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Better Face It Millennials: You Didnít Get What You Were Promised
Townhall ^ | 8-26-13 | Morgan Brittany

Posted on 09/02/2013 9:33:16 PM PDT by ReformationFan

They were the royal children; the sons and daughters of the Baby Boomers who adored and spoiled them and promised them that life would be wonderful. They were designer babies with clothing and shoes that sported logos just like their parents.

Their parents were on waiting lists to get them into the right pre-school, they were given lavish birthday parties and extravagant gifts. They were trained and brainwashed and made to believe that getting into the “right” college meant success or failure.

They were given trophies and awards for playing sports whether they were accomplished or not. It didn’t matter if they were good, as long as they “tried”.

These 18-29 year olds from all across the economic spectrum were made to believe that the world owed them something just because they were “special”. It didn’t matter if they really were “special” or outstanding, it was all about self-esteem.

Many of these kids don’t know what real work is. Their work ethic is entirely different from the one that previous generations had. Just because your mom and dad said you were “talented”, “special” and “oh so smart” doesn’t translate to what an employer might think.

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More words of wisdom from the beautiful and intelligent Morgan Brittany.
1 posted on 09/02/2013 9:33:16 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

2 posted on 09/02/2013 9:34:40 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Boo-hoo! Are you starving? Do you have clean drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities? Is anyone torturing you? If not, quit your bellyaching, find a job or start a business and be an adult.


3 posted on 09/02/2013 9:36:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: ReformationFan; a fool in paradise

Millenials? 13 year olds this year (or 14, depending on when your XXIst century started.)


4 posted on 09/02/2013 9:37:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ReformationFan

This is pretty entertaining stuff, It certainly rings true where I live in Maryland.


5 posted on 09/02/2013 9:38:58 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: ReformationFan

I was wondering if it was THE Morgan Brittany. But I think she’s got the wrong generation. The gen xers hate the baby boomers. The millinials have no idea what’s going on.


6 posted on 09/02/2013 9:40:07 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: ReformationFan

7 posted on 09/02/2013 9:40:57 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: VerySadAmerican

“I was wondering if it was THE Morgan Brittany.”

Indeed it is. The former Katherine Wentworth from “Dallas” but she sounds like much nicer and smarter woman in real life than the evil character she portrayed.


8 posted on 09/02/2013 9:43:25 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Well, I hate to be the party pooper, but I hate these artificial divisions called “generations”. Who decides which people are part of which generation? How is someone born one year have totally different characteristics from someone born the next year (supposed start of a new generation)?

People can’t even agree in the exact years of the Boomer generation, and now we seem to have a new genearation being named every few years.

I simply do not believe that everyone born within a certain span of years thinks and acts alike and that they were all raised the same way. Liberals are the ones who are always bundling people into groups and assigning them certain values and attitudes. Conservatives are supposed to look at people as individuals.

Most of the young people I know have a very good work ethic. If they don’t have loyalty to an employer, perhaps it is because they saw their dads being laid off after 20 or 30 years of service.

Everything bad that happens in our economy is caused by crappy government policies. Stop the encroachment of socialism and encourage free market capitalism, and you will see most people respond with a good work ethic.

Everyone is an individual. I don’t buy the group mentality BS.


9 posted on 09/02/2013 9:43:25 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: ReformationFan

I used to know a girl who had a small role on DALLAS. I think she was on 3 or 4 episodes. She said she made a living for several years after it was cancelled. She said re-runs played everyday several times a day in Germany and those residual checks kept rolling in.


10 posted on 09/02/2013 9:48:41 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Quotes from my Greatest Generation Parents:

“Nobody owes you a living, so quit whining and get back to work”

“If you don’t like the Job you have, find another one. Just be sure you have another Job to go to before you quit”

“You can complain about a Job when someone put a Gun to your head and made you take it”

“There is always a Job. It may not be the one you want, but it’s there”

And my favorite from my Father after I got my first car up and running. “Great, now when you give me the $200 for the Insurance, you can drive it”

Gee, I wonder why I’m a Conservative. They should rename the Millenials (sic) the “Pussy Generation”.


11 posted on 09/02/2013 9:51:46 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberal Democrats = Communists. RINO Republicans = Communist Sympathizers.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Sorry that I have to sign off for the evening...

