What’s the problem?
Generational Unfairness; Vanishing Mobility; Broken Politics. Can’t we do better?
Young Americans – Millennials born between 1980 and 2000 – are facing a harder climb up the ladder of American opportunity than anytime in the recent past. Too few Millennials have access to quality education and employment. Meanwhile, Social Security and Medicare are on track to go bust before we retire, and investments in the future have been squeezed by ever-increasing national debt and political inaction. The bottom line: we are inheriting spending obligations we can’t afford, while simultaneously cutting investments in the future of young Americans, particularly those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Many members of the most diverse generation in American history want our leaders to solve problems and consider the implications of their (in)actions on our generation. That’s not happening today.
Furthermore, Millennials haven’t claimed a seat at the policymaking table. To have a voice in American politics or a seat at the table, you need either a lot of money, connections, or numbers to make your voice heard. By virtue of being young, youth will never have enough money or interest group with enough connections to be heard at the policymaking table, but we can have numbers if we organize.