The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that the three member board of elections in Forsyth County has begun the process to remove Rob Coffman as director.
As a conservative “twentysomething,” I took great pride in helping NC go red in the last presidential election. The President’s approval rating is not only dropping overall, but he is also losing steam with the 18-24 age group. But, it’s not because they are fleeing to the other side.
According to a recent Harvard University poll, support for the Democratic Party has been steadily dropping among 18-24 year olds since 2009, with a 5 percent point drop in the last seven months alone. Only 31 percent of college-aged young people now identify as Democrats, and 25 percent now identify as Republicans. College students’ approval of the job Obama is doing is also down significantly from 51 percent earlier this year to 39 percent. Across the entire 18-29 age spectrum, 37 percent of respondents identified as conservative versus the 33 percent who self-identified as liberal.
This comes in the wake of strong showings by young conservatives in both Virginia for gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and in New Jersey for Gov. Chris Christie.
Conservatives shouldn’t be quick to claim the twentysomethings just yet. While fewer college students identify as Democrat they aren’t necessarily running to the Republican Party. The percentage of college students that identify as Republican has remained roughly unchanged. In April, 39 percent of young Americans called themselves Democrats. Now, 38 percent consider themselves Democrats. Then, 23 percent of young Americans claimed to be Republicans. Now, 22 percent say they’re Republicans.
These numbers tell me that twentysomethings are growing frustrated with both sides of the aisle or they are simply losing interest in politics. If conservatives want to grow their twentysomething pool, they need to continue to transition to the 21st century. They are taking this problem more seriously by doing away with the dry press releases and reaching for the BuzzFeed, Instagram style and humorous tumblrs. Conservative organizations such as non-profit Generation Opportunity are reaching out in what better way than a tailgate party. There’s nothing better than reaching out to twentysomethings than in their own environment.
I love seeing this move toward pulling in the twentysomethings. When in full force, this age group can do great things. They love being the boots-on-the-group type of people and they are willing to give their all to a cause they truly believe in. I am excited to see where this movement goes and my hope is that the conservative movement will do more to pull in us twentysomethings.
The bungled Obamacare (Affordable Care Act, or ACA) rollout keeps setting out time bombs, the media report. A study by Duke University faculty and CFO magazine predicts that Obamacare will continue to destroy jobs in the new year, WRAL reports. Campbell Harvey, of the Fuqua School of Business, said, “The impact on the real economy is startling. Nearly one-third of firms may either terminate employees or hire fewer people in the future as a direct result of ACA.”
But of course. The law is so complex it creates uncertainty, and it penalizes many companies for hiring people, or employing them for more than 30 hours a week. With the economy shaky anyway, that spells bad news for workers.
Meanwhile, Cato Institute expert Michael Tanner recently wrote,
The good news, if you want to call it that, is that roughly 1.6 million Americans have enrolled in ObamaCare so far. The not-so-good news is that 1.46 million of them actually signed up for Medicaid. If that trend continues, it could bankrupt both federal and state governments.
In short, so far Obamacare is just shuttling people on to Medicaid, making them dependent on a program that often provides inferior care. And, as Tanner notes, how long will it be before cash-strapped Washington begins dumping more of the costs on the states?
One small but telling example right there: North Carolina tobacco farmers may find their final Tobacco Buyout Payment was less than was expected. The last check in the decade-long program may be cut by federal sequestration cuts, News14 reported.
Uncle Sam is broke, broke, broke. Other deals will be broken, too. Washington will be cutting spending, just because it's out of money.
That includes Medicaid funding. Our liberal friends say the federal government will pay for Medicaid expansion. I bet Congress reneges on that deal. It would be too easy for Congress to say, "Why don't you states pay more for Medicaid?"
That would leave North Carolina stuck with the tab, and stuck with a Medicaid program that is deteriorating before our eyes. North Carolina is wise to stay as far away from expanding Medicaid, at least until Obamacare is repealed and real reforms can be put in place.
From 2009 to 2012, North Carolina's unfunded state pension liabilities skyrocketed by nearly 700%. That's the findings of new data released by the Institute for Truth in Accounting's State Data Lab project.
During the economic recovery that began in 2009, states had the opportunity to improve the condition of their pension funds by contributing money needed to be confident they could pay pensions promised to employees. Yet in 8 states the problem (called "unfunded liabilities") got worse.Between 2009 and 2012, California, Delaware, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, allowed their pension funds to deteriorate. Their pension funds required more dollars in 2012 than were needed in 2009 to fully support their promises. These states are taking on water in their own ships, despite warnings of potential problems paying pensions promised to future retirees.