    I don’t know if we are done. The past can’t always be used as a guide, but I think as these college students learn a bit more about the government… they’ll change their minds!

    Government is short hand for “collaboration of smart people with resources.” (When you are in college! And a liberal!) but as they grow older they’ll realize government is nothing so “cool.” 

    But that also shows that we have an opening. There is a lot of youthful idealism that needs to be smacked around a little. Once they learn what government actually does versus what it’s supporters claims it does they’ll be mad enough vote for a conservative candidate!

  6. Jim  Ixtian

    The following govt. survey should tell you everything you will need to know about the pitiful state of our society. Take the survey and see how much welfare you qualify for;

    http://www.benefits.gov/

    What type of benefits are you looking for?

    Career Development Assistance

    Child Care/Child Support

    Counsel/Counseling

    Disability Assistance

    Disaster Relief

    Education Training

    Energy Assistance

    Environmental Sustainability/Conservation

    Food/Nutrition

    Grants/Scholarships/Fellowships

    Healthcare

    Housing

    Insurance

    Living AssistanceLoan/Loan Repayment

    Medicaid/Medicare

    Social Security

    Tax Assistance*

    Veterans – Active Duty

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Other

    Get all you can!!!

  7. FloppyDisk90

    It seems like every third post on Ricochet is now how this group or that didn’t vote for us.

    Minorities.  Immigrants.  The young.  Social Security recipients.  Women.  Urban dwellers.  The poor.  The working class.  Most of Wall Street.  Academics.  Hollywood.  California.  New York.

    How ’bout we just assume anyone who isn’t a white male tends to vote Democrat and dispense with these dreary (sorry Nathan!!!) posts on identity politics??

  8. DocJay
    Goldgeller

    DocJay: We are done in before 20-30 years.  These socialists got their wish but the piper must be paid for their economically illiterate president.  How to make them own the failure is another story though. · 10 minutes ago

    I don’t know if we are done. The past can’t always be used as a guide, but I think as these college students learn a bit more about the government… they’ll change their minds!

    Government is short hand for “collaboration of smart people with resources.” (When you are in college! And a liberal!) but as they grow older they’ll realize government is nothing so “cool.” 

    But that also shows that we have an opening. There is a lot of youthful idealism that needs to be smacked around a little. Once they learn what government actually does versus what it’s supporters claims it does they’ll be mad enough vote for a conservative candidate! · 9 minutes ago

    The Obama supporters must be made to own the cliff diving economy.  We are not going away as a country but when we lose our reserve currency status we shall have a lower standard of living by far.   

  9. Roberto

    Before wringing our hands too much in despair perhaps we should consider whether this is actually a change or keeping in line with historic trends. It is unfortunate the Pew survey did not include past polls of previous generations for comparison.

    Conservatism is often a view one matures into. It does not surprise greatly that much of the youth continues to be allured by the fantastical promises of government programs. Give them time.

  10. ConservativeWanderer
    Roberto: Before wringing our hands too much in despair perhaps we should consider whether this is actually a change or keeping in line with historic trends. It is unfortunate the Pew survey did not include past polls of previous generations for comparison. · 3 minutes ago

    JFK challenged people: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

    BHO replies: “Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you.”

    I’d say there’s quite a shift there.

  11. wmartin
    Mark: That’s consistent with the polling data showing Romney winning the over 30 vote by 50-48 and losing the election because of the under 30s who turned out in greater numbers than expected.

    Funny thing is that they’re the ones being set up for the big bill.  They just don’t believe it.  They still think we won’t run out of other people’s money. · 57 minutes ago

    We have to remember again that Obama won because of black and hispanic under 30s. White voters 18-29 went for Romney by 7 points (not particularly close).

  12. wmartin
    FloppyDisk90: It seems like every third post on Ricochet is now how this group or that didn’t vote for us.

    Minorities.  Immigrants.  The young.  Social Security recipients.  Women.  Urban dwellers.  The poor.  The working class.  Most of Wall Street.  Academics.  Hollywood.  California.  New York.

    How ’bout we just assume anyone who isn’t a white male tends to vote Democrat and dispense with these dreary (sorry Nathan!!!) posts on identity politics?? · 17 minutes ago

    That’s an example of why racial diversity is such a bad thing. Nothing can wreck a community quite like it.

  13. Mark
    Mark: That’s consistent with the polling data showing Romney winning the over 30 vote by 50-48 and losing the election because of the under 30s who turned out in greater numbers than expected.

    Funny thing is that they’re the ones being set up for the big bill.  They just don’t believe it.  They still think we won’t run out of other people’s money. · 57 minutes ago

    We have to remember again that Obama won because of black and hispanicunder 30s. White voters 18-29 went for Romney by 7 points (not particularly close). · 12 minutes ago

    Good point.  Thanks for catching it.

  14. Vance Richards

    I was confused when I saw news about Greece’s Austerity protests months ago. I mean if you have no money, of course you need to make cuts. Don’t these people need to understand that bankrupt governments can’t make Welfare, food stamp, social security, pension, or any other types of payments. 

    Now I see the American people are no better than the Greeks. And America tends to do things bigger and better than the rest of the world so when we go broke, it will be far worse than anything we have seen before.

  15. Steven Jones

    Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

    - John Adams

    [ More at http://www.liberty1.org/virtue.htm ]

    I fear we may have reached the point at which our society is no longer capable of consensual government, and will require the strong hand of powerful rulers to impose the sort of control which individuals once regarded as their duty (what we once called “self-control”, or even “manners”.)

    I expect to see Leftists pine ever more for the sort of authoritarian moves we have seen from the likes of Chavez and Morsi.

  16. RightinChicago

    Long time no see wmartin. I was honestly thinking, this very evening, that I hadn’t seen a comment from you since a few days after the election. You may have a point about Hispanics and blacks under 30 as opposed to whites, but don’t forget the Asians. And you are right about diversity. It’s a historic recipe for national suicide. Ask the Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and Austro-Hungarians about diversity and they’ll say, “But we couldn’t turn down the cheap labor.” Welcome back, if you’ve even been gone (I’m not omniscient after all)

  17. Rocket City Dave

    I’m on the cusp of 30 but my peers a few years younger seem like they live in a fantasyland where choices have no consequences as long as you have good intentions.

    I have people my age who live in their parent’s basement and volunteer for the Obama campaign…

    while I work in the Army and raise two small children.

  18. Robert E. Lee

    Who is going to pay the debt?  No one.  After tax increases and the confiscation of all the gold people are hoarding (remember, the Democrats did it once, they’ll do it again), the nation will default, go bankrupt.

  19. ConservativeWanderer
    Robert E. Lee: Who is going to pay the debt?  No one.  After tax increases and the confiscation of all the gold people are hoarding (remember, the Democrats did it once, they’ll do it again), the nation will default, go bankrupt. · 2 minutes ago

    Exactly.

    America is over.

    Would the last American please shut off the lights… if there are any still on.

  20. Jim  Ixtian
    Robert E. Lee: Who is going to pay the debt?  No one.  After tax increases and the confiscation of all the gold people are hoarding (remember, the Democrats did it once, they’ll do it again), the nation will default, go bankrupt.

    There’s far more for the Zanu-Democrats to steal than just gold. Private pensions and retirement funds cf Argentina, multi-billion dollar university endowments, charity endowments, land cf Zimbabwe, etc. I have a feeling the Zanu-Democrats are just getting started with their plans to “share the wealth”…

    The America as most of us grew up in it is dying. The only question is whether the rest of us have the will and courage to cut off the cancerous parts and start anew?