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

There's actually a Trump biopic
Funny or Die is a website usually known for its video clips which aim to be funny, as the name suggests. But on Wednesday morning they went all-out, with a 50-minute biopic of Donald Trump, starring Johnny Depp of all people. As of Wednesday morning, the video has over 57,000 hits on its website. The film, also […]
'Blurred Lines' model endorses Sanders
Bernie Sanders rallies just got a whole lot hotter — and it’s not because of global warming. Actress and model Emily Ratajkowski, made famous for the music video of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Ratajkowski posted a video to her Facebook showing her introducing the Vermont Senator at a rally in New Hampshire […]
Super Bowl 50 ad: 'Bud Light Party'
Things got a little political, well sort of, from Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen for Super Bowl 50. In light of the divide from Americans when it comes to politics, the two comedians declared they were forming their own political party, the “Bud Light Party.” The ad also featured actors Michael Peña, asking a crowded […]
Jesse Watters talks with Sanders fans
In the spirit of Bernie Sanders having “captured the imagination of some younger Americans,” Bill O’Reilly sent out Jesse Watters to talk to some of those younger Americans, at the University of Oregon, “to explore the Sanders phenomenon.” As is usually the case with Watters World segments for The O’Reilly Factor, the responses are both cringe worthy and hilarious. […]
'Lenny Letter' dismisses GOP women
While I consistently find myself stuck in an inner battle of liking HBO’s Girls and disliking its lead actress and writer, Lena Dunham, I nonetheless signed up for her “feminist newsletter,” Lenny Letter. I don’t disagree with Dunham on every single political issue, but I do on most and find her comments about the Republican […]

Video

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2016

Is Sanders redistributing wealth through campaign?
Bernie Sanders is known for his redistribution of wealth campaign. He won’t take money from Super PACs, and he’s lauded by many as running on anti-corruption. But, the Washington Free Beacon noted that, according to public records, Sanders has been sending money from his campaign and nonprofits to his family and friends. He may have already […]
Hey Media: Rubio is only 1 delegate behind Cruz
Despite the media obituaries for Senator Marco Rubio’s campaign, the delegate math tells a starkly different story. With the voting completed in New Hampshire and Iowa, Donald Trump leads the delegate count with 17 delegates, Sen. Ted Cruz is in second with 11 delegates, and Sen. Marco Rubio is in third with 10 delegates. Gov. […]
NH Loss: Hillary fans still denigrate young women
Much has been made about comments from older Hillary Clinton surrogates, Madeleine Albright, 78, and Gloria Steinem, 81. That Albright mentioned there was “a special place in hell” for the young women who didn’t vote for Hillary and Steinem suggested they supported Bernie Sanders to meet “boys,” did nothing to help and likely only hurt the […]
GenY Dems learn about elections on social media
Last week, Pew Research Center released a report on how Americans learn about the 2016 election. The results regarding millennials who turned to social media was so noteworthy it warranted its own analysis. There was not only the divide among generations, but political parties as well. The “total very likely primary voters” who turn to social […]
Meyer: Congrats Christie, you hugged Hillary
Red Alert Politics Editor Ron Meyer joined Fox and Friends First this morning [VIDEO] to discuss the New Hampshire primary results. Meyer wasn’t pleased with Gov. Chris Christie’s impact on the race, arguing he hurt the candidate with the most millennial appeal. “Chris Christie — not only did he give a hug to Hillary Clinton by […]

Policy

High costs of California drive away young families
The west has spurred young Americans to leave their homes for centuries; now, however, the young have started to flee California for better opportunities. It’s not the rich who want lower taxes who have left, either. Working young professional families, those at the prime of their earning power, have driven the out-migration, according to Real […]
Trump attacks Jeb! Bush over eminent domain
Donald Trump is serving Jeb! Bush a taste of his own medicine. The Hill reported that after weeks of Bush’s criticisms over Trump praise and use of eminent domain, the billionaire finally clapped back by accusing the Bush family of using the practice to build a baseball stadium in Texas. “Eminent domain is a very important […]
Study: Income inequality drives Gen-Y 'narcissism'
Income inequality might be shaping the millennial generation and exacerbating a decades-long trend of narcissism. More income inequality correlates with higher self-regard among individuals, according to Live Science. Thus, as a wave of individualism-driven narcissism continues unabated in the United States, a greater inward focus in Americans continue. That doesn’t mean the terrifying image of […]
Thanks Autocorrect: Now millennials can't spell
A texting app turned off its spellchecker, and people became very lax with their spelling accuracy. When Blend, a group texting app, paused autocorrect for 72 hours, about one-third of all words were misspelled, according to News 1130. Blend has a heavily young user base, and “weird,” “definitely,” and Budweiser were victimized. Double-letter words, misspellings […]
Even Millennials see themselves as narcissistic
Millennials are much more self-aware than is generally assumed by their crotchety grandparents. They view themselves as more narcissistic than previous generations, but not as narcissistic than older generations think, according to Live Science. A new study fleshed out how millennials view themselves; unsurprisingly, “millennials do not appreciate being called narcissistic and entitled,” Joshua Grubbs, […]