Will recession turn college students into Republicans?

When President Obama was elected in 2008 national exit polls had him carrying 66 percent of young voters versus Republican John McCain’s 32 percent. President Obama carried strongly the college vote but now political scientists believe there may be a shift in the youth vote.

From The New York Times:

“Though many students are liberals on social issues, the economic reality of a weak job market has taken a toll on their loyalties: far fewer 18- to 29-year-olds now identify themselves as Democrats compared with 2008.”

“ ‘Is the recession, which is hitting young people very hard, doing lasting or permanent damage to what looked like a good Democratic advantage with this age group?’ asked Scott Keeter, the director of survey research at the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan group. ‘The jury is still out.’ ”

“How and whether millions of college students vote will help determine if Republicans win enough seats to retake the House or Senate, overturning the balance of power on Capitol Hill, and with it, Mr. Obama’s agenda. If students tune out and stay home it will also carry a profound message for American society about a generation that seemed so ready, so recently, to grab national politics by the lapels and shake.”

The article goes onto to examine the student body at Colorado State University, which is apparently pretty representative of Colorado itself.  Once solidly Republican the county where the university is and the state of Colorado have voted Democrat in recent elections. They county and the state are now viewed as unpredictable.

So what do you think: Will the recession influence a generation of college students’ political affiliations? Has your high school or college students’ opinions been changed or re-invigorated by the recession?

Can you think of similar historical or economic events that shaped your political views when you were in college?

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81 comments Add your comment

k

September 3rd, 2010
7:46 am

My son, a tripple major at Georgia Southern, in business, marketing, and business law, has now become a strong Republican, and will give you a laundry list of why the president’s policies an pet projects will not, and cannot work. He has opened my eyes….

RJ

September 3rd, 2010
8:00 am

I would think that it would create more independent voters. I refuse to vote along party lines, I vote my conscious. I teach my kids to read the news, listen to what’s being said and vote accordingly. Jumping from one bandwagon to the next is not the answer.

Dan

September 3rd, 2010
8:04 am

If one is young and conservative you have no heart, if one is old and liberal you have no sense. Winston Churchill.
Lets hope college students learn lifes lessons quickly.
RJ you are exactly right and if people actually mine for their own facts and blow off the rhetoric of both sides Churchills quote rings true

Grumpy

September 3rd, 2010
8:16 am

The ones that blindly voted for Obama’s “hope and change” slogan are now faced with a harsh job market, and an even harsher reality – government cannot create prosperity. It can only get in the way. Thankfully, they are learning this lesson relatively early in life. Maybe they will also realize Congress needs more accountants and business owners, and fewer lawyers and political science grads.

destin dawgs

September 3rd, 2010
8:31 am

Grumpy is 100 %…. young people voted 2 to 1 for Obama’s Hope & Change message with no real plan…. when you’re young you vote with your heart… as you get older… real life businees, job and maybe military experiences… you VOTE with your BRAIN… Obama and all his administration… has zero business background… just law school… Stimulus has NOT worked because they are political paybacks to Unions… lawyers etc… Vote ‘em OUT !!!! Amendment 28 !!!

JATL

September 3rd, 2010
8:41 am

Hopefully college will turn them into THINKING individuals who don’t just follow whatever mom or dad says, but who actually think for themselves about what is best for them, the nation, the environment and the world. If this happens, they probably won’t be Republicans or Democrats. There are lots of us out there who really don’t have a viable political party!

JJ

September 3rd, 2010
8:46 am

Let’s hope so.

motherjanegoose

September 3rd, 2010
9:02 am

@ K…good for you…I would love to sit down with him and chat. Sounds like a mature young man.

My daughter went to vote with me in early August. She has just turned 18. We discussed that we are wary of the direction our country is headed and need to do our part in turning it around. I was proud for her to join me and she got a kick out of all the older folks who were poll watchers and congratulating her on her first time to vote!

My kids know that if you want something bad enough, you have to work for it. There should be a safety net for certain situations but the net can only hold so many folks and the rest need to get off their fannies and make a contribution.

@ Becky…I was thinking that we did not get a chance to talk about ( this topic): those who enjoy a delightful shopping cart full of goodies and use our tax dollars to pay for it. Maybe next time…if you are up to it…I assume you are?

Bunch of Yentas

September 3rd, 2010
9:12 am

I don’t think its college so much as it is the 24 hour “News” machine.

