Americans Pessimistic about Next Generation’s Future

Do you believe your children or grandchildren will have better opportunities than you will?

According to a new poll from Gallup, most Americans don’t think the next generation will live better than their parents. Americans aged 55 and up are the most pessimistic, with 62% dissatisfied with the “opportunity for the next generation of Americans to live better than their parents.” Just 34% are satisfied.

Even young Americans are dissatisfied with their future prospects, with over half (53%) believing they will not live better than their parents and 45% believing they will.

This should be a wakeup call to Congress and especially the Senate: stop voting on edge-trimming gimmicks and do what’s needed to get our economy moving again. That means allowing the private sector to flourish. Unfortunately, this administration has done everything it can to stifle job creation in the private sector, focusing more on providing government union jobs. Unless all the unsatisfied youth want a job provided by the government, this administration has abandoned them.

Of course, all this pessimism can be turned around if Congress actually focused on jobs and the economy. For example, had the Senate adopted Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) budget based off of Heritage’s “Saving the American Dream” then Americans of all ages could have a brighter future.

Look no further than Wisconsin to see how real reforms have changed the economic outlook:

“Last year, the state added 24,000 new jobs. Chief Executive magazine reported in 2010 that Wisconsin ranked 41st out of 50 states in terms of the ease of doing business. In its new survey, the state has jumped to 20th place, the fastest surge in the history of the magazine’s survey. Separately, the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce survey just found that 62 percent of the members it surveyed plan to create jobs in Wisconsin by year’s end. A full 95 percent of CEOs surveyed said the state is headed in the right direction.”

But alas, like much of the chattering political class, the name of the game in the Senate is “divide and demagogue.” Until that is fixed, no American can be satisfied about the future.

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