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Your Votes to Lose

I came across an interesting Gallup poll this week, in case you missed it:

Two-thirds of American workers say they would continue working even if they won $10 million in the lottery, while 31% say they would stop. This desire to keep working after enjoying a financial windfall is higher today than in three earlier Gallup measures, all prior to the 2008-2009 recession.

With so much talk about the entitlement society, government dependency, and the deterioration of the American work ethic, I thought this was an interesting discovery.

Perhaps most significantly, in the 18-34 year-old bracket, 46% said they would continue in their current job if they won ten million dollars in the lottery. Thirty-six percent would continue in a different job, while only 18% would stop working.

That's the youth vote, my friends.

So, for those assuming that young voters simply want something for nothing, don't understand the value of hard work, and/or are mesmerized by government dependency, you just might be off the mark.

I'll say it again and again: In most cases, young people like their freedoms. They hate being told what to do--by you or big government. They value their privacy rights. They cherish individuality and personal success. And yes, they don't mind working hard for their money.

In a broader sense, the American public at large hasn't stopped valuing good, old-fashioned hard work.

GOP, with the right candidates, messengers, outreach, and communication strategy, these are your votes to lose. STOP LOSING THEM.

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