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Baby boomers or bums?
CNN ^ | March 9th, 2006

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.

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1 posted on 03/09/2006 9:23:37 AM PST by laney
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To: laney
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.

*Perceived* self-indulgence?

PERCEIVED?

2 posted on 03/09/2006 9:26:32 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: 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."

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.


3 posted on 03/09/2006 9:32:40 AM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Gay State Conservative

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.


4 posted on 03/09/2006 9:36:06 AM PST by laney ((For GOD so loved the world..John 3:16))
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To: laney
Have the boomers prospered as much as they could have, or did they miss key opportunities to better their nation and their lives?

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.

We suck.

;-)

5 posted on 03/09/2006 9:38:19 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cheney’s "meaningful consequences"...........even more painful for Iran than the evils of dodgeball.)
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68
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.

So, what was the other 90% doing then???

6 posted on 03/09/2006 9:39:40 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cheney’s "meaningful consequences"...........even more painful for Iran than the evils of dodgeball.)
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68
Steinhorn points out how this generation embraced multiculturalism and diversity like never before, making discrimination in the workplace against women and minorities illegal. Boomers listened to the disparate voices of Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Lenny Bruce and Bob Dylan. And environmental causes gained steam under the boomers' stewardship; suddenly, being "green" was hip.

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.

7 posted on 03/09/2006 9:40:02 AM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: 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.....

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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.

8 posted on 03/09/2006 9:40:11 AM PST by wtc911 (You can't get there from here)
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To: beyond the sea

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.


9 posted on 03/09/2006 9:42:35 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: laney
Most I know depend on there real property and inheritances more than pensions or savings accounts.

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.

10 posted on 03/09/2006 9:43:59 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: laney
And that is what we were raised to believe by the greatest generation. You buy property to take care of you in your old age.

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.

11 posted on 03/09/2006 9:45:01 AM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: beyond the sea

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...


12 posted on 03/09/2006 9:45:12 AM PST by laney ((For GOD so loved the world..John 3:16))
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

Exactly.

But these "youngsters" on FR sure do love to bash the Boomers, don't they?


13 posted on 03/09/2006 9:46:18 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: linda_22003

HAHA..No Joke..


14 posted on 03/09/2006 9:46:42 AM PST by laney ((For GOD so loved the world..John 3:16))
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To: laney
What generation has watched this country slide into socialism in the past 50 years? What generation has ignored the communists/anti Americans still in the State Department and elsewhere in the government who are tearing this administration down? Who are the folks who watch as Hollywood soils America's morality daily? What is the age group of politicians who do little or nothing to stand by the Founding Fathers' basics?

Boomers.

15 posted on 03/09/2006 9:47:04 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cheney’s "meaningful consequences"...........even more painful for Iran than the evils of dodgeball.)
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To: linda_22003

lol


16 posted on 03/09/2006 9:47:34 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cheney’s "meaningful consequences"...........even more painful for Iran than the evils of dodgeball.)
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To: wtc911
Wonder why so many of these Boomer bashing whine-fests start with lies.

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.

17 posted on 03/09/2006 9:47:44 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68
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.

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.

18 posted on 03/09/2006 9:48:08 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: laney
Most I know depend on there real property and inheritances more than pensions or savings accounts.

Apparently you need some new friends.

19 posted on 03/09/2006 9:48:36 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: beyond the sea
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. We suck. ;-)

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.

20 posted on 03/09/2006 9:48:44 AM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: Gay State Conservative

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...


21 posted on 03/09/2006 9:49:00 AM PST by laney ((For GOD so loved the world..John 3:16))
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To: laney

Why would anyone think I was JOKING?


22 posted on 03/09/2006 9:49:46 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: beyond the sea

What, pray tell, do you think we should have done?


23 posted on 03/09/2006 9:49:55 AM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: Howlin

I need new friends? why? because they have parents who are leaving them a financial future in there older years?


24 posted on 03/09/2006 9:50:50 AM PST by laney ((For GOD so loved the world..John 3:16))
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To: beyond the sea

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.


25 posted on 03/09/2006 9:51:26 AM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: beyond the sea

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.


26 posted on 03/09/2006 9:51:45 AM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: linda_22003

Just a joke my friend- As in ain't that the truth...


