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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:41 PM

a group of 21-25 year olds talk about the election [View all]

I had an experience that I wanted to share regarding post election thoughts. First of all, I am not a writer, so I hope I can convey the feelings here.

Anyway, my 21 year old daughter lives in a shared housing situation, a huge old house in the Wallingford area of Seattle. She has 8 roommates (welcome to the low wage economy), from University students, to a cook, a barista, a supermarket worker, you get the idea.

Anyway, they operate their house on a cooperative basis, and once a week, they have mandatory house meetings, where bills are shared and house tasks are assigned. Not everyone is the absolute best of friends, as they all come from different walks of life, but they make it work, $500 a month for room, utilities, and food is a pretty good deal.

So Friday, I had plans to go to breakfast with my girl, and, afterwards, had a chance to see the beginnings of the house meeting. While they were waiting for everyone to show, the conversation turned to the election. There was a great deal of joy at Obama’s victory, but what really, really struck me was the anger.

Listening to these young people talk, I was surprised at the amount of anger and absolute disgust at the Republican Party, Mitt, and the amount of votes Mitt pulled in. Especially, at the people who voted for Mitt (this part really surprised me). The feelings, and they were unanimous, was that R’s are disgusting, for sure, and there was no group, from brown people, to women, gays, and every other group you could classify, that the R’s and Mittens didn’t marginalize (and that’s putting it mildly), but the greatest anger was directed towards the people that voted for Mitt.

These young kids were PISSED OFF about it and the biggest reason was the “war on workers”. Here was a group of young kids who feel like they have 2 choices, to either work for slightly above min wage for the rest of their lives or amass a shitload (second only to a mortgage) of debt for a college degree, and even then, knowing that the degree doesn’t guarantee any type of good job. There was talk of help wanted ads that required a bachelors degree, for jobs that pay $10 per hour.

The fact that Mitt had shipped jobs overseas, and contributed to the decline of unions and growth of low wage jobs, and made MILLIONS doing it, was offensive enough, but knowing that the R’s nominated him and people voted for him just sent these kids over the edge with disgust. The words and phrases they used were “unforgivable” “they just declared a war”, stuff like that. To them, this election just sealed the idea that there are the rich, the very rich, and then there are the rest of us, making under $25,000 yearly. There was much more, but you get the idea.

I think Mitt and R’s have really no clue about the amount of damage they did this election. Again, what surprised me, was not so much the anger towards the R’s but it was the anger toward the people that voted R.

Anyway, for what it is worth….

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