The Future of America's Youth

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Demobrats

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Oct 8, 2013
 
16 hours ago - The new $100 bill, with an array of high-tech features designed to thwart counterfeiters, will get its coming out party on Tuesday, partial government shutdown or not. ... The Federal Reserve, which has not been affected by the shutdown, will ... Larry Felix, the director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
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The jobs report wasn’t as bad as anticipated. Obamacare is killing jobs. There are fewer people working, but that’s okay because the unemployment rate still dropped last month. Obamacare is good because it helps the poor.

Are you fed up with the U.S. federal government’s “spin” and never-ending efforts to make the politicians’ plans work, while our plans to create a livelihood and a future get trampled? Americans have enabled their politicians to impose some very selfish and destructive public policy, and most all of us are suffering the consequences of it. Meanwhile, our needs for work and sustenance press on.
http://townhall.com/columnists/austinhill/201...
Demobrats

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Oct 8, 2013
 
Last week, Author Michael Snyder of TheEconomicCollapseBlog.Com published a striking editorial exposing grave realities for America’s youth, entitled “30 Statistics About Americans Under The Age of 30 That Will Blow Your Mind.” The data points are easy enough for anyone to locate and verify, but Snyder compiled quite a succinct list.

Harsh realities like “the labor force participation rate for men in the 18 to 24 year old age bracket is at an all-time low,” and “in 2007, the unemployment rate for the 20 to 29 year old age bracket was about 6.5 percent,” yet today the unemployment rate for that same age group is about 13 percent - these and other staggering statistics provide a grim picture for America’s future. Snyder also notes that adults under the age of 30 face, in many ways, far less economic opportunity than previous generations. This is a very new development, indeed – America’s best days have always been yet to come.
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Oct 8, 2013
 
But here’s the good news: some of the same young Americans caught in this horrific statistical picture are taking it upon themselves to make changes. While many of them played by the rules and went to college and are now discovering that the degree wasn’t actually “job training,” some of them are humbling themselves and offering to, in essence, work for free as an intern for a period of time, with the hopes of gaining some valuable work experience and an “edge” in the already slim job market.

The ambition of these frustrated young Americans is admirable. But it also raises a question: why should the concept of “internship” only be applied to college students and recent graduates? Why not get junior high and high school students “interning” as well?

Over the past twenty years or so, K-12 educators in the U.S. have almost universally begun to encourage kids in the ways of “volunteerism.” While the emphasis is usually on volunteering in some sort of non-profit context – the animal shelter, the blood bank, the rescue mission – the goal of getting kids focused on other people’s needs is noble, and the activity can pay great dividends.
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Mike Mulligan

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You are talking to yourself as much as I talk to myself!
Michael Mulligan

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Mike Mulligan wrote:
You are talking to yourself as much as I talk to myself!
Not me
Michael Mulligan

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Oct 15, 2013
 
Demobrats wrote:
Volunteering is a hard wing republican scam to give the appearance of doing good or altruism over their dream of killing government.

Most kids today need a decent part time income and a good job...that is a 1000 times better than volunteering...
Really now

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Oct 15, 2013
 
Michael Mulligan wrote:
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Volunteering is a hard wing republican scam to give the appearance of doing good or altruism over their dream of killing government.
Most kids today need a decent part time income and a good job...that is a 1000 times better than volunteering...
Not in today's competive job market. Better to "volunteer" where you can gain work experience. Anything to get the advantage.
Michael Mulligan

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I get it, everyone wants you to work for nothing when you are unemployed.

My work on replacing the Hinsdale NH route 119 is my résumé...it is totally volunteerism.

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