More Dispatches From America’s Lost Generation

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Over the past couple years, I noted that the Millennials Civic Health Index found that only 62% of Millennials (the nickname for Americans under the age of 30) can find work and half of those can only find part time work because “[t]he biggest decline in labor force participation rates can be observed for workers aged 16 to 24. In 2013, 55 percent were participating in the labor force, compared to 62 percent in 2003, a decline of 7 percentage points.”

Earlier this month, the Census Bureau reported that, although Millennials are more likely to have a college education than young adults in 1980…

22 percent have a college degree, up from 16 percent in 1980.

More millennials are living in poverty today, and they have lower rates of employment, compared with their counterparts in 1980:

One in five young adults lives in poverty (13.5 million people), up from one in seven (8.4 million people) in 1980.

Today, 65 percent of young adults are employed, down from 69 percent in 1980.

Because millions of Millennials have plunged into under and unemployment and the resulting poverty during the Obama administration, they now earn 40% less than the national average, perhaps the worst income disparity of its kind in the world.

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Is it any wonder America wonders if its dream is dead?

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Paying Our Fair Share?

If you obtain your news solely from our Democrat media, you may be forgiven for believing that high earners “do not pay their fair share” of taxes to support our government, while those of us in the middle class pay almost all the bills. The reality is quite the opposite.

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The Congressional Budget Office examined how much each quartile of earners pays in taxes and receives in direct government transfer payments, such as Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance. The results shown on the graph above were shocking to say the least.

The top 20% of earners pay far more than “their fair share” of taxes, paying an average of $46,500 more in taxes every year than they receive in direct government transfer payments.

The next 20% of earners almost break even, paying an average of $700 more in taxes every year than they receive in direct government transfer payments.

The other 60% of earners (and all those tens of millions without work) take far more in government payments from their neighbors than they pay in taxes.

No other government tax and welfare system in the developed world relies on so few to support so many.

However, the CBO study only catches part of the inequity.

Over a third of the American welfare state consists of cash subsidies and tax breaks to allow government favored groups to purchase favored products and services from private businesses. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published a study finding the United States spends “only” 19% of its gross domestic product (GDP) in direct government transfer payments, which is 23d among all OECD nations, slightly below the OECD average of 22% and well below France’s spending 32% of its GDP. However, when subsidies and tax breaks are included in the calculations, the United States spends an insane 30% of its GDP on the welfare state, which is the second largest spending level among OECD nations after France.

If these additional subsidies and tax breaks are distributed in roughly the same way as direct government transfer payments on the CBO chart above, then only a fraction of the top 20% of earners are paying all the net taxes while everyone else is taking more – often far more – in welfare state benefits from this small minority of their neighbors than they are paying into the system.

What happens when everyone gets on the welfare state wagon and there is no one left to pull?

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Democrat Demographic Advantages?

When you hear Democrats talk about enjoying a “demographic advantage” in future elections, they are really talking about two beliefs:

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First, Democrats hope that young white Millennials (the nickname for Americans under the age of 30) who voted for Barack Obama will continue to vote Democrat in the future, replacing their increasingly hostile grandparents and parents as they age and die off. This belief involves more than a healthy dose of wishful thinking.

The Millennials’ Boomer parents also voted for Democrats in their youth. However, after they grew up and started families, those former “flower children” became “Reagan revolutionaries” and now Tea Party supporters. As Winston Churchill pithily observed: “Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.”

Unless they are government dependents, Millennials have no self-interest in voting Democrat. During the past six years of Democrat rule, only 62% of Millennials can find work and half of those can only find part time work.

Unsurprisingly, white Millennial approval of the Democrats collapsed by 2014. A pre-election Harvard University poll found that white Millennials had joined their Boomer parents in disapproving of the formerly hip and cool Barack Obama by a 2-1 margin and they either voted for a GOP Congress or stayed home during the 2014 election.

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Next, the Democrats are hoping that the government continues to give amnesty to succeeding waves of poor illegal immigrants, who will then become government dependents and reliable Democrat voters. This hope has gained increasing urgency as American voters have increasingly turned against the Democratic Party, firing roughly 1,000 Democrat elected representatives since 2010 and reducing the party to its weakest position since Calvin Coolidge was president in 1928.

The political imperative of importing new foreign voters to replace the American voters the Democrats are losing is why President Barack Obama ripped up the Constitution after the 2014 election and revised our immigration laws by decree to extend continued de facto amnesty to Millennial illegal immigrants and a new de facto amnesty to illegal immigrants who had children in the United States.

Then the Democrats sought to turn these newly amnestied immigrants into government dependents by illegally providing them with Social Security and Medicare and now perhaps health insurance through Obamacare and Medicaid:

On November 11, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell participated in an online chat with a group of Latino bloggers. Burwell was asked a two-part question. Would the young immigrants known as Dreamers be eligible for Obamacare subsidies, and can so-called mixed families — for example, a family with illegal parents and legal children — receive benefits?

Dreamers are not eligible, Burwell said. But she left no doubt that she — along with officials at the highest levels of the Obama administration — wants that to change. “I think that everyone probably knows that this administration feels incredibly strongly about the fact we need to fix that,” Burwell explained. “We need to reform the system and make the changes that we need that will lead to benefits in everything from healthcare to economics to so many things — a very important step that we need to take as a nation.”

Burwell went on to tell the bloggers that families with illegal members are welcome to receive benefits. “Mixed families should come, they should seek and try, go on the site, they’ll find out they can get financial assistance,” Burwell said. “They may be eligible for different programs for their children or themselves.”

Finally, Burwell stressed that no one in the government will ask applicants if they are here legally or not. “Everyone should come on, and folks should not be scared,” Burwell said. “No questions will be asked, and it is not about an immigration issue.”

All that remains then is to provide these millions of new foreign government dependents with a “pathway to citizenship” and cards to register them with the party of government. Given the Republican fear of being portrayed as anti-immigrant, this Democrat plan to gain voters is far from hopeless.

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Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving In America

As progressives in the Democrat media like E.J. Dionne express their thanks for politicians who direct an increasing part of our lives, it is useful to recall why we actually celebrate Thanksgiving in America. President Ronald Reagan perhaps explained it best in his 1985 Thanksgiving address:

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“I Just Took An Action To Change The Law”

If our self-appointed king has no problem admitting that his decree providing de facto amnesty for five million illegal aliens changed the law our immigration laws…

…why his apologists keep arguing otherwise?

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Sesame Street Teaches Us How Dictatorships Work

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What Part Of NO Do You Not Understand Mr. President?

The day after 2014 voters finished firing another 300-some Democrats, President Barack Obama dismissed the voters’ repudiation of Democrat policies by insinuating that the Americans who did not vote actually support them:

Taking up the challenge, Gallup polled Americans and asked them whether they would prefer that their new GOP Congress of President Obama should be setting policy in the future and the American people choose the Congress they just elected by an emphatic 53% to 36% margin:

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I seriously doubt that our president and wannabe dictator has ever and will now give a damn what the voters or the American people at large think.

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