Skip to comments.Baby boomers or bums?
Posted on 03/09/2006 9:23:36 AM PST by laney
In the 1960s and '70s they burned their bras and draft cards, marched on Washington, founded Earth Day and vowed never to trust anyone over the age of 30.
Today, the baby boomers are doing the limbo, dancing wildly and waving their arms in the air to the unintelligible lyrics of "Louie, Louie."
At least that's what they're doing in Portland, Oregon, at the Baby Boomers' Social Club Friday night dance at the Red Lion Hotel.
"We have a live band once a month, and we do all sorts of different dance styles," says Melanie Pedersen, co-founder with Julie Dahlman of the Baby Boomers' Social Club.
"Julie does a wall sweep," Pederson says. "She says, 'come on gals ... go get the guys that are holding up the walls.'"
"You know, we're in our 50s now, so it's okay to ask the guys to dance," Dahlman adds with a laugh.
Indeed, this mammoth generation -- at once lauded for its commitment to social change and derided for its perceived self-indulgence -- has grown up and is now going gray.
So, how did the "Me" generation do for itself? Have the boomers prospered as much as they could have, or did they miss key opportunities to better their nation and their lives?
It depends on whom you ask.
Some experts say the boomers did not plan well for their future, especially their financial futures, relying instead on the whimsy of a historically rosy economic era to carry them along.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
"In the 1960s and '70s they burned their bras and draft cards, marched on Washington, founded Earth Day and vowed never to trust anyone over the age of 30."
Bullshit. A loud and overbearing 10% or less did this crap, and was lovingly overcovered by the media that made its own lefty transition at that time.
According to Suze Orman Baby Boomers are Baby Bummers..
hmmm...Disagree big spenders of the 80's are gone, and many Boomers if anything might be spoiled. Most I know depend on there real property and inheritances more than pensions or savings accounts.
I'm 59.......... a boomer......... we suck............ look what we have allowed our government to become on our watch ............ a bunch of compromised, spineless, self-serving politicians who passed CFR without a blink, blew off the ports deal with little reason, spent our *sses off, overspend for lousy/socialist schools, won't clean up the income tax, won't deal with the social security problem, and won't put a number of traitors (Sandy Berger, etc.) among us in jail.
So, what was the other 90% doing then???
Not ALL this generation did any of these things. It is the Gloria Steinem's and ilk like yer that want the new generations to believe it. I live in the mid-west and didn't know of drugs until the early 70's. I did not know anyone using them. And I was not isolated. This is a misnomer that is constantly perpetuated by the west coast, the Susie Orman's, etc. and east coast large liberal cities where I presume these things originated.
Wonder why so many of these Boomer bashing whine-fests start with lies. Earth Day was the brain child of Gaylord Nelson (born in 1916) and John McConnell (born in 1915). Nelson hired Denis Hayes (born 1944) to run the effort. Not a Boomer in the bunch.
And, the slogan "never trust anyone over thirty" was from a TV movie written by a guy born in 1928.
You kids really should do a little real-world homework, that is unless you enjoy being led by the nose.
We were busy trying to make sure we had enough Fritos in the house to get us through the amount of weed we had for the evening.
Agreed.The typical Boomer is doing just that.I thank God every day that my Dad passed on to me his Depression-era attitudes regarding work,saving,debt,conspicuous consumption and other things.
I will add that then along came the drug problems, drinking, and all the other categories changing how SS was distributed and the poor were taken care of. As the children became wise to the tax rip off they demanded their share too. Why should the person that works their life get less than the ones who don't. I believe this is the birth of the ME generation. Who do you know that does not try to disperse relatives property prior to putting them in a nursing home so they can keep the money? Not was I was raised to believe but a means to get what was given away to people who never purchased property. If you haven't got they can't take but if you work hard and get--they also take--these folks found a way around it.
So, what was the other 90% doing then???
Well I was listening to my 45's on my record player, eating fried Bologna Sandwiches and drinking Oarnge Crush dreaming about a guy who had longer hair than myself...LOL...
But these "youngsters" on FR sure do love to bash the Boomers, don't they?
Because either they're liberals or they are repeating the liberal lies.
I'm amazed at how ignorant some on here appear on this subject.
You could be correct in citing your 10% figure,but I must point out to you that it's the very *same* 10% that's been in effective control of the democRAT Party,and many other sources of corruption and decay in this country,for the last 20 years.
Apparently you need some new friends.
I won't take responsibility for that. I vote regularly and learn the most I can about the candidates, most are liars. I had no control over the S & L scandal for example and I just saw one of the Keating 5 on Fox this week touting his expertise. What expertise? He is a crook just like the rest--they cover for each other and I don't care how honest the start out--they end up doing what is best for their personal wealth.
