Skip to comments.Generational war is brewing
Posted on 11/10/2005 1:22:46 PM PST by qam1
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Yes it will get ugly. In addition to what is noted here, are the following additional considerations. By and large, the Chuckie Schumer, Bahbwa Bock-suh, Dick "H" Durban branch of extreme quasi Communistic "liberalism" is endemic to the Boomers. Certainly, there are factions of it in other generations, but the Boomers are the primary breeding ground. Meanwhile, again, from a broad brush stroke perspective, the current breeding ground of all other polity is essentially other generations besides the Boomers. So, something like 20 years from now, the population will be a skewed distribution skewed toward a set of old, cranky, government beneficiary, fixed or slowly growing income, Leftist Boomers. The rest of us will be overtaxed, increasginly resentful, too busy to politically organize and lobby, Right thinking people in the prime of life. Either this thing will break politically sometime before 20 years from now, or, somewhat later than 20 years from now when the peak of the Boomers start to die out, it will begin to slowly right itself. With either scenario, I reckon there will follow 50 - 100 years of time spent undoing at least the damage since the 1960s and, best case, the damage since the New Deal was put in place.
The Wooden Bowl
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.
"We must do something about Grandfather," said the son, "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor." So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
The four-year old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, " What are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food when I grow up".
The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. The tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
You are not really a true Boomer. You're too young. You (and I) were born past the peak birth years. I hate to break it to you, but you are going to be one of the ones paying for the Summer Of Love crowd - real soon!
Ditto....I see it all around me....people my age....especially restoring the family....in my church it is so exciting to see young families...together...raising their children.
I am ten years your junior and would just love to compare hours worked per week. Heck, I'd even want to compare hours worked to date since birth!
It won't happen until the Boomers born during the peak years (mid 1950s) start to die out in large numbers. So long as they are voting (and you know it will be voting according to the Communistic AARP line) Social Security will be untouchable.
What is your point???I am definetly not a feminist, but I can tell you this when I graduated high school, I wanted to go to college get a education, I DID NOT want to get married and have children right away like my mother's generation did.
I wanted to live out on my own be responsible for my own bills, date who I wanted...
Here's a radical idea... make the boomers pay for their own damn retirements with all that capital they've had their entire lifetimes to build, and stop stealing from their children and their childrens' children and the generations beyond that.
And the ones who can't afford to? Let other boomers support them.
Excellent post, BTW
On CNBC today, there was a segment on a conference of financial planners in Boca Raton that reported the savings rate of the US is now at -0%! Those participating can't believe that only 1/3 of Boomers have saved enough money for retirement, and they are suggesting that this group will have to keep working until they die. Somehow I can't see that. They'll be voting to take the money for their retirement goodies from the next generation, whom they decimated with abortion, through ever higher taxes. Yes, that is a recipe for generational warfare, but the geezers have the numbers to turn this into a socialist mess such as France and Germany are now.
It is true that SS was to be 10% of your retirement...not THE retirement.
As far as the national debt, just direct the current estate tax to only go to reducing debt...by a new law.
I was born in '72 and feel the same way. I identify a lot more with my grandfather than with either of my parents (or any other boomer relatives). Seems that the WW2 generation had its priorities in order, but sadly their success enabled the next generation to have all the wrong priorities and suffer few consequences.
See all the I's in your statement....that is what was wrong and what continues to be wrong with the baby boomer generation. Me, me, me, I, I, I,
They've supported euthenasia for their parents and abortion for their grandchildren and meism for their own children. Quite a predicament.
RE: This has been going on since the '30's, when our grandparents and great-grandparents voted to take money from our parents.
They thought they were taking money from a small group of "fat cats" who reputedly were not strongly affected by the Depression. The Communist propaganda at the time made people hate the rich and made them blame the Depression on "capitalism." Hey, who wrote that book? ;)
I see younger kids all the time who are far more conservative than their parents. What a fantastic trend.
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