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Millenials Not Yet Old Enough to Know Not to Trust Their Creepy Uncle

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"As of now, I trust the government," says Brittany Tucker, a poli-sci major at Northeastern University in Boston. "I feel like they are trying to do what's best for us and their constituents."

Kids today, they're down with Uncle Sam, according to a new Pew survey. Even poli-sci majors:

NPR reports that "polls going back to 1958 show that trust always begins to head south sometime after age 30. But there are some clues that this generation may be different." Unlike their late- and just-post Boomer parents, they are not only fans of government, but of other big institutions as well:

"The millennials are quite positive toward other big institutions — like corporations and the military and faith — so it does give you the feeling that it's a different generation," says Tufts University researcher Peter Levine.

Do your duty, get out there and turn a kid into a cynic today!

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  1. So clearly, life begins at 30.

  2. Never trust anyone under 30.

    1. Never trust anyone under $300,000.

      FIFY

      1. Stop boasting about money,equities,and get a job. I should have bequeath you a shovel, for your shit faktory

    2. Well, you stole my post right out of my typing finger.

    3. Been saying that for 5 years.

    4. Never trust anyone under over 30.

  3. Just wait till the nationalization of health care forces healthy young people to give most of their pay to sickly old people. Then the intergenerational strife will begin.

    1. And so will begin a new era of healthy distrust of government.

      1. They seem to be cool with paying for my mylanta and foot exfoliation.

    2. Just wait till the nationalization of health care forces healthy young people to give most of their pay to sickly old people.

      And how is that different from Medicare and Social Security today?

      1. Sickly middle-aged people, then.

    3. But they’ll be old people who will benefit too one day so hopefully they will be mature enough to have the foresight to see that little fact.

      1. Yeah, but if the young have that foresight, then they’ll also realize that they could have saved for themselves…and wonder why previous generations perhaps didn’t.

        1. Can any person save enough for their life’s health care bills? I mean sans insurance? That strikes me as a pipe dream Art…

          1. Well, on average we’d all better be able to, since on average we’ll all be paying for everyone from now on.

            ‘Insurance’ money has to come from somewhere. It ain’t fairy dust.

            1. Sure, here’s where it comes from: people who don’t need it right now pay for those who do.

              Sound familiar?

              1. Yes, that sounds a lot like an insurance policy that might exist under a market based health insurance and health service system. You voluntarily have insurance in case you get a major illness or injury. Most people end up needing very little benefits during their life time, but they pay for it anyway just in case they need much more later. Sounds familiar, right? Oh yeah, at some point everyone decided the insurance should pay for every scratch, sniffle, allergy, broken finger, and breast exam, with state mandates to make sure its all covered in every insurance policy.

          2. Ya that is totally impossible. Just sprinkle on some magic goverment fairy dust, point some guns at people, and then it becomes easy though.

            1. Which is just about as practical as championing an economy that bleeds the middle class in favor of the rich, then lecturing them about not planning properly for old age.

              1. I agree. Thats why I’m for freedom, fuckface.

                1. You’re for freedom? I’m for puppies myself.

              2. Yeah! Rich people suck! Tax ’em at 99% of every penny! They obviously stole and cheated and exploited their way to the top, without exception!

                Gosh, Tony, thanks. It IS easier to just go with the flow.

                1. That of course is an egregious straw man. But it’s fucking certain nobody worked a million times harder than anyone else, and that luck and gaming the system and many other things contribute to wealth as well as ingenuity and hard work.

                  1. Not everyone works for the same goals. I am engineer and don’t expect to make millions of dollars doing it. Some people work to attain millions a dollars so they can work as venture capitalists. I don’t want to do that but I’m glad they do.

                  2. “But it’s fucking certain nobody worked a million times harder than anyone else, and that luck and gaming the system and many other things contribute to wealth as well as ingenuity and hard work.”

                    +1

                  3. Right, Tony – nobody has ever made it big on their own sweat and merits and talents. It’s all luck and gaming and putting boots on people’s necks.

                    God, you wealth-envy types are sooo predictable.

                    1. Shouldn’t you be in a Frank Luntz focus group or something? I must have missed all the posts about how great people who work hard and sweat are, but i seem to constantly find ones that attempt to recast them as lazy, and a zealous push to drive down their standard of living.