These personalities with their hyperbole are affecting the nation directly.

motherjanegoose

September 3rd, 2010
9:41 am

@ Grumpy and destindawgs ( great points) …to me, learning how to make money with a skill set you have acquired, is different than learning how to push around other people’s money. Working for yourself is an eye opener…if you are not good at what you do, your business will fail. Some businesses fail even when the plan is a good one.

I am sad for those who have taken a risk ( instead of punching a time clock) and have lost their livelihood due to the tailspin of our economy!

My hat is off to those who are wildly successful but if they are forced to pay more in taxes…they will pull back and not work as hard…who would? When people are successful, they will hire others to work for them and create more success…this should be good for everyone!

JJ

September 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

@JJ, let’s not hope so. It was a republican president that made the decisions to get us into this mess. I’m embarrassed to say I voted for him.

@Grumpy, as much as people want to criticize Obama’s message of hope and change, a vote for Sarah Palin would NOT have been in this country’s best interest. And if McCain thought she was a good choice, is he really someone you want running this country? I’m just sayin…

RJ

September 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

Sorry, I don’t know how I put JJ as my name, I am RJ. Oops!

jct

September 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

I would hope that college that teach them that neither party has their best interest at heart and that a independent spirit is in their best interest. Neiter of the parties are about change just a different way of looking at the status quo.

I guess I have more faith that young people will really be about the business of REAL change.

Kate

September 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

This topic reminds me of that quote (I have no idea who originally said it) “You’re a liberal at 20 because you have a heart, you’re a conservative at 40 because you have a brain.” I guess if you had to say one positive thing about Obama, he has encouraged a little accelerated learning.

Rantin

September 3rd, 2010
10:36 am

I believe it was the Clinton Administrator who started the mortgage crises. They went to the lenders and told them to basically give housing loans to ANYONE, regardless of their credit/income.

Then came the McMansions……everyone had to have a house bigger than the neighbors, cost was no object. I have a big house, no I do, nope mines bigger. Then the cars got bigger. I have an Explorer, well I have an Expedition, well mine’s bigger I have an Excursion.

Then WHAM the economy went belly up. All the big McMasions went into foreclosure. You didn’t see the big SUV’s anymore. Soccer moms were forced to go back to work, and they were NOT happy about it. Hubby’s income could no longer substantiate her spending and not bringing in more income.

Credit cards got maxxed out. People got laid off. They started walking away from their homes.

Those of us who didn’t buy into that “Bigger is better” crap, are financially stable and weathering the storm. But now, because of that “GREED” I have to pay higher property taxes so the county can make up for the lose of revenue generated by the McMasions that people walked away from.

It doesn’t matter who is in the White House. All politicans are in it for themselves and the money. They don’t care what the people want, they don’t even listen.

What we need to do is cut our government by at least 1/3. Way back in the olden days, we needed representatives because we did not have access to government like we do now. Families were few and far between and they had to ride around to talk to the people. Now aways there is mass media, we are constantly bombarded with this and that. Washington is NOT listening to the people. Especially our current president, who believes he can do what he wants, and doesn’t have to abide by our constitution.

When did we start working for the government? Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? Aren’t they supposed to be working for you and me???

Businesses are sitting on trillions of dollars. Banks are the same way. Businesses are afraid to prosper, because Obama wants their money. Why should I be inclined to work hard, bust my butt for something, only to have it taken away and given to someone who doesn’t want to work? Where is the incentive?

For every person who works without a reward, someone is getting a reward for not working.

DB

September 3rd, 2010
10:48 am

My son is graduating in the spring, with a double major in poli sci and peace, war and defense, with a minor in economics. He’s looking at law school down the road, but he wants to spend the following 18 months after graduation working on the 2012 presidential campaign. On his very large campus, he joined the Young Republicans as a freshman – one of 30? haha — so I guess some might say that he was heartless — I think he would argue and say that he was a realist. I teased him with the Churchill quote, and his response: “So, I’ve got a brain at 18 — there are worse things, I guess . . .”

At what point does Obama stop blaming W for all his problems, and get on with it? GWB didn’t spend his entire presidency blaming Clinton, and unlike Clinton, he has had the class to keep his mouth SHUT during Obama’s presidency. Clinton spent most of Bush’s presidency publicly telling the world how he would have done it differently — at least Bush has been gracious enough to sit back and NOT chortle, “How’s that ‘change’ working for ya, Barry?”

