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We’re Not Gen-X, We’re Gen-Reagan
6/7/04 | Cinnamon Girl

Posted on 06/07/2004 1:31:59 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl

We’re Not Gen-X, We’re Gen-Reagan

This is for everyone who was raised to believe that our young lives would soon end in a nuclear war, of mutually assured destruction, quivering under our school desks with President Reagan to thank for making the pink and gray tile on our classroom floors the last thing we would ever see.

This is for those of us raised in the post-graduate, post-doctorate suburbs where Volkswagens and Volvos taught us that we “can’t hug our children with nuclear arms” and that “war is not healthy for children and other living things.”

This is for the generation that grew up watching “Welcome Back, Kotter,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Cosby Show” and hundreds of bad impressions of President Reagan as a shellac haired cowboy buffoon who didn’t have a thought in his head, followed by impressions of Dan Quayle as a simple minded bad speller who attacked the beloved “Murphy Brown” for having a baby and no husband, followed (in our adulthood) by monkey-like caricatures of the ignorant and stupid cowboy-war-monger President Bush.

We know who we are. We accept the moniker “Generation X” and we don’t even know what the heck that means. It might have something to do with being jaded and feeling crappy about dolphins in canned tuna, and about the tragic death of Kurt Cobane. It probably refers to a specific group of people who saw every John Hughes “teen” movie and point to “The Breakfast Club” as a virtual documentary. It has never signified the Generation that grew up feeling good about America because of President Ronald Reagan.

Our generation went from an early childhood of Jimmy Carter, a droopy peanut farmer with big teeth and a hostage crisis, to a happy, energetic, powerful and confident Republican president who suddenly made politics interesting.

I remember watching a Carter/Reagan debate by myself one night when my mom was out. There was no doubt in my mind that Ronald Reagan would be president. He was irresistible, and he made America sound like an exciting, attractive place.

I remember collapsing on the couch in the family room, feeling as if I’d been punched in the stomach, the day President Reagan was shot. It was in middle school. There was no discussion of the event by teachers or even the principal. My happiness that he would survive was a quiet and personal event.

While family friends and neighbors continued to wring their hands, and angrily mock what they called “Reagan’s Star Wars fantasy,” I remember him saying “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” He just seemed really gutsy. And my neighbors, who said “Visualize World Peace,” and meant it, seemed passé. Action, not words. That was hot.

In high school, I remember a school assembly before Reagan’s re-election. Nobody in our debate team wanted to be on the pro-Mondale side. Reagan’s second big win was a done deal and everyone knew it. Even before we could convincingly articulate our reasons for supporting President Reagan, and long before we could vote for him, we knew he was great, and that he was helping us.

In college, I waited in a long line of other students at USC to vote for President Reagan’s then Vice President, G.H.W. Bush. When I finally got to a voting booth, inside the small house of a Mexican-American family, I noticed on their mantle, a big framed photograph of President Reagan. That’s right. That is right.

When his second term was over, President Reagan came to speak at USC. Somehow, I managed to get a seat in the fully packed auditorium to see President Reagan in person. The standing ovation, when he took the stage, was 11 minutes long. And he was dazzling, of course. We were all riding the high for a long while afterward.

The first time I went to the Reagan Library, I was most impressed by the big chunk of graffitied Berlin Wall sitting outside, above the valley. I knew what that was about. That was a part of my growing up memories.

Tonight, I plan to go again to the Reagan Library, to pay my respects to the man who had a greater influence on my generation than any other person the media or the pundits bring to mind.

Thank you, President Reagan. G-d Bless you. And G-d Bless America.


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How different America would be had we not had the Reagan Years.
1 posted on 06/07/2004 1:32:00 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
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To: rantblogger; monkeyshine; hole_n_one; lainie; RonDog; generalissimoduane; *Hugh Hewitt

I'm seriously thinking about putting my Bush/Cheney '04 bumper sticker on my car. Who's in?


2 posted on 06/07/2004 1:33:39 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Cinnamon Girl
"Laverne & Shirley"

Eeek!

3 posted on 06/07/2004 1:37:26 PM PDT by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero - something's gonna happen..)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Good article! I think we are about the same age...Reagan become President when I was in 5th Grade(?)..LOL! I remember I was in high school at the end of his second term. I also remember that that he was widely admired at my school, it was "cool" to like Reagan.


4 posted on 06/07/2004 1:38:38 PM PDT by FeliciaCat (Life is to short for ugly shoes.)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

I've had mine on for several months now...

Then there is the sign in the yard...

And the T-Shirt, Cap and Mug...

www.georgebush.com


5 posted on 06/07/2004 1:39:23 PM PDT by TSgt (What have you done for your country today?)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Here in Minnesota, it's suddenly bumper-sticker season.

