Obama's latest insult to millennials
As if saddling America's largest generation with trillions in crushing debt wasn't enough, President Obama's latest insult to millennials is just another reason they should regret voting for him.
YouTube star GloZell Green was recently handpicked to interview President Obama at the White House following his State of the Union address. On the front end, I will give Green credit for asking tougher questions than many in the White House press corps have for years. One of the goals of this choice was to “reach out” to millennials, America's largest generation.
Ms. Green is famous for submerging herself in a bathtub full of milk and colorful cereal. Her most popular video titles include, “My push up bra will help me get my man” and “Do ear candles work?” Her signature look is bright green glitter lipstick. Get it?
The problem? Although Green uses new forms of media to reach younger audiences, she isn't a millennial at all. She's a 52-year-old woman who seemingly never grew past the maturity level of 13. In fact, she could be considered a baby boomer, the generation often criticized for robbing millennials of their wealth and future.
Choosing people outside the announced targeted demographic and then falsely parading them as fitting the qualification is typical for the White House. Remember “23-year-old” law student Sandra Fluke? She was 30 when she asked taxpayers to foot the bill for birth control.
Obama's choice of GloZell Green wasn't a surprising one. After all, he doesn't seem to be a big fan of personal responsibility or of adults acting like ... adults.
With the nation's youth unemployment rate sitting at 14.4 percent, the highest long-term unemployment since World War II, young people carrying $1 trillion in student loan debt, an abysmal job market that isn't expected to fully recover until at least 2017, half of college graduates not having a job in their field of study, etc., you'd think the president would be focused on more important ways to reach out.
Under President Obama's leadership, millennials have lost the most crucial earning years and time for career growth in their lives. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, a record 21.6 million millennials, 36 percent of the generation, are living at home with their parents. A recent Department of Education report shows 1-in-4 26-year-olds are still living at home with Mom and Dad. By the time Obama leaves office, millennials will have spent nearly a decade and prime working years jobless. Considering two-thirds of lifetime wage growth occurs in a person's 20s, his policies have been detrimental.
America's millennials need jobs and opportunities, not a clown show from the president and a woman who wears green lipstick. Millennials don't need “free” stuff that they'll end up paying for until the day they die (in their parents' houses) through suffocating government overreach and debt.
Millennials are adults, not children, and it's time they were treated as such.
Katie Pavlich is news editor of Townhall.com. Her exclusive Trib columns appear the first and third Fridays of each month.