The millennial generation wants change and big ideas, and according to one observer, they have learned some important lessons from their parent’s generation.
“Millennials are waiting longer to get married, and they are renting instead of buying houses that they can’t afford — probably good lessons learned from the mistakes of my generation and our parents,” said S.E. Cupp, a conservative, last October in her series at CNN.
In her interview with a millennial congressman, Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, Cupp asks Schock about the reality for millennials. She wonders if maybe Republicans should work on tax reform “that doesn’t punish single renters, but rewards them for making fiscally responsible decisions?”
‘Your view of the world’
Schock responds that “your view of the world changes your view on policy.” His full statement is this:
“Well I definitely think our policies here in Washington under Republican and Democrat administrations have always favored incentivizing families, people with young children. Whether it be the child tax credit, whether it be tax incentives for you to be able to have day care for young children and I don’t necessarily think that we have to do away with those policies, but I also think your view of the world changes your view on policy.”
The congressman mentions a colleague from New York, Charlie Rangel:
“… somebody like Charlie Rangel, who serves in New York City where the large percentage of his constituents are renters, he looks at me and says, ‘Why should we have such a great incentive for people to own their own homes, when most of my constituents are never going to be able to own their own home?”
Schock repeats his belief. “So your view of the world kind of shapes your view on policies. I think what’s important is that we as Republicans talk to young people about how we want them to have the choice to buy a home and want them to have the choice to save for their retirement. In large part, people aren’t buying a home, not ’cause they don’t want one, but because they can’t afford one right now.”
He cites two reasons why. “One, incomes are down and number two, because of the mortgage collapse, the bank regulations on what it takes to get a loan have been heightened.”
“Liberals like to point out the issues that drive conservatives apart, whether that’s gay marriage, immigration or foreign policy,” Cupp states. “How do we respond in ways that show millennials we’re intellectually diverse, but still cohesive?”
“The one thing that we are united on as a party is economic growth, and we’re about reducing the size and scope of the federal government and the debt which we are accumulating.”
He adds further on that there is frustration.
“So much of the frustration is that we’re fighting over what’s going to happen in six months, what’s going to happen next year. And so many of our problems are 10 and 20, 30 years out. We need to be thinking about how strategically we’re going to fix (them).”
‘What happens in local government absolutely impacts you’
For a millennial thinking of public service, Schock said this:
“What happens in Washington, what happens in local government absolutely impacts you immediately. This is not some philanthropic cause that you get involved in after you’ve had a career and a family, this is something that you need to get involved in and pay attention to now because these policies will impact not only what kind of retirement you have, but what kind of job environment you’re going to have when you get out of high school or college.”
He advises paying close attention.
“So pay attention to who’s representing you, pay attention to their votes and their position on issues. Second, your involvement can absolutely make a difference. My first state rep race vote, 40,000 voters, I won by 235 votes. Elections can be very, very close. We saw that in the Bush versus Gore race. We’ve seen it in congressional race after congressional race that get decided by a few hundred votes.”
Parents maybe have “become complacent,” Schock said. But he believes “young people can influence the process, not just by their own vote, but oftentimes they have parents or aunts or uncles that have become complacent. If you vote and if you get others to vote you’re having a significant difference in the outcome.”