According to a recent poll, millennials are more fearful of tax season than any other age demographic in the United States.
It makes sense right? We have had the least amount of time to save money and have a brand new student loan bill each month so we fear the dreaded April 18 deadline more than anyone else. Seems totally logical, until you realize a large majority of our generation is utterly obsessed with “Feeling the Bern.” This portion of our generation will scream through their keyboards that Bernie’s policies will only decrease the incomes of those evil one-percenters but even Sanders himself has stated taxes would go up for anyone making money during his (hopefully only theoretical) presidency.
Right now in America most people are paying an average of 31 percent of their yearly income to the government. For every nine hour day of work, three hours are for the government. You are working a third of your day to finance Obama’s vacations to Hawaii or his daughter’s designer prom dresses that cost more than a semester of college.
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Young people flock to the left because of shiny objects labelled “free” which are only possible through substantially higher taxes. It’s a masterful bait-and-switch they use to indoctrinate people into full blown Democrats. They come for the free stuff and stay just because they are convinced conservatives are sexist and greedy. The problem is young people will only like free things until they can afford to pay for them on their own. Millennial liberals are like the kid in the sandbox who is all for everyone sharing toys until another kid asks to play with theirs.
The phrase “If you are young and not a liberal you have no heart, and if you are old and not conservative you have no brain” is half right. The problem with the first half, though, is that a heart with no brain won’t function. No matter how hard you try to change it, simple math always defeats socialism and wealth redistribution. It’s a painful reality the left conceals through attacks on conservatives’ alleged lack of compassion and emphasis on hard work.
Do conservatives really not care about anything except helping CEO’s get richer and suppressing poorer people? Of course not. Last year I myself made just above the poverty line and could have really used the few hundred I paid in taxes each month, yet I still believe in Conservatism now more than ever. The issue for young people is the left uses our inexperience with real world problems to convince us that what sounds good in theory is helpful without asking things like: “Will it create government dependency?”, “Who will pay for it?”, “Is this supposed to be a function of government?”, etc. Unless President Obama has unilaterally commissioned a revision of the Constitution, healthcare and college for everyone is not the government’s responsibility.
Our Founding Fathers envisioned America as a place where those who worked hard to make a better life for themselves and their families could do so with limited interference from the government. As the push for new and expanded free government programs grows, taxes will only increase and their burden will become even more crippling to that vision. The credit card that has nearly been maxed out will not be paid for by the decision makers of the past few decades but by young people like us. If we truly do hate taxes as much as we say and also truly want to help people, we should not only be refusing to support either of the Democratic candidates, but actively working to ensure they never move into the Oval Office.
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