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The Dumbest Generation: Gen Y's Political Stupidity In a Single Chart
reason.com ^ | 12/17/2012 | Mike Riggs

Posted on 02/29/2012 5:41:47 AM PST by NamVet71MP

A new survey from the Pew Internet Center confirms every suspicion I harbor about people my age: Despite unprecedented access to information, technology, wealth, and food, we are basically retarded.

(Excerpt) Read more at reason.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: generationy; trends
Hardly earth-shattering news. But interesting I thought.
1 posted on 02/29/2012 5:41:53 AM PST by NamVet71MP
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To: NamVet71MP
These are the same people who think it is a good decision to accumulate $50,000 or more in student loan debt in order to get a degree in Gender Studies or something like that.

They are stupid. They vote for Obama.

2 posted on 02/29/2012 5:50:44 AM PST by detective
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To: NamVet71MP

Raise the voting age.


3 posted on 02/29/2012 5:53:51 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Unless one is serving/has served in the military.


4 posted on 02/29/2012 5:56:03 AM PST by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: NamVet71MP

Congratulations to our education system (for over at least four decades). Their efforts finally paid off.

Insead of turning out pupils equipped to face all kinds of challenges they will face in the real world, our educators’ goal had been to create ‘obidient-’ and ‘group-’think young’uns.

We now have young adults who know how to get their friend circles/social groups for a feel-good common goal usually to “change the world”, but ill-prepared for consequences when the rest of the world refusing to change according to their wishes.

The future of these young’uns are some hard and fast adjustment to the real world.


5 posted on 02/29/2012 5:57:04 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: NamVet71MP

It’s a great argument for denying the franchise to anyone under 30. Or maybe even under 40.


6 posted on 02/29/2012 5:57:37 AM PST by jboot
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To: Excellence

Exactly. The only excuse one has to be voting at that age.


7 posted on 02/29/2012 5:57:42 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Excellence
Raise the voting age.

Unless one is serving/has served in the military.

Change definition of citizen to
one who is serving/has served this country
(multiple pathways)

8 posted on 02/29/2012 6:02:58 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: NamVet71MP
I don't see how this isn't the last generation before Jesus' return and the end of the age. It's not like one or two indications. It's like you're surrounded with signposts.

I think Christian America is a major buffer against the world's demise. I really don't expect America to go away until Jesus returns because there's so many praying Christians here. But After He comes, America will be like an empty shell and the whole world will quickly plunge into darkness. The Bible says, and you can see, how once it starts, it will all happen very quickly.

9 posted on 02/29/2012 6:06:10 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: NamVet71MP

Blame the public teachers unions. The current generation’s ignorance is an intentional result of the unions’ plan to protect their members’ benefits.


10 posted on 02/29/2012 6:10:19 AM PST by skeeter
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To: fieldmarshaldj
The franchise should be earned, not conceded gratis. Franchisees should have to meet one of the following criteria.

1. Military service.
2. Age 30, plus one of the following:
2a. Land ownership. 2b. Business ownership.
2c. Income tax payer with taxable income in 7 consecutive years. (Assuming that we keep the income tax, of course.)

There could be a petition process so that citizens not meeting the criteria can seek the franchise, but the bar should be quite high. After all, few people who do not meet the criteria would be productive citizens.

Finally, the franchise should be denyed to or removed from anyone receiving public assistance (apart from veterans benefits) as such transfers of wealth create a conflict of interest.

11 posted on 02/29/2012 6:12:21 AM PST by jboot
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To: jboot

I’ll add that anyone working for the government, again, absent military, should not be able to cast a vote. Hordes of government bureaucrats have absolutely zero business being enfranchised, since all they are doing is voting to fleece non-gubmint taxpayers for their overbloated salaries and benefits.


12 posted on 02/29/2012 6:17:41 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: NamVet71MP

ping


13 posted on 02/29/2012 6:21:41 AM PST by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: wintertime

It’s the tattoo generation. Y someone would spend $$$ to graffitti their body suggests that they only want to get laid. Young women can do it without a tattoo. I prefer smoking myself.


14 posted on 02/29/2012 6:26:30 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: fieldmarshaldj
In order to obtain the franchise, public employees should have to prove that there is no conflict of interest. Once again, the bar should be high.

I forgot to mention in my first post that there should be a limited number or petitions considered in any given year.

