Skip to comments.STEYN: Sticking it to the young
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 ...
He does it with such great humor, but he’s all too dead serious.
I've been trying to remember where I've seen that arrogant look before..
(stolen from another freeper)
I wonder how long it will be before the yute of America realize how bad the screwed up?
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.
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.
Great commentary by Steyn, thank you.
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.
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”?
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.
Theyre selling the rights to collect on our labor, like we were slaves on the auction block. Theyre selling our children and grandchildren as futures contracts.
5 posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 4:36:45 AM by JerseyHighlander
Don't forget Congress. The President can't spend a dime without a willing Congress.....
Outstanding college, Hillsdale. A FReeper talking to students there? Yeah, life is GRRRRREAT!
Very nice. Thanks.
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.
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!
I like it. I also like "Generation Debt"...
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?
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”?
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.
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.
“...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.”
Thank YOU very much as the originator of that quote. WORTH ANOTHER BUMP-TO-THE-TRUTH!
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.
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.
Bush spent like an absolute miser in comparison. And none of his spending was on vote-harvesting organizations like Acorn.
Amazing << Hear this. Feel this, and tell me that this isn't music.
Mark Steyn and Victor Davis Hansen are my two favorite writers today!!
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!
Thanks for the wonderful Steyn ping!
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.
I didn’t know it would get reposted so often by PGalt.
“Theyre selling the rights to collect on our labor, like we were slaves on the auction block. Theyre 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,
Thank GOD for people like Mark Steyn, he totally nails it once again.
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.