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Don't you hate us Baby Boomers and our dreadful opposition to marijuana decriminalization and gay rights? Alas, we're not dead yet.

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Submitted by lizpolaris on

Or is the writer too young to know that was the rallying cry of the 60's also? My grin for the day.

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Submitted by vastleft on

Just a new generation's "Don't trust anyone over 30." I suppose I could be wrong, but the body of the post just wasn't ironic.

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Submitted by a little night ... on

this, for example.

I couldn't find the instance of this sort of thing ("The baby boomers are going to loot the fund and leave us nothing because they feel so ENTITLED!!!!!11ONE!!! WAAAH! I hate them!) that I wanted to quote, which I read on one of the econ blogs I follow sometime in the last few weeks. It was discussing an article, published or posted where I don't recall, along these lines.

I don't know how widespread this sort of thinking is amongst the younguns these days, but this article by William Greider suggests that the meme and its attendant generational resentment is encouraged (if not in fact the brainchild of) the Republican "fiscal responsibility" crew and their think tanks:

Peterson's proposal would essentially dismantle the Social Security entitlement enacted in the New Deal, much as Bill Clinton repealed the right to welfare. Peterson has assembled influential allies for this radical step. They include a coalition of six major think tanks and four tax-exempt foundations.

Their report-Taking Back Our Fiscal Future, issued jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation-recommends that Congress put long-term budget caps on Social Security and other entitlement spending, which would automatically trigger benefits cuts if needed to stay within the prescribed limits. The same antidemocratic mechanisms-a commission of technocrats and limited Congressional discretion-would shield politicians from popular blowback.

The authors of this plan are sixteen economists from Brookings and Heritage, joined by the American Enterprise Institute, the Concord Coalition, the New America Foundation, the Progressive Policy Institute and the Urban Institute. "Our group covers the ideological spectrum," they claim. This too is a falsehood. All these organizations are corporate-friendly and dependent on big-money contributors. No liberal or labor thinkers need apply, though the group includes some formerly liberal economists like Robert Reischauer, Alice Rivlin and Isabel Sawhill.

The ugliest ploy in their campaign is the effort to provoke conflict between the generations. "The automatic funding of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid impedes explicit consideration of competing priorities and threatens to squeeze out spending for young people," these economists declared. Children, it is suggested, are being shortchanged by their grandparents. This line of argument has attracted financial support from some leading foundations usually associated with liberal social concerns-Annie E. Casey, Charles Stewart Mott, William and Flora Hewlett. Peterson has teamed up with the Pew Trust and has also created front groups of "concerned youth."

I keep wanting to ask my son if he hears this sort of thing much, but I'm afraid to hear the answer...

[Lambert, I'm attending to my messages now! Sorry, I've been away from keyboard for most of the past few weeks.]

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Submitted by splashy9 on

Don't they know that it was a major thing back then, and that most of the Boomers are FOR legalization? When did the right wingers become associated with the Boomers?

Strange ...

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Submitted by PieterB on

. . . a somewhat, uh, pithy comment.

I made a living for many years as a photographer, and one source of income I counted on was fees for the use and re-use of images I had created and placed with a stock-photo agency. I will never forget the first time I saw one of my more popular photos in the shared files of a BBS (Remember those? That was before anybody knew what a web browser was, and a 2400-baud modem was hot stuff.). I knew it was only a matter of time before copyright could be enforced only by people who could afford to hire a lot of people to do it for them.

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Submitted by Realist on

Hopefully, once our generation takes over things will change.

Where have I heard that one before?

don’t even try to pretend you guys understand computers or the Internet

Wouldn't dream of it. The fact that we, you know, invented them and all has no bearing on the issue.