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Roll Call: Republican Youth Ready for Campaign

Republican Youth Ready for Campaign By David M. Drucker and Steven T. Dennis Roll Call Staff April 30, 2012 Not all recent college graduates are cash-poor and taking refuge in their parents’ basements The College Republican National Committee, with up to $16 million to spend and headquartered in new digs on K Street, plans this fall to conduct a professionally run get-out-the-vote operation, deploying 60 field staff and thousands of volunteers in as many as a dozen battleground states to boost presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Republicans in Congressional races. Representing 1,800 College Republicans chapters nationwide and run by…

Decoding Democrats' Spin of Obama's Veto Threat

Obama spent most of last week trying to win over college-aged voters. He traveled from campus to campus, sucking up to college basketball fans, and slow jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon. But Obama’s momentum with young adults hit a brick wall on Friday when Obama’s reelection politics trumped his policy pandering. This CNN headline says it all: “White House: Obama Would Veto GOP Student Loan Plan.” Despite saying multiple times that he supported extending lower interest rates for student loans, Obama just couldn’t let the GOP-led House take the lead. Why? Because he sees the veto threat as a…

Obama's Real Priority is Reelection, Not America's Struggling Youth

If young adults are wondering where they fall in President Obama’s priority list, they can rest assured it isn’t first. In an exchange between CRNC Chairman Alex Schriver and the Democratic National Committee’s Patrick Gaspard it became clear that campaigning, not governing, is at the top of Obama’s agenda. “This is a bill in 2007 that then Sen. Obama missed two key votes on,” Schriver said, referring to a bill that reduced interest rates on student loans. “This only comes up in an election year, temporary solution to get him reelected, and that’s what we’ve seen over and over.” What…

Jobs, Not Loan Rates, the Top Issue Facing Young Adults

Doing his best to reignite the constituency that carried him into the White House President Obama has been travelling to college campuses in three swing states to pander to youth voters. It’s a good political strategy. There are several things that could derail Obama’s reelection bid and the failure to rouse the youth vote is certainly one of them. Today’s college students not only vote in larger numbers than recent generations of young adults, but they are the free labor, the boots on the ground that keeps a campaign going. Knowing that, Obama is trying to paper over four years…

CBO: Big Debt = Fewer Jobs and Less Growth

Americans intuitively understand that debt is bad. In our personal lives debt can lead to big monthly payments that eat away at our ability to do the things we want – go out to dinner, buy a new car, or save up for a down payment on a house. If we don’t pay that debt things get even harder. Our credit score gets dinged, making it more difficult for us to buy things in the future; our possessions get taken; and we ultimately may have to file for bankruptcy. Most of us also appreciate that similar things happen to the…

We Can't Wait Four More Years for Hope and Change

In 2008 Barack Obama swept from junior senator of Illinois to President of the United States of America by getting voters to believe that he was an agent of change. Again and again he promised to end business as usual in Washington. He sold Americans on the idea that he could heal the partisan divisions that had gradually grew throughout the Bush presidency. It was a great sales pitch. “I don’t want to spend the next year or the next four years refighting the same fights that we had in the 1990s. I don’t want to pit red America against…

Brace Yourselves Graduates, Half of You Will Fall Victim to the Obama Economy

Today, as it rained outside my apartment I found myself reading commencement addresses. I meandered from John F. Kennedy’s speech to American University about the need for world peace to Steve Jobs’ address urging Stanford to stay hungry and stay foolish. I ambled between the words of greats like Winston Churchill and George Marshall, whose speeches to otherwise distracted students in mortarboards ended up changing the world. I read, but didn’t linger. It was not until I got to the commencement address of Bradley Whitford to the University of Wisconsin in 1993 that I found what I was looking for….

Democrats Abandoning Obama Over Keystone Opposition

Americans already know that President Obama is bad at math. When met with historic deficits, which require cutting spending to balance, Obama instead adds more spending items to the agenda. But, he’s even worse at figuring out the political calculus behind certain policy choices. The most stunning example is Obama’s utter fumbling of the Keystone XL pipeline. His decision to reject the infrastructure project has no redeeming virtues. As the Washington Post editorial board wrote in January: We almost hope this was a political call because, on the substance, there should be no question. Without the pipeline, Canada would still…

Harry Reid Shuts Down Talks of Dem Budget – Fiasco Follows

It has now been 1,086 days since the Democrat-held Senate has passed a budget. On April 29th, just nine days from now, it will have been three full years since Democrats upheld their constitutional duty to adopt a fiscal plan. On Monday that streak of futility and cowardice appeared to be coming to an end. Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) announced that he would try and pass a budget out of the Budget Committee for the first time since 2009. Granted, it was purely a sham. Rather than make any of the difficult choices themselves Democrats were set to…

Dodd-Frank Making "Too Big to Fail Banks" Even Bigger

The Panama Canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. It required the construction of the Gatun Dam, which at the time was the largest dam in the world; the creation of the Panama Railway, for transporting the heavy-duty equipment to the remote location; and formed three sets of ship’s locks, then marking the largest concrete pour in the world. Needless to say it was a lot of work, about 20 million man-hours to be exact, but the payoff was exceptional – ships could now travel between the Atlantic and Pacific in half the time…