              3. You’re right Tony. I’d rather force them into unions so they can all lose their jobs.

              4. Stephen D., you have a very immature idea of wealth, asshole. If you’re worried about people “gaming the system”, why are you against removing the one important tool that people use to do it?

          3. That money comes from somewhere. And if the government would stop requiring that all plans be all things to all people, actual, affordable insurance plans could be offered which could cover unexpected and high-costs medical care.

          4. You make an interesting point. If people couldn’t save enough for healthcare bills, then insurance would be bust as a concept. If you looked at your premium as a ‘savings’ then all insurance companies would be losing money per-patient.

            The reality is some people would be able to, and some people won’t be able to.

            1. I think it has more to do with the many people not needing it paying for the few who do. That’s how it works.

              If everybody wrecked their car tomorrow and made a claim the car insurance industry would go under. They don’t because usually most people, while paying, don’t; their payments can cover the high costs of the few that do.

              1. So, MNG, the solution should be… everyone buys car insurance, even if they don’t/can’t/will never drive a car. Right?

      2. They will benefit much like the Greeks of today are now reaping the benefits of their government.

        1. Is Greece a straw man as well, Tony?

      3. Do you get to retire at age 65?

        1. Me? I’d like to take early retirement, or die from alcohol caused liver damage well before then.

      4. Past a certain point such as, say, age 80, I cease to see prolonged existence as a benefit–and kick that down to age 70 if prolonged existence can only come about as an expense to life at a healthier and more mobile age such as 25, which is what I am now.

    4. It will be like the dystopic city of Lud depicted in Stephen King’s The Waste Land where the young (the Pubes) are in a multi-generational gang war with the old (the greys). They fought for so long they apparently forget it was about paying for social security and medicare. Looks like I’m going to be a Pube.

      1. The Waste Land = The Waste Lands

  4. Do your duty, get out there and turn a kid inon to a cynic today!
    FIFY:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com…..a5e9_o.jpg

  5. “It gives you hope, and that hope turns into trust in the government, because you believe that things can change ? or like good things can happen,” Tucker says.

    This is today’s college student.
    Education =/= intelligence.

    1. At my school, I had to go to a required class about “citizenship” where I learned that eminent domain aint so bad, the social contract literally exists and that there is a breed of law-and-order, authoritarian leftist that scares the hell out of me.

      Previously I had assumed that if you’re leftist, you’re a moron about economics, but at least you cheer on the draft dodgers and civil disobedience practitioners. Apparently not.

      1. Sometimes when I remember how much debt I’m going into for that privilege, I die a little. At least that was only one semester…

      2. Did they actually show you the social contract? I’ve been looking for that thing for years and no one has been able to produce it for me (or tell me when I agreed to it).

        1. That’s the neat thing about the social contract… you’ve signed it without your knowledge, and you have to abide by it even if you don’t want to.

          It’s For Our Own Good, y’know.

          1. Well, if you ask me… unless you pussies are all willing to eventually go Joe Stack on these motherfuckers and water that tree, the contract ultimately applies.

            Without me, all your little theories go POOF! Ask that John Locke guy.

          2. And the other party can change the terms at will, and you cannot.

        2. This social contract sounds very similar to something else I read about from American History, but I can’t put my finger on it. Supposedly, there was even a war fought over it.

          1. Well, I never sign anything unless a) I read it first and b) it’s actually on paper and not some figment of liberal imaginations.

        3. Sounds like that Market ™ to which we’re all suppose to bend and bow.

          1. You’re free to not participate in the market, or only participate when you feel it will benefit you. Or voluntarily collaborate with others to share goods in a socialized setting. The market bends and bows for you, provided others are willing to consent to the exchanges you wish to make.

          2. The Lancia Aurelia is a car that was produced by the Italian manufacturer Lancia. Designed by Vittorio Jano, the Aurelia was launched in 1950 and production lasted until the summer of 1958.

            The Aurelia used the first production V6 engine, a 60? design developed by Francesco de Virgilio who was, between 1943 and 1948 a Lancia engineer, and who worked under Jano. During production, capacity grew from 1.8 L to 2.5 L. Prototype engines used a bore and stroke of 68 mm x 72 mm for 1569 cc; these were tested between 1946 and 1948. It was an all-alloy pushrod design with a single camshaft between the cylinder banks. A hemispherical combustion chamber and in-line valves were used. A single Solex or Weber carburettor completed the engine. Some uprated 1991 cc models were fitted with twin carburettors.

