Generation Opportunity's Whalen: Millennials Lose Faith in Govt

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 07:11 PM

By Joe Battaglia

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The millennial generation, which figures to be an important part of the voting bloc in the 2016 presidential election, has lost faith in the federal government because of its crippling policies, one insider says.

Corie Whalen, spokeswoman for Generation Opportunity, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV that the only way to sway the current generation of voters is to change policies that amount to a "war on youth."

"What you're seeing among young people is the fact that our government has gotten so big it's no longer able to meet its basic functions," Whalen said. "Young people are recognizing that they are better off engaging in social entrepreneurship rather than, you know, traditionally understood public service.

"What politicians are going to have to do is really to end this war on youth that they've been perpetuating with bankruptcies and all of the entitlement programs that are, frankly, going to be on my generation's back. Young people feel that there's a bipartisan assault on our future," she said Wednesday.

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Among the problematic policies Whalen pointed to was the federal takeover of the student loan program, which has in effect created a tuition bubble.

"It may seem good at face value to say, 'Hey, let's give student loans to everybody, let's have the government indefinitely subsidize them. That will create access,'" Whalen explained.

"Sounds great, but you brought up the student loan bubble. What really needs to happen is the government needs to be honest about the job market, and they can't simply subsidize student loans indefinitely and expect price increases to not occur.

"I don't think you're going to get the government out of the student loan business entirely, but I'd like to see more privatization there and a little more regard for the job market because right now the incentives are such that private colleges keep raising costs, and so, it's tough."

Whalen also said the Affordable Care Act is something many young voters would like to see repealed.

"Obamacare actually isn't health insurance, it's a young person's risk," she said. "When you look nationwide, young people are facing increases of up to 200 percent in premiums without getting any benefits from it because of the way Obamacare is designed.

"So, it's fundamentally part of this ongoing war on youth, and young people aren't buying it because it's not a good deal for us."

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