Originally posted by Erongaricuaro
What, did your boomer parents embarrass you in front of your friends at the mall?
Like, for real, you know? *gum pop* They, like, TOTALLY wore, you know, argyle socks, with, like, sandals!
I was just like, y'know,
ohmigawwwwwd! I'm gonna die!
No, really, is this your best argument? 'Cause it makes you come off as a complete child. Might as well just throw in some "yo momma" jokes and make
armpit noises while you're at it.
The "boomers" for the past few decades have been the major source of government revenue, paying income taxes, paying into social security,
etc., while these funds began being raided by those of the generation before them - Reagan certainly was not from the boomer generation.
Reagan himself certainly was not. That we can agree on. But who got him elected... twice? He captured an awful lot of the younger adult vote; not
people my age, but people in their thirties and forties. Prior to him, this was also the most politically apathetic generation, holding over from that
hippy-dippy nonsense that if all the young'uns just "dropped out," then the system would grind to a halt.
The negative results of that were not immediately felt as boomer-generated revenue continued pouring in. Instead, it almost made Reagan appear
a saint. It was like he had a spending spree with the family credit card. It was fun at the time, until the bills begin rolling in. The boomers work
and the bills get paid on time but they have been paying off the debts accrued by their political leaders as they raided the system.
What fantasy world are you living in? Those bills aren't paid. They're still acruing interest, because people like you soil your depends whenever you
see the word "tax." You've been on a spending spree, yeah, but with your kid's credit card. 'Course, truth be told, we're not shaping up to be any
more intelligent, economically speaking. Maybe we just have a poor example to go on?
Be wary, those in the government will always be looking for ways to spend your money that is in the public trust. They will either look for
ways to spend it directly, or to transfer it into less secure accounts that can disappear overnight. This was demonstrated last decade as there were
calsl to privatize Social Security promising greater returns if they could invest it for you in stocks. Then in 2008 we witnessed how secure that
would have been as those stocks collapsed. Some of my own savings, fortunately a small part of it, diminished by 40% while invested in those funds,
Heh. The politicians have been gutting the nation's treasury for years amid the racaus cheers of the greedy generation; still doing it, in fact. Of
course, when someone mentioned social security, the cheers became howls of rage. Well-placed howls of rage, of course, and defeating that stupidity
was good for everyone, but it does show th mentality at work here.
"Put my kids and grandkids in debt slavery? HELL YEAH! BRING IT ON! Can't wait... wait.. social security? DON'T TOUCH MY MONEY!!!!!"
As the boomers begin retiring from the workforce you will likely feel the crunch left in their absence. You may have to open your eyes a bit
wider than they are now to understand how this works. But as long as your leaders can point to your parents as being the culprits you will feel fine
having someone to blame.
"My leaders," huh?
Yep, as the boomers start dropping off (retirement isn't really an option for most of you guys, sad to say. You strangled
that baby in the crib) there's going to be a crunch in the workforce. if it hadn't been for all the "free trade agreements," this would actually mean
that younger workers would be able to demand higher wages. A tax crunch will also happen, but primarily because of the fact that taxation was cut by
nearly 80% under Reagan, and has barely moved at all since; what the boomers pay is like giving a few drops of blood a day to a person suffering
I understand the situation at hand, and I'd wager I understand it better than you.
Remember how they balked at buying your Playstation 3 and told you your older model was still good? They never understood priorities, did
Again with this silliness. If you must know, the only game system I ever had was an old Atari that my older brother bought in 1984 with money from his
front-yard carwashing business. Back when vid'juh games wuz HARD! *waves cane*
But as to your greater point, no, this situation never really cropped up in my family. Except recently when I've been trying to tell my mother that
she can't afford the deluxe cable packages. Sadly recent phenomena, makes me worry about her a bit.
It is your patriotic duty now to blame your troubles on the older folks. Blame them that you have to work and your paycheck barely meets your
expenses. Welcome to the real world.
One, I don't have
a "patriotic duty." Two, certainly all my problems aren't the fault of older generations; but some of them are, and it's
ridiculous that you guys are still gallivanting around, pretending to be the golden child, favored by the universe and incapable of wrong. Three, my
paycheck covers my expenses quite well, as small as it is, 'cause unlike some, I've never had a fantasy of living beyond my means. Doing so may mean
"success" to you, but it means "failure" to me.
What I'd really
like is a decent benefits package, maybe even retirement. And... siiiiigh... a flying pony, while I'm at it.
20-1-2011 by TheWalkingFox because: (no reason given)