"What would Wellstone do?"

"It's not time to Park the Bus"

"Say No to Bush"

Which means it's well past time to begin to respond.

These are on my car:


6 posted on 06/07/2004 1:44:29 PM PDT by jdege
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To: Cinnamon Girl

This is an interesting post. Over the last couple of days I've started to believe that "Generation X" has an ingrained sense of dissatisfaction built into us. Not because we are malcontents by nature, but because we are in the "unfortunate" position of having grown up after the doldrums of the 1970s. Our "problem" is that we came of age during the most optimistic periods in the last 50 years -- and we are not likely to experience that again anytime soon.


7 posted on 06/07/2004 1:45:35 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Ego numquam pronunciare mendacium . . . sed ego sum homo indomitus")
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Great post/article. I was 10 when we won the Gold Medal in Hockey, and I can remember being sooo excited that there was something to cheer for after gas lines, staggering inflation, and the hostage crisis. It seemed a bleak time.

During the campaign I also remember getting into an argument with a fellow student in the bathroom at school that Reagan would win the presidency over Carter. They were convinced that Carter would win (I grew up in libbie CT). I think it was after one of the debates.

I also remember when my eldest brother registered as a Republican. My family had always been Democrat (Irish Catholics from Massachusetts will do that to ya). And it was all because of Reagan.

You are right. We are the product of his presidency. And what a great presidency it was.


8 posted on 06/07/2004 1:46:51 PM PDT by Betis70
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Our generation went from an early childhood of Jimmy Carter, a droopy peanut farmer with big teeth and a hostage crisis, to a happy, energetic, powerful and confident Republican president who suddenly made politics interesting.

This was me in the early 80's. Reagan was the man who fired me up politically and I will be forever grateful to him for that.
9 posted on 06/07/2004 1:48:28 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Liberalism is the end result of too many people peeing in the gene pool.)
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To: qam1

Gen-x ping?


10 posted on 06/07/2004 1:48:37 PM PDT by Betis70
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Wonderful Post!!

I'll second that : We are the Reagan Generation.

OOO...how ruffled will the Lefty Boomers be now?!

11 posted on 06/07/2004 1:48:55 PM PDT by Alkhin (He thinks I need keeping in order)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Cinnamon Girl wrote:


I'm seriously thinking about putting my Bush/Cheney '04 bumper sticker on my car. Who's in?






I live near Ann Arbor. If I do that, I'll get my windows broken on my car.

( Since the loving libs like to vandalize people they disagree with.....)


12 posted on 06/07/2004 1:50:11 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Careful with that sticker, Cin. You live in LA & your car will be vandalized. I have had people make nasty comments about my "Freedom isn't Free" sticker. I got that from a charity I support (Disabled American Veterans).


13 posted on 06/07/2004 1:50:23 PM PDT by Feiny (Hail to the Chief!!!)
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To: Alkhin
I was thirteen and in 8th grade when Reagan was elected. I remember very clearly the afternoon he was shot.

Plaid wool skirts a la fifties style and knickers were in. We were just beginning to hear about groups like Duran Duran and the new sensation called MTV.

14 posted on 06/07/2004 1:50:57 PM PDT by Alkhin (He thinks I need keeping in order)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

ping to read later


15 posted on 06/07/2004 1:50:59 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Why don't you already have it on there?????????


16 posted on 06/07/2004 1:52:03 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Ronald Reagan became president during my first year in high school. I had already picked up on my father's conservative views by osmosis so I was what you could call a 'proto-conservative' at the start of grade 9. It was during those years in high school that I made a critical examination of those views and incorporated conservative principles into my belief system. President Reagan's example, optimism, confidence and conviction had a large impact on me (even up here in Canada) and I frequently found myself defending him against the criticisms of my fellow students.

Every now and then God will raise up a man and put him in the right place at the right time to turn the course of events in God's favor, and Reagan was such a man.

His wife's long years of devotion to your husband were an example of the kind of loyalty and true love that is far too rare these days.

God bless and keep you Mr. President. And may his blessing pour out on the loved ones you've left behind.


17 posted on 06/07/2004 1:52:08 PM PDT by Grig
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Good post, BTW!

I remember not being ble to sleep in November 1980, when I was finally legal to vote in my first Presidential election..... ( and yes, i voted Reagan! )


18 posted on 06/07/2004 1:52:30 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: feinswinesuksass

That's the thing. I don't want the peace-loving tolerant lefty scum scratching my paint.


19 posted on 06/07/2004 1:52:53 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Cinnamon Girl

I can easily identify with what you've said. Nice job and good post.


20 posted on 06/07/2004 1:53:01 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Cinnamon Girl

That was a great post. I'm feeling a little blue having watched the ceremony this morning. Ronnie is finally free from the misery of Alzheimer's, but Nancy needs our prayers to get through the difficult times ahead for her.