I would like to stick around for the “let’s kill all of the boomers because they are (insert insult here)” crowd to show up. 3-2-1

Sadly, I have to go to work tomorrow and won’t be in the battle. Your parents were much like mine.


12 posted on 09/02/2013 10:05:58 PM PDT by berdie
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To: ReformationFan

The boomers seems to be the catch all generation, first they were running the world from about 1960 on, passing laws, making Supreme Court decisions, running the war in Vietnam, running everything, and then they bore all the children up to the mid 2000s.

Man, that is quite a generation.


13 posted on 09/02/2013 10:13:06 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Pining_4_TX

Agreed. I know myself, I don’t see myself as a Gen X’er nor a Baby Boomer. I was born in 1966 so there is a niche generation called “Generation Jones” that had elements of both Boomers and X’ers. I see myself in “Generation Jones.” I guess when it comes to similar experiences in growing up and so forth, I think generations do apply there but as you put it, we are individuals too. It is like when Glenn Beck, born in 1964, talks about how his family loaded up in the station wagon and did this and that, I’m two years younger so I remember the same things, I could be his baby brother. B-) Yes, we have lazy people but I think you’re right where dues to government policies and the layoffs of our parents from industrial jobs, there is a jaded cynicism out there. I know I feel it, many of us in our ages, let alone the ones following us, are very cynical one way or another when it comes to jobs, business and government. Most of us generally know how things should work and so on, but in the real world, because of our downward slide, it is hard not to be cynical and even depressed.


14 posted on 09/02/2013 10:14:07 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (It is about time we re-enact Normandy, at the shores of the Potomac.)
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To: ReformationFan

Kiss my millennial butt. I was told if I worked hard I would succeed. I was not spoiled and have worked hard from 15 on. 2008 crushed that ideal.


15 posted on 09/02/2013 10:22:44 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

P.s. this was posted from a gen x-er. I just all this ‘back in my day’ is irrelevant now.


16 posted on 09/02/2013 10:24:44 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Yeah... my son watched his dad give up sick days etc... all for the factory he worked at for 27 years get sent to Brazil and we aren’t even a union state.


17 posted on 09/02/2013 10:26:48 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: ReformationFan
Boo hooo! Millenials, Boomers, the "Greatest.." How 'come everybody forgot about us "X" generation? Everybody knows we're Daddy's favorites! Now hold on while I take this call on my "cellular" telephone and, ahh, like, pass me my walkman, 'kay?
18 posted on 09/02/2013 10:36:50 PM PDT by golux
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To: golux
How 'come everybody forgot about us "X" generation?

You feel bad, how would you like to be the "silent generation", those who ranged from age 15 to 35 in 1960, yet who are invisible and almost erased as they are basically labelled boomers? Also, just which specific range is that "greatest generation' that the left made up?

19 posted on 09/02/2013 10:50:24 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Nowhere Man
I was born in 1963. I think we're called the “Silent Generation”. I can't keep track. I never could have kids so I'm not to blame anyway, lol. It's OK, my 9 siblings all married and gave me plenty of nieces and nephews to love and send home to their parents. We're all way to the right (homeschooled, most of them), so that's a lot of unindoctrinated kids right there :) And the Duggars have raised their fair share. Man, that's a lot of right-wing kids in just two families alone! So far, none have rebelled and gone left, even the ones who have finished college. We do the extended family thing instead of just nuclear, I think that helps. They see that the right is a lot of normal loving people, not just their own parents who are easily demonised by the college professors.
20 posted on 09/03/2013 12:24:14 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: autumnraine
I think so too, because the majority of the people old enough to say "back in my day" now are the baby boomers! And I can't take that generation (whether I'm considered a part of it or not, I was born in 1963 so apparently it can go either way) seriously either as the voice of wisdom. They, or we, are the ones who never wanted to grow up or get old, and started all this mess about "30 is the new 20" or "70 is the new 50" or whatever decade is relevant to them, or us, as the case may be. The generations before that, people just accepted (except for a very few silly rich women and men, I think women are the worse, as men's power derives from so much other than appearance) that they must grow old and might as well do it gracefully.
21 posted on 09/03/2013 12:31:24 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel

http://youtu.be/q63XogYTIcc

“My Generation”

People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

Just because we get around (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

