But the 2016 Election is different. My loved ones are happy and healthy, my career’s blossomed into something I LOVE, and for the first time in a long time, I actually feel as though I have a future worth caring about – a future worth protecting.
The upcoming presidential election has been referred to as the most divisive election in US history. While what may have seemed like a joke just month’s previous – Clinton vs. Trump – has become a very real reality. On November 8, 2016, our generation will have the opportunity to cast their votes in favor of the candidate they feel best suited for protecting their future.
While there are thousands of reasons why millennials should cast their ballot this Election Day (include your top three in the comments below) , here are my top three:
DYK over 56% of millennials are delaying traditional investments due to student loans? These debt- laddened millennials are today’s consumers, a market with very limited expendable income to spend to stimulate our economy. Even if you are fortunate enough to not find yourself drowning in debt, the economic effect will continue to influence our quality of life.
Student loans are a big problem. The next President needs to prioritize a solution effective in not just preventing future student debt (decreasing cost of higher education), but also alleviating the debt that’s draining America’s economic opportunity. Education should provide opportunities – not a become a big black hole of regret – excuse me – debt.
I nearly choked on my morning coffee when heard the replay of Donald Trump stating, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
Today’s military community needs aggressive and effective policy reform. We need more incentives to encourage organizations to hire veterans and their spouses (90% jobless/underemployment rates do NOT cut it!). The disconnect between our veterans and non-military community has never been so great; last thing we need is an anti-veteran politician to exacerbate a very real issue.
Let’s not continue upon our path of “America: home of the free, at the expense of the brave.”
So why is a millennial entrepreneurship blog posting about politics?
Business = Politics.
I don’t care how anti-government you are; political agendas will influence your business.
Just ask Amazon, Tesla, and Uber. Regardless of your industry, your business scale, your location, political moves will trickle down and shape the way we conduct our 9-5’s. While entrepreneurship eliminates the boss, self-starters cannot escape the (sometimes overbearing) reach of Uncle Sam. Pro-entrepreneurship policy will empower entrepreneurs to create opportunities for our nation. It's a win-win from everyone.
Will you vote?
Bottom line: whoever is elected to office in 2016 will influence legislation that may continue to affect millennials throughout their lifetime. Abstaining from casting your ballot isn’t doing anyone any favors.
None of the candidates appeal (yeah—I’m right there with you)?
Do your research, watch the dog and pony show Boomers call campaigning, and decide for yourself who you can trust to govern in a manner most beneficial to the future of our country.
What national topics matter the most to you? Post in the comments below!
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