The Center for American Progress found that, of 21 core values and beliefs garnering majority support among these young Americans, only four of those values were classified as conservative. Forty four percent of young Americans self-identified as progressive or liberal, in contrast with the 28 percent identifying as conservative or libertarian.
That's no surprise to us, and it certainly dosn't bode well for Mitt Romney, who espouses an arch-conservative, antiquated set of ideals that would be detrimental to a majority of young Americans.
If elected President, Mitt Romney's policies would be harmful to young Americans. Here are just a couple of reasons why:
- Young adults are now eligible to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans as they enter the workforce, until they turn 26, thanks to President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Since the health care law passed, 3.1 million young adults—traditionally the group least likely to be insured—gained insurance. Mitt Romney adamantly opposes the Affordable Care Act.
- Romney has said that he will not increase Pell Grant Awards or help pay off student loans. In fact, Romney's higher education plan could provide a basis for reducing or eliminating programs like Pell grants, income-driven repayment plans and loan forgiveness, and consumer-friendly regulations like the gainful employment rule. Absent a feasible plan to reduce the cost of college and lower skyrocketing tuition, this could be a financial disaster for thousands of college students and graduates.
America needs to pay close attention to the specific plans Romney has in mind for our country if he were to win the 2012 election. The facts show that President Obama's actions while in office, as well as his plans for the future, are what's best for young Americans, working families, and the middle class.