1) Name, Age, School
My name is Sohaani Perera, I’m 18 years old, and I’m a junior at the University of Maryland
2) Why kick back now?
Hyper-partisanship is destroying Capitol Hill. Politicians seem incapable of negotiating, and ‘compromise’ has become a thing of the past. While Congress continues to procrastinate in fulfilling its duties, the gap between economic classes continues to widen and we, the Millennials, are expected to clean up this mess in the long run. We can no longer afford to tolerate this disorganized and inefficient legislature. There’s still time for us to fight back and reclaim our futures, but we have to start right now!
3) Why does the national debt matter to our generation? To you?
All Millennials should recognize that we will have to suffer the consequences of the fiscal crisis for years to come. At the moment, our national debt is $16 trillion and growing. If we fail to do everything within our power to fix it now, any future effort will be too little, too late. Personally, I don’t want to look back at 35 and realize I did nothing to turn things around when I had the chance.
4) What message needs to be sent to mobilize young people to action?
I know it’s difficult to envision your life 10-20 years down the line, but you have to recognize that at this rate no matter who/where/what you’re going to be, the rising debt will only make you worse off. It is our responsibility to ourselves and to other to unite in our efforts to put an end to this monumental economic destruction. Given that we are already the most connected generation, this shouldn’t be too hard.
5) What can a young person do right now to affect change in their community?
Call your Congressman and ask them how they are planning to go about fixing the debt crisis.
The entire TCKB campaign revolves around pressurizing elected officials into delivering results. If we stand our ground, they can’t keep ignoring us forever.
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