15 posted on 02/29/2012 6:28:07 AM PST by jboot
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To: Sir Napsalot
Rick was right that often college doesnt amount to a truckload of snot. Arrogant elitists like Obama, OH SURRRRRE they want every American kid in overpriced college learning underwater basket weaving and victims' studies. Precisely to be INDOCTRINATED TO COME OUT OF THE MACHINE THINKING THIS WAY.
16 posted on 02/29/2012 6:30:55 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (I liked the FREE REPUBLIC of years on end which NEVER had a problem with Rick Santorum, Conservative)
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To: detective

As much as I agree with you, unfortunately, they may have the last laugh as the stupidity will continue by re-electing Odumbo and providing such studies in our elementarty and high school systems, as well as more in college studies and business. My point—it will get much worse before it gets better.


17 posted on 02/29/2012 6:33:43 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: NamVet71MP
Go look at the full chart here.

I'd say the Millennials have a hard uphill climb ahead, mostly because they are starting out behind.

Check my tag. A rerun just for this thread.

Proud bleeding edge Boomer.

18 posted on 02/29/2012 6:37:45 AM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: jboot

There was a reason why residents of DC were not supposed to be casting votes, for that very reason of conflict of interest. Briefly, after the Civil War, they gave DC a Delegate and elected Mayor. The Republicans elected were a fiasco (one of whom went on an orgiastic spending spree that was so bad, they had to dump the office of Mayor for the next 100 years and go to appointive Board of Commissioners).


19 posted on 02/29/2012 6:38:17 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: NamVet71MP

It gets harder and harder to fend off the despair for our country’s future every day.


20 posted on 02/29/2012 6:42:50 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: jboot; fieldmarshaldj
( Jboot) stated: "Finally, the franchise should be denyed to or removed from anyone receiving public assistance (apart from veterans benefits) as such transfers of wealth create a conflict of interest. "

( fieldmarshaldj) stated: "I’ll add that anyone working for the government, again, absent military, should not be able to cast a vote. Hordes of government bureaucrats have absolutely zero business being enfranchised, since all they are doing is voting to fleece non-gubmint taxpayers for their overbloated salaries and benefits."

Our nation's system of socialist-entitlement K-12 schools is the very definition of social welfare. Therefore, no parent with a child in the nation's socialist K-12 schools should be permitted to vote. Ditto for any teacher, principal, administrator, or other worker for the government schools.

By the way,....In my county, the socialist K-12 school district is the single largest employer, with the largest payroll, and investment in buildings and equipment. No other business comes even close. .

Remove all the parents receiving socialist K-12 schooling for their kids and all the people working for the socialist K-12 schools, and in my county the lines at the polling booth would be very short.

21 posted on 02/29/2012 6:56:05 AM PST by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: detective

make student loans dischargable in bankruptcy.

see how fast universities shut down the junk departments.


22 posted on 02/29/2012 6:56:24 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: NamVet71MP

“Idiocracy”


23 posted on 02/29/2012 6:56:32 AM PST by THE_RAIDER (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing their idiot.)
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To: NamVet71MP

These young people were not hatched in the woods and raised by wolves. They have parents!!! We are their parents. How did we fail them?

We should stop blaming external influences for public school indoctrination, wasted college funds, tattoes, sexual promiscuity and lack of industry.

Family values are no longer being passed down from one generation to the next and we should not look to Government for solutions to personal choices.

Americans have moved from lucky to lazy - and the day of reckoning is here.


24 posted on 02/29/2012 6:56:57 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Rick was right that often college doesnt amount to a truckload of snot.
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Truckload of snot?.....( Sitting here laughing!)

This is why I read Free Republic! :-)

25 posted on 02/29/2012 6:58:34 AM PST by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: wintertime; AmericanInTokyo
Truckload of snot?.....( Sitting here laughing!)

Think I'll just skip breakfast today.

26 posted on 02/29/2012 7:07:28 AM PST by skeeter
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To: sodpoodle
They have parents!!! We are their parents. How did we fail them?

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These parents were sent to godless and socialist schools some from age 3 until finishing graduate school in their 30s.

Children who attend godless schools **will** learn to think and reason godlessly. They must just to cooperate in the classroom. How could it be otherwise?

Children who attend socialist schools risk learning to be comfortable with socialism. Hey! Any government powerful enough to give them tuition-free schooling, Pew Grants, and subsidized loans is powerful enough to give them **lots** and **lots** of "free" goodies.

By the way, my grandmother and parent's generation ( born 1894 and 1913) attending secular and socialist K-12 schools. What did this generation give us? Answer: Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society.

My suggestion: Conservatives should work to abolish and permanently shut down every socialist entitlement K-12 school in this nation.

