Recently at a gathering of friends, I had a spirited discussion with a liberal friend of mine. This person is at the front edge of the baby boom, and I believe she thinks like many in her generation. After leaving the event frustrated that no amount of fact or logic seemed to penetrate, I regretted not making a simple request. I wish I would have asked her and her husband to look at my two children and explain to them why my children should pay the baby boomers’ bills. These folks want government to provide ever increasing entitlements, at the younger generation’s expense. On top of that, I wanted them to explain how they could feel good about themselves for voting for politicians who promise to take money from my children to give to someone else who doesn’t want to work as hard as my children will.
Even more amazingly, during the same gathering, a grade-school teacher was sharing with us all the great things he was doing in his school and how much the children were learning. That same liberal boomer then asked the teacher why he doesn’t go work in an inner-city school to provide that same learning. On the surface, this was an interesting question. But, you have to understand the questioner. This person has never lifted a finger to help the inner-city personally. In fact, she seems to have great contempt for many of the very people she was asking the teacher to help with. But, it was so typical of liberals, they love to feel better about themselves not through their own good works, but instead based on having someone else do the heavy lifting.
A newspaper cartoon I saw several years ago summed it up best. In the cartoon, then Democratic majority leader Dick Gephardt was seen eating in a fancy restaurant. He noticed that outside the window was a homeless man. In the cartoon, Mr. Gephardt turned to a person at another table and said, “There is a homeless person out there. Go give him your lunch.” Meanwhile, of course, Mr. Gephardt was not giving up his own lunch.
Certainly not all baby-boomers are liberals, and not all liberals are selfish. But taken as a whole, the baby-boom generation has to be considered the most selfish in history. This generation has asked the government to turn every program that was originally designed to help the poor into middle class welfare to improve their already rich lives. Now, some will take issue with me saying that most of the baby-boom live rich lives, but if you look around the world, the poorest among the people of the USA are rich by the world’s standards.
Certainly, they’ve tried class warfare to get the super rich to pay a bigger share of this middle class welfare, and to a large extent they have succeeded. We now have 60% of the population, or by definition, two thirds of the middle class paying less than $100 in income tax, and the vast majority of that group paying zero in income tax. And, with refundable tax credits, much of the middle class is getting a net payout when completing their federal tax returns.
But, for these selfish liberals, even taxing the rich, while paying no tax income tax themselves, is not enough. No, they must borrow 40 cents on every dollar spent from future generations. I ask America’s current leaders to look in the mirror, and ask themselves if they are doing right by the next generation. If they are honest at all, they will have to admit that this generation as a whole is the first generation in history to happily take from our kids and grandkids, ensuring they have a more bleak future, simply so we can have all the toys we feel entitled to today.
I have great respect for the World War II generation. They most certainly saved the world, at least temporarily, from tyranny. They should be applauded for all the good they did. But, I can’t help but wonder could it be that the so called Greatest Generation was in fact the worst generation in history? After all, they raised these self absorbed baby boomers to expect every problem to be solved immediately and primarily solved by someone else. They raised those same baby boom brats to be so self-indulgent that they demanded bigger houses, more vacations, all the toys and, worst of all, consequence free living. Who gets to pay the bills for these spoiled brats? Primarily my kids and grandkids do. To the spoiled baby boomers, I say shame on you.
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