Tag: Inter-Generational Wars

We’ve all heard the stereotypes about Millennials: They’re jobhoppers, they’re unhappy, they’re unmarried, they’re obsessed with brunch, etc. But how many of these are true, and how many of them are just made-up? To find out, Jack invites Lyman Stone, himself a Millennial, onto the show to use his expertise in demography and sociology to sort fact from fiction.

(Closing music excerpts “Why Generation” by FILDAR.)

A Personal Letter to Boomers

 

shutterstock_119598559Over in the post about Presidential politics and boomer animosity, things began to focus more on the animosity and less on the politics. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I hadn’t ever put into words what I think as a borderline Gen X/Millennial.

I think I should first say that — at least for me — there isn’t an active animosity towards Boomers. That is to say, when I read news about Social Security or welfare programs, I don’t immediately think to myself, “Those [expletive] Boomers!” The greatest man I’ve known personally was a Boomer and — like others here of that generation — he hated the welfare state and everything that came with it. In defense of such folks, there really wasn’t much they personally could have done about it any more than there’s anything personally we can do about ObamaCare or Executive amnesty (the former of which our generation will likely be blamed for).

That being said, the deeper I get into a conversation about what’s going to happen, why it’s going to happen, and how it began to be, the more I begin to resent the Boomer generation in that moment. Not the individuals, but the generation as a group. It’s disheartening to look at my tax returns each year at how much we pay in that could be used for student loans, to invest in retirement, adopt kids, or whatever else, knowing full-well that both my taxes and the national debt are only going to continue to rise forever.

Presidential Politics and Baby Boomer Animosity

 

shutterstock_119598559I get into a fair amount of political discussion with my kids these days (to set the stage, the “kids” are around 40). Being a Baby Boomer in denial, I’m often amazed by the understated animosity directed at my generation by its successors. Painting with a broad brush, we get blamed for grabbing the goodies and leaving the dregs, whether it’s housing, social security, or senior discounts at retail. Much of this is deserved. The “Greatest Generation” may have been followed by the “Greedy Generation.” We grew up with fast cars, cheap gas, and no nanny state; our kids grew up with bike helmets and recycle or die.

I am curious as to what Ricochet folks think about presidential electability based on age, generational resentment and image. To me, it accounts for much about Hillary versus Obama — indeed, Obama versus anyone over 65 — and sheds some light on who could run against Hillary. Some random data follows:

  • Mitt Romney: March 12, 1947 (67)
  • Hillary Clinton: October 26, 1947 (67)
  • Elizabeth Warren: June 22, 1949 (65)
  • Rick Perry: March 4, 1950 (64)
  • Jeb Bush: February 11, 1953 (61)
  • Chris Christie: September 6, 1962 (52)
  • Rand Paul: January 7, 1963 (52)
  • Scott Walker: November 2, 1967 (47)
  • Ted Cruz: December 22, 1970 (44)
  • Bobby Jindal: June 10, 1971 (43)

Your thoughts?