The other night, President Obama said, “too many young people entering the workforce today will see the American Dream as an empty promise.”
That’s one thing we can agree on–in fact, 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.
– Half of recent grads have jobs that don’t require degrees.
– Student loan defaults are at an all-time high.
– Black youth unemployment is at 36%.
– Young Americans’ health insurance premiums going up as much as
200%, 45% on average thanks to Obamacare.
In short, President Obama’s policies are creating a permanent underclass of young people in the 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, and I’m disappointed that none of the speeches last night addressed the unemployment crisis facing our nation’s young people.
It’s time for Republicans to lead and start fighting for our nation’s vulnerable. It’s time to make those negatively affected by Obama’s policies the future faces of our Party. It’s time to let them know that conservative policies can help their daily lives.
The challenge I make to conservative candidates and leaders, including myself, is simple: Let’s start campaigning in younger areas–on college campuses, in apartment complexes, at concerts, and during all times of the year.
It’s our only shot at winning elections statewide in the next decade, and more importantly, it’s our only shot at stopping young Americans’ economic misery.
President, Springboard Media Strategies LLC