America continually witnesses the Obama administration and its cronies living in a bubble where they are the greatest leaders of this nation and not the ones that are continually selling its future like the stock market. Recently, Obama advisor David Axelrod stated that America would be going “backwards” if they allowed the GOP to take the majority in 2010. Once again, we see the backwards thinking of the Obama administration. From day one, the presidency has been against everyone who supported them, majorly the youth, via so-called reform as well as ignoring the real issues that need the commander in chief’s attention.
The top one that has lacked real attention: Jobs. Employment, especially regarding private sector jobs, has resulted in risking the former fan base that is the youth of the nation. The same people who once upon a time gave their dime and time to Obama hoping for “Change” from an unpopular president and war. Now, with the same volunteers looking for their first jobs, unemployment stands at 9.5 percent. The response?
With job adding predictions regarding his “Stimulus” activity ranging between a half-a-million to three-million jobs and themselves being consistently questioned and dissected, positive aftermaths for employment have been few and far between. This, of course, has resulted in a lack of response when it was recently announced that a third is on the way. Further, while the nation waits for the possibility of more “Stimulus” to hit the legislative floor, not only are college graduates majorly feeling hit by the recent situation but so are the high school students currently reaching out for summer gigs. In May, 6,000 jobs were created among 16-to-19 year olds, the smallest increase in more than 40 years.
At the same time Axelrod made his statement, Obama attempted to change his now administration’s slogan from “Yes We Can” to “Yes We Did.” Today many members of society such as the youth are asking “Did what?”
The Congressional Budget Office projects cumulative national debt to increase in the next decade by $9.8 trillion. This “generational theft” will soon create lower standards of living for Americans in the future and, as an obvious result, a reduction on the youth’s available opportunities.
Staying on the aspect of future, not too recently the Labor Department attempted to revoke unpaid internships from Craiglists and classifieds because of possible subversion of federal rules. Not only is the administration allowing the constriction and reduction of paid employment, but they are also risking the unpaid employment that allows youth to gain experience while waiting for jobs. Hence the question of “Did what?” is continually cried out in response to the newly altered campaign slogan.
With the future fading more and more, covering like a California fog over the hopes of our nation’s youth, the picture is bleakest for African-American teens, for which June unemployment stood at 46 percent and real changes do not seem to be possible at least for the near future. As said before, all ages from 19 and beyond are being affected at the worst time during these summer months. The result of this? Despite what many political pundits may be hinting at, these are the people who will not forget in November and will work to burst the bubble that our current leadership resides.
Heather Bachman, Political Editor of Parcbench.com and New Policy Director for Frontiers of Freedom, is an increasingly recognized political strategist and analyst and producer and host of the Internet radio program Heather on the Hill.