We have now experienced the first 100 days of having Barack Obama as president of the United States. Believe it or not, despite the warnings of Dick Cheney, Sean Hannity and countless Tea Party attendees, the nation has not descended into socialism, Al Qa
We have now experienced the first 100 days of having Barack Obama as president of the United States. Believe it or not, despite the warnings of Dick Cheney, Sean Hannity and countless Tea Party attendees, the nation has not descended into socialism, Al Qaeda troops are not forcing our children into madrassas and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is not the Congressional Chaplin. Over the next several days, the nation is going to be inundated with analysis of how President Obama stacks up against the first 100 days of his predecessors and what this might tell us about the nation’s political future. Of course most of this will simply be conjecture, predicting a president’s term based on the first 100 days office is about as reliable as predicting the end of a book after reading the preface. You might be right, but you’ll have no idea how you got there. Rather than subjecting ourselves to the same old roundtable of presidential pontificators, I have a better suggestion for this first 100 days. Why not consult the people who are most affected by Obama’s initial days in office – Generation Y, the youth of America?
Please don’t take the last sentence as an indicator that I’m about to embark on a maudlin, sappy discussion of how children are our future. However, shouldn’t we consider the first 100 days of a president’s term in office from the perspective of those whose lives are going to be most affected in the long term by his policies? While baby boomers, the greatest generation and older Gen Xers are certainly all going to be influenced by Obama’s current policies, it is the millennial generation, those Americans born between 1985 and 2005, high-school and college aged students, whose views should really be brought in to assess how Obama has done over the last three months.
If we look at the economy over the first 100 days, Generation Y will come into an economy that will be spurred in the next several years by stimulus money. They are saddled with roughly $3,000 dollars in national debt per person, but the president has a plan. Despite the worst job market in over 60 years, there will be jobs in construction, technology and the environment funded by the government as Obama tries to kick-start the economy.
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