Appearing on a Fox News broadcast just after the final speech of the 2012 Republican National Convention wrapped up, Republican author Ann Coulter said the high unemployment rate for American youths “makes me laugh and laugh and laugh” because so many young people supported President Barack Obama.
“It’s the one very high, extraordinary unemployment rate that makes me laugh and laugh and laugh, ’cause they all voted for Obama,” she said.
Despite an unemployment rate of 17.1 percent for young Americans ages 16-24, the U.S. Department of Labor said that 2.1 million more young people found work between April and July of this year, a significant increase in jobs numbers from the same period in 2011. Despite remaining persistently high, the youth unemployment rate is down from 2010′s all-time high of 19.6 percent.
“It’s no secret that the effects of the 2007 recession had a significant impact on job prospects for youth, but today’s report showed positive signs that job prospects for young people picked up pace in 2012,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a media advisory.
Coulter didn’t see it that way on Thursday night. “I think we ought to raise the voting age,” she added. “You can’t drink until you’re 21. We don’t have a draft anymore. Why are we letting infants vote? Their brains aren’t fully formed. They can’t even be responsible for their own health insurance until they’re 25.”
Fellow Fox News host Juan Williams added that Coulter once said something similar about women having the right to vote. And she did, too: Coulter told The New York Observer in 2007 that “it’s a personal fantasy of mine” to see the vote taken away from women, in which case “we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president.”
Prior to the recession, which started in 2007 under President George W. Bush, youth unemployment was at about 11 percent. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the recession was caused by a lapse in regulatory controls that allowed financial institutions to take on far more debt than they could support, ultimately triggering a wave of failures that nearly caused the global system of finance to collapse, which would have stopped the flow of credit and the issuance of cash to the general public.
President Obama said in 2010 that that his economic policies prevented that “catastrophe” from happening. He’s since credited the Recovery Act with preventing another Great Depression, saying it created and saved more than 2 million jobs its first year.
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