seven wrote:It is tempting to resent the boomers for their time of plenty, and be angry that we don't get the same cushy job/college/housing/blah deal they did - and that they weren't 'wise' with 'our' inheritance - but it's kind of pointless and unproductive.
I wouldn't be surprised to see rage at boomers translate into widespread violence by pissed off youth who don't get to have anything but an increasingly hard life - we shall see.
These constant hate rants against 80 million people who were born in the boomer years is getting a big old. How can an intelligent person characterize that many people with a quick hate rant?
Just for a little perspective-
-The big entitlements were for the generation preceding the boomers. These folks were born too late to fight in WW2 but had all the social benefits. Many were triple-dippers in retirement ie social security, company pension, and military pension. And they were the ones who got the $8,000 houses that turned into $300k houses. Boomers have paid the costs for these folks as well as taxes for all Great Society programs as well as the Cold War.
-Many of the boomers were getting out of college during the 70s when the US economy was in bad shape. College grads were way in excess and it was pretty difficult to find employment. Inflation of up to 21% and energy prices were both high in the bad economy of the 70s.
-Boomers were the ones who fought in Vietnam. Remember that war where 55,000 Americans died? When every male had to sign up for the draft at 18 or face imprisonment?
-Boomers were the group where women entered the work force in mass and nearly doubled the size of the US working population.
And how can anybody possibly characterize the housing bubble as a boomer conspiracy? It seems that all sectors of the population have been in on this one- from teenage to oldsters.
I would also mention that there are a lot of us who have been active in alternative energy since the 70s. Many of us have never or would never own a McMansion or drive an SUV. Many of us are strong environmentalists and contribute a lot of money to these causes. Many of us have worked and saved and lived a low consumption lifestyle...
Excuse my rant but the hatred is getting a bit out of hand.