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Who Destroyed the Economy? The Case Against the Baby Boomers
The Atlantic ^ | 10/08/2012 | Jim Tankersley

Posted on 10/08/2012 8:11:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Retirees and near-retirees are leaving behind a devastated economy for their children ... but are we doing anything to fix it? Here, two generations debate who's really to blame for the wreckage.

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CRESCENT LAKE, Ore.--My father taught me how to throw a baseball and divide big numbers in my head and build a life where I'd be home in time to eat dinner with my kid most nights. He and my mother put me through college and urged me to follow my dreams. He never complained when I entered a field even less respected than his. He lives across the country and still calls just to check in and say he loves me.

His name is Tom. He is 63, tall and lean, a contracts lawyer in a small Oregon town. A few wisps of hair still reach across his scalp. The moustache I have never seen him without has faded from deep brown to silver. The puns he tormented my younger brother and me with throughout our childhood have evolved, improbably, into the funniest jokes my 6-year-old son has ever heard. I love my dad fiercely, even though he's beaten me in every argument we've ever had except two, and even though he is, statistically and generationally speaking, a parasite.

This is the charge I've leveled against him on a summer day in our Pacific Northwest vision of paradise. I have asked my favorite attorney to represent a very troublesome client, the entire baby-boom generation, in what should be a slam-dunk trial--for me. On behalf of future generations, I am accusing him and all the other parasites his age of breaking the sacred bargain that every American generation will pass a better country on to its children than the one it inherited.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: babyboomers; economy
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101 posted on 10/09/2012 9:14:56 AM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: wardaddy

You rock! Well said.

Sometimes, it takes a post like yours to set me straight again.

My parents worked their asses off to give me, their kid (and my sibs), the American dream. And I got it. Now, I’m working my ass off to give the same to my kids. The American Dream is the opportunity to succeed, regardless of race, religion, culture, socioeconomic status. I did better than my parents in that I live in a great area with access to awesome schools, wonderful suburbia life. It’s our job (my husband and I) to provide that for our kids.

We’ve paid into FICA and Medicare, etc. and will probably never be compensated for it. You’re like my husband, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars into it and won’t see a penny of it (I took 14 yrs off to raise the kids and even now pay little into it compared to him).

Children blame, adults find solutions. Excellent statement!


102 posted on 10/14/2012 12:39:01 AM PDT by Twink
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