Skip to comments.Boomers have paid their dues to society
Posted on 05/18/2005 10:06:08 AM PDT by qam1
Jan Murray believes boomers are right to demand your money.
I am having trouble empathising with the bleating about whose taxes will fund the ageing baby-boomer bunch in the near future. Such mean-hearted tripe. Such chutzpah - the high-chair set having a hissy fit just thinking about the load it's going to have to bear.
So, who started it and how do we stop it is what I want to know. I feel like digging out my pewter jewellery and hurling it at the next Generation-X pet who complains that his or her taxes will be supporting the likes of me because I haven't been clever enough to save for my Zimmer frame.
OK, so a decent slice of your taxes are going to have to keep us in the style we invented and will insist upon while there's breath in our used, abused (and increasingly refused) bodies. Pardon us for making up 39.76 per cent of the population.
Let's just hold that thought while I run through a few home truths.
Imagine a world without teenagers. Who invented the phenomenon? We did. The adolescent baby boomers were the social malcontents of the 50s who cut loose from the oppressive ruck and insisted on being recognised as individuals with a right to be listened to, marketed to and feared by a conservative Yesterday because we were Tomorrow - our own tomorrow, and yours.
Imagine if we had not rebelled. Elvis would have been sent back to his mum to have his mouth washed out. He would still be singing gospel in some clapboard church in Memphis, telling his grandkids how a rush of blood to his head a long time ago made him do some foolish things with his hips.
Look at it this way: the money you've been saving on dentistry - because we gave you flouride in your drinking water - is the equivalent of the tax rise you'll need to come up with on our behalf.
Between sorting my vinyls and renovating my sea-change home, I pause to wonder: why all the ingratitude and grumbling resentment? Should we have left off trying to make this a better world? Should we have just climbed the corporate ladders and left the multinationals to rip down the trees and put in their car parks?
I haven't even touched the 'f' word. This fight alone would be reason enough to drop a donation in as we pass the hat around. I'm not talking flares and fondue, either. Of course the boomers gave the world them. Just as we gave it fast-food, rock'n'roll, heart transplants, aerobics, tantric sex and the F-111. OK, so the Concorde proved to be a dud and the AK-47 was nasty, the multi-function polis never eventuated and body shirts were neither here nor there. But imagine a world without tampons, child care and equal wages.
Yes, I'm talking about feminism. Boomers went in hard on that one, and the Gen -ers who hold up half the sky today need to be reminded with each pay cheque. But that's an argument for another day. Why not just pay up and do it with a smile? Life's too short for hassles, man. Dig?
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I'd like to give this guy two words with one finger...
When I saw the headline, I thought more onanistic drivel from Richard Cohen.
Good-NESS! It's tripe like this that is what makes the X-ers hate the Boomers so much! This really shows them for the selfish, greedy group that they are. Holding up half the sky? This generation did more damage to society than the three or four generations before them, and if Gen X is having problems fixing some of their messes it's because we were raised by these idiots. I know that the writer doesn't speak for every Boomer, but this is the face that the world sees, and it's what the world will remember.
It's spelled "fluoride." Not only does the Sydney Morning Herald have writers who can't write, they can't spell either. No proofreaders/editors either, apparently.
Economic child rapists.
Grave diggers of Western Civilization.
Fixed it for her.
I got the impression this was written somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
B.S. How about the flappers in the 1920s. How about all the people then who defied prohibition to get a drink.
And that bit about individuals with a right to be listened to? Does the phrase, "Founding fathers" ring a bell. Well, the author is Australian, so maybe not.
But of all the laughable bits, is the suggestion that Boomers invented tantric sex. Honey, tantric sex was invented by Buddhists in India, no later than the 16th century.
Of course the Boomers seem to think they invented Sex...
"Imagine if we had not rebelled. Elvis would have been sent back to his mum to have his mouth washed out. He would still be singing gospel in some clapboard church in Memphis, telling his grandkids how a rush of blood to his head a long time ago made him do some foolish things with his hips."
Maybe Elvis would be alive enjoying his family, instead he died, overdosed siting on a toilet. Thanks.
Maybe instead of all the Rebelling, your generation should have gone to work and help build our future. Now your kind will just bankrupt the county.
I'd agree with you except that I've sat with Bay Area liberal Boomers too many times to count who have basically said the same stuff to me. And they're dead serious!
And were too stoned to patent it. Another example of fiscal mismanagement.
I thought so too, but then again, tongue-in-cheek usually is written with a hint of exaggeration.
Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?
They can kiss my Xer butt. We've now gotta fix all the crap that they screwed up.
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