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STEYN: Sticking it to the young
The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2009 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 03/16/2009 2:41:34 AM PDT by Scanian

Just between you, me, and the old, the late middle-aged and the early middle-aged - isn't it terrific to be able to stick it to the young? I mean, imagine how bad all this economic-type stuff would be if our kids and grandkids hadn't offered to pick up the tab.

Well, OK, they didn't exactly “offer” but they did stand around behind Barack Obama at all those campaign rallies helping him look dynamic and telegenic and earnestly chanting hopey-hopey-changey-changey. And “Yes, we can!” Which is a pretty open-ended commitment.

Are you sure you young folks will be able to pay off this massive Mount Spendmore of multi-trillion-dollar debts we've piled up on you?”Yes, we can!”

We thought you would say that! God bless the youth of America! We of the Greatest Generation, the boomers and Generation X salute you, the plucky members of the Brokest Generation, the Gloomers and Generation Y, as in “Why the hell did you old coots do this to us?”

Because, as politicians like to say, it's about “the future of all our children.” And the future of all our children is that they'll be paying off the past of all their grandparents. At 12 percent of gross domestic product, this year's deficit is the highest since World War II, and prioritizes not economic vitality but massive expansion of government. But hey, it's not our problem. As John Maynard Keynes observed, “In the long run we're all dead.”

Well, most of us will be. But not you youngsters, not for a while. So we've figured it out: You're the ultimate credit market, and the rest of us are all pre-approved!

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: agenda; bho44; bhobudget; bhodeficit; deficits; obama; spending
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1 posted on 03/16/2009 2:41:34 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian


2 posted on 03/16/2009 2:43:49 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: knews_hound

Ping


3 posted on 03/16/2009 2:49:35 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Scanian

He does it with such great humor, but he’s all too dead serious.


4 posted on 03/16/2009 2:51:04 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Diogenesis

I've been trying to remember where I've seen that arrogant look before..


5 posted on 03/16/2009 2:55:56 AM PDT by Jaxter (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.)
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To: Jaxter

Il Douche

(stolen from another freeper)


6 posted on 03/16/2009 2:58:22 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Scanian

7 posted on 03/16/2009 3:04:50 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: Scanian

I wonder how long it will be before the yute of America realize how bad the screwed up?


8 posted on 03/16/2009 3:05:38 AM PDT by mylife ( The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Scanian
I had the pleasure of talking to the students of Hillsdale College last week, and endeavored to explain what it is they're being lined up for in a 21st century America of more government, more regulation, less opportunity and less prosperity: When you come to take your seat at the American table (to use another phrase politicians are fond of), you'll find the geezers, boomers and X-ers have all gone to the men's room, and you're the only one sitting there when the waiter presents the check. That's you: Generation Checks.
9 posted on 03/16/2009 3:11:41 AM PDT by mylife ( The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Gosh I love this neighborhood; GILTN1stborn

Steyn ping


10 posted on 03/16/2009 3:14:46 AM PDT by Mrs. P ("Wonder Woman wears Sarah Palin pajamas." - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: Scanian

The problem with blaming this all on the Democrats is that George Bush felt it was “urgent” to push through a prescription drug bill, and felt it was “prudent” to spend the first six years of his presidency never vetoing a single spending bill and he thought it was “critical” that he get the “bailout package” in October 2008.

When the Republicans have absolutely no principles in regard to spending, how can you expect the Democrats to have any.

Now of course, The Big Giant Zero is going crazy with debt, but George Bush led the way.


11 posted on 03/16/2009 3:20:20 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Scanian

Nice, I admire Mr. Steyn’s writings, he “apparently”
overlooks the very real possibility that the young will not work to pay off the massive debt of thier predecessors, and “overlooks” the very real threat of revolt.

I love it, it’s like “wake up stupid”. I sincely hope that the NEA (AKA the brainwasher) gets overthrown by the very youth its job is to corrupt.

