With elections for the French presidency set to take place later in the spring, the Wall Street Journal reports that a new organization, Young & Poor, “has set itself the task of rating candidates in the presidential election campaign on their youth policies and their credibility in the fight to bring down youth unemployment.” Borrowing the measures of Standard & Poor’s and other financial ratings agencies, the organization will assign each candidate a grade ranging from AAA to E.How are the candidates doing so far? None received a AAA rating. François Hollande, considered the frontrunner, earned a C, while President Nicolas Sarkozy got a D.The rebuke is well deserved. Youth unemployment in France has surged to 22.4 percent, and the government’s own forecast for economic growth this year is a measly 0.5 percent. “Fears of a lost generation alienated from the workplace” have driven the issue to the forefront of the campaign season.Via Meadia thinks the United States could use something like this. Young people should be far more interested than they currently are in what Via Meadia has called the “War on the Young“; maybe a politician-ratings agency is one way to go about that. Today’s young people will inherit towering challenges like Medicare and Social Security, and they ought to care and understand which candidate is most likely to fight for their rights.