When I learned that some young people in Massachusetts were pushing to lower the voting age to 17 in local elections, I gave them credit for trying but do not agree with them. In fact, I think the age requirement should be raised back to 21. Why?
It is always tempting to spend other people’s money. And since many, if not most, of the folks under the age of 21 contribute very little in federal, state and local taxes, they are often eager to support candidates who are happy to put the rest of us deeper in debt by supporting irresponsible, unrealistic legislation in return for votes.
Along with proof of age and citizenship, a high school diploma should be required to demonstrate that those who are asking for the right to choose candidates and determine public issues possess the basic knowledge to help them make informed decisions.
However, all U.S. citizens serving in the military should be granted full majority rights, including the right to vote and be served in bars. If young people are old enough to put their lives on the line for their country, they are old enough to choose its leaders and drink its wine.