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Dan Knight

Age

28

Location

The George Washington University, BA in International Relations

Occupation

Vice President of House Research for America Rising LLC

Twitter

@danpknight

BIO

Daniel Knight is Vice President of House Research at America Rising LLC, where he manages a team of analysts engaged in research and rapid response on Democratic House candidates in the 2016 election. Prior to his work at America Rising, which he joined in 2014 as a senior research analyst, Dan worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee and at a DC-area conservative non-profit.

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or in other capacities?

Most of the problems in Washington have a direct impact on young people, yet lawmakers don’t hear enough from them. Now is more important than ever for young people to get involved and make their voices heard. Not only do young people have a difficult time finding jobs in the down economy, they are the ones who will have to pay for Washington’s reckless spending in the future.

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

One-size-fits-all policies don’t work for young people. They prefer having choices that they can customize and control for themselves. Policymakers should keep this in mind when seeking ways to make government work better for millennials. They should look for ways to decentralize power and give people more choice — healthcare solutions that empower patients and their doctors, federal spending solutions that allow states to adapt programs to their unique needs, etc.

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

Reforming entitlement programs should be priority one. Future federal spending programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security pose the biggest threat to our country’s future finances, and millennials will end up shouldering most of the cost. Congress and the White House should seek changes to these programs to make them work better for young people. We can get there by holding our elected officials accountable to their promises to cut spending. We need to encourage lawmakers to make the hard decisions necessary to put entitlement programs on a sustainable path.

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