Despite efforts to portray Social Security and Medicare as giveaways to undeserving seniors that rip off the young, some young people believe they must work with older people to make the programs work.
"Wall Street and everyone who crashed the world economy has a really strong incentive to get young folks who are struggling to blame older folks who are likewise struggling, and no one will notice that the people pointing their fingers are the real culprits," Lawson told me. "But once you get the truth out, young folks are well suited to figure out that the young and the old need to work together for the entire system."
Young Americans rein in their dreams: Amid so much economic uncertainty, many are rethinking career plans, putting off marriage and avoiding the stock market like the plague.
Photo: Alicia Thomas, a student at UC San Diego, is worried about her job prospects after graduation. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
Nonwhites accounted for all the growth in the youth population of California from 2000 to 2010, according to a study.
Photo: Students in Long Beach. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times