27 posted on 02/29/2012 7:09:53 AM PST by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: THE_RAIDER
We are living it now.
28 posted on 02/29/2012 7:10:43 AM PST by THE_RAIDER (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing their idiot.)
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To: upchuck
Most of the Millenials I know are not bothering to start, or to climb.

Several are still in college even though they are pushing 30. They take a reduced slate of classes, change majors as often as I chage my underwear, and spend their free time playing video games. They rarely take jobs, even in the summer. None ever seem to graduate. Mom and Dad subsidize their schooling and lifestyle without so much as a "tut-tut".

I know three or four Millennial girls who actually finished college. Only one has gainful employment. One is a "glamour model," which in her case means small time softcore porn. At least she is married and her husband works an honest job. Another girl is a cigarette girl (for lack of a better term) who works conventions and events for cash. A third is an "actress" in "Youtube Cinema". Her younger sister is a permanent rehab inpatient.

The only millennnial boy I know who has graduated college still spends all his time hanging out with the film and art crowd at his alma mater and produces hundreds of clever Facebook and Twitter posts a day. He has no income. I believe he sleeps on his friends couches and only eats on weekends when he goes home to his parents. He graduated way back in '09...this is definitely a lifestyle for him now.

I know a couple of Millennials who actually launched and started careers and families, but they are in the minority. I don't hold out much hope.

29 posted on 02/29/2012 7:18:24 AM PST by jboot
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To: wintertime
The State has for the most part co-opted the public.

Those of us who recognize the danger this represents are fewer every year.

30 posted on 02/29/2012 7:19:30 AM PST by skeeter
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To: jboot

“Finally, the franchise should be denyed to or removed from anyone receiving public assistance (apart from veterans benefits) as such transfers of wealth create a conflict of interest.”
Where’s the line there? I’m mostly thinking of the elderly and retired, I suppose.


31 posted on 02/29/2012 7:34:57 AM PST by LikeARock (Liberty or Death)
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To: wintertime

Home-schooling does not seem to be a practical answer for working moms. The government has already insinuated itself into Home Schoolin and day-care centers.

What if on the day a child is born, the parents fund K-12 with a private school? The money would be tax-deductible. Problem again - any private school would have to meet Government regulations - no prayer - no anti-abortion, no anti-homosexual instruction.

We are at the cross-roads. Time to become Amish or emigrate - but to where ?


32 posted on 02/29/2012 7:35:11 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: LikeARock
Any income from a plan that the individual directly contributed to during working life would not be considered public assistance. I.e. accepting Social Security or federal pension benefits would not void the franchise. Accepting welfare, EBT, food stamps, Medicare (as it is currently administered) or other direct payment benefits would.

This may seem like hair-splitting, but we need to discriminate between the elderly who are at the end of their productivity curve and the habitually unproductive.

33 posted on 02/29/2012 7:54:33 AM PST by jboot
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To: skeeter

Very cute! :-)

Again! Another reason I read Free Republic!


34 posted on 02/29/2012 7:58:08 AM PST by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: LikeARock; jboot
Where’s the line there? I’m mostly thinking of the elderly and retired, I suppose.

I'd give 1 for 1. After a qualifying period as a net taxpayer (ie your personal taxes outway personal government assistance from all sources) from then on, you get the vote for the next year and one "reserve year". So, qualify for the vote at 25 and qualify each year until retirement at 65, you retain the franchise until 105.

35 posted on 02/29/2012 7:59:27 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it.)
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To: sodpoodle
We are at the cross-roads.

Who is John Galt?

36 posted on 02/29/2012 7:59:27 AM PST by jboot
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To: NamVet71MP
I had a great response to some liberal trying to include my 30-something arse in their generation. "What do you mean our generation. I'm not a millennial. I was born in the 70's"

That five years for some reason is a big difference. Maybe it's because our generation is now having kids.

37 posted on 02/29/2012 8:10:22 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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I am 29 and have no kids, though many of my friends do. I find very little in common with many who would be considered my generation. Maybe it's age or politics, there’s just nothing there.
38 posted on 02/29/2012 8:52:51 AM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: NamVet71MP

The older someone gets the more they tend to be conservative. Young people vote for liberals. This is not news.


39 posted on 02/29/2012 9:07:23 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Obama 2012: Dozens of MSNBC viewers can't be wrong!)
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To: Personal Responsibility
The older someone gets the more they tend to be conservative. Young people vote for liberals. This is not news.

It isn't news because it isn't true, the under 30 vote did not become liberal until the 1990s.

In 1972 for instance, with the draft and the Vietnam war raging, the under 30 vote went 52% Republican.

40 posted on 02/29/2012 9:55:24 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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