Millenials have gotten royally screwed, thats why they want Sanders

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Interesting article. Thoughts?

".. it’s easy to forget sometimes that the Millennial generation is also the one that faces staggering levels of debt, a bleak job market (even when one does get a college degree, which has become ever more important), and the overall prospect of having a less prosperous future than one’s parents. While today’s 18 to 34 year olds are the best-educated generation in American history — 22.3 percent with a bachelor’s degree — they also have lower median earnings (inflation adjusted) than 18 to 34 year olds did in 1980. Even worse, choosing to avoid higher education and all the debt that comes with it makes one’s future prospects that much worse. The unemployment rate for high school graduates aged 25 to 32, for example, is about three times that of those with bachelor degrees. The rate of high school graduates living in poverty is likewise high, at 21.8 percent."

"So then, is it any wonder that Millennials — especially those who are currently in college or recently graduated, who happened to grow up during the biggest economic downturn in nearly a century and witnessed how the greed of a few could hurt an entire society — are the biggest supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt)? Millennials have inherited an inherently unfair economy and corrupt political system that is a result of nearly four decades of a neoliberal consensus. Or to put it a bit more crudely: Neoliberalism has screwed the Millennial generation. And Sanders is the antithesis of a neoliberal."

"Millennials see a society governed by plutocratic pawns who are legally bought by billionaires and corporations. They see a dysfunctional government that can barely keep itself funded, let alone tackle monumental issues of our time, such as climate change — especially when private industry does everything it possibly can to block necessary legislation. The neoliberal experiment has had disastrous effects for the majority of people who are not in the top one percent (or 0.1 percent, for that matter), and the biggest problems we face — climate change, income and wealth inequality, economic instability, geopolitical turmoil, Millennial debt — can all be attributed in varying degrees to the philosophy and practice of neoliberalism. Millennials are inheriting all of these nightmarish problems, but surely they do not have to inherit the unsound philosophy that has created or exasperated them. Sanders and his political philosophy provide an alternative that gives Millennials hope in a future that currently looks bleak. And at a time when a fascist is dominating the other party’s primary, hope is in short supply."

Millennials have gotten royally screwed: That?s why they?re voting for Bernie Sanders - Salon.com
 
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Just as old folks have always condemned the younger generation as uncouth and lazy, the younger generation has always felt ripped-off by the older generation.

Back in 1968, the younger generation wanted to elect Eugene McCarthy, and that's how we wound up with Richard Nixon.
 
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Just as old folks have always condemned the younger generation as uncouth and lazy, the younger generation has always felt ripped-off by the older generation.

Back in 1968, the younger generation wanted to elect Eugene McCarthy, and that's how we wound up with Richard Nixon.
But I don't think they were financially disadvantaged back then. Companies eagerly welcomed then young baby boomers into the fold and offered training and college classes to help them work. They also didn't have to worry about the company packing up and leaving, most people back then could work for the same company for a lifetime if they chose. Its not that way anymore and working as hard as possible doesn't guarantee success anymore.
 
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But I don't think they were financially disadvantaged back then. Companies eagerly welcomed then young baby boomers into the fold and offered training and college classes to help them work. They also didn't have to worry about the company packing up and leaving, most people back then could work for the same company for a lifetime if they chose. Its not that way anymore and working as hard as possible doesn't guarantee success anymore.

You aren't even old enough to have witnessed the Good Ole Days that you describe -- not that they were ever quite that good to begin with.
 
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You aren't even old enough to have witnessed the Good Ole Days that you describe -- not that they were ever quite that good to begin with.
Its fairly well documented how growing companies found talent. There was even a 60 Minutes on how janitors could work their way up to being engineers with various corporations back then because they offered training programs. Don't see that happening at all today.
 
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Its fairly well documented how growing companies found talent. There was even a 60 Minutes on how janitors could work their way up to being engineers with various corporations back then because they offered training programs. Don't see that happening at all today.

That's because those companies take advantage of cheap worldwide shipping by relocating in places with low wages and lax regulations. If we're willing to become a third world nation, then maybe they'll move their manufacturing facilities back to the US?
 
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That's because those companies take advantage of cheap worldwide shipping by relocating in places with low wages and lax regulations. If we're willing to become a third world nation, then maybe they'll move their manufacturing facilities back to the US?
Hence the point of the article and why they favor Sanders. He wants to punish companies for doing that and not bring in more workers on visas when we have enough here waiting for a job.
 
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Hence the point of the article and why they favor Sanders. He wants to punish companies for doing that and not bring in more workers on visas when we have enough here waiting for a job.

Yes. It's no surprise to anyone who's been around for as long as I have. Young folks can't be blamed for not yet understanding that getting something requires much more dedication and hard work than merely wanting it.