I’ll be optomistic in the sense that 20 years from now we will have a nation that either pays its debts, fulfills its commitments, and when “pay to play” happens, it means at least 50 years in jail, or they will all live in despair.


12 posted on 03/16/2009 3:24:31 AM PDT by ChetNavVet (Build It, and they won't come!)
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To: Scanian

Great commentary by Steyn, thank you.


13 posted on 03/16/2009 3:26:02 AM PDT by Katarina (Thank God for Conservative talk radio.)
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To: Scanian

Absolutely wonderful column by Steyn. The youthful dolts who voted for Obama won’t ‘get it’ until they have to pony up, and for college kids, that’s when they start paying their own bills, or in other words, join the work force. And won’t they be offended. Imagine the response at this Hillsdale college speech. Well, those kids ‘got it’, and I imagine few if any voted for the big O. I can’t picture Yale or Berkeley asking Steyn to speak; they’d be protesting him as a racist and hate monger.


14 posted on 03/16/2009 3:27:56 AM PDT by hershey
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To: samtheman

Perhaps the pressure we put on our politicians to spend is too great. Do we as a whole, send the message “spend or else we will find someone who will”?


15 posted on 03/16/2009 3:30:18 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Scanian

All those really cool 18-30 year olds who were so cool to vote for someone cool on the TV instead of some old white geezer will be feeling the effect of this all their lives.

I hope at the least they recognize their vote means a little something and pay more attention.


16 posted on 03/16/2009 3:38:37 AM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: Scanian; JerseyHighlander

They’re selling the rights to collect on our labor, like we were slaves on the auction block. They’re selling our children and grandchildren as futures contracts.

5 posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 4:36:45 AM by JerseyHighlander

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2204017/posts


17 posted on 03/16/2009 3:51:14 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: autumnraine
McCain wasn't that different from Obama, the money would have been spent either way
18 posted on 03/16/2009 3:52:19 AM PDT by thomas16
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To: samtheman
Now of course, The Big Giant Zero is going crazy with debt, but George Bush led the way.

Don't forget Congress. The President can't spend a dime without a willing Congress.....

19 posted on 03/16/2009 3:52:25 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem - Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Scanian
“Why the hell did you old coots do this to us?”

Quite frankly, I'm surmising the little dears would be voting for Obama anyway.
His "O"ness is priming them to be the obedient socialists of the next generation.


20 posted on 03/16/2009 3:52:40 AM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: mylife

Outstanding college, Hillsdale. A FReeper talking to students there? Yeah, life is GRRRRREAT!


21 posted on 03/16/2009 3:53:39 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Very nice. Thanks.


22 posted on 03/16/2009 3:54:49 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Scanian
GM is a welfare project masquerading as economic activity.

And we are picking up the tab for that one also. Almost all man-made calamities (and the greatest man-made calamaties) have been brought about by a scum-sucking, low-life, criminal-thinking, POS, lyin socialist/collectivist/gang/criminal/thug.

23 posted on 03/16/2009 4:08:43 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Scanian

Just how many of these yutes who voted for change still live in mom’s basement and have to ask for 5 bucks just to buy a pack of smokes? Wait.. since the big O they need 6 bucks!


24 posted on 03/16/2009 4:09:04 AM PDT by pnut22
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To: mylife
That's you: Generation Checks

I like it. I also like "Generation Debt"...

25 posted on 03/16/2009 4:15:33 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Scanian

Oh come on. Where was Steyn when the debt doubled over the last 8 years? Government has been living beyond its means and we have been passing it along to the next generation for decades, and now all of a sudden Steyn has remorse?


26 posted on 03/16/2009 4:16:22 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: thomas16

I disagree. There would have been money spent, but it wouldn’t have been the massive craptastic stimulus passed simply because of the majority Dems in the Senate and they wouldn’t want to make McCain look good (in their mind because we all know he would look worse by spending it but Pelosi and Reid are morons).

Plus, I wouldn’t have feared for some stupid National Civilian Force that is being voted on tomorrow.

So don’t even try that crap with McCain not being “that different” from Obama. It won’t fly here.