Our family doesn’t vote party lines — we try hard to vote for the people, regardless of their party. But I notice that most of these people tend to be somewhat conservative. I’m not much for cradle-to-grave government care, and personally, I’d be just as happy for the government to butt out of most of the social aspects of our society. It’s a slippery slope.

But, as I tell my kid’s friends — I don’t care WHO you vote for — as long as you VOTE.

YUKI

September 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

Well said, Rantin. Hard working individuals who live within thier means should not have to pay for other people’s mistakes and laziness.
Hope and change. Hmmmpphhh.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

September 3rd, 2010
12:00 pm

I think what this shows is that there isn’t really a party that represents the typical young American – a fiscally conservative, socially liberal individual.

Right now times are tight, students see their parents suffering, they fear they will be the first generation to not do better than their parents. So they gravitate to the party that promises them economic prosperity, regardless of whether that party will actually deliver it or not. The problem is that when they buy into that, they’re forced to take the other conservative issues they aren’t comfy with…i.e. Glenn Beck telling us the only way back to a healthy nation is through God, tea party rallies, Sarah Palin, efforts to add constitutional amendments defining marriage as between a male and female, outlawing abortion even in the cases of rape and incest, allowing the federal government to tell a state that laws voted by it’s residents allowing the sale of medical marijuana and doctor assisted suicide for terminal ill patients are unconstitutional. These last two are really perplexing becausing the conservatives are usually the first in line to stand up for the principles of federalism.

I’m telling you…the minute a fiscal conservative/social liberal makes his/her way on the scene, I’ll vote twice. But that won’t happen within the traditional two party system, and until then, voters – particularly young voters like college students, will align themselves with the party that most convincingly conveys the message that they will solve the most immediate problem the voter is facing. Right now, that’s the economy and the Democrats are making the Republican’s job easy with the out of control spending.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 3rd, 2010
12:08 pm

Dan — thank you for the quote — I was trying to think of it last night and couldn’t get it right and just gave up. I’m glad you remembered it!!

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

September 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

TWG….there was a post yesterday attributed to you saying you never got a C and that you were always a good girl….did you really post that or someone claiming to be you? Didn’t have the grey highlight surrounding it.

lmno

September 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Actually, the mortgage crisis and pretty much the entire economic melt down is due to 30+ years of deregulation starting with Reagan and continuing through every President since.

When they repealed Glass Steagel Act, it allowed Commercial Banks to get into Investments. And meanwhile the derivative market grew and swelled with no one in the Government making any attempt to regulate in any way.

So, as a result, banks were allowed to give out a mortgage and then “hedge” that risk by pooling the mortgages, selling them, then buy Puts against the pools. Essentially, they were betting that the mortgages would fail. At first it was just that, a hedge. But soon greed took over and the banks found that they were in a better position when mortgages defaulted. So they loaded up on more puts and sold worse mortgages. But like most vices, it eventually caught up with them when they began taking on the properties whose values were dropping faster than their bets could pay off. So, all of a sudden the banks (Particularly A.I.G. as a poster child but many others) looked and realized that they were facing a complete loss. The Government, under President Bush, and then later Obama, gave the banks enough money to stay afloat. Although, the loans were hated by most of the public, the fact is, a good portion of that money has already been paid back. In the end, the money didn’t help the public in any way other than to save jobs as the banks held onto the loans tightly.

Now, all of that would be a fine lesson learned except no one bothered to learn it. When congress tried to step in and regulate this behavior, the very banks who had received the loans did everything they could to block it.

We should completely reinstate Glass Steagel and begin harshly regulating derivative trading.

This will not occur due to two reasons. One is the motivation by the banking industry to continue the behavior that led to this meltdown, and the second is a very effective noise machine that turns the politics into a sporting event and is completely invested in the idea that regulation is bad and free market is good.

So, around and around we go!

JOD

September 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

DD is only 2, so I can’t comment on her political leanings (although she’s always asking for More, More!, so perhaps she’s a liberal?).

