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The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election

The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election | guns |
Overview In the last four national elections, generational differences have mattered more than they have in decades. According to the exit polls, younger

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David Miller's insight:

Demographics obviously change the ways elections have worked since the start of our country.  The past several elections have showed that.  If you can target each group properly one would have no problem securing the presidency.  Political parties restrict reaching out to certain groups because the beliefs already forced on with the name of a party.

Amit Aggarwal's comment, September 17, 2013 9:22 PM
What I think is ironic is that this article talks about how the younger generation has voted a lot more in recent polls and they are more Republican as the Boomers and Silencers, yet the Democratic Party won the elections of 2008 and 2012. It is kind of strange to say though that the majority of our generation of Boomers and Silencers were dominantly Republican, mainly talking about how the Republican party should have won. It doesn't specifically say that, but I feel that it is kind of implied within the passage. Additionally, some people are just agreeing to political parties based on the principles of the party rather than the policies, which I find suprising. How can you say that you are Republican but not follow its principles of going against certain policies like Social Security? That seems a little unlikely to me.
J. Ejekam's comment, September 23, 2013 11:48 PM
I agree with Amit. I find it ironic that according this article, Romney was favored to win the 2012 election. However, that was not the case. I'm not surprised that Silent and Boomer voters were predominantly Republican because this was a time over segregation and civil rights movement with a lot of conflict which more or less still lives inside our now current seniors of America. With the facts gathered from tis article and the results of the 2012 election, it seemed to be that the younger population stepped up and contributed their vote considering the younger population (Millennial Voters) favored Obama and he was the winner.
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If You're Young, This Is The Only Obamacare Infographic You Need. I Obamadare You To Click On It.

If You're Young, This Is The Only Obamacare Infographic You Need. I Obamadare You To Click On It. | guns |
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.

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David Miller's insight:

My genration could be affected very much by this plan.  It may do more good allowing us to stay on our parents plans that are likely to be better coverage than otherwise had.  The only way to be sure of this is if states do indeed expand Medicaid to properly cover what has been put into effect. 

Michael Newton's comment, October 4, 2013 8:01 PM
Rather than having a comic strip that would show the other side of the story I'd like to just see the facts plainly laid out in a nice format. That's what the older generation would do if they actually respected us enough to make our own decision's. Saying that someone is making a false claim about obamacare is just as bad as saying "don't look vote for this, it's scary." Ted Cruz was talking about how voting for obama care was the worst thing the young people could have done for themselves. He even made up a name, "the lost generation". If our senator is really that prophetic I'd be surprised, names for generations are usually made afterwords reflecting what happened to them. I like this visual aid a lot more than Ted Cruz's scare tactics because it includes more raw data, but that doesn't mean it's a good representation of the thing as a whole. I still feel like I want to see more before I make my final decision.
Eugene Guan's comment, October 4, 2013 8:18 PM
Though this comic is a great and understanding graphic organizer, at the same time you can immediately spot the bias that has been inputted into this. In every way, the pros has been accounted for while for the cons, there are close to none. In some ways, knowing the cons of a situation and why some people are so highly against it can actually greatly benefit the audience.
Cici Xie's comment, October 5, 2013 12:47 AM
This comic is obviously directed at young people in an attempt to garner more support for Obamacare. Although it does highlight all the positive effects that the implementation of the ACA would bring, it doesn't really shed light on the catches that come with it. This comic does a good job of showing the good things, however, for young adults to really make an educated decision, they should be given information on the negative effects. Let them decide for themselves what they think would benefit them more.
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Wonkbook: The Republican Party’s problem, in two sentences

Wonkbook: The Republican Party’s problem, in two sentences | guns |
The GOP is no longer powerful enough to solve its collective-action problems.

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David Miller's insight:

Seeing how the government has shutdown the two sentence description of Republicans is very true.  The strategy behind their actions is smart, placing names and faces all over media.  Popularity goes up when each person can be seen more.  The Republican party played the lead up to a shutdown to be very much in favor of them.  The  results will soon be shown as to how it works out overall. 

Emma Foster's comment, October 2, 2013 11:33 PM
The Republican Party is ripping itself to pieces right now, as it caters increasingly to the farthest right. Is it possible that this could result in a splitting of the party into one group of more moderate Republicans and another group of Tea Partiers and their ilk, no longer pretending to be particularly unified under a single name? Surely the less radical elements of the party must be tired of the pointlessly extreme and often hopeless stances they are forced to take by the louder radicals. I find it hard to believe that the entire party is overjoyed at the thought of counterproductive posturing. If the party did split, I think it would cause the far right to fade considerably from the political landscape; extremist views appeal to fewer people. A more attractive, open-minded Republican Party might be left behind. However, in our historically two-party government where third party candidates rarely if ever get elected, the idea of a major party splitting in two seems near impossible. It would be incredibly interesting, though.
Amanda Taylor's comment, October 3, 2013 10:53 PM
Commenting on the thought process of the Republican party relating to the government shut down as a political popularity contest describes exactly how the American government functions. It is much more about popularity and re-election than morally sound decisions that reflect well on the country.
Adelle's comment, October 7, 2013 8:03 PM
The description was very true but now that the shutdown has been in effect, Republicans are losing approval. We will see how it turns out but this will most likely end up in a higher percentage of approval for Obama.
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It’s Going to Get Much Worse Than a Shutdown

It’s Going to Get Much Worse Than a Shutdown | guns |
Juan Linz, the distinguished Yale political scientist, died on Tuesday morning in New Haven, Conn., at the age of 86.

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Michael Newton's comment, October 5, 2013 12:34 AM
It's as if this is the first time people have heard of a government fiasco on this scale. For some people (myself included) this is the biggest flop government has offered us through our lifetime, but it doesn't even hold a candle to the darkest parts of the nation. Our nation is growing, changing, and expanding. People are so scared of change they are willing to shut down the government so that they consider what expanding entitlement programs will bring with it. All of this change I think should be some change in the parties system, if they can't quit bickering. What Linz said was true, and probably a fairly accurate representation of events to come, but he paints the picture as if life as we know it is ending, and the government has seem much worse then whatever it is in store for in it's following decisions.
Alex Luckey's comment, October 5, 2013 1:16 AM
Wow this article really is sort of unnerving and really made me think about what might happen to out government in the future, in my lifetime. I think that everything will work out fine in the end of this, but what about next time the government shuts down? Or the time after that? Linz's arguments are totally valid. There is no way to solve conflicts between the two parties. They just have to battle it out until one side caves, which really creates a lot of problems in our government system.
Thaddeus James's comment, October 6, 2013 11:55 PM
Linz recognized that American politicians should show signs of discipline while representing political parties. This philosophy has not been demonstrated by the leaders in our political parties. Without politicians on both sides displaying mature signs of responsibility to our country and discipline towards authority, control, and power, we will have a more common occurrence of prolonged extreme disagreements that jeopardize our country from moving forward.