|Republican Governor Scott Walker|
Much like the popular assumption at the time that domestic manufacturers could never become a significant factor in oil production, the conventional wisdom after the 2008 election was that the Democratic party would dominate politics quasi permanently because young voters had swarmed to elect President Obama. Less than four years later, we may be finding validation of another view that seemed logical at the time: in 2008, voters young and old voted against George Bush and the Republicans, who had held the White House for the prior eight years, as much as they had voted for Barack Obama and the Democrats.
But no matter the reason for the decisions of voters four years ago, it seems logical that young people will increasingly vote against candidates of parties who attempt to enforce entitlements that will be provided at the expense of the future well being of our youngest and most capable citizens. The math that the pundits did in 2008, predicting electoral dominance for Democrats powered by the support of younger generations, may need to be revisited as the the weight of entitlements, and the source of their funding, becomes better understood.