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I kind of agree with Mr. Baxter [below]. My feeling after reading the article was that most of those nonprofit, couch-sleeping former Obama organizers would find themselves in law school (where most were headed before the campaign) in just a few short years. Most of the people profiled in the article did not seem to be on a sustainable path, and I am assuming that one day they will wake up and decide that they need to get a real job with real money and stop living off of other people's couches. I would be more interested to hear about the Obama organizers' outlooks on life about ten years down the road when they are living in reality.

I had hope for Obama, but my healthcare premiums are rising next year, along with rising prescription medication costs and dropped vision services. This rise in healthcare costs has happened after an entire summer dedicated to talking about healthcare reform. I just don't believe that much change is going to come. As Joe Biden said on The Daily Show, "It is socialism for the wealthy and capitalism for the rest." That statement just about sums up my mood about Obama, and his spunky organizers.

Coleen Martinez

Houston, TX

Nov 18 2009 - 3:28pm

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Reading your article makes me want to shake these kids by the shoulders and knock some sense into them. I'm a 35-year-old engineer and see this country going in the wrong direction under the Obama administration. My biggest grip with the "youth vote" is that they have not contributed anything to our tax base, yet they feel like they know what's best for the country. Most of your "field organizers" have not held a professional job or paid any substantial amount of money in taxes ever. All they see is the bleeding heart side of "we must help the poor, the less fortunate, etc." As an engineer I see things slightly differently. My example for the educated liberals is this. You work hard in college. What if we socialized grades? You spend all weekend studying for an exam, while someone else partied the weekend away. You take the exam and you earn an "A" and the other student earns an "F." Now we can't have the person with the "F" just fail, because we care too much about every single human life. I think we need to take some of your correct answers and bring him up to a "C." This is going to cost you some, though. Your grade is now going to get changed to a "B." Isn't it better to have everyone pass?

The simple fact is, people are different. Some people have more ambition, intelligence, drive, desire, capability, etc. I've had enough of self-righteous Democrats who think they can level the playing field though taxes. The solution to this is not taxing the rich. If those in your "youth movement" would get out in the workforce and earn some money, they could freely contribute to any cause they deemed fit. I would much rather have that then "community organizers" coming after my tax dollars to meet their political agenda. We have had a war on poverty for decades, yet we still have poor people. The reason is, people are free to make whatever choices they want to make. People who make good decisions will likely benefit from those choices more then people who make poor decisions. Just because we are all created equal does not guarantee equal outcomes. It's articles like yours that are motivating me to organize for the conservative side.

Chad Baxter

Severna Park, MD

Nov 6 2009 - 7:29am

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