Some issues I want to see addressed

As a youngish person, the main issues for me are:

Social Security--making sure that I have it when I retire
Health care--universal access to medicine
Economy--job growth, fair wages, and access to low-cost housing
National security--working to end animosity against the US
Education--free or low-cost education as they have in Europe
Environment--creating a sustainable future
Developing world--making sure that people are being treated fairly

As baby-boomers age, people of so-called Gen-X and Gen-Y need to become political enough and confrontational enough to have our needs met. There are too many of us that working to enrich the baby boomer generation and those even older and not having basic needs met. We are unable to purchase houses and get ahead in the workplace. We are playing exorbitant rates for health care. We are in debt because tuition is so high. We need to have our voices heard so that we make sure that these issues are addressed in the campaign. I'm not hearing these issues being addressed enough. I want to know where each candidate stands.

I think that both Obama and Hillary have excellent ideas about health care. The Democrats have had stronger opinions against privatization of social security. (Is that good?)

What are your ideas on how the candidates are meeting issues that are important to youth?

Tags: developing countries, Economy, Education, Healthcare, issues, National Security, Social Security (all tags)

Comments

15 Comments

Re: Some issues I want to see addressed

I think that trying to create a generational divide in the Democratic party is as ugly as trying to create a racial or gender divide.

by LakersFan 2008-01-25 03:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Some issues I want to see addressed

Agreed. Jesus, I am in my young thirties and I don't have this notion that boomers are taking advantage of me.  We are all in this together.

by masslib1 2008-01-25 03:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Some issues I want to see addressed

The baby boomers are paying the college tuition for that "youth vote".

Don't know much about family, do ya?

by Marsha1 2008-01-25 03:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Some issues I want to see addressed

In my opinion, issues are not the same for people of my generation as they were for my parents. There is a book called Strapped: Why America's 20 and 30 Sometings Can't Get Ahead that discusses this if you want more information.

My parents were able to raise two kids on one income and afford a house out of college. That's no longer possible for many people my age.

For people who are attending graduate school, tuition is skyrocketing. MBA prices are reportedly going up (I heard it will go up to 40K at UC Berkeley). A professional degree is increasingly the only way to bring oneself up out of poverty.

by Joannems 2008-01-26 06:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Some issues I want to see addressed

Your issues are not so unique. 20 and 30 year olds have been strapped for the last 30 years or so (except for the lucky few who entered the workforce during the tech boom and got rich quick).

The problems you are describing are not generational -- they are the result of the Republicans systematically screwing lower and middle income people for decades -- and they affect people of all ages, including retirees. And you should be just as concerned about the financial security of your parents generation as your own -- otherwise you'll end up supporting them when they're old.

by LakersFan 2008-01-26 07:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Some issues I want to see addressed

If you are really concerned about these issues being addressed

Social Security--making sure that I have it when I retire
Health care--universal access to medicine
Economy--job growth, fair wages, and access to low-cost housing
National security--working to end animosity against the US
Education--free or low-cost education as they have in Europe
Developing world--making sure that people are being treated fairly

and you not hearing these issues being addressed enough

then no wonder you're only deciding between Obama and Clinton.

Thats pretty much the Edwards agenda, and it has been -- with detailed position papers -- since last spring.

by desmoulins 2008-01-25 03:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Some issues I want to see addressed

As far as I can tell, Edwards is no longer a frontrunner in the primary campaign.

by Joannems 2008-01-26 06:47AM | 0 recs
I am a baby boomer (so is Obama)

Where is my enrichment dammit!

All three candidates are good on all of these issues.  Obama is wrong about SS being in crisis and he reinforced right wing talking points saying so, big mistake.  No we do not need to privatize SS. We need to protect it from the republicans trying to find a way to profit from it.

Edwards and Clinton have good healthcare plans.  Obama's doesn't go far enough and it doesn't include everyone.

All three will do something for education, but Clinton has a history and I think the best plan for making it easier for people to go to college.  She has the experience in the senate to know how to get it done too and the connections and the chits to call in to do the arm twisting necessary to make it happen.

Obama.. hoping for change and admiring the republican party for imaginary ideas.  He is not my choice to change the country for the better.

But if you really want to find out about their positions on college tuition etc... go to their web pages.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-25 03:54PM | 0 recs
Mollie is lying again

Obama never said he admired Reagan's ideas.

by Moonwood 2008-01-25 04:26PM | 0 recs
Re: I am a baby boomer (so is Obama)

Great idea. I am going to look at their webpages. CNN tells me hardly anything.

by Joannems 2008-01-26 06:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Some issues I want to see addressed

How about the national debt?  I'm still in high school, and I already owe $30000 towards your national debt.  I want a candidate who isn't Santa Claus - Edwards is the closest to that for me.  He lays out how he'll pay for everything he proposes.

by Sean Fitzpatrick 2008-01-25 03:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Some issues I want to see addressed

It's your national debt too.

by LakersFan 2008-01-26 07:59AM | 0 recs
Since Reagan

the middle class has been hit hard.  The problem is lobbyists money perverting the process.  The wealth of the middle class is being eroded by the special interests of the mega rich.  Both Edwards and Obama have made it a cornerstone of their campaigns to change it.  Hillary has had campaign fund raiser with many corporate interests - Monsanto and many others.  She will just like her husband be unable (or unwilling) to reverse the slide of the middle class.

by Moonwood 2008-01-25 04:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Since Reagan

Yes, things are harder for everyone in the middle class. We need some change and someone to stick up for us.

by Joannems 2008-01-26 06:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Since Reagan

Clinton and Edwards will stick up for the middle class. I'm not so convinced about Obama, but seriously, any Democrat would be better than Reagan, Bush, or any of the Republicans running. I know it's hard to believe when the media constantly tells you it isn't so, but things really were getting better for the middle class during the 8 years of peace and prosperity known as the "Clinton years".

by LakersFan 2008-01-26 08:08AM | 0 recs

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