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How the baby boomers bust Britain.... financially, socially and even morally crippled
Daily Mail ^ | March 13, 2010 | Dominic Sandbrook

Posted on 03/13/2010 4:11:50 PM PST by C19fan

They are the luckiest people in history: the richest, most secure and most powerful generation the world has ever seen.

While their parents scrimped and sacrificed through the Depression and World War II, they basked in the long boom of an affluent society.

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Brought up in an age of surging living standards, they were not prepared to wait for jam tomorrow. They wanted it today, tomorrow and forever - and they raised their children in their own image.

It was the baby boomers, with their 'me generation' values, who spearheaded the sweeping social changes of the late Sixties and Seventies, when the illegitimacy rate almost doubled from seven to 13 per cent, the annual abortion tally leapt from 24,000 to 170,000, and the divorce rate almost quadrupled.

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For the boomers are not only bequeathing a more individualistic, selfish, atomised society. They are also handing over a Britain addicted to spending and crippled by debt - public and private.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: boomers; dominicsandbrook
Same here in the US. One of the most irresponsible generations in human history. Disclaimer: I am a Generation Xer.
1 posted on 03/13/2010 4:11:50 PM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan
the richest, most secure and most powerful generation the world has ever seen

Not for long....all the police in the world won't be able to compel Muslims and Jamaicans in London to prop up the pensions of self righteous Boomers. There will be no taxes flowing from subsistence level workers....just anger.

And the same is true here: if they really think that Mestizo gardeners and janitors are going to "save Social Security", that's just beneath laughable.

2 posted on 03/13/2010 4:20:00 PM PST by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: C19fan

Yep, it was Boomers on the Supreme Court in 1973, when they were 19 years old, who decided Roe v Wade. It was teenaged Boomers in the state legislatures who passed no-fault divorce laws. It was Boomers not even in the womb yet who passed the Ponzi scheme we call Social Security. They followed that up with AFDC and Medicare while still in grammar school.

This while the Greatest Generation scrimped and saved.


3 posted on 03/13/2010 4:30:26 PM PST by Nick Danger (Pin the fail on the donkey)
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To: Regulator

Speaking as a boomer who has worked very hard for more than 45 years, having scrimped to save enough for retirement, I would like to suggest that you look in the mirror before you condemn an entire generation as “self-righteous”.


4 posted on 03/13/2010 4:30:50 PM PST by GrannyML
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To: Nick Danger
Yes, but it was the boomers who elected Ronald Reagan president. The next bunch gave us Billyboy Clinton and the "holiday from history" known as the 90's--made possible by the Boomers' winning the Cold War.
5 posted on 03/13/2010 4:38:58 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: GrannyML
you condemn an entire generation as “self-righteous”

OK! An entire generation minus 2....me and you!

6 posted on 03/13/2010 4:42:06 PM PST by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: C19fan

From what I saw.. Baby Boomers spoiled their own kids 10 times what they were spoiled themselves.. Especially in the 80’s


7 posted on 03/13/2010 4:44:07 PM PST by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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To: Nick Danger

My mom and dad went through the depression and the wars.. They scrimped and saved Nothing once the Good Times started to roll!


8 posted on 03/13/2010 4:48:37 PM PST by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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To: C19fan
Same here in the US. One of the most irresponsible generations in human history. Disclaimer: I am a Generation Xer.

I'm ashamed to admit that I'm a boomer.I'm also ashamed to admit that my generation is,all things considered,a disgrace to this country and to themselves (although many don't care).I,for example,consider myself to be one of the better boomers (above the median) but I'm not half the person that either of my parents or any of my aunts and uncles were.

9 posted on 03/13/2010 4:49:46 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Nick Danger

Us baby boomers get a bad wrap but many of us were very young when these changesd took place. I am 49 still techincally a baby boomer but was 12yo in 1973.