            At the rear was an innovative combination transaxle with the gearbox, clutch, differential, and inboard-mounted drum brakes. The front suspension was a sliding pillar design, with rear semi-trailing arms replaced by a de Dion tube in the Fourth series. The Aurelia was also one of the first cars to be fitted with radial tire.

  6. I view it as a direct result of helicopter parenting. They have never experienced the act of making a decision for themselves without a parental figure involved.

    1. I certainly agree that parents are overprotective of their kids, which I think is what you’re getting at here, but if it was the parents making the decisions we’d be in much better (though still not good) shape. The problem is that the parents are overprotective but they themselves don’t make the decisions, they pawn that responsibility off on the schools, police, etc.

      1. “…they pawn that responsibility off on the schools, police, etc.”

        I hope that etc. includes Television. The day parents learned that television (much like radio before it) could used to occupy their brats while they fuck in bedroom, is the day they had a vested interest in the “adult” content of television. In essence, the FCC is perpetuated by lazy parents who don’t want to watch their spawn but want to ensure that said spawn never stumble on the horrific act of sex while flipping to nickelodeon. But murder and rape 24/7 on Lifetime, CNN, TNT, and TBS are perfectly fine.

  7. Ugh. Public school system.

    1. I very much doubt that you will find vastly different attitudes in private schools. Many if not most of the kids at the super fancy private liberal universities went to private school. You give public schools too much credit.

  8. Do your duty, get out there and turn a kid into a cynic today!

    Children — Check!

    Grand-Children — Working on it 😉

  9. I weep for my generation.

  10. Even?

    “Even theology students read the Bible.”

  11. The other question that was sidebarred was whether they were aware of the Tea Party movement. 54% of the same demographic were not, which indicates that they are not monitoring the news.

    Which goes a long way toward explaining why they trust the Gov’t.

    1. NPR’s “men on the street” had heard of the tea party movement. They received “chuckes and eyerolls”.

      This was again, from the two poli-sci majors they asked.

      I have to ask, would asking a poli-sci major anything on any subject net you a reasonable response?

  12. I’m not sure how Ms. Mangu-Ward gets that young people “are down with Uncle Sam” when it appears that 68% do not trust the government to do the right thing.

    1. Because 1/3 is too many. How is it that young people have more trust in institutions than older people, while they have a reputation of being defiant necessitating social control?

      1. Young people are probably more trustworthy in general.

        1. Edit: I meant “trusting” of course.

          1. Edit: He meant “gullible”.

      2. How many is just right, in your opinion? I’d say that an only 32% favorable rate is encouraging, and I welcome the news, not that opinion polls are worth a sack of warm sheep shit.

        1. Is sheep shit worth more warm or cold?

          1. Warmer is fresher, but cold travels better. I defer to the experts.

        2. Its encouraging that it shows the hypocrisy behind “when you’re older, you’ll understand”.

    2. I’m not sure how Ms. Mangu-Ward gets that young people “are down with Uncle Sam” when it appears that 68% do not trust the government to do the right thing.

      It’s a blogpost, Ms. Mangu-Ward is undoubtedly writing about how the rest of the media reported the story.

      If you had heard NPR’s take on it this morning, you got the impression that Obama has forced a renaissance of trust amongst young people, and yes, this will only lead to Good Things. Unless the economy doesn’t recover, then the New Trust(tm) might be damaged.

      That about sums up how NPR reported it.

  13. “I feel like they are trying to do what’s best for us and their constituents.”

    “They give me free stuff, and tell people to hire me for jobs I’m completely unqualified for.”

  14. this generation may be different.” Unlike their late- and just-post Boomer parents, they are not only fans of government, but of other big institutions as well

    And I’m going to just go ahead and blame it all on public schools and unionized teachers.

    1. Do you really think that private schools are any better in this regard? In my experience, most (non-religious at least) private schools are just as much, if not more, training grounds for your typical liberal elite. Where do you think that most of the kids at the elite private liberal arts colleges went to school?

      1. The private school I run in my house sure as shit is better. Haven’t even directly covered any of this stuff, but at least I’ve given a direct simple explanation of property taxes: It is a certain amount of money that we have to hand over every year or the government will come take our house from us.