McCain is about the most socialist moron (besides Spector and the two lady senators from Maine) in the Senate, but he isn’t a commie.

AND, I wouldn’t have been worrying about Russian bombers in Cuba, pissing off every ally we every had to cozy up to Iran, and sending a dreadfully embarassing “I’m a weenie” letter to Russia.

So you really want to stick by that statement that “McCain wouldn’t have been that different than Obama”?


27 posted on 03/16/2009 4:22:33 AM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: Non-Sequitur

The difference being that we who voted for Bush were shocked by how he behaved when it came to spending. Those who voted for Mr. Obama are getting just what they were promised.


28 posted on 03/16/2009 4:23:45 AM PDT by pnut22
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To: PGalt
They’re selling the rights to collect on our labor, like we were slaves on the auction block. They’re selling our children and grandchildren as futures contracts.

I thought that sounded familiar. :-)
29 posted on 03/16/2009 4:30:52 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: autumnraine

Yes


30 posted on 03/16/2009 4:31:18 AM PDT by thomas16
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To: Scanian

I predict that it won’t be long before Obama begins to foment generational warfare and demonize the elderly, just like he has done with the wealthy vs. the poor. He will likely re-introduce the theme of former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm that the elderly have a “duty to die” as an obligation to society. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are Medicare cutbacks in health care procedures that are approved if you are beyond a certain age.


31 posted on 03/16/2009 4:36:12 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: Non-Sequitur
I agree Bush started the “stimulus spending” and Obama now has a blank check to spend. McCain would have had a stimulus only he may have directed it it to his political interests. McCain would have raised taxes. It is his idea to tax health benefits. The GOP is no different than the DNC. Just different special interests.
32 posted on 03/16/2009 4:36:57 AM PDT by thomas16
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To: ChetNavVet

“...hope that the NEA (AKA the brainwasher) gets overthrown by the very youth its job is to corrupt.”

Perhaps the first group that will catch on that they’ve been had are the graduating Journalism majors who will have no jobs with which to pay off their thousands of dollars of student loans: “No, we can’t.”


33 posted on 03/16/2009 4:37:04 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: hershey; Katarina

My pleasure!


34 posted on 03/16/2009 4:37:23 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: LearsFool
They’re selling the rights to collect on our labor, like we were slaves on the auction block. They’re selling our children and grandchildren as futures contracts.

Thank YOU very much as the originator of that quote. WORTH ANOTHER BUMP-TO-THE-TRUTH!

35 posted on 03/16/2009 4:40:23 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: pnut22

Oh, right. So even though the *outcome* is identical, we should blame the democrats because they didn’t lie about it first =) Face it, Reagan hugely increased the debt, Bush I hugely increased the debt, Bush II hugely increased the debt, and now Obama is going to hugely increase the debt. Anyone we elect is going to hugely increase the debt, because nobody will vote for someone that will actually decrease federal funding to their area. GOP or Dem, it doesn’t matter, for 90% of congress, if they don’t ‘bring home the bacon,’ they will not get re-elected, and someone who will will get elected instead.


36 posted on 03/16/2009 4:42:00 AM PDT by OH4life
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To: Scanian

Never pass up an oppurtunity to remind the teen agers and young adults just how they have sh!t in their own dinner bucket for voting for the marxist.


37 posted on 03/16/2009 4:44:28 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's even tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Non-Sequitur
Obama has committed America to spending 3.27 Trillion over the next ten years. And he has done that in his first 60 days on the job.

Bush spent like an absolute miser in comparison. And none of his spending was on vote-harvesting organizations like Acorn.

38 posted on 03/16/2009 4:48:57 AM PDT by agere_contra (So ... where's the birth certificate?)
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To: PGalt
I'm glad to find this observation being spread around. We need to realize who the enemy is.

Those in power are not looking out for our best interest. To them, we're blocks of "productivity" to be traded like baseball cards, like tenancies and demesne serfs owned by medieval lords.

