I follow Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, I find her Tweets entertaining and the ones from her supporters frightening.
If I Tweet a reply or question her conclusions I am tweet attacked by the Millennials onboard her train. I am called a boomer who screwed things up, a generation that inherited great wealth. I wish I were a boomer and had inherited great wealth.
All I see is complaints about how bad things are, how they are being treated unfairly, how everyone else is to blame.
Every generation has its flaws, every generation could have done better and treated others better. But that does not give the youngest group coming to power the right to ignore, be ignorant of or misinform about the past.
Let’s look at the greatest generation and those between them and boomers and the early boomers. Think it was all handed to them? Let’s see:
The Great Depression, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the draft. The cemeteries around the world are filled with eighteen and nineteen year olds who never got a chance to protest for legalized marijuana or free college.
Mortgage interest rates in the 9% range during the 1970s and 80s, large mortgage down payments required, inflation as high as 13% in the 1970s, interest rates in the 8% to 12% range for decades. The average size of new home was 1,660 square feet in 1973, in 2016 is was 2,687 square feet. In 1946, the first year of baby boomers, the average new home was 817 sf. Today the typical apartment is 1,100 sf
Before 1950 there was no real credit card; imaging most people actually had to pay for stuff they wanted.
You worry about opioid addiction. I worried about Polio and mumps. You worry about student loans, I worried about finding a job after high school. You worry about free health care. When I started work nobody had coverage for outpatient services or prescription drugs or dental coverage. The kids braces were 100% our responsibility.
You are a generation from which your Country asks nothing and yet you complain about everything. No matter who you are, you have more stuff and more technology enabled opportunities than older generations could imagine and yet you want more of what you “deserve.”
Think for minute what you would not have, what you could not buy, where you could not go, where you could not shop or watch your entertainment were it not for those millionaires and billionaires you despise.
You complain about your pay, about the inability to save. For one month track how you spend your money.
Just stop … and think.
Categories: Observations on life