Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spoke to college kids last week; as expected, their messages were strikingly different. Romney’s message was the message of entrepreneurship and taking risks. Obama’s message was the message of let go and let the government take care of you.
Romney’s message was one must take a chance and endure the consequences. Obama’s message was go ahead and try–but if it gets too tough, the government will bail you out.
Romney’s message was when you risk, you may fail–but only with failing can you truly succeed. Obama’s message was if you fail then it’s America’s fault because America isn’t fair.
Romney deals in reality. Obama deals in denial. Reality rebounds. Denial destroys.
The weight of this decision will be carried on the shoulders of young America in the 2012 election. Will young America shrug?
The importance of the youth vote is vital for Obama. He is losing men in such numbers that he must get 59% of the women’s vote to win. That’s a high and unrealistic number. It will be a challenge to obtain because women are smarter than the Democrats dream.
Thus, Obama ventured forward with his college odyssey last week. The stops were, coincidentally, at swing state colleges.
Obama swung by the campuses of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and the University of Ohio. He swaggered onto campus, a place where he feels most at ease, and with his hip and cool demeanor told the students what they wanted to hear–student loan forgiveness and reduced interest rates.
Obama was hoping that he was preaching to a naive group of kids because he is relying on default liberals–kids who join the liberal bandwagon because it is the hip thing to do. “Other kids do it, why shouldn’t I?”
Obama is banking on kids who will remain in the dark and invest in his illusion that “Give me liberty and gimme, gimme” is feasible.
At the podium of higher learning, Obama relied on his smooth and seductive teleprompter manner to overshadow hard-hitting truths. Tell them what they want to hear. Let them eat cake, and everything is for free–and if not, it should be. Everyone is entitled to free. Obama free.
Hear the cheers! Hear the chants! Hear the roar of the coliseum! However, it is these college kids who are being thrown into the lion’s den. Free in the context of Obama’s handouts really means: free rewards that eventually expire.
After the cheering stops, students seeking scholastic enlightenment and ensuing employment will eventually run up against reason, and reality bites.
Student loan debt is expected to hit a staggering $1 trillion. This brings up the question: Who is going to be saddled with this debt? They will. One way or another they will pay for the student loans–either literally or with their income taxes–because nothing is for free and the debt must be paid.
And that’s assuming they can find a job. A floundering economy has rendered half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed, and job outlooks fell to the lowest level in more than a decade for graduates holding a bachelor’s degree.
And teenagers looking for jobs are having a hard time because they are now competing with older, more experienced workers.
However, the Obama maintaining mantra is “ignorance is bliss.” Keep kids ignorant about Republicanism, the virtues of free enterprise, and the law of the land and perhaps they won’t realize the scam. What they don’t know won’t hurt them.
Yet entitlement cometh before the fall.
Obama feeds the entitlement mentality. Generations of kids have been taught to believe that government knows best and the government owes them.
With comments like “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected congress,” it’s obvious that Obama is hoping that kids, and adults, don’t know any better. Ignorance is the paramount requirement for government takeover.
Yet as kids peer into the pot of gold at the end of the Obamabow, they only see the empty well that swallows freedom, dignity, and the human spirit. “Hope and change” has become “wait and see.” Forward is really a march into the mayhem of make-believe. Posterity will pay–one way or another.