Throughout history, Presidential elections have again and again come down to a single question. In 1994, Bill Clinton swept into the White House on the strength of one simple phrase: "it's the economy, stupid." In 1980, Ronald Reagan asked "are you better off than you were four years ago." Now, after a long and bloody nomination process, the Republicans seem no closer to crystallizing their pitch to the American people than when they started. It's clear that the major issue in the election will be the economy, but we're still waiting for Republicans to frame the issue in terms that everyone can understand.
With that in mind, here's the question that I think could sweep Republicans into control of the government: are your children better off now than they were six years ago?
The question is not hypothetical.
The American dream is to work hard and give your children a chance at a better situation than you had. But thanks to the Great Obama Depression, that dream is dying. One out of every two college graduates this year will not have a job when they graduate in May, and the fifty percent that have found work are not employed in a job that requires a college degree. Even those with jobs are seeing a slide in their salaries. Compare this to where we were six years ago: for the classes of 2006 and 2007, the employment rate following graduation was 90%!
What is the difference? It is the Great Obama Depression.
The economy is the most crucial issue of this election, and the numbers are staggering. Few, other than hard-core liberals, believe the unemployment rate is really 8.2 percent. If the unemployment statistics were calculated the way they were during the Great Depression, the unemployment rate would be over 16 percent! Not only are our children not inheriting an America that is better than the one our parents gave us, in many cases they aren't even being given a shot to prove themselves in the job market. What we are facing is an America where our children are forced to live with us until they are 25 or 30 because they cannot find a job and make their way in the world. But this is not just a question of lost opportunities or a temporary downturn: the very future of this country's political and economic system is at stake.
Judson Phillips is the Associate Director for TheTeaParty.net. He is also the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet. A lawyer by trade, Judson became active in Republican politics after the 1980 presidential election. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says. Judson has served in various capacities on committees for two different county parties, as well as running for local office as a Republican in 2002.
Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC. “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based. Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville. Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’ I did.”
He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website (teapartynation.com), writes several daily columns for TheTeaParty.net, and is working on more projects than any one person should. He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.