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    Joe Tringale, a senior at Suffolk University in Boston, sports a bumper sticker on his 1999 Lexus that reads "Big Government Sucks." He says he gets a lot of dirty looks when he drives around his famously liberal home state of Massachusetts. But he doesn't care.

    "When people hear, 'Hope and…' their next thought is usually 'Change,'" Tringale says, referring to Barack Obama's 2008 campaign slogan. "I want when people hear 'Big Government,' their immediate next thought is 'Sucks.'"

    Tringale was sitting outside the Suffolk student center on a sunny afternoon late last week, handing out "I [Heart] Capitalism" buttons. He is the president of Suffolk's College Republicans chapter, co-chair of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans, and the state field director for Turning Point USA, a nonprofit that advocates for free markets and smaller government. He's been especially busy in the previous few weeks — November 8 marked one year until Election Day — driving to college campuses in eastern Massachusetts to register voters and explain why it is that big government sucks.

    It's an uphill battle. Nationwide, 27 percent of people ages 18 to 25 identify as Democrats, while just 18 percent identify as Republicans, according to a 2014 Pew study. Voters with a college degree who live in the Northeast are more likely to be Democrats. And a January Gallup poll found that Massachusetts is the most liberal state in the country. Tringale, however, is part of a small but passionate group of young conservatives on college campuses in New England who are excited and mobilizing for 2016.

    "There's plenty of us," he says of his fellow Massachusetts student Republicans.

    This includes, Tringale says, his boyfriend.
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    Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
    What is your opinion?

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      Republicans like talking "small government" but when they're in charge, there's no difference. Small government would entail making themselves less important, and no politician wants to do that. They might have to go out and get a real job.

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        Originally posted by johns624 View Post
        Republicans like talking "small government" but when they're in charge, there's no difference. Small government would entail making themselves less important, and no politician wants to do that. They might have to go out and get a real job.
        Thats because the GOP isn't actually small government. They're big government, with the Dems just being even bigger government.

        Still, if the GOP can finally shed the social conservatism that is holding it back and focus on the economy, then it can make ground up, especially with younger Americans. The incoherent, self-defeating economic policies of the Dems are ripe for exploitation by a focused GOP.

        But we're talking about conservatives, so I'm not holding my breath.

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