Out of Touch Old Guys Won't Be Running the Country Much Longer

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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.?


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Brain... BrainyMommy

If you think you're paying into Social Security then your generation is woefully uneducated about Social Security and might want to read up on the subject. It's a tax. You don't pay into Social Security. You pay a tax. 

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

It's not just a generational issue (and this doesn't just apply to the USA), it's also a representational issue- where are the doctors? The scientists? The engineers? The teachers?

D.j. Lord

great...now we get out of touch young people...oh joy..joy..joy

fave82 fave82

I love Aaron schock! Btw doesnt matter what you write.. Some people u can never make happy (see above.. Waaah!)

landr... landrylamb

Oh please.  You millenials think you're the first ones to ever experience a bad economy and horrible government.  This isn't the Gen-Xers first rodeo and I can assure you it's a hell of a lot easier to face these challenges at the beginning of your adulthood & career than it is to lose 20+ years worth of work and effort. 

nonmember avatar Billie

Can't find a job in your twenties? Just wait until you try to find a job in your late forties, when everyone thinks you're too old!

nonmember avatar D

hopefully you are correct... however.

Do you imagine that the older generation might have entered Congress with the same fire, and idealism? They did. They don't enter as grumpy old men with no scruples. They are ground down that way.

nonmember avatar David Aitken

Ah, yes. Another bunch of arrogant and ignorant members of the ruling class. Just what we need.

Epi Phyte

"We need diversity in government . . . " It is profoundly illiberal to vote for someone BECAUSE they're a woman/black/young, etc. Identity politics at its worst - a denegration and denial of individual gifts and effort in favor of group affiliation .

" . . . We’re the ones that can’t find jobs, are saddled with debt. . ." But do you understand WHY you're saddled with debt? It's because someone just like YOU decided to fix things by giving you unfettered access to government money to pay for your educations without grasping the consequences, i.e.  stronomical tuition raises to capture all that easy gubmint money. Result? College is even LESS accessible than it was before, and the consequences of gaining admittance are often life shattering in terms of inability to start an actual LIFE. Problem is, when you start "fixing" things, the problems caused by the "fix" begin to cascade, requiring ever more extreme "fixes."First rule of Conservatism: Understand the law of unintended consequences. Second rule of Conservatism: Anything that can't go on forever, won't.

nonmember avatar Larry

The slow pace of Congress was by design. The Founders made it difficult for fads and public outrage to result in bad legislation. The lower house "of the people" will propose all manner of quick solutions, but the Senate is meant to delay the process so cooler heads can consider the ramifications. The power of the federal government is to big and blunt a weapon to be wielded like a scalpel.

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