"The landscape is changing before our eyes. Younger voters struggling with the enormous costs of a college education, or trying to raise families in a bleak employment environment, or using their credit cards to cover everyday expenses like food or energy costs are not much interested in hearing that the government to which they pay taxes can do little or nothing to help them."
Studies show that this is the most progressive generation in decades. We want a new New Deal.
On the other hand, maybe a wholesale transformation of government seems too difficult or out of reach. Instead, we can all indulge in a nice round of Blame the Victim.
Would that it were true! Many of the young people I talk to would love to be cut off from realities like the war in Iraq (who do you think is fighting over there, John McCain?), student loan and credit card debt, low-wage jobs, lack of access to health care, & high housing costs.
Unfortunately, it's a pretty common pattern to label an economically disadvantaged, politically disenfranchised group as being dumb. You can see it in racism, sexism, and now ageism.