TWG – A commercial reminded me of the food we used to eat in daycare and spawned a topic idea that might be funny. Although I ate really well at home, the one recurring meal I remember vividly at day care was Vienna sausages, lima beans (industrial-size can, lest you think fresh), and potato sticks (not french fries – anyone else remember these?!?). How’s that for repulsive? What about a topic to reminisce on foods of yore? That day care certainly wasn’t thinking about peanut allergies, cultural sensitivites, or ‘local’ food, for sure! Hope everyone has a great Friday.

JATL

September 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

@Tiger -absolutely! I LONG for a socially liberal/fiscal conservative and I think both parties might be a little shocked if someone could really make it on the scene and in a national race at how many other people in this nation long for the same thing! My father and I might actually vote for the same person! I still exercise my right to vote, but unfortunately I don’t really like to anymore.

JATL

September 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

@JOD -I remember the potato sticks! GAG!

JJ

September 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

Vienna sausages are NAST-A. I can’t even look at them in the grocery store.

Roswell Jeff

September 3rd, 2010
1:06 pm

The “gel” that the sausages are packed in makes me want to *fill in the blank*!

penguinmom

September 3rd, 2010
1:16 pm

@JATL and Tiger – The problem with that concept is that neither party will field one of those candidates. (and the two concepts are harder to separate legislatively than personally.) Someone who is too financially conservative can’t make it through the Democrat field because any changes they suggest to Medicare, SS, or Medicaid (or actually any spending reductions on anything) will kill their candidacy. On the Republican side, someone who is too socially liberal won’t make it either. I know a lot of Republicans who would have a problem voting for someone who is too liberal even if they have an R next to their name. Partly because being liberal socially usually causes you to Have to be liberal financially. You have to pay for the social things somehow because just allowing them is not enough, you have to make sure everyone has access if they want and that costs money.

I think the trend toward more conservatism has been happening for awhile. Many kids born during Reagan (or just after) grew up with parents who supported a Republican conservative and learned that. Everyone tends to get more liberal during their college years because it’s a time of idealism. (My nephew is hilarious to listen to because he has the whole world completely figured out at 22.) Then they get a job and have kids and realize their parents weren’t so wrong.

destin dawgs

September 3rd, 2010
1:24 pm

Vote for Amendment #28 to Constitution !!! and Term Limits !!

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

September 3rd, 2010
1:50 pm

@penguinmom…you’re absolutely right..that IS the problem. The Dems and Repubs only represent the most extreme views on either side of the aisle. The middle has no where to go. That’s why there needs to be a third party.

Frank

September 3rd, 2010
1:56 pm

I think it is far too early to tell what Obama’s influence on our college aged students will be. I graduated college 5 months into President Reagan’s first term in 1981. In his first 2 years unemployment went from 7.2% in January 1981 to 10.8% in November 1982. Of course the President was very unpopular. But as we know the economy recovered and President Reagan’s popularity rose.

All this did not have a significant impact on me personally. I found a great job in May 1981 (quite fortunate) so I did not feel the force of that terrible recession. Also my voting criteria are not centered on the economy — issues like re-productive rights, separation of church and state, and human rights are more important to me. My reason is that every President wants to improve the economy but they have limited ability to do so. However the President directly controls ware and peace and has a huge influence on the other issues I’ve listed.

Cammi317

September 3rd, 2010
2:04 pm

I feel as if there is hope after reading some of these posts. My daughter is only 12, but I have always stressed to her the importance of voting for the individual and not along party lines. There have been waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to many idiots voted into office because people would only vote for a democrat or a republican. It amazes me how many adults will vote for any random idiot just because he/she is running on a certain party ticket.

JATL

September 3rd, 2010
2:09 pm

@penguinmom -EXACTLY -that’s why there needs to be a viable 3rd party made of fiscal conservatives and social liberals. These folks used to be called moderates, but now that’s a dirty word in Republican and Democrat circles. You know -the people who don’t want to tax you to death but think it’s fine if gays get married and abortion is legal but that people need to have to work for their welfare. Basically, most of the people I know! We need a third party that’s not filled with crackpots or that has one isolating agenda.

motherjanegoose

September 3rd, 2010
2:11 pm

What I like is how some folks say

VIENNA SAUSAGES with a short as in VEE…N….A

while others say

VIENNA SAUSAGES as is VI ( LONG I) EEENIE….rhymes with weinie…this cracks me up!

Depends on what part of of country you came from!

@ cammi…or those who would vote for

“any random idiot”
because he/she is the same gender or race or even makes promises that any fool knows cannot possibly be fulfilled!

