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President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress tonight, outlining an agenda that will continue to deprive young Americans of economic opportunity.
Generation Opportunity Spokesperson Corie Whalen issued the following statement:
“In his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to policies that harm young Americans. He claimed Obamacare has been successful, even though young people recognized a bad deal and overwhelmingly chose to opt out.
“The White House has fallen nearly two million short of its enrollment goal for our demographic, yet the President acts as if empty rhetoric will make the program sustainable.
“The President also pushed for a minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour, a move that the Employment Policy Institute says will cost up to one million entry level jobs – jobs that would help young people enter the workforce and start their careers.
“I wish the government would step back and allow us to pursue our futures free of policies that are little more than generational theft schemes. Unfortunately, that’s not on the agenda because the President has chosen to promote politics over the needs of young people.”