Time and again, politicians in Washington have a habit of falling into a familiar trap: if at first you don’t succeed… just throw more money at the problem. The so-called ‘War on Poverty,’ first declared by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, is a textbook example.
A college education has never before been so instrumental in helping U.S. students achieve economic prosperity. However, for many low-income and non-traditional Hispanic students, going to college remains a seemingly insurmountable challenge, especially because there are so many factors that influence a decision that carries a huge economic burden.
The LIBRE Institute’s Michael Barrera, National Manager of the organization’s Economic Prosperity pillar, was invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, at a hearing titled “Opportunity Denied: How Overregulation Harms Minorities.”
Since the late 1970’s, the familiar American teenage pastime of working a summer job between school years has been vanishing at an alarming rate. What was once an easy and common way for young Americans to gain work experience and earn a little spending money for summer vacation is now out of reach for many.