Following is a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal in response to the column referenced.
I am convinced more than ever that our biggest problem is that we have raised a generation that thinks everyone should get a trophy. A generation that takes no responsibility, and delights in blaming others and whining about every challenge in life.
I can’t wait until they are adults. Oh wait, many are “adults.” They attend Sander’s rallies.
Is the period since 2008 the worst this Country has seen? Are students today more worried about grades than in the past (or are they less prepared for college and life)? Was a job after college ever guaranteed? The fact these people are students puts them ahead of millions of other young Americans, some of whom found military service a necessary part of their future. What did you expect the students to report as being difficult to handle, their next frat party? What college student hasn’t stressed over money?
There are bigger issues here; the changing world, the global economy, the new nature of work in America, the realigning of the American standard of living in relation to the rest of the world. Socialism ain’t going to fix all that.
Peggy Noonan is spot on when she describes the financial anxiety of millennials that leads them to support the socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (“Socialism Gets a Second Life,” Declarations, Jan. 30). Kudos to Sen. Sanders for speaking to an issue that affects the students I see every day in my office, as a psychiatrist at a college counseling center.
Many students struggle to meet their tuition and housing expenses. Since the Great Recession, parents are less able to offer financial assistance. I have seen students go without food to pay for books; our college now has a pantry where students in need can obtain food free of charge.
Students are burdened by fears: Will I be able to do well enough in school to keep my financial aid and scholarship? Will I be able to earn enough in the future to pay off my loans. Finnancial concerns rate second only to academics as a major stressor for college students, with 33.5% of students reporting finances being traumatic or very difficult to handle, according to results from the 2015 American College Health Association survey.
Financial health is intimately tied to mental health, and the next president—Republican or Democrat—should make promoting financial health for millennials a priority. Marcia Morris, M.D.
Noonan says in part:
If you are 20 or 30 you probably see capitalism in terms of two dramatic themes. The first was the crash of ’08, in which heedless, irresponsible operators in business and government kited the system and scrammed. The second is income inequality. Why are some people richer than the richest kings and so many poor as serfs? Is that what capitalism gives you? Then maybe we should rethink this!
And Mr. Sanders makes it sound so easy. We’re rich, he says; we can do this with a few taxes. It is soft Marxism. And it’s not socialism now, it’s “democratic socialism” like they have in Europe. You’ve been to Europe. Aside from its refugee crisis and some EU problems, it’s a great place—a big welfare state that’s wealthy! The French take three-hour lunches.
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