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Forget Bipartisanship — We Need Generationship

May 19, 2014

Dallas Morning News

We need generational cooperation to come to a fiscal solution that provides for older generations while enabling opportunity and growth for younger generations. We desperately need generationship.

A Truly Smart Idea Republicans and Democrats Actually Agree On (No, Seriously)

August 23, 2013

by Peter Coy | Business Week

“We’re not an anti-spending group. We’re a smart spending group,” says Nick Troiano, co-founder of The Can Kicks Back, a youth advocacy group that has rallied support for the legislation.


The Budgeting Can Kicks Washington Back

August 6, 2013

by Gil Weinreich | ThinkAdvisor

The Boston University economist credits a nonpartisan grass roots group of young Americans called The Can Kicks Back, which—“with no money” initially— started lobbying for generational equity starting in November of last year.


Senators Thune And Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Budget Reform

July 25, 2013

VIDEO | Now This News

The INFORM Act would require the Congressional Budget Office, Government Accountability Office and Office of Management and Budget to incorporate fiscal gap and generational accounting analysis in the budgeting and legislative process.


Op-ed: Millennials want answers about the debt

July 17, 2013

by James McKitrick | The Baltimore Sun

I sincerely hope that Democratic Reps. Chris Van Hollen andElijah Cummings took heed when I reminded them Millennials are suffering from an 11.1 percent unemployment rate, an average of $26,000 in student loan debt, lower wages and underdeveloped savings.


Op-Ed: A generationally balanced deficit agreement

July 19, 2013

by Former Senator Sam Nunn & TCKB's Aaron Tucek | The Telegraph

Math should not be a partisan issue. Over the next decade, the United States will spend $5.4 trillion on interest payments on the national debt, and $847 billion in 2023 alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, that’s real money that cannot buy us anything but further delay -- delay that will foist our fiscal problems on future Americans. 


Op-Ed: National debt affects young people, too

July 17, 2013

by Ashley Webb | The Flint Journal 

I am heading to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. My purpose: remind them that our nation's debt is still a problem, especially for young people. Some leaders seem pleased that deficit projections have improved, but without addressing our tax code and entitlement programs, our long-term fiscal outlook remains bleak.


Michigan Business Network 

July 12th, 2013

Radio interview with TCKB's Nick Troiano


Op-Ed: Millenials can push for budget reform to give them more prosperous future

July 1, 2013

by Nick Troiano | The Coloradoan

Harvard University conducted polling recently that found Millenials view deficit reduction as one of top issues facing America today. This is a good sign; however, it is more important that Millennials get involved and fight for a solution. The future is now. We cannot afford to wait any longer to secure a prosperous future for ourselves.


Op-Ed: The Case for a long-term budget window

July 3, 2013

by Rush Doshi | The Hill

The reason that the planet is warming is also the reason the debt is growing – we often favor the present at the expense of the future. Whenever possible, political institutions should correct that tendency rather than amplify it...For this reason, The Can Kicks Back is working with members of Congress on legislation to incorporate generational accounting and long-term fiscal gap analysis into the budgeting process. 


College president says national debt, unemployment of recent grads are linked

June 4, 2013

by Nate Mickelberg | Medill Reports

Daniels was joined on the conference call with reporters by two recent college graduates who echoed his belief that the current 11 percent-plus unemployment rate for millennials, those ages 18-34, is a result of the country’s fiscal woes.


Gregg, Swett convey threat of national debt

May 14, 2013

by Sean Connolly | The Dartmouth

Former Senator Judd Gregg, R-N.H., former Representative Dick Swett, D-N.H., and Nick Troiano, a co-founder of The Can Kicks Back, spoke about the threat of the growing national debt and how young people can address the issue at Monday’s kickoff event for the Dartmouth chapter of The Can Kicks Back campaign. 


Op-Ed: Fixing A Deficit of Facts

May 10, 2013

by Laurence Kotlikoff & Nick Troiano | Roll Call

Truth is, the trajectory of our federal budget represents a massive intergenerational redistribution of wealth. On the whole, older Americans and current retirees are set to receive a significant net financial benefit from public resources over the course of their lifetimes, with a massive bill for this spending to be passed on to the young and future generations. This policy path is both fiscally irresponsible and morally reprehensible.


Campus call to fix the debt

May 3, 2013

by Bob Hague | Wisconsin Radio Network

Event organizer Alex Holland, a UW sophomore, hopes students will sign an on-line petition “We need a group that’s looking out for us, because right now, by they actions that our legislators are taking, they aren’t looking out for us,” Holland said. “We need to come together to solve these issues, because if we don’t, it’s going to be our future that is debt-burdened and jobless.”


No debt agreement, no break

March 25, 2013

by Nick Troiano | Los Angeles Times

Until a deal is reached that addresses the nation's mounting debt, lawmakers should stay in Washington, hunker down and figure it out. No more trips, breaks, vacations, recesses, "constituent work weeks" or whatever you want to call them. They should just do what we elected them to do: legislate. 


LTE: Reducing the Deficit

February 22, 2013

by Nick Troiano | New York Times

Paul Krugman’s strategy for economic recovery would accelerate our next, more predictable economic crisis because of excessive government debt (“Kick That Can,” column, Feb. 8)...Especially for young people, kicking the fiscal can is an irresponsible prescription for more debt, fewer jobs, higher taxes and a lower standard of living.


The Young and the Powerless

February 21, 2013

by Ronald Brownstein | National Journal

A generationally equitable debt solution would combine entitlement and tax reform with continued public investments in education, research, and other areas that could expand opportunities for future workers. “The trade-offs aren’t necessarily between the parties,” notes Ryan Schoenike, executive director of a group called The Can Kicks Back, which organizes young people around budget issues. “They are between the generations.”


