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— Wes Nisker, Radio Commentator

Welcome to A Generation Empowered

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Welcome to A Generation Empowered. My name is Bess Byers, co-founder and fellow millennial, and I’m excited you’re here.

A Generation Empowered is a single-issue, bipartisan nonprofit educating Americans about the national debt. With so much divide in today’s political climate, we want to unite Americans behind a common cause: leaving a generation trillions in debt is wrong.

The U.S. national debt is over $17.6 trillion. Programs like Social Security and Medicare bring our debt to $100 trillion in unfunded promises. We’re borrowing 14 cents of every dollar spent. The estimated debt by 2019 is $21.6 trillion. In other words, America is broke.

The national debt, debt ceiling, deficits and government shutdown are just a few phrases repeated throughout the media, but what do they mean? Why does the debt matter? Who is standing up for this? Isn’t the national debt too big to tackle?

A Generation Empowered is that voice. I'm committed to educating Americans on the national debt. I'll help make your voice heard. The national debt impacts all Americans regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Debt isn’t a partisan issue, it’s an American issue.

I get it. The national debt is a really, really complex topic. In fact, it can be boring. I believe the national debt can be broken down into language all Americans understand. Better yet, I think learning about it should be fun. Some call me crazy, but I call myself passionate.

Make sure to follow A Generation Empowered on social media @agenempowered, and keep checking the blog. I'll take it one step at a time to ensure you’re educated and empowered. $17 trillion didn’t happen overnight, and it’s going to take more than one girl to make a difference. I hope you’ll join me on this adventure called A Generation Empowered. It’s our generation, and we have the power to change it.

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Leaving a generation almost $20 trillion in debt is unacceptable and unpatriotic.

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