My friend and Ricochet Member Maura Pennington has more keen insights on the Millennial generation in her latest for Forbes.com. Having been spoiled by the booming '90s and refusing to lower our high expectations of what we deserve, we're pretty much a generation of Veruca Salts:
Our generation grew up with the Clinton era surplus. We have expectations of certain creature comforts whether they seem incongruous or not. So we shop around for the right yoga instructor because we deserve the best. We are still in the mode of resume-packing extracurriculars.
The excessive accessories, however, are an indication of a larger trend. A huge segment of this generation not only expects an unreasonable standard of living, but they also expect the government to provide such a standard for every last citizen. They believe that health care coverage is a right, even though a right should not come at the expense of other people’s liberty, including the liberty not to participate in economic activity.
They believe that the wealthy must pay more than their fair share because it is just, as if all successful people are swimming in their money like Scrooge McDuck. They believe that education mandates are a productive use of resources, despite all evidence to the contrary and years of failing schools. They want everyone to go to college even as the bubble of tuition inflates with every federal loan. They like to listen to publicly funded radio because quality entertainment should be subsidized (doesn’t look like Michael Bay will be getting his handout any time soon).
The list of demands goes on. And, just as some of my peers hardly bat an eye at paying for someone else to clean their messes, most of them rarely understand the cost of all these government services. The idea of cutting funding ignites a burning anger within them. It doesn’t matter what might be cut, it’s just the very idea that we might have to live with less. We’ve never had to live with less in our entire lives. Why start now?