  15. Wait a minute. The highest “trust” rate noted in the chart is only 32%. That’s still a minority, isn’t it? How does this signify meaningful trust in government?

    1. That’s what I’m saying…and note how many commenters here just go along with KMW’s interpretation even though it is laughable.

      1. You’re right. It’s a knee-jerk reaction, independent of the data on the chart.

    2. How was the question actually posed? A 32% answer in the negative to the question “Do you trust the government?” (for example) doesn’t necessarily mean there was a 68% answer in the affirmative.

  16. That fucking dousch bag only trusts government because a liberal is in the Whitehouse. Let power switch parties and he will find out he really doesn’t trust government anymore.

    1. Note that a lot of those in power, spent a good chunk of the 1960s bitching about people in power, and how they should not be obeyed.

      Power corrupts.

  17. This will change when the 20-somethings start getting their tax return check taken away because they didn’t get health insurance.

  18. There are idiots in every generation. Unfortunately, the idiotic boomers bred more than the smart boomers, thus the changing demographic. Once again, its the boomers fault. Ha!

  19. “Do your duty, get out there and turn a kid into a cynic today!”

    If ObamaCare doesn’t do it, I’m not sure what else will. I wouldn’t wish that kind of abuse on anybody just to show I was right, but that’s their dreams running smack into reality right there.

    I suspect boomers were a lot more cynical about the government because of the draft–you get your hopes fired up by the likes of JFK and the Great Society, and then you get kicked in the teeth by conscription…

    In the meantime, growing up as a hardcore kid, we always thought of ourselves as the opposite of hippies, “hippie” being about the worst thing you could call a hardcore kid, so it’s kinda nice to see one of the old hippie tropes turned on its head…

    Don’t trust anybody under 30.

    1. Yeah the boomers all believed in government until they got rid of draft deferments. Then it was you can’t trust anyone over 30.

      1. Holy sweeping generalization, Batman!

      2. Holy sweeping generalization, Batman!

  20. Hate to say it, but Dan T. may have a point. I’d be interested in how that 68% breaks down — if it’s a lot of “No,” then there’s hope, but i rather suspect it’s more “Like, i dunno” than anything else.

    1. I’d expect a lot of it is “I watched George Bush bumble through 8 years and have no other recollection of the Republican party. As such I am really really hoping this cool, collected Barack Obama guy is better. Also, in college, I learned that everyone who is not a ‘progressive’ is pure eeee-vvvulll.”

      When that vision (and the economy) crumbles to pieces, I think the numbers will hit parity with the older generations. I think the cognitive dissonance is already hitting in.

  21. The kids I know (about 15-years-old) who know about the Tea Party view it unfavorably. Their teachers deride it as racist and violent and they eat it up.

    1. Teacher leave those kids alone!

    2. Link?

      If they surf YouTube, there is plenty of tea bagger footage that is eye gouging to say the least. People who are blatantly hateful and even basic empathy are a big turnoff. Especially if they have bad hair.

  22. Do your duty, get out there and turn a kid into a cynic today!

    Probably right even more than you intended. The kids today are just not exposed to many adults beyond their government school instructors because parents have been Datelined to fear everything. They live in the cocoon of protective overbearance a decade longer than we did as kids.

    When I was sixteen, mum encouraged me to visit a used book store in downtown Greensboro ran by two beatniky gay guys she knew, Ben and Phil. What parents would do that today?

    And yes, they were a corrupting influence. Phil and I became buds, he gave me an early edition album of Lenny Bruce stand up (I later grew to not like the Bruce so much but I can’t deny his anti-establishmentarian influence), and one day I’m browsing around, and he says, ‘Hey, Alan. Check this out!’

    Yeah, I was probably going ‘uh oh’ in my head, but I went to the side foyer where he had something to show me. It was an Italian print of dozens of Bridgette Bardot nudes. Many of them fit more for Hustler than Playboy. Quite a lot of naughty showing.

    I recall asking him how much he would have sold it for, and he said it wasn’t for sale, the next thing he said was likely the first time I ever heard, ‘I may be gay, but I’m not dead!’

    Today, the dude would have been arrested and dragged to jail, and I would have had to go through counseling. Twenty years later I would be complaining of being traumatized and the old fag ruining my life with his perverted pictures if I had been brainwashed in our zero tolerance culture of today. Yet, for me because I did not suffer through what kids do today, it is one of my fondest memories.

