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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

The Late Show 2016 commencement speech
Rather than travel to a handful of college campuses, Stephen Colbert gave a commencement speech on Monday’s The Late Show. It’s college commencement week, “the time of year when the highly educated think to themselves,’what side does the little tassel-y thing go on,'” Colbert said.  As Tony Stark is not real and can’t give a commencement speech, […]
Oliver's viral rant bashes DNC system
  John Oliver takes a harsh view of the primary process for his most recent Last Week Tonight, but, as he explains his reasoning, it’s not hard to see why. For both parties, there have been questions about the winning candidate earning fewer delegates than competitors. That includes Louisiana, where Trump won. “The thing is, I […]
Hillary and Bernie return for SNL finale
It seemed only fitting to have Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (played by Kate McKinnon and Larry David) on for the Saturday Night Live season finale. The last Cold Open for the season had Hillary and Sanders discussing the state of the Democratic primary at a Los Angeles bar. “Well bartender, I’ve done it, I’ve won the nomination. I […]
Did Trump fat-shame Chris Christie?
Recently, Donald Trump appeared at a fundraiser for Chris Christie’s campaign debt. Christie had endorsed Trump in February, which Stephen Colbert noted for Friday’s The Late Show amounted to how Christie “stood behind him  wishing for the sweet embrace of death.” Trump also spoke for Christie at Thursday’s event, noting that neither of them are eating Oreos […]
Drake invited to Drake University
For his upcoming tour, Drake will be performing in Des Moines, Iowa, home to the Drake University. And the university couldn’t help noting the connection, Entertainment Weekly reported. The university released a statement on Friday about the tour dates, full of references to the rapper’s music: Drake University students have lobbied for years to #BringDrakeToDrake, and we’re eager […]

2016

Sorry Hillary — Voters are sick of interventionism
At least in foreign policy, the major party candidates have ignored the sentiments of the American people. Despite the warmongering of Hillary Clinton’s record and Donald Trump’s rhetoric, a Pew survey found that “the public remains wary of U.S. international involvement.” Americans aren’t moving to a non-interventionist or isolationist habit of mind, but they’re still […]
HuffPo publishes the dumbest article this election
The dumbest article this election cycle is here with Rebecca Bohanan’s “Unpopular Opinion: The Bernie vs. Hillary Battle All Boils Down to Sexism” for xoJane. “Do you personally know even one straight white man backing Clinton this election?” Bohanan asks. The answer is yes, plenty. Bohanan can’t relate, as she writes that “I don’t know any straight […]
YouGov poll confirms millennial bump for Trump
A new Economist/YouGov poll confirms the trend we picked up on this week: Donald Trump has caught up to Hillary Clinton in the polls, thanks in large part to millennial voters. A head-to-head poll from ABC News showed a 36 percent swing with millennial voters. Trump trailed in March by 39 percent, but now only […]
Don't believe Trump or Bernie: neither can fix USA
No American political myth has power quite like a presidential candidate’s promise to save the economy and create jobs. No American political myth is as absurd and cynical, either. The executive branch, like the rest of the government, is reactionary. It doesn’t lead changes in society so much as it responds to society, then tells […]
Liberal students protest Hillary at UC-Riverside
To some students, Hillary Clinton is apparently such an evil “war criminal” that she does not have a right to campaign at their university. About 30 protesters gathered outside Hillary’s event at the University of California-Riverside, Highlander News reported. Despite their disruptive presence, the protesters considered themselves the victims. “As people of color under attack, what […]

Policy

Let's rethink how guns are sold to women
I walk into a sporting goods store, my hand on the door handle. I take a deep breath and prepare myself for what I’m about to experience. Walking into these stores is all the same. I have employees stare me down, trying to figure out why I’m near a gun counter. I’m a woman, after […]
ICE creating transgender unit for illegals
Federal immigration authorities plan to construct a separate unit for housing transgender detainees in a new facility that is currently under construction in Alvarado, Texas. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the facility, called The Prairieland Detention Center, is expected to open in November and will house 700 detainees with 36 beds reserved […]
Immigration: At worst, a small negative job effect
The economic effects of immigration, even on low-skilled Americans, cannot be blamed for the economic decline of the middle class or the working poor. “Immigration has at most only a small harmful effect on the native-born. If this were biology or astrophysics, that would be that — the media would accept the scientific consensus, until […]
Study: How to combat obesity? Smoke
The dramatic decline in smoking rates helped lower lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, but it’s also correlated with a rise in obesity. In health as in economics, there are no solutions — only tradeoffs. “It’s not unreasonable to think that the two might be at least somewhat related,” according to The Washington Post. Charles Baum, […]
DC: Congressional Republicans reject federalism
For Republicans, limited government and federalism becomes top-down control for the District of Columbia. Republicans want to pass a bill in the House of Representatives “that would block the District of Columbia from spending locally raised tax revenue without congressional approval” and squelch financial independence for the city, according to The Washington Post. President Obama […]