10 posted on 03/13/2010 5:02:02 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: C19fan

The population explosion at the end of WWII and the welcome sense of *peace at last* - pushed demand and supply consumerism with dynamic rebuilding, innovation and a giddy sense of optimism.

At around the mid-fifties - the huge boomer bulge of adolescence became a marketing dream for entertainment and other consumer enterprises.

By the end of the 50’s, television had seduced an affluent generation away from parents, churches, libraries and other family activities. Adolescents were exposed to James Dean and Brando and rebelled with gusto.

This self-indulgent trend has gotten progressively worse, more coarse and hedonistic, as has happened throughout history - until catastrophic deprivation returns in the form of famine, drought, pandemics, civil unrest or until an invading army changes the status quo.

In the 21st century there are many catastrophic natural disasters that we can avoid or overcome - but we cannot overcome surrender to tyranny.


11 posted on 03/13/2010 5:06:21 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I’m a boomer, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Blaming an ENTIRE generation of folks for the actions of some of them? That’s idiotic. There’s plenty of blame to go around, folks, and plenty of good people exist in every generation. Someone isn’t a scumbag simply because they happen to be born in a particular year. That’s crazy talk.


12 posted on 03/13/2010 5:08:18 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Governor Palin backs RINO extraordinaire Juan McPain (and that just sucks!))
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To: CitizenUSA
I’m a boomer, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

OK

Blaming an ENTIRE generation of folks for the actions of some of them? That’s idiotic.

Correction....*many* of them.Maybe even *most*.

There’s plenty of blame to go around, folks

True,I never said that boomers were *entirely* to blame for the current sad (*very* sad) state of affairs.

...and plenty of good people exist in every generation.

Understood

Someone isn’t a scumbag simply because they happen to be born in a particular year.

Agreed.And I never suggested that that was the case.

13 posted on 03/13/2010 5:16:53 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Nick Danger
Yep, it was Boomers on the Supreme Court in 1973, when they were 19 years old, who decided Roe v Wade. It was teenaged Boomers in the state legislatures who passed no-fault divorce laws. It was Boomers not even in the womb yet who passed the Ponzi scheme we call Social Security. They followed that up with AFDC and Medicare while still in grammar school.

This while the Greatest Generation scrimped and saved.

Don't forget the Boomers who sent themselves to war in Vietnam!

This inter-generational finger-pointing reminds me of the class warfare so beloved by the hard Left.

14 posted on 03/13/2010 5:44:03 PM PST by Logophile
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To: Gay State Conservative

I have a bad habit of replying to the article in general when I respond to a poster. Gay State Conservative, you’re clearly a conservative Boomer. So am I. Many millions of Boomers are good people.

The article writer shouldn’t poke their finger at an entire generation. After all, western civilization has flirted with socialism for a long, long time. Was FDR a Boomer? No, he was not. Was Johnson’s Great Society a Boomer project? No, LBJ was born in 1908.

A lack of morality enshrined in political philosophies is the problem here, and the fight between the right (small government, individual responsibility) and left (statism, group responsibility) has went on nearly as long as man. Even if we win in November and push back, the statists will ALWAYS keep fighting.

The post WWII generations went wrong when people started believing our great nation and ideals of individual liberty could be maintained without sacrifice on the part of the citizens. People somehow thought all this wealth and power were free, that we didn’t have to do anything to maintain or expand it.


15 posted on 03/13/2010 5:45:39 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Governor Palin backs RINO extraordinaire Juan McPain (and that just sucks!))
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To: C19fan
One of the most irresponsible generations in human history.

I'm 62, and I agree with you--because I was too much a part of all that was wrong with my generation. We hate to admit what we did, but subsequent generations are going to have to pay the price for it. In fact, that has already started, as every child of a boomer-divorce or "failed relationship" can tell you.

16 posted on 03/13/2010 5:53:31 PM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: madprof98

There must be others around here like me, who worked their asses off to get ahead and didn’t miss a day of work while all that irresponsibility was going on. I had a hard time understanding how the hippies had time to join those protests. I figured they must have had been liberal Vermont transplants and had wealthy parents and trust funds.