    1. Did the “beatniky gay guys” recite Jack Kerouac poetry while wearing only leather chaps?

      1. Nah, they looked entirely unaffected by the seventies in the case of wearing chaps. Imagine more of a tweedy early sixties look in the case of Phil, and a mid sixties British mod look in the case of Ben (a snazzy dresser).

        Makes me wonder, are most people a snapshot of what was fashionable when they were in college?

    2. When I was sixteen, mum encouraged me to visit a used book store in downtown Greensboro ran by two beatniky gay guys she knew, Ben and Phil. What parents would do that today?

      I would. Mostly because the state of helicoptering parents and a hammer-of-judgment state makes me wanna push back. So, I’m happily instilling independence and capitalism in my kidlings. XD

    3. May I suggest Free Range Kids?

      There’s a book about it, too.

  23. Now, should we interpret the results of this poll to mean that the vast majority of Americans don’t trust each other, since we elect our leaders?

    1. Only distrust Americans who repeatedly elect the same politicians. Only fools trust those unwilling or incapable of learning.

    2. Yup. We, as Americans, don’t trust the rest of the Americans to tell us by proxy what to do or how to live.

    3. I don’t think the poll addresses that, but it is probably true that most Americans don’t trust each other.

    4. vast majority of Americans don’t trust each other,

      Of course I don’t. Everytime my neighbor gets an opportunity to make decisions about my life at the polls, he does it. Fuck him.

      1. As usual, Paul, your diaper of truth is full to sagging. Well put.

        1. And as always, Hugh, you’ve got the best back-handed compliments on the net.

    5. Kids! Only trust liberal politicians!

    6. I trust a few people within pistol range but most folk I don’t trust within rifle range.

      HTH

      … Hobbit

    7. Obama popular vote count: 69,498,215
      U.S. Population, 2010 estimate: 309,252,000

      69,498,215 / 309,252,000 = 22.5%

      And that was an unusually large margin of victory in an election with a historically large voter turnout.

      What’s this “we” shit again?

  24. I would like to think that young people will turn on government when the bill for all this madness finally comes due. But I am not so sure. The Demcorats have managed to brand themselves as the party of the hip and cool. Branding goes a long way with the young. These are the same dumb asses who will buy a single gear ancient heavy bike instead of a modern one (and pay big bucks for it) in order to make an “ironic fashion statement”. I really not positive they will give up what they consider fashionable even if it means saving themselves from slavery.

    1. I wanted one of those Raleigh pub bikes just to ride down to the bar. Less shit to worry about when I’m hammered, and who needs gears on flat pavement?

      But I may be able to score a golf cart instead. Since all the roads between me and the bar are private with no traffic code enforcement, I should be set if I can get it.

      1. get the golf cart. riding a bike when you are durnk really sucks. Not fun at all

        1. And they can still give you DUI either way (and in most states being on private property doesn’t matter).

          1. Nope. For a DUI, it has to be a motor vehicle for use on the highway, which golf carts are not.

            Additionally, the cops won’t even come into my neighborhood unless called, and they don’t do any traffic enforcement in the ‘hood since they legally can’t.

            1. I respectfully disagree. Google “dui golf cart”.

              1. Find one from Texas. Additionally, there’s no implied consent on private roads, so I am perfectly free to refuse a breathalyzer or a blood test. Trust me. I have checked with counsel on this one.

            2. Not sure where you live, but in many states the DUI law is not as you claim. But if you are fortunate enough to be in a place with no police patrol, sounds like a good plan.

            3. In New Mexico a guy recently got busted for DWI while riding a horse. I think that it should only have counted if the horse was drunk.

              … Hobbit

      2. Go with the cart. Much safer than walking.

    2. yeah – like the GOP isn’t branded the party of the God Squad.

      Every buck-toothed Fundie in the South thinks Bushy-boy is a fucking apostle.

      1. Thanks for proving my point.

    3. Got together with my bro to take mum out for Mother’s Day. He has two step daughters around college age (and two daughters that live with his ex). I asked if one of them would be moving back for the Summer.

      ‘No, she is interning for a non profit.’

      “Where?”

      ‘It would just piss you off if I told you.’

