Basic economics key issue in election

With the nation’s first primary election of the 2016 presidential campaign coming up in New Hampshire this week, it is safe to say the college-student vote will go primarily to Democrat candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is unlikely to receive much support on Granite State campuses, however.

Why is that?

Kasich has waged an uphill battle for one reason: He has been telling Americans the unvarnished, sobering truth about the most serious long-term threat facing our nation. It is runaway government spending.

Our national debt has topped $19 trillion. Before incumbent President Barack Obama leaves office, it will reach $20 trillion.

That level of borrowing is unsustainable, Kasich explains. A veteran of Congress, where he led in writing balanced budgets, Kasich has outlined a plan to slash government spending.

Sanders, in contrast, wants bigger, more expensive government. One of his appeals to younger voters is his offer of free college educations.

Obviously, basic economics is not a priority on many college campuses. Someone has to pay for everything. Nothing is free.

The very fact so many voters, especially the younger ones, do not seem to understand that should be disturbing to most Americans, whatever their party allegiances.