Words cannot express the level of sadness I feel watching apathetic leaders act indifferent to the widespread structural and societal problems this country faces. In economics and public policy, even small shifts lead to huge consequences and negative effects can resonate for decades. Our current leadership either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care that an entire generation of Americans is in danger of getting left behind because they’re being ill-prepared to evolve and compete in the modern world.
Denialism, bigotry and grandstanding may be useful political tools, but don’t result in meaningful or effective legislation. I don’t have any children, but I weep for the future because they’re going to suffer for these mistakes, and they’re going to look back and wonder why their parents’ were so willing to rob them for nothing more than short-term political gain.