2014 Millennial State of the Union

At the State of the Union address, President Obama said, “too many young people entering the workforce today will see the American Dream as an empty promise.”

That’s one thing the President and I can agree on. In fact, many young Americans attempting to enter the workforce today already see the American Dream being crushed by the President’s failing policies.

Our President prefers eloquent dreams to the reality he is leaving future generations. That reality is: The State of the Union for young Americans is worse than it has been since the Great Depression.

America has the highest structural youth unemployment ever recorded.  Half of recent college graduates have jobs that don’t even require college degrees. Student loan defaults are at an all-time high. Young Americans’ health insurance premiums going up as much as 200% thanks to Obamacare.

President Obama’s policies are creating a permanent underclass of young people in our country. That’s why half of Millennials believe that our future will be worse than our parent’s past.

Neither party is really fighting for the next generation. So, the question is: What can young Americans do to fix our future?

If the President and both parties continue to pass the biggest problems to future generations–it’s time for the next generation to lead now.

For me, leading now means running for Congress. For others, leading now might mean serving our country in the armed forces or taking a leap of faith and starting a business.

I believe it’s time for all young Americans–every one of us–to contact their elected officials and ask them to do three things.

1) Empower job creation. Small businesses, not the government, employ the vast majority of young Americans. Let’s cut taxes on small business owners and give them the power to train new workers and hire young Americans.

2) Repeal Obamacare. Young people need jobs in order to afford health insurance, and Obamacare only raises costs on young people and forces many of us into part-time jobs.

3) Balance the budget. While most American parents have saved for their children, our government is only leaving the future with debt and bankruptcy. Social Security and Medicare won’t be there for the next generation unless we act now. This is a serious problem for young people, because at 17 trillion dollars not including unfunded liabilities, the interest on our national debt alone will bankrupt us.

If we can unite as one generation to fight for these policies, the American Dream still has a chance to survive. If we unite, young Americans can turn talk into action, and turn perceived laziness into unprecedented accomplishment. When we unite, Washington will have no choice but to listen.