2018 July

Archive: July 2018

A Problem We Can’t Afford to Ignore

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937

As of 2016, 129 school-age children in our community were homeless, and this number is likely low considering many people don’t publicly identify their need for assistance.

Children sleeping on floors and/or going hungry is something that needs to be fixed. However, some will argue that the economic cost is a burden taxpayers should not have to bear. The truth is, we can’t afford not to address the issue of child poverty.

In 2015, child poverty cost our country more than $1 trillion, which represented 5.3% of our GDP. That figure could also be described as 28% of the $3.7 trillion federal budget that year.

In fact, studies show that for every dollar spent on child poverty, the country would save $7 in economic costs.

In Indiana this past year, we had a surplus of more than $100 million; however, the state still chooses to cut funding to child poverty programs and assistance. At the same time, we let our children sleep on the floors of DCS offices, quit school, and ride city buses in order to stay safe at night.

WE MUST help those in our communities who are forgotten. WE MUST invest in the organizations that provide the needed support and guidance to those in our state who are poor or homeless.

The LEAST WE can do is vote for candidates who will give a voice to the voiceless.

If you are interested in learning more about the organizations in our community working to address this issue or my own plans please feel free to reach out at harlanforhouse@gmail.com.

Millennials Are Entitled!

Every generation has thoughts about the next generation; however, no generation has been more maligned than millennials. Born between 1981 and 1996, millennials currently have the largest participation in the labor force and are expected to outnumber baby boomers by 2019.

Having been born in 1983, I often hear critical statements about my generation, such as, “Millennials are so entitled!”

At first, I couldn’t have disagreed more…but after really thinking about it, I tend to agree.

Millennials are entitled!

We are entitled to a strong public education system for our families and neighbors, one where students can learn in a safe and healthy environment and where teachers are respected and paid accordingly.

We are entitled to a fair and equitable economy, one that stimulates the working poor and middle class rather than corporations and Wall Street.

We are entitled to a clean and safe planet, one where the environment is placed above profits and politics, and where we have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.

We are entitled to quality and affordable health care, where we can go to the doctor without worrying about how we are going to pay, and where one accident or illness will not cause us to lose everything.

Finally, we are entitled to political representation that puts the people above special interests, lobbyists, ideology, and ego.

We millennials are entitled, but so is every generation!

No matter when you were born, we should all have the same opportunities to live our best lives – and together we can make it happen!