Observations on life

The REALLY unique Millennials 🤔

 From the Pew Research Center 
Every generation thinks it’s smarter (somebody is wrong), but what happened to Work Ethic, Values/Morals and Respectful?  They have been replaced by music, tolerance and clothes … and apparently Bernie Sanders. 🙄

Good thing there are still some of the Boomer and Silent (that’s me) generations left to carry the load … for now. 

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  1. By the way, in terms of bringing back the draft, I would draft Cruz and our current Attorney General to serve in the Department of Justice, my son, an engineer, to serve in the Army Corps of Engineers, my wife, a teacher, to serve as a teacher, etc. I would leverage American’s investment in skill development, learning, etc. – by selecting the best and the brightest to serve for dirt wages.

    This form of a “draft” would cut the cost of the federal government by 90 percent while maintaining defense and those items that are essential, and identified in the constitution. That happens in three ways:
    (1) First, there would be very little training cost, people could perform at a very high level on the 1st day on the job,
    (2) Second, wages would be minimal, and
    (3) Third, there is a ready supply of highly skilled people … most of whom would not be in favor of spending two years of their life at wage levels below the poverty level …so, importantly this third item ensures that the federal government will be no larger than it needs to be.

    Watch the 10th Amendment come back to life, like Lazarus.

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    • I think there should be some form of public service required of everyone upon graduation from high school. Does not have to be military, but something. We have a generation and more that does nothing but take what they are “entitled to.”

      I joined the National Guard in 1963, admittedly to avoid the draft. Then after four years in the guard including active duty, my unit was activated in 1968 and 1969, many of the unit ended up in Vietnam. I was lucky and spent the time in Alabama. I also ended up going through basic training twice, once in 1964 and again in 1968.

      I didn’t like it at the time, but there was great value in the experience.

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      • No. Wait until people are proficient in their trade – so taxpayers don’t have to fund their training. If they want to go at age 18/19 and carry a rifle, no problem. Otherwise, we should start with people in their 70’s, by need for specific occupations, and work our way back.

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  2. As a baby boomer, I am reminded of the title of a Thomas Friedman/Michael Mandelbaum book: THAT USED TO BE US: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. In fact, I would suggest that Millenials (I have two of my own) are less distinct from their parents than us baby boomers were from the Greatest Generation.

    I am also reminded of something that happened at my 10 year high school reunion in 1980 (I had just turned age 28). There were maybe 20 people who used to hang out together, who gathered before the formal reunion to renew old acquaintances. 12 males, 8 females. Most were married and working, some were already divorced (including me), but not too surprisingly, I was the only person in the room who had served in the military and who had been exposed to the potential of serving in Vietnam. We were discussing the 1980 presidential election, and 19 of the 20 were supporting Jimmy Carter over Ronald Reagan (you can guess that I grew up in a place that was heavily blue collar, union, and Democratic). When I was challenged why I supported Reagan, the buffoon, it was easy: I explained that I had voted for Carter in 1976, because I disagreed mightily with Ford’s decision to pardon Nixon. I felt Ford should have been impeached for that one (well, back then). But I supported Reagan over Carter because Carter had brought back draft registration despite the fact that the “all-volunteer” Army (like the “all-volunteer” Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and Air Force) had started to show considerable success. I have two nephews in the military today – one is in Iraq as we speak – and they are much better soldiers than I ever was. The other 11 males at my pre-reunion gathering were all in favor of Jimmy Carter and his decision to bring back draft registration, and most of them believed that the draft itself should be resumed, now, of course, that we were all too old to be drafted (for me, drafted again) but where my youngest brother, Mike, just turned 20 in 1980.

    I said sure – so long as they take all of you who have yet to serve, first. I decided that the right answer, in terms of the draft and national service was to truly, universally apply public service at private E-1 wages. Today, I would start President Obama, and have him drafted to serve another 9 months as President, then 15 months tutoring illegal aliens in english and Americanism. Next will be Bill and Hillary Clinton – I can find a job for each of them in a nursing home cleaning toilets. And, so on, and so on. This is essentially Milton Friedman’s position. When General Westmoreland (my boss when I served in the OCSA in the pentagon in Washington DC) argued that he didn’t want to lead an army of mercenaries, Friedman rejoined “Would you rather command an army of slaves.” Friedman is known by those in the defense field as the father of the all-volunteer military.

    So, just to reconfirm, baby boomers had much greater differences compared to our parents – much more of a chasm than I see between my children’s (ages 31, 28) generation and my own.

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    • I tend to agree that difference is greater, the boomers were just the first phase of what we have now with millennials. Being born in 1943 I don’t fit nicely in any generation, was raised by parents who understood, depression an war and a bad economy which I suspect is why I have no tolerance to the rhetoric and complaining of today.

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      • My mom was born in 1924 in slovakia, came here at age 1 through Ellis Island. My dad was born in 1916 here in Ohio They are both children of the depression, and world war II. None of my grandparents had any wealth – all died broke (ages 39, 73, 68, 76). My mom and dad married in 1946. First child in 1948 – five in total – last in 1964. My dad worked almost everyday of his life, for many years, two jobs (he repaired electronics when he wasn’t working as a firefighter), and died at age 53. My mom worked selling real estate, while raising five children and her father-in-law. After my dad died, mom went off to work full time until she was felled by a massive heart attack at age 64. She lived another 12 years, and we enjoyed (including my children) every minute – probably much more than she did as she struggled with medical challenges. Never, ever a complaint from that lady.

        And, I can confirm that neither parent permitted criticism of the United States. Most of my mother’s relatives never made it out of Slovakia … and most of my father’s family never made it out of the Ukraine. Letters from home (slovakia) clearly confirmed that depression or not, the streets in America were paved with gold. We got no letters from Ukraine. When I converse with one of my relatives (she was born in Slovakia in the 1960’s), she has been here to America three times (all as a student and visitor), and the last time she overstayed her visa and was deported. However, everytime she returned back to Slovakia, including this last time, she would still have that Alexis de Tocqueville fascination/story line/perception of American exceptionalism.

        As one of the leaders of one of my former employer’s once said: “We (Americans) have within our own hands the tools with which we can fashion our own destinies.”

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      • How true. The problem today is no one wants to do what is necessary to not only make it, but get ahead.

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