For many, youth underemployment and unemployment is a sad reality. A significant amount of millennials believe that the American Dream is dead, more are living in poverty, and the youth misery index is the highest it has ever been. They have less than $1,000 in savings and are delaying important life events, such as buying a house or getting married.
And yet for President Obama, as expressed during his last State of the Union address, the economy seems to be doing just fine.
Salvatore La Mastra presents much of these unsettling truths in his article on theBlaze, “President Obama Helps Foreign College Grads Get Jobs.” On Obama, La Mastra opens with how:
President Barack Obama became president because the millennial generation showed up for him in the 2008 primaries and twice in the general election. But since Obama stepped into the Oval Office he left this generation in the dust.
…Obama fought hard too handle social issues during his presidency, which millennials care a lot about, but he has consistently sold them down the river when it comes to the all important economic issues.
Will millennials be able to concentrate on rights of same-sex couples, or the climate, as they may like to do so, when they don’t even have a job? Should they?
La Mastra makes it quite clear how Obama has “left this generation in the dust.” In December, he “quietly” created a new regulation which will allow for about 5 million more foreign college graduate work visas per year.
To La Mastra, “this is an absolute outrage!” Millennials also care about allowing Syrian refugees to enter the United States and creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. It’s worth begging the question though what such views will mean for their own economic situations.
La Mastra goes into detail about why this is so bad for U.S. college graduates. Like their U.S. counterparts, foreign graduates will start off with entry level jobs. This not only takes such positions away from U.S. grads, but it gives employers a larger incentive to hire foreigners, because they will work for less.
It’s also, unfortunately, a nasty cycle. These graduates will be given green cards, and thus become citizens. As foreign graduates become more experienced, they will be seeking raises and moving to mid-level jobs, which also takes away from Americans.
Also, the amount of college graduates is expected to rise, thus screwing over that many more future hopeful graduates who may be disappointed to find that there are no jobs for them.
When La Mastra points out that “Democrats have consistently made illegal immigrants and foreign nationals the priority over Americans,” such a point doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
Much has been made about the social and economic stances of millennials, that they are, for the most part, socially liberal on most issues. Much has thus also been made about such positions of candidates, with particular scrutiny towards Republicans. Never mind that such millennials don’t speak for all of the generation. Perhaps when it comes to 2016, millennials take that opportunity, as La Mastra suggests they do, and vote based on the reality that their economic future really does depend on it.