This is my generation

This is my generation, baby

Why don’t you all f-fade away (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

And don’t try to dig what we all s-s-say (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

I’m not trying to cause a big s-s-sensation (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

I’m just talkin’ ‘bout my g-g-g-generation (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

This is my generation

This is my generation, baby

Why don’t you all f-fade away (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

And don’t try to d-dig what we all s-s-say (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

I’m not trying to cause a b-big s-s-sensation (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

I’m just talkin’ ‘bout my g-g-generation (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

This is my generation

This is my generation, baby

People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

Just because we g-g-get around (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

Yeah, I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation)

This is my generation

This is my generation, baby


22 posted on 09/03/2013 12:32:12 AM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Fai Mao

I remember that song, what year did it come out?

Oh wow, I just looked it up-Wiki (for what it’s worth) says that 1963 is part of Gen X-that makes me feel younger, lol (for what it’s worth:) )


23 posted on 09/03/2013 12:37:27 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel

If you resent the Boomers you’re very likely an Xer.


24 posted on 09/03/2013 12:42:58 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

What are you if you don’t know and never cared? Can I be one and still resent us? Can I be willing for my generation in general, not every person in it, to be at fault for something? I also don’t think the Jazz Age generation (not the war vets, the ones who were just young enough to have escaped that but still took on the cynicism for their own purposes) were nothing to write home about, though they didn’t have the same technological advances (I fault the pill, or rather the way it was used to fuel the “sexual revolution”) the boomers had (though the Jazz Age had other ones). Still, that generation managed to raise the kids who answered the call of WWII. I am not a historian and could never explain why it seems as though every age has had ots generation of rebellious youth, it all seems to have gone off the rails for good, in the Sixties. Maybe because for the first time, the advances were available to every class, not just the elite. A society can handle its elite having a small decadent element-it can’t handle every class opting out of responsibility. I know that sounds unfair, but life ain’t fair.


25 posted on 09/03/2013 12:53:39 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: 9YearLurker

And I’m just throwing ideas out there, I’m perfectly willing to have them shot down. That’s how I see things I missed :)


26 posted on 09/03/2013 12:56:22 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel

Lots has been written about supposed cycles of generations through history, and I think you’re right about the Sexual Revolution in a sense sending the working and underclass off the rails—while the middle and upper-middle classes have survived it quite fine, thank you. Charles Murray has written along that theme.

I think younger generations now are more dependent upon their helicopter parents, which is just how their helicopter parents want it. But because they thus can’t afford to rebel against those parents in any meaningful way they both miss out on full adulthood and transfer that unvented resentment to their parents’ supposed ‘generation’ instead.


27 posted on 09/03/2013 1:04:56 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
I haven't read Murray's book (I've read some reviews. It sounds like he didn't touch on a factor which I believe plays a large part in our societal decay, probably due to the brouhaha resulting when he devoted a whole book to that factor).

I do agree that the middle and upper-middle classes (which are shrinking, as we divide into a super-elite and an underclass, more and more) seem to have understood the importance of certain values, which they don't advocate for all of society. It's crazy, are they trying to get the whole civilised world to kill itself off? I don't believe there's this huge silent cohort of conservative people out there-they may live mostly according to conservative values, but they advocate and vote either left, or at best, "centrist". I also believe that the fact that there is a coalition of women and racial minority voters who all vote left, or at best (a lot of the women) "centrist", is responsible. (Especially the women in those middle classes-it irritates the heck out of me that they can't see that supporting detrimental values for "others" that they can see would have a negative effect on their own children, is going to get their own kids in the end). There are so many women who live the lives of fairly conservative values, but who vote for the weakest links to have easy access to other kinds of lives, which are only going to bring it all down on their own childrens' heads.
28 posted on 09/03/2013 1:41:25 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel

That’s because they are for freedom and so don’t want to make bad choices illegal.

And, of course, one of their one of their worst dreads is being seen as judgmental!


29 posted on 09/03/2013 2:38:22 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: autumnraine

Too bad he can’t be DRAFTED and sent to a hellhole called Vietnam to be used as “cannon fodder” for the elites in Washington.Oh that’s right! That did happen to a lot of “boomers” didn’t it ?


