Both parties in this discussion missed the elephant in the living room. Young people believe that unless they get a financially potent college degree, they are destined for the economic trash can. “Doing something else” is not an option. Young people would love it, but they are trapped: A nationwide exit poll for the Associated Press found that voters in the November election were “twice as likely to think life will be worse for the next generation than better” (

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