My aunt sent around a “it’s not fair to criticize the Baby Boomers” email. Here’s my (somewhat incomplete response to that nonsense; the email is quoted below my remarks):
(Please note what follows is my interpretation as a historian of 20th Century US politics, and it is NOT directed at anyone on this mailing list as I have no wish to insult any friend or family member. Aunt Lois’ email, however, made me react in a certain way.)
With all due respect to all my friends and family on this mailing list, I must tell you that as a historian I assert that the “baby boomer” generation is (present company excepted of course) the worst generation ever vomited up by any society. BBs have destroyed everything they have touched and left the nation in ruin.
The BBs started taking power around 1980, and look at the result. Between 1789-1980, the US took on ~$1 trillion in debt. By 2011, under three decades of BB rule, we have $12 trillion in debt. BBs consistently voted to cut taxes and preserve services — a complete contradiction which should have been obvious to most people (unless you are a dedicated viewer of Fox “News,” where up is down and black is white).
By voting for tax cuts that made no sense, BBs stole money from my generation and the one after mine, the current college students, and left us with nothing but fiscal chaos. I remind you that in the 1950s — the decade which most Americans associate with prosperity, thanks to the labor unions which created the middle class — the top tax rate was 90%. 90%. Now it’s in the range of 32% and the middle and lower classes pay more in taxes as a percentage of their income than the wealthiest 1%. That’s BB math. Yes, it make less sense than a monkey with Alzheimer’s. And yet people are marching to demand tax cuts for that wealthiest 1% under the Tea Party banner. Welcome to Never-Never Land, the final product of BB delusion.
How the “conservatives” tricked an entire generation into voting AGAINST its own interests is beyond me. It makes no sense. Voting to cut taxes on the wealthiest in our society has destroyed much of our economy. How is this not obvious? Maybe fluoridated water made all the BBs mentally deficient, because I can’t think of another reason why anyone would fall for such a scam perpetrated by the wealthy oligarchs who rule us. The only reason we have a middle class is due to the victories of the labor movement in the 1930s and 40s, and now the BBs rail against union “greed.” What? What??? CEOs now earn approximately 400 times the average worker; in the 1950s it was in the neighborhood of 45 times. And the unions are “greedy”? How does that make sense? I do not suggest that some unions have had problems, but as far as I know no union has driven the American economy to the brink of collapse because of their financial shenanigans like the CEOs of Goldman Sachs or Bear Stearns.
Another point: Ronald Reagan was not god. He did some good things and he did some horrible things — have you read about life in Nicaragua during the Contra period? Or the other nations in Central America with US-backed Death Squads?
One thing to remember about good ol’ RR is that he raised taxes when the situation demanded it. It’s stunning how much people have forgotten, or chosen to forget, because of what is said on FOX “News,” a station that makes Pravda look like the New York Times.
FOX “News” is actually the best example of the BB generation: they lie all the time about everything and have tried to turn greed into a virtue. That about sums up the BB generation from the viewpoint of those who came after.
We — the generations after the BBs— have every right to criticize what the BB generation has done. It proved to be a selfish, self-centered, narcissistic, short-sighted, greedy generation that cared for nothing but itself — and getting a 40″ television. The BBs were handed everything and they demanded more and more and more like a rapacious child. Like a plague of locusts the BBs swept over the country and ate up everything they could. We probably would have fared better if the country collapsed in 1980 rather than come under BB rule.
The two BB presidents were Clinton and Bush Jr. One was a sex offender (but a good president in some ways) and the other was an idiot who drove this nation right off the cliff by falling into the trap set by Al Qaeda and who couldn’t negotiate his was out of a paper bag with no bottom. Both were draft dodgers (as were Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz) and Bush et al played Soldier Boy by invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and thus caused the unnecessary deaths of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, all because of intelligence they knew was a lie and which the Germans insisted was a lie (google “Curveball”).
And Dick Cheney is just evil. I imagine he eats the hearts of unicorns for breakfast and washes it down with the tears of orphans.
I remind you that is primarily the BB generation which has brought Sarah Palin to the forefront … a woman so ignorant that she couldn’t be elected dog catcher in any other civilized nation. Yet we are stuck with her because the BBs are too distracted to see through her act.
This nation now lies in ruins after 30 years of rule by the Baby Boomers. So yes, we criticize the BBs but only when they deserve it — which is always about everything.
“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Safety nor Liberty.”
– Benjamin Franklin
On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM, wrote:
Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others.
HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took:
The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement or
God out of government and school.
And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance
from personal relationships and interactions with others!!
And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism,
and remember those who have fought and died for our country.
Does anyone under the age of 50 know the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner?
What about the last verse of My Country ’tis of Thee?
“Our father’s God to thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s Holy light.
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.”
Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand
at attention with their hand over their hearts!
YES, I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN!
I’m the life of the party…… even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
I’m very good at opening childproof caps…. with a hammer.
I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.
I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.
I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that’s just my left leg.
I’m beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
I’m a walking storeroom of facts….. I’ve just lost the key to the storeroom door.
Yes, I’m a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life!
Now if I could only remember who sent this to me, I wouldn’t send it back to them,
but I would send it to many more too!
Spread the laughter
Share the cheer
Let’s be happy
While we’re here.
Go Green – Recycle CONGRESS!!