17 posted on 03/13/2010 8:09:40 PM PST by balls
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To: madprof98

You must admit that our generation had the best music though!


18 posted on 03/13/2010 8:12:25 PM PST by balls
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To: C19fan
"gen exer"

Of course you are. Which means you didn't live in the bb times and consequently have no clue about those times. By the way, my wife is a boomer who grew up in England. Try telling her about her luxurious childhood (which she didn't have). Her father had the only car in her neighborhood. It was such a luxurious car, as a child my wife had the honor of holding the bucket the rain fell through to keep the car from being flooded. Her dad made her toys since they were too poor to buy her. The writer of this article is full of bovine manure as are the writers who write about how they think average American bommers grew up. Find a subject you know something about.

19 posted on 03/13/2010 9:18:12 PM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: madprof98

Where did you grow up? You realize that only a very tiny percentage of Boomers were hippies or protesters. The hippies and leftist protesters constituted less than five percent of the Boomer population.


20 posted on 03/13/2010 9:23:10 PM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: C19fan
Same here in the US. One of the most irresponsible generations in human history.

You don't know your American history, the worst of the left's gains, slowed or were stopped by the boomers when they arrived to power in the late 80s and early to mid 90s, and you can thank the boomers for your gun rights.

By the way, look at the worst actions and gains by the left in American history and then realize that they took place from the 1930s to the 1970s and look at gun legislation during that same period. Then recognize that the 1984 election was the first time that the entire boomer generation got to vote in a presidential election. That is also the time when they first started gradually moving into the congress and judge ships and management and positions of power.

As bad as things are, look at America in the 1930s to the late 1970s before boomers had any power or influence. For most of us when we look at the deepest most earth shattering destructive changes that happened to America, like the legislation and court decisions of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, we realize that those are the decades which doomed us.

21 posted on 03/13/2010 9:50:58 PM PST by ansel12 (Social liberal politicians in the GOP are easy for the left to turn, why is that?)
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To: madprof98; C19fan

I hope that you joined the almost 9.5 million boomers that served in the military.

You are one of the oldest boomers, so in 1972 you would have been 24 meaning that you could have voted in that election, I hope that you were one of the 48% of 18-29 year olds that voted for Nixon even though the draft and the Vietnam war were still going on. Boomer Sarah Palin was only 8 so she couldn’t vote.

In 2008, the 18-29 year old vote went 66% for Obama.


22 posted on 03/13/2010 9:59:06 PM PST by ansel12 (Social liberal politicians in the GOP are easy for the left to turn, why is that?)
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To: Logophile
Don't forget the Boomers who sent themselves to war in Vietnam!

Who enlisted for it by the way, unlike the draftees that fought WWII and the Korean War, also the boomers never lost a major battle yet the old men managed to lose the war.

23 posted on 03/13/2010 10:02:59 PM PST by ansel12 (Social liberal politicians in the GOP are easy for the left to turn, why is that?)
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To: C19fan

I am a Gen Xer too but the article blames the wrong people. The decline of England began right at the end of World War II when the people elected socialists who nationalized much of the country and started to change their values.

One thing that worries me about conservatives is that too many want to return to the pre 1960’s era without realizing that the cancer was already present and growing then. Within thirty years if we reset the clock to 1957 we would have all the problems again.


24 posted on 03/13/2010 11:35:08 PM PST by Swiss (Reality don't seem real anymore)
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***The decline of England began right at the end of World War II when the people elected socialists who nationalized much of the country and started to change their values.***

Great point.

The war effort controls (nationalizing industries) that had been put in place were not removed. The Brits removed Churchill - seemingly a desire to *put the war behind them*. Then Clement Atlee & his Labor Party pushed socialism into high gear.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_Attlee


25 posted on 03/14/2010 4:28:40 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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