30 posted on 09/03/2013 2:59:02 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: berdie

The resident FR boomer bashers will be here before long. They represent the absolute worst in Gne Xers and milennials. They are all pissed because they want everything handed to them on a silver platter. And the losers like to call themselves conservatives.


31 posted on 09/03/2013 3:07:34 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: autumnraine

“... all for the factory he worked at for 27 years get sent to Brazil and we aren’t even a union state.”


The union parasites were a big factor in the move but even more so was the unrelenting pressure of our own government’s Gestapos. The burden of rules and regulations along with making every employer a nanny for their employees along with being a cornucopia of lawsuits for the legal profession had a greater impact on their decision to move out of the states so that they could operate in a much more free atmosphere.

The government supported the unions, the unions supported the government, the enviro-nazis supported the government and the government supported the enviro-nazis and on and on and on.

We, the people of the USA can only blame ourselves.


32 posted on 09/03/2013 3:43:17 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: autumnraine; mrsmel

I’m a War Baby, born 9 months after Pearl Harbor. My little sis was born in 1950 and is a Boomer. HUGE difference between between the two of us beyond those 8 years.

I joined the Naval Air Reserves early in my Sr. year of HS, went active a year later and served on a carrier in the catapults division. I earned my AAS, BBA and MBA while married with children, working full time and getting little sleep.

The little bit of money my parents had saved in hopes of me going to college after HS instead went to my little sister, since I’d joined the Navy. ...The newly built house my parents bought in ‘43 was 800 sq. ft. and the 30 year mortgage required monthly payments of $37!!!! ...I only mention that about the house to give younger FReepers an idea of the economy at the time.

Little sis was a little kid and pre-teen in the ‘50s and early ‘60s. She enjoyed the relative ‘booming’ of the economy of those years and went on to get her college degree, help her fiancee complete dental school and then live a life as a stay at home mom. She’s never known hardship. .......She’s been a good mom (kids now grown), but is a gun hater and a ‘greenie’. Only lives about 40 miles from me but we haven’t seen or talked to each other in 3 years because of our divergent views on politics. Sad.

Sorry to all for the long posting of some personal things, but was trying to illustrate that there ARE differences in people, depending on WHEN they were born and the circumstances that existed as they were being raised and schooled.


33 posted on 09/03/2013 3:49:17 AM PDT by octex
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To: ReformationFan

True, but remember what was said of the Gen Xers.

What I don’t think many realize is that we have the seeds of a revolution in the Millennials. No jobs, no money, no hope of a future.


34 posted on 09/03/2013 3:58:06 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: ReformationFan

well to be fair the darlings ARE working on reading an analog clock and writing in cursive....hey...Rome wasn’t built in a day and there’s plenty of distractions in mom’s basement not only that there seems to be no time line for gettin booted out of from in there...so..


35 posted on 09/03/2013 4:07:04 AM PDT by jimsin
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To: Nowhere Man

I was born in 1956 and I really don’t consider myself a “Boomer” either. I think generations are defined more by events that define them. The Boomer’s was Vietnam. By the time I turned 18 the draft was over and the war was winding down. College radicalism was on the wane and pretty much gone by the time I graduated. It really was a different experience.


36 posted on 09/03/2013 4:13:14 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: Renegade

In a lot of ways, guys who went to Vietnam were more heroic than the “Greatest Generation” ever was. In WWII, it was easy to be a soldier. Everyone was behind you. The girls loved you. You were a hero. It was not so easy for Vietnam vets. And remember, the GGers were running the show during Vietnam. Enough said.


37 posted on 09/03/2013 4:23:10 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: octex

I was born in 1957 and am in no way anything like your sister. Your generalizing about when a person was born holds no water. Your comments only boost the boomer bashing that is prevalent here on FR.


38 posted on 09/03/2013 4:48:51 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: autumnraine
Yeah... my son watched his dad give up sick days etc... all for the factory he worked at for 27 years get sent to Brazil and we aren’t even a union state.

According to the FR open border free trade club you father was supposed to retrain to do brain surgery after being freed up from mundane manufacturing work

39 posted on 09/03/2013 4:59:00 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: DH; autumnraine

I think that is what she said that her father was non union. It is the height of callousness to blame everything on the factory worker when 90 percent are non union.


