Why young people don't support the GOP

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In his Nov. 25 column, Jack Kelly seems dumbfounded that young people once again supported President Barack Obama in record numbers. Hopefully, I can provide a few reasons for him.

One, young people are now able to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until they are 26 due to the socialist, anti-colonial law known as Obamacare.

Two, young people have been aided in paying back their student loans.

Three, contrary to Mr. Kelly's truly insulting paragraph which claims young people are utterly devoid of reason and logic, young people are smart enough to realize the effects of a basic scientific principles, namely the greenhouse effect, and the terrible problems it is causing to our environment.

Four, young people are over the old social wars that Mr. Kelly seems all too eager to rehash.

Gay marriage? Why not? Amnesty for illegal immigrants? We certainly aren't going to round up 12 million people and deport them. Perhaps Mr. Kelly should look in the mirror -- his ignorant tone, baseless claims and borderline offensive ranting has become the norm in the GOP, turning off constituencies from young people, women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Latino Americans.

One more thing -- Mr. Kelly claimed young people don't understand "basic math." I believe it was in this very paper Mr. Kelly wasn't able to see the writing on the wall that the overwhelming majority of national and state-level opinion polls had predicted Mr. Obama's reelection. Mr. Kelly (those pesky numbers!) was in la-la land, foreseeing a resounding victory for Gov. Mitt Romney.

Someone needs to wise up, and it ain't young people.

MICHAEL McCUNE
Lawrence, Pa


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