Did you know?
- The U.S. has a $10+ debt projection with $50+ unfunded liabilities, which could require a permanent cut of 97 percent of all discretionary expenditures (education, defense, infrastructure and more). Our kids are born with crushing debt.
- 75 percent of Americans think the United States cannot have a sustained economic recovery without another burst of entrepreneurial activity(Kauffman Foundation).
- "We must restore those fundamental principles that give an ethical dimension to capitalism: freedom, meritocracy, a direct link between reward and effort, and a sense of responsibility that ensures that those who reap the gains also bear the losses." --Luigi Zinales
To ensure economic growth and opportunity for future generations, we must promote ideas and policies that made the United States as successful as it is today. Pro-entrepreneurship, freedom, and competition oriented solutions, smartening government's role, implementing a competitive tax code, increasing market freedoms, and cultivating a culture of individual responsibility and accountability are a few examples of how to strengthen the economy and fabric of America.
Gen Next also supports free trade; energy security, in part by finding and utilizing sustainable, cleaner, and effective means to power the U.S. economy and creating competition in the transportation fuels sector; recruiting the best and brightest high-skilled workers in the world; reforming entitlement programs; achieving a competitive healthcare policy focusing on doctors and patients; and reducing public debt levels all to maximize opportunities for future generations and optimize the capability of the U.S. to hold a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.
Whether supporting pro-business policies or decreasing government interference and taxes, we strongly believe that increased market freedom strengthens the economy.
Gen Next encourages policies that promote entrepreneurship and company growth - especially in cutting-edge industries - and supports free trade; energy security and independence, in part by finding sustainable, cleaner, and effective means to power the U.S. economy; an intelligent immigration policy; and the capability of the U.S. to be competitive in the global marketplace.
Did you know?
- Today's 18 to 34-year olds are less educated than the generation prior - for the first time ever.
- One-third of U.S. high school students do not graduate and one-third of them are under-prepared.
- If we close the gap in educational achievement, the GDP would be $1.3 Trillion to $2.3 Trillion higher. This represents 9 -16 percent of current GDP.
Public education is in crisis at a time when global competition is fierce. The ability of future generations to compete and succeed globally hinges on education at all levels primary, secondary, and advanced. Change and results are best realized through increasing competition, accountability, and transparency. Specific changes to the system should include:
- prioritizing teacher effectiveness
- developing performance metrics
- minimizing bureaucratic roadblocks from central powers
- providing more transparency and effective measurement of dollars spent versus quality of output
- learning from the successes of charter schools
- closing the education gap between demographics
- suspending work rules in failing schools
- using a more practical and effective teacher certification process
- maximizing time students spend in the classroom to match competitive world standards
- giving students the technological tools to excel
- challenging students with a more rigorous and relevant curriculum
No transformational change occurs without excellent teachers. At any level of education, we benefit from offering incentives for good teachers; linking teacher pay to performance; maintaining focus on student performance and results; and preventing seniority and tenure from protecting underperforming teachers in our schools.
Curriculum at each level must be rigorous and forward thinking. We must increase the completion of advanced education with an emphasis on science and math, as well as a focus on understanding international economic and political arrangements.
In the flattening world - a world in which our strengths and weaknesses are more apparent; where, as a result of technology, markets are more vast, global, and competitive - it is imperative that we produce students who are prepared to compete in a global economy and ultimately help maintain U.S. dominance in the 21st century.
Did you know?
-The U.S. spends 4% of national budget on defense.
-It was predicted in 2008, America would spend 130% of its defense budget on oil, on foreign oil.
-Islamism is the belief that political sovereignty belongs to God therefore Shari' ah law equates to state law and it's the duty for all Muslims to create a political party which embodies such. Most Islamists are socially modern while politically extreme. Usually they disdain normal Muslims and share a hatred for Western civilizations.
National security is not only the primary function of our federal government, but also one of the greatest challenges facing future generations. In a rapidly changing and often dangerous world, it is evident that using a variety of tactics/methods to maintain peace throughout the world will also help ensure domestic tranquility. National and international security thus has become one in the same, and the role of the United States of America more pronounced. As Gen Next Member Juan Zarate says, "the U.S. must be respected, feared and ultimately admired."
Overcoming 21st century challenges demand that our nation's defense apparatus is the most funded, versatile, well trained, respected, and effective in the world; we prioritize diplomacy; we present a positive image of the US in the world; and we promote freedom and democracy worldwide.
Reducing our dependence on foreign oil and energy is also vital to both domestic and foreign stability. For reasons including and more consequential than high gas prices, future generations absolutely need the creation of a more effective energy policy and to keep the U.S. at the forefront of technological innovation and leadership. Energy issues should be made a national and international priority, with the U.S. playing a leadership role.