When Ronald Reagan ran for office, I voted for him. It was the first election I was old enough to vote in. I voted to reelect him 4 yrs later.

Reagan changed the direction of this country for the better. He gave this country renewed hope and faith after the dark years.

God bless him.


21 posted on 06/07/2004 1:55:30 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Torrance Ca....land of the flying monkeys)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
After a protest against Bush/Cheney when the VP was here, I went home and added more stickers to my car. I already had one on the back that said "I support the President". I added 4 more - 2 Bush/Cheney static cling inside the front side windows, and one that says "Leadership, Integrity, Morality - Bush 2004" on the back side windows.

When my daughter saw it, she laughed and said there was no doubt who I was voting for.

I also have the poster from the 2000 state convention "Bush" in my front bedroom window - it has been there since I came back from that convention.

22 posted on 06/07/2004 1:56:03 PM PDT by mathluv (Protect my grandchildren's future. Vote for Bush/Cheney '04.)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Did you write this yourself?

If so, will you marry me? *grin*

Seriously, very well written. And yes, I am most definetly part of Gen-Reagan.

Qwinn


23 posted on 06/07/2004 1:56:57 PM PDT by Qwinn
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To: FeliciaCat
I was in the 7th grade when he was elected. I remember being excited, even though I did not realize why.

We are the generation that was born at th end of the Vietnam war, sat in gas lines with our parents, and even thought we were young, understood life got better with Reagan in office.

Our 7th grade science teacher brought in a TV when Reagan was inagurated. I was so happy about that and the hostages.

We were so young, but understood!

24 posted on 06/07/2004 1:57:40 PM PDT by tndarlin
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Great writing. Perfect summation.


25 posted on 06/07/2004 1:57:56 PM PDT by Corporate Law (<>< -- Xavier Basketball - Perennial Slayer of #1 Ranked Teams)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Good post. I'm a 'baby boomer'. Only, I didn't know what Woodstock was because I was only 9 years old. My first presidential election, I voted for Ronald Reagan, 1980. I was 21. I never considered myself a 'boomer', but just a tad too old for the X-er's. There are a lot of us born in the late 50's early 60's that don't fit the boomer moniker, and don't fit the X-er moniker. I like the Gen-Reagan nick though it fits us 'misfits' because we don't really have a group, and President Reagan was in many cases, the first President we voted for.
26 posted on 06/07/2004 1:58:09 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Qwinn

Someone needs to get this to Rush Limbaugh. He needs to hear this.


27 posted on 06/07/2004 1:58:13 PM PDT by Alkhin (He thinks I need keeping in order)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Volkswagens and Volvos taught us that we “can’t hug our children with nuclear arms” and that “war is not healthy for children and other living things.”

And don't forget that Russians love their children too.

God Bless President Reagan.

28 posted on 06/07/2004 1:58:56 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Alberta's Child
Our "problem" is that we came of age during the most optimistic periods in the last 50 years -- and we are not likely to experience that again anytime soon.

I think much of Gen-X's collective "problem" is the same as the baby boomers' problem, and that's having lived through nothing but prosperous times. I was reminded of that again this past weekend, due to the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The Great Depression was largely responsible for shaping the character of the greatest generation.

There are exceptions, of course. Not all Gen-Xers are spoiled, whining brats.

29 posted on 06/07/2004 1:59:22 PM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary. You have the right to be wrong.)
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To: tiamat

Maybe you need something like one of the signs at a protest march - Give Communism a chance - It only cost i million lives under Stalin" - or something like that. Libs don't think well, so they may not realize you are not supporting them.


30 posted on 06/07/2004 1:59:29 PM PDT by mathluv (Protect my grandchildren's future. Vote for Bush/Cheney '04.)
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To: Alkhin

Back when MTV was worth watching. Those were the days!


31 posted on 06/07/2004 2:01:51 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Didn't your father tell you that unnecessary excerpting will make you go blind?)
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To: newgeezer

Make that "MOST Gen-Xers are not spoiled, whining brats" and I'll forgive your bias. If an individual you know is spoiled and whiny, then blame the people that raised them.


32 posted on 06/07/2004 2:02:55 PM PDT by Alkhin (He thinks I need keeping in order)
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To: Paul Atreides

Amen to that!! I miss the Men At Work vids. Those were funny!


33 posted on 06/07/2004 2:06:11 PM PDT by Alkhin (He thinks I need keeping in order)
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To: mathluv

LOL! '

Good sign!





Mostly I just stay out of the city... there aren't even any good restaurants left.....


