I am a recent Pitt grad (this past April), and it's apparent to me that more and more of my fellow graduates will become conservative — whether that's a fiscal move more toward the “right” or a complete change of heart.
There's that old Churchill saying, “If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart; if you're not a conservative at 40, you have no brain.” But as students become young professionals and Wednesday beer money becomes real tax dollars, the liberal academic mindset slowly fades.
And with the recent IRS scandal, my fellow graduates will see their onetime beer money being taken by a proven political organization.
It's hard to predict, in real numbers, the future shift in political ideology. But I have no doubt my 2013 graduating peers at the University of Pittsburgh and across the country will see, first- or secondhand, the difficulty in getting a big-boy job.
And they will think to themselves: “Where's the hope, Mr. President? Where's the change?”
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