Behind the Scenes of ‘The Can Kicks Back’ Movement

February 14, 2013

by Mary Kate Cay | US News & World Report

There is no AARP for young people. But we might be witnessing the start of a bipartisan counterweight to it—a balance that has been missing for a long time. These young people have the smarts, the can-do attitude, and the time to get us off the unsustainable path we're on now.


Judy's Notebook: Burden of a Generation

January 3, 2013

by Judy Woodruff | PBS Newshour

Right now, 23-year-old Nick Troiano, with the millennial group called "The Can Kicks Back," sizes things up this way: "We believe politicians in Washington will continue to take the easy way out until an organized group large enough and loud enough demands otherwise. They all talk about doing what's best for their children and grandchildren, but they are not listening to them."


3-Minute Interview: Nick Troiano of Can Kicks Back

January 2, 2013 | Washington Examiner 

by Rachel Baye

We are solving two problems, really: No one's talking to young people about why this issue matters to them in a relevant and compelling way, and no one's giving young people a way to be meaningfully involved. In order for there to be a deal, especially a deal that's fair to our generation, young people need to be at the table, and they aren't right now.


The young voters Obama should listen to now

January 2, 2013 | Dallas Morning News

by Bill McKenzie

President Obama prided himself on winning young voters in both 2008 and 2012. So, here’s a group of young people that I hope he listens to: The Can Kicks Back...Generational inequity. Structural drivers of our debt. Those are words Obama should keep thinking about as the fiscal cliff talks move towards spending reforms. Without serious changes in entitlement programs, a lot of young people whose votes he got will get stuck with a very big debt for a very long time."


Lusting after a cliff deal

December 28, 2012 | CNN

by Political Ticker

If the “Come Together” message on Starbucks cups wasn’t innuendo enough, a video from the group “The Can Kicks Back” puts the metaphor in more explicit terms. The bipartisan group, also behind a video of 81-year-old former Sen. Alan Simpson Gangnam Style-ing, wants young people more engaged in Washington process.


Op-Ed: We Didn't Start the Fire

December 15, 2013 | USA Today

by Nick Troiano & Ryan Schoenike, TCKB co-Founders

We are both "Millennials," part of the largest generation ever, 80 million strong, now age 32 and younger. While the fiscal cliff threatens an economic recession, the fiscal canyon threatens our entire American Dream. As young Americans who plan on being here for a while, we have the most at stake in this debate.

Alan Simpson Goes 'Gangnam Style"

December 5, 2012 | Daily Beast

by John Avlon

"This qualifies as an instant classic. The impressive new millennial group, The Can Kicks Back, struck viral gold today by convincing Alan Simpson to do a PSA on debt reduction that involves going "Gangnam Style" next to a giant mascot-sized can.  The video starts with the unvarnished former Senator unleashing a great diatribe against self-obsessed social media types and urges them to use their pre-occupation as a force for good - recruiting three friends a week until President Obama's inauguration to urge congress to take action on the $16 trillion debt.   A cause worth promoting by any means necessary."


Video: Former senator goes 'Gangnam Style'

December 5, 2012 | Anderson Cooper 360, CNN

"In the RidicuList, Anderson Cooper looks at the unusual way Alan Simpson got his message out about the national debt."


Video: TCKB’s Ryan Schoenike and Nick Troiano on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

November 24, 2012 | C-SPAN

"Nick Troiano and Ryan Schoenike, co-founders of “The Can Kicks Back,” talked about their youth-led campaign to fix the national debt, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communication. They talked about the foundation and goals of their organization. They argued that Congress continues to postpone resolving the U.S. debt, resulting in job loss and difficulty competing in a global economy. Their goal is to raise awareness of the debt by showing its effect on their immediate needs and concerns, such as health insurance and job security."


Video: George Washington students call for solution to 'fiscal cliff'

November 13, 2012 | WJLA

by Jenny Doren

“College student nationwide are calling for compromise in Congress…On the campus of George Washington University, a new mascot is emerging. His name is "Ameri-can," and he's delivering a message from students to Capitol Hill.”


Meet the millennial deficit hawks

November 12, 2012 | Washington Post 

by Suzy Khimm

“The group is launching a grass-roots effort to get Millennials to call members of Congress to push for a grand bargain…Led by twenty- and thirtysomethings, the effort has the potential to put a more youthful face on the anti-deficit movement.”


Group mobilizes young people to push for fiscal-cliff solution

November 12, 2012 | LA Times

by Jim Puzzanghera

“Kicking the can down the road on the skyrocketing national debt will hurt young people more than anybody, so a new group has formed to get the so-called millennial generation to urge politicians to find a solution to the fiscal cliff.”


Video: Millennials Take On The National Debt

November 5, 2012 | WUSA9

By Jessica Doyle

"Troiano said, 'Every time Washington kicks the can down the road, they're really kicking our generation so it's time for Millennials to kick back and demand a solution.'"


Op-Ed: What Young People Want to Hear at the Debates

October 1, 2012 | San-Francisco Chronicle 

By Jake Parent, TCKB co-Founder

“The markets are already starting to react to our impending fiscal cliff, and the longer we put off this tough conversation, the more painful it is going to be for us all, especially for those of us who plan on being here for a while.”


It’s time for Millennials to fight back on the national debt

September 5, 2012 | Daily Caller

By Ryan Schoenike & Nick Troiano, TCKB co-Founders

We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines and hope that our parents and grandparents will make the right choices for our future. Millennials represent more than a fifth of the current population and will make up 28 percent of the workforce in 2014. We have the power to make a difference and those running for office should be listening.

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