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Do you think the ‘Future Caucus’ will shake things up in D.C.?

Posted by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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Out of Touch Old Guys Won't Be Running the Country Much Longer

by Jenny Erikson

Did you know that there are six members of Congress that were born in the 80s? That’s 1980s, not 1880s, as the stereotypical “old guy politician” image suggests. Let that sink in for a minute … we have members of Congress that are also members of Gen-Y.

And they’re ready to shake up the pervasive politics-as-usual aura in Washington. Two of these youngins, Republican Aaron Schock and Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, have teamed up to form the “Congressional Future Caucus,” with the aim of keeping the millennial generation in mind when discussing policy solutions.

The bipartisan effort is a natural next step, according to Gabbard. She said that the younger members are as frustrated with the slow pace on the Hill as the public is, and they don’t want to “just sit back and say well, this is going to take the next 10 or 20 years to accomplish.”

Schock added:

“We need diversity in government … the long-term strategy has suffered as a result of the age of Congress. I’ve said before that if you took all the members under the age of 40 and locked them in a room, they’d be able to come up with solutions to our problems in 24 hours. Many of us are less interested in the institution and more interested in finding solutions.”

This might actually work! I know my generation is often berated for having an I-can-do-anything attitude, but maybe that’s a good thing when it comes to overthrowing the status quo and getting government to work for the people again.

Let’s face it, millennials are the ones that have been most affected by the bad policies that have come out of Washington in recent years. We’re the ones that can’t find jobs, are saddled with debt, and are paying into Social Security without any faith that we’ll ever see a dime of it.

These guys have a vested interest in figuring out how to make things better. I think we should give them a shot.

Do you think the ‘Future Caucus’ will shake things up in D.C.?

by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

I really hope so. I'm so tired of the dinosaurs running government with their antiquated views. Its time to use Americas full potential.

codfish
by Jen on Sep. 19, 2013 at 8:47 AM
I am a gen xer and I am fed up with career politicians. My generation is going to get screwed royally because the geezers refuse to reform ss no matter what my generation wants them to do. No they don't no best. More importantly they are not representing their constituents.
MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM

No.  Future Caucus always becomes Past Caucus.

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