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FFYR Statement on Obamacare Ruling

You already know that the Supreme Court ruled Obamacare constitutional. They  approved the individual mandate and called it a direct tax.


What you might not know is how this affects you as a Young Republican. This bill is aimed directly at our generation. By using frail promises like free healthcare, Obama has suckered many of our generation into the false belief that intervention will help everyone. The problem here is that intervention will hurt those of us responsible enough to be footing the bill.


Right now, our Healthcare is already a disaster. Can you imagine if it was run by the same people who DMV? According to a study by Harris Interactive, 84% of adults between 18 and 34 already find the wait at a doctor’s office unacceptable. Over half of those in the same survey said they even delay medical care because the process is such a pain. Another study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation showed 30% of “young adults” as insured. That means with the mandate, 70% of us will have to find a way to purchase insurance, be fined, or essentially go on welfare. And finding a way to get insurance might be more difficult than you think because premiums will go up. The Heritage Foundation points out:  “The natural variation by age in medical costs is about 5 to 1—meaning that the oldest group of (non-Medicare) adults normally consumes about five times as much medical care as the youngest group… the effect will be to increase premiums for those ages 18–24 by 45 percent and those ages 25–29 by 35 percent while decreasing premiums for those ages 55–59 by 12 percent and those ages 60–64 by 13 percent.”


So not only will the system worse, but we will be penalized and end up paying for it (yep, that’s about $940 billion over 10 years). There’s no question that Obama lied, this is a tax.





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The Final Straw Against Obama

Check out what a PBCYR member wrote……

Dear Young Republicans and Conservatives,

Friday, June 15, 2012 was a very important day for all of us. For those of you who may have missed it, Friday is the day when a sitting President of the United States publically declared that this is not a nation of laws. Well, at least it isn’t a nation of laws to which the President himself is bound.

Effective immediately, according to the President, an executive order was issued that instructed the Department of Homeland Security that the United States would no longer deport anyone who was currently in this country illegally and met certain criteria.

The criteria? The immunized Illegals had to have arrived in the US through no fault of their own when they were young, currently lived here for 5 years or more, graduated high school or served in the military and currently have no record of misdemeanors or crimes. Immunity from deportation is not the only reward; the President has decided to throw in work permits for the estimated 800,000 people as well.

Many of you may be thinking, like I was, “Wait a minute here! Aren’t there laws that govern this? Shouldn’t something like this take an act of Congress?

Nice try, but you’re wrong. Why? Because Barrack Obama said so.

Remember, on Friday morning when you woke up this was a nation of laws,
but when you went to bed this was a nation of a blossoming dictatorship.

What was the President’s reasoning? It was the right thing to do.

For those students of history out there this is not a new statement. We’ve heard very similar reasoning used in the past. We don’t even have to look far to find unbelievable horrors and atrocities that have been justified because someone thought that it was “the right thing to do.

Our forefathers built a government specifically designed to prevent one person, or a small group of people, from deciding on “the right thing to do.” They called it a Balance of Powers and it consisted of three independent branches of government: A legislature, a judiciary and an executive power; one to make the laws, one to interpret them and one to enforce them. They even used to teach this idea in our schools.

On Friday, Barrack Obama decided he was going to become all three. Publically anyway.

That’s what makes this one so profound and so scary. Any of us who have been paying attention to this administration have no doubt understood that this is how he operates.

Can’t get the economically disastrous Cap and Trade passed in Congress? No problem, he’ll just have the EPA do it through crippling regulations. No need for Congress there.

Can’t sell the American people on the evils of the Second Amendment and gun ownership? No problem, he’ll have the justice department sell American Guns to Mexican Drug Cartels in an effort to turn public opinion against gun ownership. Hey, it’s just too bad that a border agent Brian Terry lost his life as a result.

It was the right thing to do.

What makes Friday so startling, so historical, is that this wasn’t done through agency regulations. This time it wasn’t a subversive decision made behind closed doors in a circle of shifty eyes and whispered voices. No, this time, the President of the United States of America gave a speech in the Rose Garden.

This time cameras were rolling as the President of the United States of America told the American People and indeed, the entire world, that he had chosen to ignore and change the law because HE DECIDED it was the right thing to do.

Perhaps in Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, North Korea or China this kind of thing is standard, but it’s not supposed to happen here. Not in the United States. Not in a country that was specifically designed to prevent this very thing from happening.

I wonder what King Obama’s next decision will be. I’m sure that the Congress of The United States is curious to find out too. After all, they are now just observers like the rest of us. I’m sure that they’re relieved to learn that someone else is doing their job. Now, they can just go home and relax and watch as the media debates whether this was a political maneuver in an election year or not. They don’t need to worry and stress about making laws. The President has them covered.

Me? I’m going to devote every effort I can to making sure that Obama is soundly defeated in November. I’m going to speak to whomever will listen, I’m going to knock on every door that I cross, I’m going to call everyone that I know and those whom I don’t to make sure that this man spends not another second disassembling and subverting the greatest country that this earth has ever seen.

