Boomers To The Right, Boomers To The Left

Saturday begins and I offer my only post of the day…….a big day of doing as little as possible.

Baby Boomers!  That would be me….I was born shortly after WW2 and as a product of the “Greatest Generation”….”I became a Baby Boomer”.

We Boomers are blamed a lot for the ills of the American society….from the deficit to the election of a president that few sees as a good thing….

We are all old and timeless…some say…..below are a few thoughts that some have about the Baby Boomer generation.

We have created a culture of coarseness, bad behavior and disgust. It’s the fault of one generation

As civilization began, it became apparent that the human race was imperfectly suited for it. Living together took some work. All these years later, there are innumerable examples to show that we’re still not terribly good at being civilized, from the student commuter who dashes in front of an elderly woman to claim a seat on the subway to how societies treat their poor and unemployed. The unchanging reality is that people tend to think of themselves first, yet the task of coexistence is made easier if they don’t. And so efforts arose many years ago to teach folks how to get along.

Source: Blame it on the baby boomers: Yes, pretty much everything – Salon.com

Like I said we Boomers are being blamed for oh so much……Obama has got nothing on us as far assigning blame, that is…….

Wow, so it looks like we have a budget deal in Washington. A debt ceiling and spending crisis has been averted. It’s good news. But let’s all calm down. It’s only temporary. The agreement does not address the long-term fiscal problems we have. Problems that were mostly created by none other than the “baby boomer” generation. Yeah, you know who you are.

You’re tanned and healthy and living way past average life expectancy. You’ve got a defined benefit pension plan from a large company or government that was created years ago when people didn’t understand how horribly these plans can go wrong and now can’t afford to meet its liabilities, but you don’t care as long as you get your check which you don’t really need anyway. And your social security check. And your Medicare reimbursement check. You once hated the government. You smoked pot and protested against Vietnam and President Nixon. That was a long, long time ago.

Source: Baby Boomers: Five Reasons They Are Our Worst Generation | News | Philadelphia Magazine

We even are held responsible for the actions of the so-called “Millenials”….yep that is our fault too……

Many problems with kids can be traced to their parents. So why have millennials been singled out as a uniquely depraved generation? Weren’t they raised by somebody?

For those who may have missed the latest skirmish in America’s generational warfare, a new survey by marketing firm DDB finds millennials — those between 19 and 34 years old, more or less — may be more venal and self-aggrandizing than older folks. They’re more likely to consider themselves workaholics — even with a work ethic their elders find lacking — and a scandalous 27% of millennials say they’d take credit for a colleague’s work if it helped them get ahead. Just 15% of Generation Xers and 5% of baby boomers say they’d do that.

Source: If millennials are jerks, blame the baby boomers

There it is…we Boomers are evil incarnate….and all I can say in retort is…..BITE ME!

I will spend the rest of the day contemplating my place in the universe….( now that is pure BS)….I will enjoy my day and prepare for Sunday (whatever that means)…….

Enjoy your day….be well, be safe……chuq

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13 thoughts on “Boomers To The Right, Boomers To The Left

  1. Frankly, one Boomer to another – Our parents went through such hard times, they wanted us, their children to not have to go through that – in the end we became spoiled and lazier than the Greatest Generation would ever have thought to be. And we were the ones ‘raising’ the generation who raised the Millennials, so we have no one to blame but ourselves.

    1. Yes…..we all want our children to be better off than we were and in doing so have created a monster….can the next generation fix our screw ups? Have a good Saturday….chuq

  2. Yeah, but we had great music! In fact, it’s timeless!.. You watch the average TV commercial, TV show, radio commercial… and even when the target demographic is young people, they will dredge up Boomer rock & roll from the 60’s and 70’s. 🙂

  3. It really seems to me that in different contexts, every thought can be said for every generation. Sure we have to take respectability but so does everyone else. Very few are actual innocents.

    (pardon my negative, i just crashed from positive, pleasant Sat afternoon in here just got hot)
    ~~dru~~

  4. I guess every generation likes to blame somebody; maybe there’s a point in there they’re missing… Maybe it’s human nature to WANT to blame; becoming a better human is what takes the work, and most are not willing to do it. It’s ‘easier’ to find someone, or something, to blame, rather than finding a new way to behave…

    Hmm… maybe change begins in each person?… That seems familiar, somehow….

    gigoid

    1. I am guilty….I made sure my daughter did not have to grow up as aI did…dirt poor……yes I spoiled her….but I would do it again….chuq

  5. Born in 1952, I suppose I qualify as a baby boomer. I have read stuff blaming that generation for pretty much everything, so it’s perhaps worth examining my own short history.

    Went to school and studied. Respected people, and committed no crimes.
    Played outside, using imagination instead of electronic games.
    Yes, tried drugs, smoked cigarettes, and enjoyed alcohol. None of that to excess though.
    Read a lot of books, and formed some opinions.
    Enjoyed films, music, and had an interest in current affairs.
    Worked from the age of seventeen and a half, and never claimed anything by way of benefits.
    Became involved in politics and unions, trying to make things better for everyone, instead of the few.
    Spent 34 years of my life working for society. First as an EMT, and later for the Police. Low pay, unsocial hours, and sometimes seeing the worst of people.
    Retired at 60, then worked as a volunteer in this community for 3 years.

    I don’t think I am in the mood to accept any blame. None at all in fact.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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