We are the currency in the Washington power/money game.
39 posted on 03/16/2009 4:59:50 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: beaversmom; Rummyfan; kellynla; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ..
Thank you for the ping Beaversmom!

Pinging the Mark Steyn Ping List.

Welcome to the newest members of this ever expanding  list.




On or off, please FReepmail me.

Cheers,

knewshound

knewshounds blog

40 posted on 03/16/2009 8:24:03 AM PDT by knews_hound (I for one welcome our new Insect overlords!)
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To: samtheman
On and on you go.

Amazing << Hear this. Feel this, and tell me that this isn't music.

Oh, dear...


41 posted on 03/16/2009 8:27:19 AM PDT by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: Jaxter
Obama - Stalin
42 posted on 03/16/2009 8:36:45 AM PDT by TChris (So many useful idiots...)
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To: beaversmom

Mark Steyn and Victor Davis Hansen are my two favorite writers today!!


43 posted on 03/16/2009 8:39:25 AM PDT by bfree (Obamie the Commie-- FBO)
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To: TChris

Excellent.


44 posted on 03/16/2009 8:40:16 AM PDT by Jaxter (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.)
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To: Scanian
The iteration that Steyn repeats, is so damning, all with his sense of humor, I can't stop laugh...and simultaneously crying:

The Bailout and the Tarp and the Stimulus and the Multi-Trillion Budget and Tarp 2 and Stimulus 2 and Tarp and Stimulus Meet Frankenstein and The Wolf Man are like the old Saturday-morning cliffhanger serials your grandpa used to enjoy. But now he doesn't have to grab his walker and totter down to the Rialto, because he can just switch on the news and every week there's his plucky little hero Big Government facing the same old crisis: Why, there's yet another exciting spending bill with 12 zeroes on the end, but unfortunately there seems to be some question about whether they have the votes to pass it. Oh, no!

And then, just as the fate of another gazillion dollars of pork and waste hangs in the balance, Arlen Specter or one of those lady senators from Maine dashes to the cliff edge and gives a helping hand, and phew, this week's spendapalooza sails through. But don't worry, there'll be another exciting episode of Trillion-Buck Rogers of the 21st Century next week!

45 posted on 03/16/2009 10:21:13 AM PDT by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: knews_hound

Thanks for the wonderful Steyn ping!


46 posted on 03/16/2009 10:24:19 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (I would apologize for this presidency, except that I'm not responsible for its stupidity.)
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To: imahawk
Never pass up an oppurtunity to remind the teen agers and young adults just how they have sh!t in their own dinner bucket for voting for the marxist.

AMEN to that! I'll never forget a photo in one of the college periodicals showing a group of "young skulls full of mush" weeping for joy at the announcement that the Messiah had clinched the election (talk about a Barf Alert). In their case, it'd be only poetic justice.

47 posted on 03/16/2009 10:24:38 AM PDT by Marathoner (The dream: 1-20-2013, hearing "I, Sarah Heath Palin, do solemnly swear...")
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To: LearsFool

I didn’t know it would get reposted so often by PGalt.

“They’re selling the rights to collect on our labor, like we were slaves on the auction block. They’re selling our children and grandchildren as futures contracts.” - by LearsFool on http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2194738/posts - February 26, 2009

Truth to power. regards,
JH


48 posted on 03/16/2009 1:15:51 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander (the people criticizing Christie are directly connected to the criminal politicians he convicted.")
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To: Scanian

Thank GOD for people like Mark Steyn, he totally nails it once again.


49 posted on 03/16/2009 3:47:02 PM PDT by Dustbunny ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." Margaret Thatch)
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To: Thermalseeker
Don't forget Congress. The President can't spend a dime without a willing Congress.....
I think you're reversing the equation.

Congress always wants to spend more money. That's what it's there for.

But a President, especially a Republican President, has a different task.

The task of a President, especially a Republican President, is to restrain spending.

In that regard, George W Bush (I hate to say it, in the words of the dick Gephart) was a miserable failure.

50 posted on 03/16/2009 4:58:10 PM PDT by samtheman
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