40 posted on 09/03/2013 5:04:40 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Aahhh, no. Millenials are based on the decade where they came into adulthood. This means the decade when they turned 18 through 29. Therefore, if you turned 18 for the year 2000, you were born in 1982.

You may not agree, but that is how the generationists figure this stuff.


41 posted on 09/03/2013 5:11:50 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: Pining_4_TX

You may not agree, but the science and facts are pretty compelling. And they have been compelling back to the 1700’s.

No one likes to be put into a little box, and there are exceptions to the rules, and the lines at the edges are fuzzy. Your cultural environment has a lot to do with it. Rural areas tend to be less affected than urban areas. The cultures from different countries impact these differently.

However the cycles are clear.


42 posted on 09/03/2013 5:15:13 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: autumnraine
2008 crashed that ideal

But why? It used to be when you didn't have a job, you'd become self employed. Now, with taxes and regulation it's really hard for someone to do that. Then there's the situation with competition from overseas. If people would buy "made in the USA" and there could be a push back to locally made goods, that would employ a lot of people.

I hear younger people complain about the lack of opportunities for stable full-time jobs, which is true. So why do I still see them in line buying Chinese and other foreign crap? Why aren't they lobbying for more local control of their lives instead of storm-trooping for Obama? Why don't they demand more control of their lives instead of more freebies? They're going to inherit this world, mostly without the skills for self-sufficiency and innovation that earlier generations had. I do hope they figure that out, as a group.

43 posted on 09/03/2013 5:16:15 AM PDT by grania
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To: central_va

Yeah i see that a lot around here. Or he shouldn’t have so stupid to get some lowly factory job


44 posted on 09/03/2013 5:22:02 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: grania

You can overlay the Millenials with the folks born just before the start of WWI. Their first full decade was during the postwar boom. Their second decade is full of economic turmoil, political unrest, and distant wars. We all know how their third decade turned out. The matching generation from the last cycle was “the greatest Generation.” It is likely the “kids” today are going to have to carry the burden of the past generations.

And the ones to screw things up were not the boomers—it was the “silent” generation who came into adulthood immediately after the war. When you see a leader and they graduated from college from 1947 through 1956—those are the ones you have to look out for. They have a chip on their shoulder from being constantly compared to their older siblings—the ones who saved the world. They are the only American Generation who have not produced a President.


45 posted on 09/03/2013 5:25:25 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: grania

You are absolutely correct.


46 posted on 09/03/2013 5:26:04 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: ansel12
re: 15 to 34 in 1960

I'm a 1963 HS grad and in that group. I'm a little older than a boomer, so got a career and preparation for retirement when it was doable. Our culture was fun when we grew up. We and our children got education without loans, jobs we could depend on, and a whole lot of freedom, independence and opportunity. Our world was mostly safe and our country was secure. We're pretty healthy as a group.

I call us the luckiest generation that ever lived on earth. But something else...we had the chance to work for a living and take personal responsibility for our lives, and most in our age group have done that.

Just did my 50th HS reunion and am feeling a bit sad and nostalgic for everything we had. As a group, we still keep the life view of our youths. How did our country go so wrong in just 50 years?

47 posted on 09/03/2013 5:26:58 AM PDT by grania
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To: octex

My siblings and I haven’t diverged politically, but I used to easily forget that the music of my young adulthood wasn’t even remotely the same as the music of youngest sisters’ young adulthood (I finally got over that), and there are cultural things which don’t really affect their conservatism, on which we diverge. Of course, my youngest siblings are some 10 or more years younger than me.

Personal anecdotes of others interest me, and I find myself referring to them a good bit (I try not to, I know most don’t care for it, but after all, our own lives and those of the people we know best, are what we know best).

$37 a month for the mortgage!!! Oh well, I can remember when a pack of cigs was under a dollar, and gas was...really cheap :)


48 posted on 09/03/2013 7:13:48 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: beef

Good point, my husband has reminded me of this a couple of times. He served two tours (and volunteered, at that!), and lost his younger brother there (who lied about his age to volunteer).


49 posted on 09/03/2013 7:18:05 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Pining_4_TX
Everyone is an individual. I don’t buy the group mentality BS.

Agreed.

People cease being individuals and become instead part of a group only by choice. One of the traits that set conservatives and liberals apart.

50 posted on 09/03/2013 7:34:09 AM PDT by skeeter
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