TechMom

September 3rd, 2010
2:33 pm

As I mentioned to a friend on FB who was commenting about the state of politics in this country, the real issue is that the “Average Joe” (meaning the 80% of us who aren’t extremists) don’t have the money to run for office and really change things; we’re all too busy working to support & raise our families and pay the bills. Those who are independently wealthy enough to pay for an election while not having a day-to-day job are not in touch with the reality of most Americans and yet those are the only people out there running for office.

itpdude

September 3rd, 2010
2:39 pm

We must remember it was the policies of a Republican president that put us in this situation. Two wars, both funded by deficit spending, easy credit, funded by a Republican appointed Fed chairman, tax cuts for the wealthy, funded by deficits, etc, etc, etc.

It’s easy to blame Obama for this mess, but he inherited the mess. Give Obama time enough to screw things up himself.

deidre_NC

September 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

@MJG-i say vi EEN ah…lol..im from georgia…gross (or good but gross) old food sounds like a fun topic..i had forgotten all about thos potato sticks in a can ..

Roger

September 3rd, 2010
2:54 pm

The students and uninformed “moderates” put Obama and his “Hope and Change” B.S. in office. Now the entire country, particularly the younger Americans, will have to pay for that mistake the rest of their lives. The real mistake was not electing Obama, but giving him such large majorities in the House and Senate that there was no check on the the virtually useless Stimulus Package; absolutely disasterous Health Care Plan (Plan – not reform); economy damaging business related programs; inevitable tax hikes; and a deluge of unsustainable national deficits and debt which can only be repaired by drastic action.

The only hope is that Obama is the modern day Jimmy Carter, and there is a yet identified Ronald Reagan out there to at least partially clean up this mess. I say partially because the hole is too deep to ever crawl completely out of. Truly a shame.

K&K's Mom

September 3rd, 2010
3:07 pm

It is unfortunate that people, both young and old can’t see the forest for the trees. I personally grew up Democratic, but in my early young adult years became an Independent, because as many have said democrats and republicans lack one or the other things that I want in a political party .

But I find it funny how people forget that Bush was an oilman and then a lifetime politician so explain to me how he is better than a Harvard lawschool grad, who most people think are the smartest of the smart. Reality is that Obama came into a mess and was left to clean it up. The headlines when he got elected were “how will Obama clean up the recession”, which means it was already here when he got elected. I mean he can’t create the jobs himself, so what is he to do?

I hope that young adults and older adults look at the situation for what it is, and choose a candidate that will do the very best they can and realize that there is only so much the President or any one person can do. This is a mess that we will all have to help us get out off.

K&K's Mom

September 3rd, 2010
3:09 pm

@ itpdude – Exactly quickly people forget when they want to pass blame.

penguinmom

September 3rd, 2010
3:47 pm

it will be a long road for any 3rd party to become viable. I would hesitate to vote for a 3rd party candidate even if they represented most of my views because I would be afraid that would cause the other side (who has views I really disagree with) to be elected. This causes a 3rd party to have to be completely viable before being able to garner enough votes to … be viable. The contradiction is what keeps 3rd parties out and will probably keep them out for many, many years.

Roswell Jeff

September 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

The system that we currently have is broken and I highly doubt that any of us will ever see it fixed.

The mess we are in took years to make. This goes farther back then just Bush. Clinton, Bush Sr. and so on have had a hand in this as well as all of the idiots in Congress all of those years. This is a cumulation of “crap” that they all heaped upon us. I agree that we can’t blame Obama for this mess, but let’s be clear. His policies are not going to help us move in the right direction. The things that have been done will negatively impact those on down the road – just as it’s now affecting us in the present. I don’t care who comes in next… because they are going to damage us as a country like all the rest. Politicians are a greedy bunch and are in it for themselves and their direct beneficiaries.

iRun

September 3rd, 2010
5:22 pm

All this talk about being a liberal when you’re young and then “seeing the light” and getting conservative as you age.

What about those of us who did the opposite? I live in an whole neighborhood of people like me – highly educated, upper-middle class incomes, and super liberal.

In fact, the older I get and the more money I make it seems to empower my liberalness.

When I had my kid? I think that’s when it started, actually. Once he was born I could no longer hide in the closet regarding how I REALLY felt about my Catholic faith. Especially since right after he was born, I mean within a week, was 9/11. It had a profound effect on me. I stopped clinging to all the things I’d been taught about life from my parents that never quite jived with the way my life was actually going.