My mom is 74 and I know she and all her friends talk about what they are leaving thier Baby Boomer Children.
Our parents really loved and lived for thier kids that's for sure...
Why would anyone think I was JOKING?
What, pray tell, do you think we should have done?
I need new friends? why? because they have parents who are leaving them a financial future in there older years?
subsequebt post from others explain it to you....my guess is that you were a supplicant of the 10# or less, and are now too willing to bear the responsibility "sucking" as you describe........not all of us did it.....just some.....assune whatever blame YOU geel you deserve, but please don't try to divide it evenly amongst the rest of us.
They were doing the same thing the 90% today are doing as laws about smoking keep getting passed. Nothing, living their lives and earning a living.
Just a joke my friend- As in ain't that the truth...
I'm a boomer...and was to some extent, a product of the 70's, a decade that if haedn't happened, I would probably have been a millionaire by now.
But I never burned a bra, marched in a peace protest or denigrated our country. Whatever party animal tendencies I had in the 70's were replaced with a college degree, earned at night, holding a job and paying taxes..and possess a deep love and respect for our country. We baby boomers are also part of Reagan's raiders and I'm very proud of that. That oesn't mean I didn't also enjoy attending the Louie Louie parade in Philly a couple of times (before then Mayor Goode, stopped it) :-)
My mom is 78. My brother, two of my sisters and I paid off her house. We expect nothing at all when she goes. My wife and I had her parents change their wills so that anything earmarked for us goes instead to our grandchildren. We really suck.
Many got sucked in to feeling sorry for ourselves, and this country is the result of that selfish, fooish attitude.... unfortunately.
That's certainly true of my parents.Sometimes I wonder if the children of the Depression/WWII era were *too* good to their kids....*too* tolerant.....*too* forgiving.
Are you saying YOUR age people are depending on their parents' money, or Boomers are depending on their parents' money?
ROFL, and you criticized my art tastes last week. It's funny to be chastised by a druggie!
Have a nice day.
Great Post...Yes it was the *Party* Generation and most boomers went on the live the values of thier World War 11 Generation parents because as children we did learn conservative values even though many of us went a bit haywire for a few years in a liberal sense... :)
John McPain.... just another symptom. That silly man just may be the next president. Chrissy (Peace Corps.) Matthews is salivating over the thought.
I am 62 and my husband is 60. I agree with you. Although I will say we got involved for some years trying to stop the socialist/criminal government and politicians, but as Claire Wolfe says, "It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b*&^%*ds."
"You could be correct in citing your 10% figure,but I must point out to you that it's the very *same* 10% that's been in effective control of the democRAT Party,and many other sources of corruption and decay in this country,for the last 20 years."
No. Since 1968......and control was wrested from old Democrats bigtime with the over-publicized antics led by a few scumbags who became and remain well known since then......and the media helped them with saturation coverage
Yes they did, but maybe they unintentionally made it too easy on some of us.
I am saying many *BOOMERS* have parents that were able to obtain a nice nest egg for themselves that they will pass on to thier children...Why wouldn't they?
Why would anyone think I was JOKING?
Because it's a well-known fact that Boomer tokers prefer Twinkies over Fritos by a margin of 5 to 1, that's why.
Did I indicate you should have done anything?
That screen name ....... you aren't Webster Hubbell are you?
I burned my draft card. It was worth a laugh. I did it with three of my friends while we were sitting on a stoop drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. Oh! I forgot. We were also wearing fatigues, were volunteer, enlisted soldiers in the U.S. Army, and were on the stoop in front of our barracks. Could never understand why the army insisted I get a draft card after volunteering.
I believe the correct terminology is "Spongers."
And I think they coined the expression "me time."
You made it sound like Boomers were just waiting for their parents' money, that they weren't productive.
Whatever you are trying to say there...........good luck
ASA --- '69-71
To some degree yes..Many Boomers I know were given everything they wanted by thier parents. But I know many of people that would not dare stick thier parents in a nursing home and will be there for Mom and Dad..I know I will..
No not at all, I am just saying many BOOMERS have parents that are well off as they have saved all thier lives, own property that is very lucrative and it is all going to thier Baby Booming Kids...
LOL ....... quite true.
Maybe that's why all the paintings looked so pretty. ;)
Nah, when I stopped being a child I "put away childish things", and my drug of choice these days is single malt scotch. :)
How odd.... I never saw Twinkies.... we went for the salty munchies. A regional difference, perhaps?