I'm all for respecting seniors, but I've had just about enough of selfish old people who made out like bandits on government programs and now want to close the door on those coming behind them as they live out their golden years living off the taxpayer.
Many baby boomers benefited from the post WWII boom. Many had parents that were WWII vets entitled the GI Bill and many other programs that were available to that era. Many boomers went on to serve in latter conflicts and became eligible for those programs themselves.
Boomers are children of parents that used government programs to create wealth that was then inherited, wealth created by taxpayers that has allowed them to prosper.
But if you were to ask those people today if the government had a helping hand in their success they would swear that their success was all their own with no help from government (Tea Party Boomer). They don't want to admit that inherited wealth that was a product of government programs.
Programs that allowed them to go to college, earn a degree, make a great living and create another generation in which, again, some that wealth is passed on.
These same people are now living off government programs and the wealth created by them. They receive health care and medication through government programs even to this day, but they are the first people that want to reduce, cut and cancel my access to some of those very same programs, all while benefitting from trillions more in Bush era tax cuts.
...for the children of the baby boomers, governments offer only misery. Higher education minister David Willetts has made it clear that students' fees are going to go up. A lot. Baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1955, paid no fees at all when they were students in the free and carefree 60s.
Today, because people are living longer, baby boomers are a much more powerful political force than 55- to 65-year-olds have ever been before. And they are exercising their political muscle on their own behalf. Any government that fails to give the baby boomers what they want, even at the expense of younger generations, is in for severe punishment at the ballot box, according to research from the thinktank Demos
If any cuts to Medicare or Social Security are to be enacted they should be effective immediately, not 5, 10 or 15 years from now.
Why should voters, that would receive their entire benefit until death, have any say over a program for which they will have no stake.
I don't know about you, but I've had it with greedy, selfish baby boomers who made out very well off the very government they now demonize.
The Greatest Generation are now Bernanke's collateral damage. The Selfish Generation, baby boomers, have managed to destroy both their parents' generation with dollar debasement and their children's and grandchildren's generations with debt. Well played, boomers. Hope you enjoy that home-equity-funded retirement.
President John F. Kennedy
"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few that are rich."
"United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do - for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder."
"We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom—and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside."
All three quotes taken from President Kennedy's Inaugural address - January 20, 1961