In 2016, the Democratic machine defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney in large part due to the youth vote. Young Americans ages18-29 voted 67 percent to 30 percent in favor of the sitting president and his party.
What’s so disturbing is the fact that many young Americans supported the president then and still do today. Many young people look at President Barack Obama’s good intentions and by default support his agenda. But if they take a closer look at many of the results that impact them directly, rather than embrace sound bites, they might see things differently. Unfortunately, most young people are easily swayed by the left-leaning media and an even more left-leaning educational establishment.
The current administration promised to improve the standard of living of America’s middle class, provide affordable medical care for all those uninsured and eliminate America’s expensive diplomatic military footprint in the world. Despite all of their promises, which are especially important to young people, the administration, on many levels, has failed to follow through.
The facts behind the administration’s “achievements” cannot and do not support their good or best intentions. Since Obama took office in 2009, American household income has dropped $278 billion, or $2,268 per household. Under the current administration, the United States is experiencing its lowest labor force participation rate since 1979, as more and more people are leaving the workforce discouraged and without a job. Last month, 700,000 people gave up looking for work due to lack of job opportunities.
Today, 10.5 million Americans are unemployed and 3.7 million haven’t held a job in over 27 weeks. Our economy has experienced a tepid recovery at best. According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 57 percent of Americans still believe we are in a recession. The Obama administration’s policies have not produced the economic results that it promised.
The administration promised to provide affordable health care for those uninsured without disrupting the health care people had and liked. The idea of universal health care was an ambitious proposal that excited many young people. The fact of the matter is, the Affordable Care Act has not turned out to be the perfect health care reform that was advertised. According to an analysis conducted by Health Affairs, 30 million Americans will remain uninsured after the act is fully implemented.
But what about the president’s promise that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan”? Five million people and counting lost their health care plans as a direct result of his reforms and have been forced to go on a new government-backed insurance program through glitch-ridden government websites.
The cost of medical treatment in America—contrary to the administration’s claim—has not declined, but rather increased. Consumers renewing their health care plan face premium increases of 11 to 12 percent—the largest increase in three years. The majority of Americans now feel that the president’s signature health care achievement should be repealed or significantly altered.
Obama’s health care policies have not resulted in better health care for the vast majority of Americans. Instead, the Affordable Care Act is riddled with broken promises.
And what about the administration’s foreign policy achievements? Since the beginning of the president’s first term, our superpower position in the world has significantly declined. The reset button hit with Russia resulted not only in capitulation to the Russians, but also in a retreat from defending our allies and strategic interests around the globe.
Our Middle East policy is in total disarray with a “leadership from behind” mindset. Iran is likely to secure a nuclear weapon in the near future. Tens of thousands of Syrians have already been slaughtered, and our closest ally in the region, Israel, no longer trusts us to do the right thing. The administration’s foreign policy achievements are disappointing at best.
But perhaps the most disturbing thing about the current administration is their lack of understanding in planning for the future of our country. Our national debt recently surpassed $17 trillion. Under Obama’s leadership, America’s national debt is projected to double by the end of his term. The amount of debt per family will be greater than the average mortgage of our homes by the time he leaves office. Entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, welfare programs and food stamps will impose an even greater burden on young people that will dwarf even the national debt by trillions of dollars.
The president cannot simply talk the talk. Actions speak louder than words. An enormous gap exists between the administration’s rhetoric and their performance. I implore young Americans to examine the facts and performance of our current administration before they continue their blindsided support of its agenda.
Armstrong Williams is the author of the brand-new book “Reawakening Virtues.” Read more on RightSideWire.com. Come join the discussion live 4-5 p.m. EST at www.livestream.com/armstrongwilliams or tune in 4-5 p.m. EST on S.C. WGCV, Sirius/XM Power 110, 6-7 p.m. and 5-6 a.m. EST. Become a fan on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.