27 posted on 03/09/2006 9:52:10 AM PST by laney ((For GOD so loved the world..John 3:16))
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To: laney

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) :-)


28 posted on 03/09/2006 9:53:16 AM PST by SueRae
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To: laney

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.


29 posted on 03/09/2006 9:53:35 AM PST by wtc911 (You can't get there from here)
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To: laney
Most of our generation was moaning and lamenting to self-agrandizing songs like "Don't Give Me No Hand Me Down World". Remember the evil "The Man", "The Establishment"?

Many got sucked in to feeling sorry for ourselves, and this country is the result of that selfish, fooish attitude.... unfortunately.

30 posted on 03/09/2006 9:54:23 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cheney’s "meaningful consequences"...........even more painful for Iran than the evils of dodgeball.)
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To: laney
Our parents really loved and lived for their kids that's for sure...

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.

31 posted on 03/09/2006 9:54:28 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: laney

Are you saying YOUR age people are depending on their parents' money, or Boomers are depending on their parents' money?


32 posted on 03/09/2006 9:54:48 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: linda_22003

ROFL, and you criticized my art tastes last week. It's funny to be chastised by a druggie!

Have a nice day.


33 posted on 03/09/2006 9:56:15 AM PST by Toby06
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To: SueRae

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... :)


34 posted on 03/09/2006 9:57:15 AM PST by laney ((For GOD so loved the world..John 3:16))
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To: Trout-Mouth
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.

John McPain.... just another symptom. That silly man just may be the next president. Chrissy (Peace Corps.) Matthews is salivating over the thought.

35 posted on 03/09/2006 9:57:59 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cheney’s "meaningful consequences"...........even more painful for Iran than the evils of dodgeball.)
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To: beyond the sea
"We suck."

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."

36 posted on 03/09/2006 9:58:20 AM PST by CDHart (The world has become a lunatic asylum and the lunatics are in charge.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

"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


37 posted on 03/09/2006 9:58:33 AM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: laney
Our parents really loved and lived for thier kids that's for sure...

Yes they did, but maybe they unintentionally made it too easy on some of us.

38 posted on 03/09/2006 9:59:17 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cheney’s "meaningful consequences"...........even more painful for Iran than the evils of dodgeball.)
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To: Howlin

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?


39 posted on 03/09/2006 9:59:45 AM PST by laney ((For GOD so loved the world..John 3:16))
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To: linda_22003
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.

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.

:^)

 

40 posted on 03/09/2006 9:59:51 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: Trout-Mouth
What, pray tell, do you think we should have done?

Did I indicate you should have done anything?

That screen name ....... you aren't Webster Hubbell are you?

;-)

41 posted on 03/09/2006 10:02:13 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cheney’s "meaningful consequences"...........even more painful for Iran than the evils of dodgeball.)
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To: beyond the sea

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.


42 posted on 03/09/2006 10:02:36 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free
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To: laney
How DARE you call Baby Boomers "BUMS!"

I believe the correct terminology is "Spongers."

And I think they coined the expression "me time."

43 posted on 03/09/2006 10:02:46 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: laney

You made it sound like Boomers were just waiting for their parents' money, that they weren't productive.


44 posted on 03/09/2006 10:03:51 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68
assune whatever blame YOU geel you deserve

Whatever you are trying to say there...........good luck

ASA --- '69-71

45 posted on 03/09/2006 10:03:57 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cheney’s "meaningful consequences"...........even more painful for Iran than the evils of dodgeball.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

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..


46 posted on 03/09/2006 10:04:23 AM PST by laney ((For GOD so loved the world..John 3:16))
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To: Howlin

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...


47 posted on 03/09/2006 10:06:18 AM PST by laney ((For GOD so loved the world..John 3:16))
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To: CDHart
"as Claire Wolfe says, "It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b*&^%*ds."" ---

LOL ....... quite true.

48 posted on 03/09/2006 10:06:24 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cheney’s "meaningful consequences"...........even more painful for Iran than the evils of dodgeball.)
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To: Toby06

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. :)


49 posted on 03/09/2006 10:06:39 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: DumpsterDiver

How odd.... I never saw Twinkies.... we went for the salty munchies. A regional difference, perhaps?


50 posted on 03/09/2006 10:07:54 AM PST by linda_22003
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