Absolutely! If only Udall’s votes in Washington matched his rhetoric.
Instead, Udall’s votes suggest that he is complicit in politicians’ War on Youth.
My generation is entrepreneurial, creative, and constantly looking for ways to change the status quo to make our lives better.
Unfortunately, too many young people in Colorado are putting their dreams on hold and pushing their greatest aspirations to the side because they are busy struggling to foot the bill for expensive government programs that we don’t actually benefit from.
Ten percent of Colorado’s millennials – 18-29 year olds – are unemployed. Many more are struggling to find full-time jobs.
One study suggests only 20 percent of 2014 college graduates had full-time jobs lined up. Fully one-third of our generation has been forced to move back in with our parents.
It isn’t like Udall has been an innocent bystander. He voted for the trillion dollar stimulus bill claiming it would save or create millions of jobs. In reality, it hasn’t created any jobs for my generation.
He voted to raise the debt ceiling multiple times. And he even voted to place a tax on Internet sales – a policy that hits my generation the hardest.
Since Udall took office fifteen years ago, the national debt has skyrocketed to $17 trillion.
The share of federal debt owed by the average 18 year old in Colorado is $800,000. For those who go on to college, tack on another $25,000 for student loan debt. Hard to make unencumbered choices when you’re picking up the previous generation’s tab.
The real killer, though, is Udall’s vote for the Affordable Care Act, which caused more than 250,000 Coloradans to lose their insurance despite promises from Udall that we could keep our health insurance if we liked it.
No wonder young people in the Rocky Mountain State were subjected to the “Brosurance” and other ad campaigns desperately attempting to strong-arm millennials into government healthcare. Even the government recognized it was a very bad deal for my generation.
Young people in Colorado cannot afford faulty government programs, superfluous taxes, or expensive legislation. Our futures are being delayed by record-breaking student debt, a shrinking job market, and a constantly growing government presence in our lives.
We have a better vision for the future: one of independence and creativity, a future where we solve the problems facing our state and our country, a future where politicians vote in the best interests of our generation rather than make unsustainable and expensive promises in exchange for the votes of our parents and grandparents.
It’s time Udall actually voted for our right to be left alone, to make our own choices, and to live life unencumbered by Washington, DC and big government. We recognize this conveniently timed op-ed as disingenuous. And we young people in Colorado are paying attention.
Jonathan Lockwood is the state director of Generation Opportunity, Colorado.