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Jun 08

Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young

Tens of millions of Americans are between the ages of 18 and 30. These Americans, known as millennials, are, or soon will be, entering the workforce. For them, achieving success will be more difficult than it was for young people in the past. This is because Washington made decisions that render their lives more difficult than those of their parents or grandparents. Too many public primary and secondary schools are failing their students, college graduates are saddled with heavy debt burdens, and labor market restrictions keep young Americans from building their careers. Meanwhile, Washington expects millennials to pay higher taxes for government entitlement and healthcare programs that benefit middle-aged and older Americans, many of whom have better jobs and more assets. It is time to address the crisis facing America’s young. The future of America can be saved, but only if Washington’s betrayal comes to an end.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, is director of Economics21 and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Furchtgott-Roth was chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. From 2001 to 2002 she served as chief of staff of President George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth served as deputy executive director of the Domestic Policy Council and associate director of the Office of Policy Planning in the White House under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, and she was an economist on the staff of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1986 to 1987. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth is coauthor of five books and is a columnist for MarketWatch.com, and Tax Notes. She appears regularly on CNBC and Fox Business News, as well as the BBC.

Jared Meyer is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. His research interests include microeconomic theory and the economic effects of government regulations. Meyer also publishes and presents on the need for a moral foundation for free markets. Meyer is a regular contributor to Economics21, The Washington Examiner, RealClearEnergy.org, and City Journal. He received a B.S. in finance and a minor in the philosophy of law from St. John's University in New York.

Patrice Lee is the Manager of Outreach at Generation Opportunity, an organization advocating for economic opportunity for 18-29 year olds through less government and more freedom. She is also a visiting fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. She is a 2006 graduate of Boston College with a master’s degree in international relations and a 2004 graduate of Tufts University, where she double majored in economics and political science.

Lindsey Burke researches and writes on federal and state education issues as the Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation. Burke devotes her time and research to two critical areas of education policy: reducing federal intervention in education and empowering families with education choice. She has published evaluations of school choice programs and options for public policy foundations such as the Virginia Institute for Public Policy and the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Burke holds a bachelor's degree in politics from Hollins University and a master of teaching degree in foreign language education from the University of Virginia. She is currently studying education policy as a doctoral student at George Mason University.

More About the Speakers

Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Director, Economics21, and Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute

Jared Meyer
Fellow, The Manhattan Institute

Patrice Lee
Manager of Outreach, Generation Opportunity

Lindsey Burke
Will Skillman Fellow in Education, The Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation

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