William Upton

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Age

27

School

Northwestern

Occupation

State Affairs Manager, Americans for Tax Reform

Twitter

@wupton

BIO

Will Upton is a state affairs manager at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), where he focuses on state-level tax policy issues, educating on the need for pro-growth, revenue-neutral tax reform. He works to build broad-based coalitions to achieve the goal of tax reform. Previously, he worked for Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ.com and at The American Conservative magazine.

 

 

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or another capacity?

We have reached a point in which our future as youth is not reflective of that of our parents’ generation. The role and scope of government has changed drastically. The growth in government has added debt and uncertainty to our future and our children’s future. Now, more than ever, we need to engage the broader conversation about just how big our government should be, how services should be paid for, and how we can ensure a secure and sound future for ourselves.

 

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

Our political leaders should not be afraid to treat Millennials as adults. Our generation is capable — though some may not believe it — of having the hard conversation about the direction of our country. Do not be afraid to engage in the nitty-gritty discussion of policy, whether it be economics, taxes, life, transportation, energy, or whatever piques interest.

 

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

I would like to see a robust and vigorous conservative movement in 10 years. One with fresh ideas and concrete solutions for continuing to reform our tax code and invigorate our economy. How do we get there? We have to embrace the tradition of conservatism as a bold way forward while always being conscious of the past. We have to learn from our mistakes, broaden our coalition, and point to our successes. The political Left panders, blames, and divides. We have to be a unifying force.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

Polititainment

Colbert mocks Kasich til the bitter end
John Kasich will suspend his campaign, but is doing so after weeks of losing. He not only trailed behind Trump in the delegate count, but also Marco Rubio, who dropped out five weeks ago. “It’s like the old saying, quitters never win, but they still beat John Kasich,” Stephen Colbert said during Tuesday’s The Late Show.  Kasich’s Super PAC […]
Heidi addresses Zodiac Killer theory
The crazy conspiracy theory that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer has gained attention from Cruz’s wife. “Well, I’ve been married to him for 15 years, and I know pretty well who he is, so it doesn’t bother me at all. There’s a lot of garbage out there,” she told Yahoo! Heidi also believes such material is […]
Presidential Trump is drowsy
Donald Trump has given America a glimpse of how he’ll lead as president: in a drowsy state of mine. In the latest installment of “On the Road to the White House,” Stephen Colbert discussed Super Tuesday 4 on Wednesday’s The Late Show. Tuesday will eventually be known as “Day 1 Year Zero of Before Trump Time,” Colbert claimed. In […]
Minaj dedicates song to Trump, Biden
During her Tuesday night TIME 100 Gala Performance, Nicki Minaj gave a shout-out to Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Washington Examiner reports that Trump, unfortunately, was no longer there at the time of the performance: “I’m very political, and I would like to dedicate a song, just in the spirit of unity, to Joe Biden and Donald […]
Hillary panders to every demographic
Thanks to Hillary Clinton, Stephen Colbert learned that African-Americans commonly carry around hot sauce, he admitted on Monday’s The Late Show. Hillary recently appeared The Breakfast Club radio show, where she answered she always carries hot sauce with her. When an interviewer said people would say she was pandering to black people, she asked “okay, is it working?” “I […]

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2016

Ron Paul is voting Libertarian or independent
Supporting Donald Trump or Ted Cruz would be unthinkable to Ron Paul, who rejected the candidate roll of the Republican Party on Tuesday. Paul will vote in the election, he told CNN, but it will not be for Trump. “I see him as a very, very strong authoritarian,” Paul said. “I think he’s misdirecting the […]
Could Indiana be a preview for November?
Tuesday’s primary provided Trump not only with a win, but the nomination, as Ted Cruz dropped out Tuesday night and John Kasich announced he would do so on Wednesday. Trump won nearly all demographics and exceeded predictions by winning with 17 points, at 53.3 percent of the vote. Hillary Clinton was leading early in the evening and had a […]
Can a third party still draft Ron/Rand Paul?
After Ted Cruz’s precipitous campaign collapse and sudden drop out last night, many depressed Republicans — especially young Republicans — are trying to figure out who to vote for in November. Despite the RNC’s efforts, #NeverTrump still has a following; they just don’t have a candidate. Many of their activists have been strategizing how to draft […]
What Trump must do to win millennials
Many Republicans are celebrating that they have a nominee, but Donald Trump has about as much chance of winning the presidency as Gov. Jim Gilmore did of winning the GOP nomination — unless Trump fixes his (extremely) high negative ratings with millennials. His latest national poll numbers put his disapproval ratings in this groups higher than […]
Indiana proved the #NeverTrump movement is dead
It’s over, it’s done, leave the gun, take the cannoli, put Chris Christie in a dress, and make him sing. Indiana finished off the #NeverTrump movement. CNN exit polls showed Trump won big. He won with men by 23 percent, women and millennials by 4 percent, Gen-Xers and boomers by 6 and 18 points respectively, college […]

Policy

Georgia governor vetoes campus carry bill
Georgians will have to hope for better luck next year if they wish to carry guns on campus. Republican Governor Nathan Deal vetoed House Bill 859 on Tuesday, which would have allowed permit holders 21 years old and over to carry guns on campus. The bill contained exceptions for residence halls, Greek houses, and sporting events. In […]
The minimum wage unites Americans, but for a price
When confronted with minimum wage increases, small business owners avoid laying off workers, but they pass off higher prices to consumers. As one ice cream shop owner told Here & Now on WBUR, the minimum wage has unintended effects. “I probably have to raise prices, and if I increase prices, my concern is that it […]
Campus gun bill passes in Tennessee
A campus gun bill passed in Tennessee, but it neither applies to students nor pleases opponents. Senate Bill 2376 was returned on Monday without Governor Bill Haslam’s signature, who would have liked campuses to have more control, The Tennesseean reported. “I have long stated a preference for systems and institutions to be able to make their own decisions regarding security issues […]
Govt. to spend $1.3 billion on Gen-Y illegals
There’s finally a portion of Generation Y receiving more financial aid than the more entitled baby boomer generation. Unfortunately, all of these millennials are unauthorized immigrants. The Washington Examiner reported that the Obama Administration has budgeted $17,613 for each of the 75,000 Central American teens expected to cross the border illegally this year. Thats $2,841 more […]
NYC offers millennials jobs, low wages
Defying the persistently weak job creation facing young Americans, New York City has emerged as the top place in the country for millennials to find full-time employment. According to two independent studies, one conducted by New York-based consumer finances service company Bankrate, and one released by the New York City comptroller’s office, the Big Apple offers the best circumstances […]