      I asked him, he being a Jerry Pournelle Republican, why he paid for her to be indoctrinated. She wasn’t political in the least three years previously. He didn’t have a good answer. Even he didn’t have a good answer as to why he would put up with it.

      1. what is a jerry pournelle republican? A google search did not enlighten me.

      2. My bro is an engineer and a vet who worked on nuclear missiles and he loves two things: science fiction of a militaristic bent (though Pournelle is a pretty nuanced writer), and the GOP.

      3. And some people think L. Ron Hubbard was a genius.

    4. John, get with it. All the hipsters are riding fixed-gear track bikes now.

      1. The supremely cool will have absolutely nothing to do with bicycles fixed gear or what have you.

    5. You make an interesting point. Many Americans today place far too much value on what other people think. It’s that same characteristic over-concern with the fashion statement that allows them to be so easily manipulated and prevents them from functioning as individuals.

      It’s nothing new, for children that is. What’s new is not out growing it. My statement defies the Pew survey, it’s based on my observations. We’re quickly evolving into a nation of geriatric juvenile infants with whom opinions can be easily swayed by what is fashionable, what is not, and by that which offers a sense of security.

      Security for many is simply believing one’s opinions are in line with those of their peers, and that those opinions are the popular.

    6. Go with the cart. You can get your drunk late-night skank home in the cart.

      1. The wife takes strong exception to being referred to as a skank, RC.

  25. I suppose that almost all people distrust the governmental institutions (most institutions?) that they have to deal with. I would suspect that if you asked college students if they trusted their public university to do the right thing, most of them wouldn’t. Same for high school students and their high school. Same for the DMV or whatever other government institutions that they’ve had to deal with.

    So far in their lives, for many of those under 25 who aren’t in the military, the only experience with the Federal Government is filling out a 1040-EZ and getting back more money than they paid in taxes at their job at the carwash.

    It won’t take long in the real world for that trust to disappear.

  26. I heard this on my drive in on NPR. I loved how the first two examples NPR ran to for their ‘man on the street’ interview were not one, but TWO Poli Sci majors.

    Yeah, like people who distrust government choose poli-sci as a college track…

    I want to hear why the kid chasing down an engineering degree trusts government.

    Do your duty, get out there and turn a kid into a cynic today!

    Working on it. Whenever my 8-yo asks me why a certain rule exists, or why some ban is in place, I usually explain to her that our government is largely people by frightened, confused liars who should be ignored at all costs.

    I say it without any sense of humor to make sure she understands I’m deadly serious.

    1. Working on it. Whenever my 8-yo asks me why a certain rule exists, or why some ban is in place, I usually explain to her that our government is largely people by frightened, confused liars who should be ignored at all costs.

      I prefer the variants of Bootleggers and Baptists myself.

  27. Anyway, the Brits have thrown out Labour and Gordon Brown and now they have gridlock in Parliament. We should be so lucky.

    1. A governmental gridlock in which nothing in government is accomplished, can a people of today’s world ever have it any better?

      1. You’re wrong! Gridlock is bad! A political environment where nothing gets done? Are you mad?! It’s too horrible to contemplate.

        1. Wait… gridlock is good if our – er, the Democrats – are out of majority power.

    2. We have to DO something! How the fuck else are we going to get reelected?

  28. I would like to note that while young people do trust government, they trust it at a rate of 32%. Meaning that if I had written the news story, I would have blared:

    “70% of young people distrust government, percent rises with age”

    1. Excellent point.

  29. 32% of 18-29 year olds equal about the amount of that group that are in college, get all their taxes back because they make less than $5500/yr at their part time job, are getting subsidized schooling from Sallie Mae, and haven’t had to look for a full time job yet.

    They also haven’t lived during a draft or until now a deep recession (which even if they are worried about it, believe the cool black president when he blames Wall Street), and they haven’t been shot by national guardsmen on campus. I’m pleased all 68% of them that have graduated are distrusting of Uncle Sam. The part that bothers me is the subset that thinks America is not socialist enough.

    1. get all their taxes back because they make less than $5500/yr at their part time job

      You know, I’m in the age group you’re talking about and for some reason I not only got all my taxes back this year, but $700 more than was withheld in the first place, which to me represents about eight days of work.

