The answer is simple: We must aggressively pursue an agenda of opportunity. — Rep. Tom Reed
Mytheos Holt, writing for The Daily Caller, explains that the GOP has a problem with younger voters. After noting that cherished right wing views on “social issues” don’t appeal to millennials, he writes:
So yeah, social issues have to go, but that’s not all. You’ve got to do more than keep talking about how capitalism will save the young if they just give it time. This generation wants to see results. Literally. When it comes to government spending, they don’t care how they get jobs, so long as something works. If it’s infrastructure spending, fine. If it’s job training programs, cool. And if it’s tax cuts? Well, six in ten of them are fine with those, but they have to actually create job growth. This generation is fed up with waiting for economic opportunity. They want it now, and they don’t care how they get it. If you want to win with them, you need a jobs program that comports with your principles, but that also will work, and you need it yesterday.
Mytheos Holt has a point–millennials might well approve efforts to create good paying jobs. Opposing a reasonable minimum wage, suggesting more tax breaks for businesses and wealthy persons, and rescinding environmental regulations ostensibly to create jobs, as Rep. Tom Reed and other Republicans do, isn’t likely to win their support. Holt continues:
Now, I’m going to tell you something a little scary: 54 percent of millennials want the government to guarantee a college degree. That’s right. 54 percent. But you know why they favor that kind of expansive government spending? Because most of them are poor.
Yes, we are a low wage country with widespread poverty. What does Mr. Holt suggest?
Millennials aren’t hardline liberals, in other words. They’re just desperate, and they’ll vote for whoever looks serious about helping them. And you know what would help them? That’s right, a job.
Yes, and not just any low-wage, part-time job; a real full-time job with benefits.
Look, Republicans, conservatives, libertarians, let’s be honest. You know your economic principles work better than the left’s. History’s proven it again and again. But this generation didn’t get to see those principles in action. All they’ve seen of Republicans is a man who increased spending more than any President since Lyndon Johnson getting called a “conservative” because he campaigned against gay marriage. You know you can do better than that. So go out and prove it. The people who will vote for you because you’ll keep them safe from the gays are dying. The people who could vote for you because you saved them from poverty are waiting, and hoping, for a better alternative. And if you don’t give it to them by finding a way to get them jobs? Well, sorry, but you’ll probably lose yours.
In brief, Mytheos Holt, like Bobby Jindal, suggests that the GOP stop being the stupid party, clinging to cherished, hurtful, out-of-date beliefs. Sadly, I found no concrete suggestion in his article for doing that.
© William Hungerford – July 2014