Why? Simple. Because it’s the right thing to do.

Michael Riordan
Palm Beach County Young Republican

The Summer of Student Unemployment

It’s that time of year again: summer, the days of sun and no school. It’s also the time of year when the news turns its attention on students who are about to graduate from college and what their job prospects look like. The future is less sunny for these recent graduates, but that’s no surprise.

This week, the Wall Street Journal released an article entitled “For Most Graduates, Grueling Job Hunt Awaits. The article quotes a study from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University which showed only 49% of graduates from the classes of 2009 to 2011 found full time work within a year of completing their courses. The article also showed that for students who do find work, they earn only a dollar more in their jobs than they did in 1989 (adjusted for inflation).

The stories are the same everywhere. RadioIowa  covered the story of a young man Dennis Bowen and his job hunt. They pointed out the unemployment for Gen Y is close to 16%, double the national average. Not only that, but student loan debt is the highest it has ever been. Fox News pointed out that even students who find jobs probably won’t need their degree due to massive underemployment.

This time last year, news outlets were singing the same song. CNN Money produced a frightening piece called “The Great Recession’s Lost Generation” about how even students with Ivy League degrees couldn’t find work out of school.

This horrendous unemployment for the youth is no longer a phenomenon, it is a pattern. The economic recession hit those without the experience and connections the hardest. And it has continued as the economy has not recovered. Obviously, the government’s approach to fixing these issues has not worked, as the jobless trend continues. While Obama seeks to connect with youth, and fix their student loan issues, he truly done nothing to alleviate their burden. Only new leadership can change these depressing statistics.

Press Release: FFYRs with David Yates

David Yates, the CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Co-Producer of “Winter’s Tail” spoke with the Florida Federation of Young Republicans on February 18, 2012 about fundraising and nonprofits. The Young Republicans of Florida met over the weekend for their winter quarterly in Tampa, Florida. Yates, who called himself a conservative Republican, talked about fiscally responsible principles for fundraising. He spent time discussing how to ask, how to get media attention and not to rely on the government to get things done. Yates has a history of working with nonprofits including the Iron Man Challenge. His message revolved around treating nonprofits like a business.

The Florida Federation of Young Republicans is a group of young professionals under the age of 40 who are active in their local county politics. These clubs in the state of Florida meet 4 times of year to share information, discuss politics and socialize. FFYR uses any money donated to them to fund day to day operations and grassroots efforts that help elect conservative government officials.

FFYR had multiple other speakers during their winter quarterly including Jason Osborne, Director of External Affairs for the RNC Host Committee, and Dr. Susan MacManus, Professor of Public Administration and Political Science at the University of South Florida.

The Under 30 Vote, And Not Just for Ron Paul

Don’t believe what the media tells you. Not every conservative, or even libertarian-leaning, voter under 30 is enamored with Ron Paul. It’s an assumption brought on by the large rallies of young people who show up with signs quoting Paul and his idealistic libertarian views. The thing is, there are plenty of young people in the Republican Party not pulling for Paul; they just don’t stand on the side of the highway with a sign telling you about it.

Young conservatives are often the hardest working and most overlooked people in campaigns. They walk, phone bank, stuff envelopes and volunteer behind the scenes. They get up at 5am and go to bed after midnight at Republican functions just to get discounted tickets. The reason they aren’t protesting in the street is that they are too busy making sure their campaign keeps running.

Sure, plenty of college kids subscribe to Paul’s constitutionalism and vote that way. Paul won the youth vote overwhelmingly in Iowa and came up strong in New Hampshire. But once the field narrowed, Paul started to lose his edge. Youth voters under 30 were more likely to “throw away” their vote on unlikely candidates early on. They got behind Huntsman and even the just surging Santorum (you know, the polar opposite of Paul). But in SouthCarolina, Gingrich pulled a huge number of youth votes, only barely behind Paul, within the margin of error based on Exit Polls. In Florida, Romney stole the youth vote. And if you paid attention (which apparently the newspapers in Jacksonville didn’t) it was easy to see that Romney’s events were packed with voters in their teens and twenties.

The point here is that whoever storms the state will most likely take the youth vote with him. The registered Republican voters who actually care enough to get out and vote in a Primary will vote for who they truly believe can win. The idea that constitutional college students make up the whole of the conservative youth vote is poor journalism. Any quick poll would find that much of the rabble raised by Paul-supporters isn’t from “real” Republicans. Paul pulls support from Independents, Democrats and –guess what?—kids who aren’t even registered. Which doesn’t help him much on the way to becoming the nominee. It’s all thunder and no storm.

If you want to see conservative voters under 30 who will actually vote, show up at any candidate headquarters and see who is keeping the wheels turning for the campaign. Show up to a Young Republican, Young Conservative, or College Republican meeting and ask who they support (expect their answers to be as varied as their work schedules). Using one college campus rally isn’t polling a demographic, it’s creating a bias. Trust me, the young Republicans are here, and they are voting for their future. And guess which candidate (coming in at 7% in Florida) isn’t in it?