My 90 year old father is fond of saying "growing old isn't for
sissies". He is part of the group referred to as "the greatest
generation", who grew up in during the deprivation of the Great
Depression, and then went on to fight in WW II.Tom Brokaw wrote,
"it is the greatest generation any society has ever produced." He
argued that these men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because
it was the right thing to do. They rebuilt America into a superpower.As a boomer, what lesson can I learn? That I have a great responsibility to
leave the world a better place than I found it, by doing what's right. I'm often
reminded of the lyric, "Have I done any good in the world today?"Russell Taylor said, Service is the rent we pay for our own room on
earth. We should know that the rent is due on a daily basis." (C.R. October
1984)President Kennedy said, "Ask not what America will do for
you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man." (Jan 20, 1961)What legacy will the boomer's leave behind?
The question is more complex than how many people are working for each baby
boomer in retirement; the boomers paid into the Social Security system all their
working lives, funding their own payouts. So it's a bit of a false comparison.
I am astounded and can't believe the accusations the 2 writers of this story are
implying with baby boomers. They are calling them the spend thrifts, greedy, and
characterless irresponsible generation. No way has the baby boomers done any of
the lies being portrayed by these 2 writers.We didn't seek the
wealth of our parents, our parents were poor. Working as slaves with little pay
and no respect as human beings and definitely no wealth we envied. Our Christmas
was a small 3 course dinner, one gift either bought or hand made. Trees were
sparsely decorated and no lights and no TV's. What we did get from our parents
was love of god, love of country, and love of family.We didn't envy
or hate our parents poverty, we worked to be prosperous by earning our income
and give our kids what our parents couldn't provide, and now our kids are
accusing us as greedy? Our wanting to give has created generations of greed and
hate for trying to please our children? Look around, who has all the credit
cards and debt, it's not the baby boomers.
The Boomers have paid into the system and "Trust Fund" their entire
lives to subsidize the retirement of the generation before them. When they want
and need SS and other benefits they have paid for, they won't be there. Most
boomers will have to work until they drop dead. At least we live in the U. S.
where there are lots of jobs available for them........(sure!)
The baby boomers didn't know how to parent. They thought that giving their kids
anything and everything was the way to be a good parent. Responsibility and
respect went out the door.How is that for generalizations. By the way, it IS the baby boomers that have a LOT of the credit card
debt.That and the fact that they can't grow old gracefully. You can't take a pill for everything and yes you are going to die.Do it gracefully.Wrinkles are o.k.Gray hair is
o.k.Being a little pudgy is o.k.Being a grandparent is
better than o.k.Now enjoy the ride.
I think we should use all the money we are going to get from giving the wealthy
a massive tax break to pay for this.
Jerry Garcia formed a bluegrass band called "Old and in the Way" back
in the early 1970's and penned a song by the same name:Old and in
the wayThat's what I heard him sayThey used to heed the words he
saidBut that was yesterdayCoal will turn to grayAnd youth will
fade awayThey'll never care about youCause you're old and in the
wayIn our throwaway society, it seems we are wanting to throw away
our elders as well.
The tea party plan is to destroy the safety net, resulting in the massive die
off of baby boomers. It does make economic sense, but frightfully immoral, but
when has morality had much to do with the market?Of course,
immorality is not a market exlcusive. Some defenders of the Chinese cultural
revolution said in its defense, that some of the elderly died only a few years
earlier than they would have, absent the revolution! I fear this is how we feel
about baby boomers, of which I am a part. I don't expect to live to my father's
Orem Parent:Evidently, you need to meet a higher class of Baby
Boomer.WHAT credit card debt? We have none. What few times
we use a credit card, is paid off at the end of the month. No debt there.We don't live in a stucco McMansion full of Taipei Trading schlock, either.We (political liberals) have worked hard and lived conservatively.
Everything's paid for, we have savings enough to pay for a new home (twice) and
always pay cash for our new cars.We also paid in to our retirement funds
for almost 50 years, so don't pretend we're stealing from anyone.
I am angry over all the references to a lack of Social Security funds. In the
history of America, the Teamsters Union was guided by Jimmy Hoffa and diverted
hundreds of millions of dollars from pension funds. Beginning in the same
period, the U.S. Government (Congress) has stolen the Social Security funds and
now claims that we (working citizens) need to pay higher rates, and the
recipients need to postpone retirement or accept reduced benefits to restore
these stolen funds. The government sold these funds. Put them all in jail like
Hoffa, or replace them. And now, Congress and Obama have stopped SSA
contributions!! It is not the problem of the elderly or the youthful employee
that caused this problem. Congressional representatives and Presidents over the
last 50 years need to replace these funds or go to Jail.