Wanna see my FICA tax? Wanna see my Social Security taxes? As a Gen-Xer, how much of that do you think I will see while I pay for your prescription drugs?
The reason there was more in earlier generations is we didn't have an EPA telling us all the thousands of things we can't do anymore and regulating the hell out of everything worth having.
On the flip side, people were more productive, more patriotic, and on the whole, there was a lot more honesty and character to go around.
Then how come all the anti-war protests are 7/8ths old baby-boomer hippies, hmmmmmm?
Kids could actually wait for the school bus without a "guard" and the government mostly stayed where it belongs...in Washington.
'Cuz who let the whackos onto the streets and was soft on crime? Thanks boomer hippies.
So, clammer about the boomers all you want; maybe one day you'll get to hear what the next generation thinks about the way the yuppies, the me-generation, and generation-x have allowed this country to decay and rot.
The yuppies were the boomers in the '80s and the Me Generation was the boomers in the 70's.
Who were the latchkey kids and children of divorce? Gen-X. Who are the combat leaders in the GWOT getting crapped on by the same old hippies? Gen-X. Who will pay for the retirements and pills of those who crapped on them? Gen-X.
Two generations in the history of mankind have had such a thing as 'retirement', The WWII Generation and The Boomers, but the boomers didn't have enough kids and imposed burdensome taxes and regulation on the few they did have so that the idea of 'retiring' will die with them. And they call us 'slackers'....
Actually it's an "In" thing to claim. As in "I was there when...". The press drove the "Hippie" movement.