Magazine June 22, 2015, Issue

Generation Gaps

Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young, by Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Jared Meyer (Encounter, 152 pp., $23.99)

Hard-hit by the recession, floundering in the job market, and suffering under the weight of massive debt — of both the student and the government variety — today’s youth are having a rough time. In their new book, Manhattan Institute scholars Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Jared Meyer say that a small-government agenda is the way to change this.

Furchtgott-Roth and Meyer argue that in three major areas — entitlements, education, and jobs — current policy is failing the young. Their case is overstated at times, but on the whole it is compelling.

Most Americans have at least a vague sense of what has

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