Should childlesss Millennials be banned from theme parks? Should Millennials have children? Are they ruining marriage? Relying too much on their parents for money? This special lightning round episode with Jack and Washington Examiner culture writer Madeline Fry attempts to answer all of those questions…in five-minute increments.

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  1. Full Size Tabby Member

    I like the “lightning round” format.

    [But I’m a mid-BabyBoomer, so my “like” may be irrelevant. :-) ]

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    • August 12, 2019, at 3:07 PM PDT
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  2. Full Size Tabby Member

    Regarding the financial independence from parents, I (an old geezer Baby Boomer parent of 2 Millennials), have some comments.

    Why are the parents letting that happen?

    We made it clear to our children (beginning when they were in elementary school) that the financial objective was that they would be financially independent from us, their parents. When our daughter graduated from college, we gifted her six months of anticipated living expenses, and she knew that was it. I grant that we had a high income ourselves, so we paid for her college so she didn’t have to take out student loans. I understand that my Baby Boom peers and the colleges to which we pushed our children encouraged Millennials to take our irresponsible student loans, which loans may be a major part of the Millennial financial problem. Our son considered it a matter of personal pride to be financially independent even during college (he got himself an Air Force ROTC scholarship that included a supplemental stipend). 

    My now son-in-law considered an important part of wooing our daughter to woo us, her parents, by demonstrating that he was financially responsible and that our daughter would not be living in poverty by marrying him.

    From a generation ago, I remember the conversation my uncle had with my cousin’s then boyfriend (now husband) that he could afford either the Corvette car he then owned or to marry my cousin, but not both. If kids are extracting money from parents, the parents have both an opportunity and an obligation to discuss lifestyle and spending. 

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    • August 12, 2019, at 3:28 PM PDT
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  3. LibertyDefender Member

    Jack may have unintentionally indicted his parents for bad parenting, since they never took him to Disneyland as a child. Further, what both he and Madellenial Fry fail to recognize is that Disneyland is not merely a “theme park.” I think it was Rob Long who, in a GLoP podcast, pointed out that more than anyone else, Walt Disney revolutionized entertainment, both as a pioneer of movies – especially animated film, and as a visionary in amusement parks. Disney parks provide entertainment even while you’re waiting in line – for reasons I’ve never quite understood, Cedar Point and Six Flags parks don’t do anything remotely similar.

    Jack did redeem himself substantially with his correct take on how Americans should regard the British monarchy. We did indeed cast off that yoke centuries ago.

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    • August 12, 2019, at 7:05 PM PDT
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  4. JackButler Podcaster

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):

    Jack may have unintentionally indicted his parents for bad parenting, since they never took him to Disneyland as a child. Further, what both he and Madellenial Fry fail to recognize is that Disneyland is not merely a “theme park.” I think it was Rob Long who, in a GLoP podcast, pointed out that more than anyone else, Walt Disney revolutionized entertainment, both as a pioneer of movies – especially animated film, and as a visionary in amusement parks. Disney parks provide entertainment even while you’re waiting in line – for reasons I’ve never quite understood, Cedar Point and Six Flags parks don’t do anything remotely similar.

    Jack did redeem himself substantially with his correct take on how Americans should regard the British monarchy. We did indeed cast off that yoke centuries ago.

    My parents did a great job raising me, if I do say so myself, but taking a family of seven across the country to spend a day overpaying at an amusement park was a bit too much for us to handle. 

    But yes, I don’t care about the British monarchy. Here’s the quote I was groping toward: 

    “We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate… We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the old world some weeks nearer to the new; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad flapping American ear will be that Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.” – Henry David Thoreau 

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    • August 13, 2019, at 9:42 AM PDT
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  5. Joe D. Lincoln

    Have you guys heard of the FIRE movement? I think it is (almost by definition) largely a millennial movement. So it’s just another example of over generalizing – some millennials are totally wasteful wrt to money while others are some of the most frugal around.

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    • August 14, 2019, at 6:24 AM PDT
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