And as time goes on, I am more comfortable in my own skin as a liberal, married to a liberal, and hopefully raising a liberal.

Don’t fool yourself. We ALL brainwash our kids. The good thing is, they usually break free. My kid knows I’ll love him even if when he grows up he thinks the things I taught him about life are wrong.

Have a great holiday weekend, y’all. We’re going up to Unicoi and do some hiking/biking/trail running. Be safe!

Allie

September 4th, 2010
1:30 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong (as I’m sure ye will!) but, being a US citizen for only a few years now, I was under the impression that our vote really doesn’t count for anything as the electoral college votes count instead.

I have voted since being sworn in as a citizen but mostly just to stop the nagging from co-workers who were incensed that I wasn’t going to vote. I didn’t become a citizen solely to vote, I’m not big on politics, don’t follow any particular party, and avoid any and all election coverage/debates etc as much as humanly possible.

However I will say that I truly believe that this current economic situation would have happened regardless of whether it was a democrat or republican in office. But I guess a scapegoat was needed and so let’s all bash the president.

RobbE33

September 4th, 2010
7:34 pm

RJ & Dan nailed it! Moderates have and always will be the silent majority; especially in this “squeky wheel” immediate information age. Fringe mania should never hold sway over independent, intellegent, informed opinions, regardless of age.

RobbE33

September 4th, 2010
7:47 pm

Roswell Jeff also makes a valid but sad point. Our governing systems are broken and unless we limit political terms of office and our elected officials’ ability to enact legislation that doesn’t apply to themselves, we will forever be a the mercy of special interests’ golden sow.
CONGRESSIONAL REFORM ACT OF 2010-
http://davegj13.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/congressional-reform-act-of-2010/

Atlanta 1

September 4th, 2010
9:19 pm

I’m 51 years old. During the late 70′S it was very difficult to find work, which didn’t change until the early 80′S. And who was responsible? Ronald Regan and the Republicans. So, ‘yes’, it affected my alliegance for a long time. I’m now an Independant, but lean conservative with many issues and moderate on others.

20-29 years old is when your true idiology is usually set. So, I do believe it can at a bare minimum start an alligance; but I do agree with RJ & Dan and Robb, moderates truly are the ’slient majority’ in this country; and are the one’s who actually decide elections.

swgaMAN

September 4th, 2010
11:02 pm

Political winds swing from left to right and back. Radicals on both sides shows the ideology of the center. A 3rd party would throw this country into the hole the whole European’s now live. We the people have the responsiblity to force our poplitical leaders to obey the law, to represent the MAJORITY of legal citizens, and be leaders for our country. The Majority has the rights after the election. It is up to every citizen to demand better from our leaders. In the olden days the papers did this for the public, then it was the big 3 networks now left of liberal, cable news netwroks are in the middle stage with FOX News the only mainstream, slightly right, then the next information stream will be what the smart phones use. I know nothing of thoes devices but I see their potiential. Agan, It is up to us, the citizens to demand the best our of representatives. (joke) Vote early and often.

Hannah

September 4th, 2010
11:37 pm

I graduated from college in May, and I was quickly jaded by the job market and the economy as a whole. I am now preparing to be $30,000 in debt so I can attend grad school to become a teacher, though the odds of securing a job upon graduating do not look good. I identified myself as a Republican in high school, and I have never second-guessed myself. If anything, I only feel justified in that stance in the past year and eight months.

lulu

September 4th, 2010
11:50 pm

As someone who graduated college in 2004, I know that for recent college grads, the economy has been bad LONG before Obama took office. Am I thrilled with the current economic climate? Not in the least. However, I know that the economic climate has been bad since long before the bubble burst, and that the previous administration’s policies rewarded corporate giants and did NOTHING for anyone else.

While I believe that Obama should (and maybe could) do more for jobs RIGHT NOW, having experienced the job market for the last 6 years (until going back to graduate school), I know that it is better now than it has been, and I hope it will get better still.

lulu

September 4th, 2010
11:53 pm

@ Hannah – you do not need to go to grad school to become a teacher. If you are intelligent and qualified, and if teaching is what you really want to do, you’d probably be better off obtaining a teaching certificate now and working on your master and phd at nights while you are teaching and earning money.