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Generational gobbledygook

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.

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5 replies »

  1. Read some Heather McDonald.

    America does have an original sin, in terms of slavery. But, no other country has made as much progress with respect to its citizens. Nothing wrong with a two year period of public service, at minimal wages, so long as we start with boomers who did not have public service in their past. Most baby boomers didn’t serve in the military, peace corps or comparable position.

    But yes, they are taught to be victims, my own who are well educated and did not serve seem to feel a unique sensitivity when they, others are stopped by police, injured, harassed, etc.

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  2. My wife recently retired as a high school teacher and she saw the “victim mentality” and “I deserve” attitude of the new generation first hand. Funny thing is it seemed to be supported by the parents of this new generation. They no longer have to take any civic’s classes in our high school district where we live. No wonder they do not understand government and how it operates.Most students could not even name the vice-president or the three branches of government. I remember our first house had a mortgage rate of 12% and inflation was crazy in the late 70’s. At some point they will learn there is “no something for nothing” but I hope it does not bring down our country in the process. Good post..

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  3. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez graduated from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in “economics and international relations.” Yet any number of her pronouncements indicate a startling lack of even the most basic economic concepts. Nancy Pelosi was never considered astute on basic matters of policy, but she looks like an Oracle next to Ocasio-Cortez. The head of the Democratic National Commitee said that O-C was the ” future of the Democrats”.

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  4. Makes you wonder if John F Kennedy said today: “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”, could he still get elected?

    The the last two generations have not faced that the challenges or the sacrifices of prior generations. The Great Recession was bad for the unemployed but the debt that many incurred was their own doing. They are so lucky that inflation and high interest rates did not accompany their unemployment. When I graduated high school in 1980, I faced high unemployment as result of high inflation, 14% mortgages and 18% car loans, not from over borrowing after a decade of uncertainty about importing gas from the Middle East. I keep reminding “youngsters” how good they got it. History will repeat itself before I die and high inflation will return at least once. Free medical treatment will happen with the next overdue world wide pandemic with a public quarantine. Then they will realize how good they had it.

    It seems like the only history that is taught now is how one group or another was oppressed and the civic lessons are how to right that wrong instead of how to work together for society’s common good.

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  5. Probably the easiest thing in the world is to convince people that all their troubles are caused by someone else and that they are victims of an unfair system.

    I agree with your post, but telling young adults about the trials and tribulations of generations preceding them is a waste of time. They either don’t get it or don’t care. For the most part, we are not dealing with critical thinkers.

    The election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in my opinion had more to do with demographics than political ideology. The district she represents in New York is 49.80% Hispanic. The rest is 18.41% White, 11.39% Black, 16.24% Asian , 0.45% Native American, 3.71% other. Do people vote based on candidates that they see as being from their own racial background disregarding all other necessary credentials? You bet they do. It will be interesting to see how long the romance between the liberal press and the ideological freshman reformer lasts.

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