Isn’t 65 the traditional retirement age? Perhaps, but baby boomers are modifying the definition of a traditional retirement (if not redefining it altogether)....
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Wow! Let’s all calm down everyone knows the problems facing America today were mostly created by none other than the baby boomer generation. Yeah, we know who we are.
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Let’s face it we’re tanned and healthy and living way past average life expectancy. We have a defined benefit pension plan from a large company or government that was created years ago when people didn’t understand how horribly wrong these plans can go and now can’t afford to meet its liabilities; however we don’t care as long as we get our check which we don’t really need anyway.
Living the life of Riley with our social security check and our Medicare reimbursement check. We once hated the government. Smoked pot and protested against Vietnam and President Johnson. Man that was a long, long time ago. Life has been good for us.
We’re baby boomers. We went to Woodstock and listened to the Stones in the ’60s. Went to discos and snorted coke in the ’70s. In the 80’s it was Wall Street and in the, 90’s Bill Clinton. Then we all moved off and retired in Arizona and Florida. All on the backs of our stressed-out kids whose children live in the basement through their 20s because they can’t find a job.
Gross assumptions: generalisations, and finger-pointing. As though, somehow as a group we had incredible political power, and were responsible for all the terrible decisions being made in the world. Just a thought, it’s not like that.
Baby boomers are uniformly middle class, we are not all wealthy, as a whole we are not selfish and greedy, nor are we a huge burden on society. Indeed, there is clearly something odd about simplistically posing socioeconomic problems in terms of generations at all. ‘A lot of the generalizations’ whether they’re to do with baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, or whatever the next one may be called just doesn’t apply to a lot of the people in that generation. ‘I think it’s a lazy way of looking at and resolving some very important issues.
Few if any recall that Life magazine declared in 1958 that the baby boomers were a built-in cure for recession. Nor do they remember that Time magazine declared in 1966 that our generation was its Persons of the Year. Yes, I'm a boomer. You want me to come to the mall, car dealer, furniture store, and spend my bucks to stimulate the economy.
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