The Deficit Minded Young American
5 Points Young Americans Should Consider When Voting
- Does the person I’m voting for have a plan? Most members of Congress and candidates talk a lot about the need to reduce our deficit and control the national debt, but few have a realistic plan. Before you head to the voting booth find out which candidates have a plan and see if it makes since. Are they telling you that we can balance the budget by just cutting spending or raising taxes? If so they probably don’t have a realistic plan or a clear understanding of the problem.
- Does my candidate have a plan to create jobs for the future? We all know that jobs are the number one issue with voters this year, but as young Americans you need to think of more than just jobs in the near term. The world we will face is much different than that of our parents. It will be one of increased competition and decreasing resources. Does your candidate have a plan not only to create jobs but the high skilled ones we will need to be competitive with the rest of the world?
- What are they going to do about education? It’s no secret that every day America is falling further behind the rest of the world in education. Our school system is under performing, grossly underfunded and higher education is becoming beyond the reach of most Americans. A high caliber educational system is vital to America continuing to lead in innovation and to providing us with the knowledge we need to perform the high skilled jobs we want to have. Not to mention that we will need these high skilled, high paying jobs if we ever hope to pay down our debt or fund programs like Medicare and Social Security. What is your candidate’s plan to reform our primary education system and make sure that higher education is affordable?
- What is their view on taxes? Do they support extending the Bush era tax cuts? If so remember that those tax cuts are estimated to cost around $3.7 trillion over the next ten years. While we all want taxes to be lower they need to be offset by cuts in spending. Otherwise it’s just a loan, but unlike a regular loan you’ll be paying back money that other people borrowed.
- What is their plan to fix the system? Having solid plans to fix Medicare and Social Security are what is needed to balance our long-term debt problems, but how did we get here. How is it that we are $13 trillion in debt? Why did Congress feel it was okay to be so irresponsible and how did they get away with it? Has your candidate proposed systemic changes like campaign finance reform, term limits, salary deductions for Congress or a PAY-GO bill that covers all spending.