And here’s my response.
Stefanie Williams
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In regards to Talia Jane’s letter and your response to it, I would say right cause wrong girl. Some of the issues she raises are of real concern to millennials and it is frustrating to be accused of entitlement. Because I have seen people who never had to go through what we did, say moving in with parents working shitty jobs, lecture us on work ethic. This usually are those of the previous generation who had access to affordable health, housing, education and jobs. While Talia is an entitled brat obviously, there are some for whom what you did is not an option, for health reasons or other circumstances. Also, this is 2016 and the economy has improved drastically, but I have known plenty of talented hard working people especially from my class who just simply couldn’t get a job, yes even the crappy ones.

I have heard plenty of times that back in my day I worked minimum wage jobs got educated and moved up. However, this is not always possible. When the economy crashed it seemed like if you had a bad job you were likely to be stuck in said job. When an old uncle tells us you want free education why don’t you join the military it is especially infuriating. We are not asking for free education, we are asking for affordable education. We feel frustrated not because we aren’t given handouts its that the OPPORTUNITY to better ourselves seems to have disappeared. The previous generation had all these given to them, yes they worked hard. Perfect example the racket that is MA programs. I’m not talking about one for English literature. An MBA, and MS or an MPP that all teach quantifiable skills lead to an average of $50,000 debt per student. For some we are talking about 100K plus in loans. They might have a decent job or they might not , but they will be paying for this for a lifetime, which to me is inherently unfair.

This notion of pulling yourself by the bootstraps has never resonated with me, I have always felt that the “American Dream” was a myth to begin with. The problem I have her is that her complaining about $20 copay detracts from many struggling millennials who don’t have any health care. I know this country doesn't believe in equality of outcome but rather equality of opportunity, but some things I believe should be basic human rights. In EU countries the state provides for them because they at one point figured out its also leads to a more sustainable society. Healthcare, a decent wage to feed yourselves and affordable education etc. I commend you for how far you have gone, but for many of us we can’t aspire to your success without those first three being somewhat affordable.

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