Before getting into some specific reasons that our generation
should vote for Democrats, I'd like to specifically address
a few of Adam's points.
First, labeling Democrats as "Monday morning quarterbacks"
for their opposition to the Republican presidency, Congress
and Senate is simply inaccurate. Legitimate criticism and
promotion of alternate plans isn't the same as spewing empty
complaints. It's the responsibility of conscientious Americans
to look for better ways to serve the country -- if your
quarterback talked about his great plan for the season then
decided to eat doughnuts instead of training, your criticism
of his poor performance is justified. Just the same, Democratic
criticism of Republican incumbents is justified.
Second, while gross ineptitude in both Iraq and Congress
are very important issues in this election, I agree with
Adam that they're not the only reasons that our generation
should vote for Democrats next week. Here are some more
Higher education: as tuition across the country
continues to rise, what has the Republican government done
to make college more affordable for college students? Nothing.
the number of Pell Grants for low-income students. Interest
rates on student loans are skyrocketing. Young people are
out of college because it's too expensive. Instead of
letting Republicans continue to hijack higher ed, young
people can trust the
Democratic plan to increase grants given to students,
give families with students a tuition tax credit and cut
interest rates on student loans in half -- real solutions
that respond to our needs.
Economy: Republicans are great on the economy --
if you're in the wealthiest 1 percent of the population.
Since the vast majority of us aren't, it's illogical to
vote for Republicans and expect personal economic gain.
If you think Democrats are big spenders, how do you explain
Republican-grown budget deficit? Compare our $8.5 trillion
deficit to Forbes'
prediction that Democrats will advocate a "pay
as you go" economic policy if they regain the House
majority -- Republicans are clearly the ones spending out
of control, and they need to be reined in.
energy: strong emphasis on and investment in alternative
energy just makes sense, especially for our generation.
We're the ones who will have to deal environmental degradation,
dependence on foreign oil and an economy that struggles
to compete as a global economy takes root. Voting for Republicans
means sticking with half-hearted
promotions of a green America. Did you notice that gas
prices started going down just
as elections approached? Hardly coincidental. Democrats
want to make real advances in energy policy by prioritizing
renewable energy research effort like the Apollo-project
-- it's worth it to invest now so we can all benefit from
energy independence in the near future.
Voting is rarely an easy choice, and should always be undertaken
with thoughtful consideration. But as our generation weighs
our options, looking at Iraq, corruption, education, economy
and energy, the choice is clear: Democrats represent us
better and they deserve our support next Tuesday.