Rachel Alexander

A majority of 18-to-24-year-olds now say they would recall Obama as president if they could. It is finally happening; young people who overwhelmingly supported Obama are now turning away from him in droves. The hope and change he promised never materialized, instead replaced with deteriorating conditions.

A new poll from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics found that Millennial approval of Obama has dipped to the lowest ever, at 41 percent. Their dissatisfaction with Obama now mirrors the rest of the country. Similarly, 56 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 disapprove of Obamacare, compared to only 39 percent who support it. The younger Millennials are becoming increasingly less Democratic. Of those age 18 to 24, 31 percent identify as Democrats and 25 percent as Republicans.

This is occurring in part because the entry level jobs they are qualified for are drying up and turning into free internships. Paid internships are becoming a rarity. Millennials are realizing the Occupy Wall Street movement’s demands only succeeded in making things worse for them. Fast food workers striking for higher wages is hurting, not helping them. Instead of having a good shot at what used to be plentiful fast-food jobs, young people are finding themselves replaced by fast-food ordering kiosks.

Retail jobs aren’t faring much better. Instead of a fairly set, dependable schedule, young people are discovering they need to compete for hours each week in a bidding system online. There are fewer customer service jobs available than there were 20 years ago, because so many corporations have outsourced those positions to countries like India in order to avoid punishing labor laws forced upon them within the U.S. by unions. Jobs with 40 hours a week and benefits are becoming harder to find, as employers increasingly rely upon part-time workers in order to avoid providing health insurance with its onerous, unaffordable requirements under Obamacare.

The cost of higher education continues to escalate, with no end in sight. College students are graduating with over $100,000 in student loans, yet are lucky if they can find a full-time minimum wage job upon graduating.


Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of the Intellectual Conservative.