      Some non-libertarians might assume I would be happy with this, but in hindsight all I can think of is the moral dilemma. On the one hand, the government will steal my money all my life for causes I don’t support, so maybe I could argue that at least this one time I’ve come out ahead. On the other, I’m now complicit in their scam, basically an enabler to their doing this kind of thing in the future; by taking the extra money I effectively leeched hours out of other people’s working lives–perhaps even other people who make less than I do but work longer–and the worst thing is that because there’s no vehicle to fuel the money back to the exact taxpayers who it came from, I can’t ever change what I’ve done.

      It all kind of disgusts me.

      1. Just don’t think about it.

        So who’s going to get voted off of American Idol tonight?

  30. Is “millenials” an obnoxious word or what?

    1. Yes. “Millennials” is the less obnoxious term.

      1. Obnoxious like the Perennials (those politicians who come back year after year).

      2. How do you spell a word that doesn’t (or shouldn’t) exist?

      3. Should it not be least obnoxious?

  31. I dont like to say i saved a lot of money from being minmalist. I like being caring , helpful and prethought for funds and laws to help the usa citizen.Help loans for exercise gyms and exercise parks(stops suicide)Create clean rivers. Help poverty stricken. Create regional busing or transp for poor, disabled,have a security guard on bus. Make abortion illegal or allow states to make abortion legal, a new cell, genetics, a new person!thank you.notice arbys stale bread and black and red lights at night. Notice ched popcorns taste old and kernals left in formula.Notice low promotion of the MLS. Or highlight videos offered for sale every year. Man i really starting to dislike europe football.Notice evil logos in indoor lacrosse. I am not going to watch. Happy birthday to B and B antiques,IN owner! Thanks again. Lord God is coolest,analytical!Rev. 12:9-jeolous and torment. Rom. 12:2kjvz, rom 3:23 kjvz, 1 corinth 14:26kjv.

    1. Seek professional help. Soon.

    2. Got a gun? If so, I suggest you eat it.

    3. Looks like someone missed the warning about not taking the grey Ecstasy pills imprinted with a skull and cross-bones.

      By the way, don’t take the grey Ecstasy pills, they’re cut with BZ/agent 15.

      Stay calm, you should be back to normal in 4-5 days, …maybe.

    4. Ladies and Gentleman. The brown acid is bad. If you are having a bad trip. Please go to one of the acid tents as soon as possible.

    5. …What inspires somebody to write this?

    6. What I want to know is, what the everliving fuck does MLS have to do with this barely-coherent rant?

  32. hey at least a large majority don’t trust uncle sam!

    1. Distrust of government is the traditional American patriotism.

  33. “As of now, I trust the government,” says Brittany Tucker, a poli-sci major at Northeastern University in Boston.

    That’s about what I would expect from a Northeastern student.

    ps. Go Terriers!

    1. Well, at least she seems open to a change in the future.

  34. Back in about 1980, I had some friends in Pennsylvania who let there 16-year-old daughter move to Manhattan on her own in order to study wif the Joffrey Ballet. These day, they’d be arrested.

  35. WSJ recently reported that teens these days also like their parents. Geez.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/…..bs=article

  36. This article was a fluff piece by NPR based on a survey that actually showed record low trust in Government. Not only did they not have any figured to show that Government trust increased (or changed at all) but the other part of the survey said that over 50% of the people surveyed had no idea what the Tea Party was. This makes me question the relevancy of this survey as anyone who hasn’t lived under a rock for the past year has at least heard of them. As a well informed millenial I take offense to these news orgs trying to convey my gen as a bunch of Blind faith Obama loving morons

  37. I also like how the Levine quote about how milennials trust corporations and the military (with, of course, no evidence other than his say-so) comes right after another poli-sci student going ape-shit about “CEOs and executives” being worse than politicians. (I think CEOs are technically executives, but I don’t expect a poli-sci major not to be redundant or avoid repeating herself.)

  38. It takes some significant time in adulthood to witness the difference between stated-and-favored political intent and the subsequent results. Some problems are too complex for a government’s accurate address. In those circumstances it is at best like the best meaning surgeon with a very sick patient, in 1600 AD.

  39. I’m 16 and wouldn’t trust the government with anything, two thirds of the kids have their heads in the right place. Just my $.02

  40. More evidence of the need to get government out of education, so kids’ minds aren’t poisoned by statist nonsense. Meanwhile, raise the voting age to 57.

  41. Because their creepy uncles can’t spell “millennial”?

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