I saw an article today from Fox News ("The O’Reilly Factor," actually), that tries to paint Millennial Bernie Sanders supporters as clueless as to his actual policies and proposals. You know - asking random college kids, “how is Bernie Sanders planning on paying for X, Y, and Z,” and slapping them up on the Internet when they don’t know the answer. This sort of video really bothers me. You know who else does the whole, “interviewing people on the street and putting the stupid ones on TV,” schtic? - Jimmy Kimmel. Now, I don’t go to Kimmel for hard-hitting political commentary (or for anything, really, I’m more of a Conan guy), but I expect more from you, Bill-O. You run the "No Spin Zone!" How can you say you’re not spinning this to make all Millennials look like smartphone-addled dinguses? Also, peep the blatant homophobia at the 2:00 mark.
I could go on and on about how Millennials are encumbered with mind boggling amounts of college debt and graduating into a job market still recovering from a recession, despite their overall higher amounts of education and high underemployment, but I honestly feel like these arguments fall on deaf ears to everyone except us - you know, the people it’s actually happening to.
Mr. O’Reilly, when you attended Marist College in the late 60s, they didn’t keep records of tuition prices. However, since records began nationally in 1978, the cost has increased 1,120%. Over twelve-fold! It costs me twelve times as much as it did for you to attend college at a similarly priced and sized university forty-five years later. Is it any wonder that my generation has really latched on to this crazy old Jewish guy from Vermont who wants free college for everybody (which, by the way, he plans to pay for by a minuscule tax on Wall Street speculations)?
I can make that argument all damn day, but somehow my entire generation gets construed as lazy, entitled, overly-coddled, and, maybe, some of us are. But you can’t blame us for that. Blame our parents - the Boomers, the Gen X-ers, who decided that we all deserve trophies, that we couldn’t stay out late at night, that didn’t allow us to play out of their eyesight because they were afraid of whatever latest scare the news had cooked up. Every generation is a product of who raised them - their beliefs, their attitudes, and how they've affected the world that impacts the next generation who inherits it. If this is what older generations think of Millennials - what did they do?
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