34 posted on 06/07/2004 2:07:00 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: newgeezer
Not all Gen-Xers are spoiled, whining brats

We are now growing up and realize that we have had it great and need to pass that along.

We all have seen what hard work and determination can provide.

We all need to be remided from time to time.

35 posted on 06/07/2004 2:07:12 PM PDT by tndarlin
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Bump.


36 posted on 06/07/2004 2:09:42 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("I stood up and fought against Ronald Reagan's illegal war in Central America." -John Kerry)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Nice post, but what is the G-d stuff? Just come out and spell it like it should be, God. I've seen others do this too, my question is why?


37 posted on 06/07/2004 2:11:20 PM PDT by marvlus
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To: Cinnamon Girl
We must be the same age, I remember the Challenger blowing up like it was yesterday.

Gen-Reagan ..... nice phrase.

38 posted on 06/07/2004 2:13:21 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Resolve to perform what you must; perform without fail that what you resolve.)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
We must be the same age, I remember the Challenger blowing up like it was yesterday.

Gen-Reagan ..... nice phrase.

39 posted on 06/07/2004 2:13:21 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Resolve to perform what you must; perform without fail that what you resolve.)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

We'd still have those cool Cold War movies, though-- The Package, FireFox, Spies Like Us, etc.


40 posted on 06/07/2004 2:13:54 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Great post!

I was in the third grade during 1980 and I remember walking to school with three of my friends. We were talking about who we would all vote for and all of us said Reagan. I am really not sure who my parents liked. I just remember that I CHOSE Reagan.

Generation Reagan has a good ring to it!

As far as the vandalism, put the sticker on your car. If your car gets vandalized, call Hannity. He'll pay for it.


41 posted on 06/07/2004 2:15:41 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Integrity is Doing the Right Thing When Nobody is Looking)
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To: KneelBeforeZod; Bella_Bru

Well?

I loved Laverne & Shirley. Even IF their writers stole from I Love Lucy ;)

And of course, Welcome Back Kotter.

And, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. And Led Zeppelin.

And the Sex Pistols.


42 posted on 06/07/2004 2:17:25 PM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband (Borders, Language, Culture, Straights - now more than ever)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

BTTT


43 posted on 06/07/2004 2:18:31 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: marvlus
Nice post, but what is the G-d stuff? Just come out and spell it like it should be, God. I've seen others do this too, my question is why?

I agree. Is this the new ACLU version?
44 posted on 06/07/2004 2:19:07 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Integrity is Doing the Right Thing When Nobody is Looking)
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To: marvlus

Its a little hat-tip picked up from Jewish writers, who believe that it is DISRESPECTFUL to write the name of God in full. It is meant as a sign of respect


45 posted on 06/07/2004 2:19:13 PM PDT by Alkhin (He thinks I need keeping in order)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

>>I'm seriously thinking about putting my Bush/Cheney '04 bumper sticker on my car. Who's in?<<

Mine's been on for a month!

This is a great essay, my FRiend! We from the "On the Beach" generation (who will not admit to being a late baby-boomer {I swear I heard Gen-Xers start with JFK in 1961} because we are not like "THEM") fully understand what you are talking about.

I was blessed to have parents who were 1st generation American, a dad who knew that hard work got you the American Dream and a mother who was in love with RR as a young girl. He was much loved in our home.


46 posted on 06/07/2004 2:22:08 PM PDT by netmilsmom (The Libs prefer to silence than debate.-Political Junkie Too)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
I am so a part of this,Very well written.

BTW, Was I the only white kid who loved watching "What's Happening"?
47 posted on 06/07/2004 2:22:35 PM PDT by cmsgop ( It Puts The Lotion in the Basket or it gets the Hose Again........)
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To: tiamat
If I do that, I'll get my windows broken on my car.

Get some flexible magnetic rubber sheeting:

Some people worry about damaging their paint. I worried about having pro-gun bumper stickers on a car when I had parked it somewhere with a gun in it.

The stuff makes it easy enough to take the bumper stickers off when you park someplace where you might be at risk of vandalism.

48 posted on 06/07/2004 2:23:06 PM PDT by jdege
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To: Cinnamon Girl
I remember collapsing on the couch in the family room, feeling as if I’d been punched in the stomach, the day President Reagan was shot. It was in middle school.

I remember that so well too. It happened on my 20th birthday. What an awful, awful day that was. I remember hearing on the news that there was cheering going on in the halls at Cal State Northridge.

That was great piece you wrote. Good work.

49 posted on 06/07/2004 2:24:42 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan
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To: Betis70; qam1; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; malakhi; ...
Xer Ping

Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social aspects that directly effects Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations (i.e. The Baby Boomers) are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.

Freep mail me to be added or dropped. See my home page for details.  

50 posted on 06/07/2004 2:25:39 PM PDT by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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