National Debt Threat to Young Americans Focus of Tuesday Night Event
October 29, 2013 – The Can Kicks Back – a non-partisan movement co-founded by a Georgetown alumnus to eliminate the national debt – will host a panel discussion and talk tonight on how the problem is affecting the future of young Americans.
The movement's Generational Equity Tour focuses on educating young Americans about the threat about the growing threat of the national debt to their future livelihoods.
“This issue is not partisan, it’s generational,” said Nick Troiano (C’12), co-founder of The Can Kicks Back. “So it’s crucially important that young people are able to unite across the political spectrum to pressure our leaders for solutions because no matter how you identify politically, the worst option on the table is the status quo.”
Financial Crisis Predictor
Tonight’s event features a keynote presentation by Stanley Druckenmiller, an investor who accurately predicted the 2008 financial crisis.
The panel discussion includes moderator Stephanie Ruhle, Bloomberg News anchor; Bill Novelli, McDonough School of Business professor; David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general; Nate Tisa (SFS’14), Georgetown University Student Association president; and Troiano.
The event is co-hosted by the new McCourt School of Public Policy, the McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown University Student Association and the College Democrats and College Republicans.
Solutions, Not Shutdowns
Launched in 2012, The Can Kicks Back’s goal is to defeat the national debt to ensure the kind of prosperous future and economic opportunities for young Americans that their parents and grandparents enjoyed.
“What’s left in the path is for young people to care about the issues and to make an impact,” said Troiano. “And I think that’s what people are finding out in our campaign – that finally there’s a non-partisan effort that they can engage in to let their leaders know they care and that they want more solutions and not shutdowns.”
The tour, designed to mobilize supporters to pressure elected leaders for sustainable solutions on the debt, finishes its five-week, cross-country tour of 25 colleges tonight at Georgetown.
“It’s really meaningful for the tour to end at Georgetown because in many ways, this effort began at Georgetown,” Troiano said. “That’s really where we found our voice.”