April 19, 2014

College Students Focus on Fiscal Challenges

  • The national debt has grown significantly in recent years due to rising annual deficits. A deficit occurs in any year the government spends more...

Many older Americans pay close attention to the big federal entitlement programs that provide them with benefits. But a group of college students in Iowa urges younger people to also focus attention on these programs – and on how politicians approach the need for reform.

“Our generation,” the students wrote in a recent op-ed in the Iowa City Press-Citizen, “will likely need to continue supporting the current group of retirees as well as transition to a system in which we will have to support more of our own retirement costs. Therefore, we have a special interest in how our society deals with these issues.”

The students wrote the guest column after attending events in Iowa last April that were part of The Concord Coalition’s Fiscal Solutions Tour.

Among the students’ recommendations: Prompt action rather than delay, a bipartisan approach, health care reforms and a simpler, more efficient tax system.