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All three indicators of the Youth Misery Index—youth unemployment, average graduating student loan debt, and national debt per capita—have gone up, at least in part, thanks to government intervention and out-of-control spending. Learn more you t Young people are understandably angry. Few things are more earth-shattering to a young person than being stuck with no job and tens of thousands of dollars in college debt. To improve our future, young people must become the catalyst for conservative change. 100 Youth Misery Index 90 80 70 60 50 Annual U.S. Government Expenditures4 40 30 20 2011 2008 2005 2002 1999 1996 0 1993 10 Young people must become more active; we cannot expect policy makers in Washington to fight these battles for us. Students, visit for more information on how YOU can battle job-killing, biggovernment policies. Young America's Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. h M ind ISERY ex With Young America’s Foundation’s Free Enterprise Lecture Series, you can bring speakers—such as Steve Forbes, Stephen Moore, Larry Kudlow, and John Fund—to your college campus to help educate fellow students on the failures of big government. For more information: (800)USA-1776 or /YoungAmericasFoundation /TheReaganRanch @yaf @TheReaganRanch Sources: 1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2011 2) (includes NPSAS data plus interpolation/projection), 2011 3) Treasury, Bureau of Economic Analysis; Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2011 4) White House Office of Management and Budget. 1 = 100 billion in terms of 2005 dollars, 2011 estimated. About the authors: Ron Meyer is a program officer for Young America’s Foundation. Nathan Harden is a Novak Fellow with the Phillips Foundation. Youth Misery Index: Big Government Policies are Morphing Generation ‘Y’ into Generation ‘Why Us?’

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