Boomer Bust – The Wasted Generation

Irony: The generation that said “I hope I die before I get old” has gotten old.

According to Wikipedia, these are the generations of the 20th Century:

Lost Generation
Greatest Generation
Silent Generation
Baby Boomers
Generation X
Millennials
Generation Z

Here is what they had to say about the Baby Boomers:

Baby boomers (also known as boomers) are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation and preceding Generation X. The Baby Boom generation is most often defined as those individuals born between 1946 and 1964.

In Western Europe and North America, boomers are widely associated with privilege, as many grew up during a period of increasing affluence due in part to widespread post-war government subsidies in housing and education. As a group, baby boomers were wealthier, more active and more physically fit than any preceding generation and were the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time. They were also the generation that reached peak levels of income in the workplace and could, therefore, enjoy the benefits of abundant food, clothing, retirement programs, and even “midlife-crisis” products.[clarification needed] However, this generation also has been criticized often for its increases in consumerism which others saw as excessive.

The boomers have tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from preceding and subsequent generations. In the 1960s and 1970s, as a relatively large number of young people entered their late teens—the oldest turned 18 in 1964—they, and those around them, created a very specific rhetoric around their cohort and the changes brought about by their size in numbers. This rhetoric had an important impact in the self-perceptions of the boomers, as well as their tendency to define the world in terms of generations, which was a relatively new phenomenon. The baby boom has been described variously as a “shockwave” and as “the pig in the python”.

I was born in 1960, which makes me a Boomer. Most or all of us here are Boomers or come pretty darn close. I saw something once that referred to boomers as the “born to matter” generation. We were the first generation raised to believe that we were going to change the world. We were a generation of idealists. We were also the first generation raised on television.

But what have Boomers accomplished?

Most of the big events in our lives were not of our doing. JFK is often associated with Boomers, but he was part of the Greatest Generation, as were RFK and MLK. Their assassins were pre-Boomers as well. Boomers watched a man walk on the moon, but they didn’t put him there. The Boomers had Woodstock, but Rock & Roll music wasn’t invented by the Boomers. Neither were computers.

The Civil Rights Movement wasn’t ours. Some of us participated in Women’s Liberation, but the leaders of that movement were from an earlier generation. Lots of Boomers fought in Vietnam, and still more protested the war, but serving in Vietnam was more something that we endured rather than something we accomplished, and the effect of the antiwar protests is debatable and they were not exclusive to Boomers.

So what have Boomers accomplished? Not much.

As a group we are wealthier than our predecessors, but how much of that prosperity was due to being lucky to live in a prosperous age? We grew up prosperous too, but while some of us got richer, the inequality between rich and poor has grown during our lifetimes.

There have been four Boomer Presidents – Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. At least three of those men will not be considered “great” presidents. Clinton and Obama ran “change” campaigns specifically designed to appeal to the idealism of Boomers. What memorable and lasting legislation did Boomers produce? What government programs did we create? What have we done with government except watch it bloat?

Our generation made “party” into a verb and changed the rules of sexual behavior. The results of this liberalization of morality include AIDS, a herpes epidemic, high divorce rates, single parenthood, a crack cocaine epidemic, and disco. We got wasted, and wasted our potential.

It’s not that Baby Boomers are bad, it’s just that we could have been so much better. We didn’t change the world, the world changed us.

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124 Responses to Boomer Bust – The Wasted Generation

  1. votermom says:

    W, Clinton, and Trump were all born in 1946. Amazing really

  2. votermom says:

    I’m Gen X, and I think KTE is officially Gen Z, And KTY too.

  3. Mothy67 says:

    I am Gen X, but my older brother and parents are boomers.
    Looking back I think we had it easy. Going away to college was not cost prohibitive at least in the mid eighties. There were the 80’s excesses, but I was not preoccupied with money. I went away to school and worked part time. I travelled abroad. Ate out and went out all the time. My parents didn’t need to take out loans. I went to schools that gave me a deal not the best school I got into. I was never hungry. I read about these college students today who are starving. WTF? Work in a restaurant. Eat pasta.
    The only bad thing I recall was AIDS. I was out in after hour clubs in Philly nearly every night. I did my share of drugs. I was almost always with rich UPenn students doing really dumb stuff. It was The Less than Zero era. We were so scared of intimacy that we partyed harder. There was no treatment for HIV in 1985. There was definitely a sense of live fast and die hard.
    I shudder to think of what it is like to be a college kid today. The fentanyl shit is scary. College is so expensive and room and board is off the charts. My r&b at Purdue in 1985 was 1250 a semester. I worked in the cafeteria my second semester to cover it 100% and I got a small paycheck.
    My niece is attending Pitt her r &b is I think close to 15000. Adjusting for inflation my 2500/yr in 1985 would be 6,000 today! Tuition was not crazy. College was affordable.

    • elliesmom says:

      College for me, tuition, room, and board was $4000/year. Today it costs a little over $40,000. But minimum wage was $1.60. So while college costs have out-paced wages, it’s not as bad as today’s kids make it out to be. They also demand a lot more “amenities” than we had. A close friend of mine sits on the board of his old fraternity. The whole house had one bathroom with a huge gang shower in 1970. Now every room has a private bath. The guys used to trek to the neighborhood laundromat. Now they have a laundry service that picks up and delivers their laundry every week. Colleges are top-heavy in administration, but who’s demanding the ‘diversity staff”? Who would raise a fuss if it went away? We thought it was cool we had our own bowling alley even if the lanes were so worn, the “strike zone” was a worn groove in the alley. Now the school has a full gym with a lap pool and a climbing wall you don’t have to take a gym class to use. I’m not an old-fuddy-duddy about this stuff. I think it’s great it’s all there, but the kids do need to expect it’s going to cost money to have it there.

  4. taw46 says:

    • taw46 says:

      Crybaby is giving her statement now. Oh, and the Rs came out of the gate fighting. They kept raising points of order, but Schiff wouldn’t recognize them. Heh, heh, heh.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        ty Taw, please keep posting.
        So I can see what they are saying. ❤

        • taw46 says:

          I am only half-listening to her. It is all I am so perfect blah blah blah I am so professional and my institution is being degraded blah blah blah State Department is being hollowed out blah blah blah. Just more of the ‘we should set foreign policy, not the President’ bs.

          • Mothy67 says:

            I can’t watch.

          • taw46 says:

            Tim, it is worth it to watch the Republicans. The little I saw on Wednesday, they were great in their questioning.

          • Anthony says:

            Agree. Also trying to crucify the President’s lawyer, Giuliani, because Trump CAN NOT have any defense if Schiff’s kangaroo court is to succeed,

            She’s quickly getting on my last fucking gay nerve,,,

          • taw46 says:

            Yes, Anthony. She is very annoying. Right now playing victim of how she had to come home because she was being threatened. All mean ole Giuliani’s fault.

          • Constance says:

            I saw part of her statement. What a self serving load. “I’m patriotic, all of us bureaucratic paper pushers are patriotic, we know how to do stuff, Trump doesn’t follow the rules of how to do stuff, this is dangerous, I felt sad and threatened, Orange man bad.” I am stunned that anyone would make such a public statement of emotional drivel. And who gets emotional about a bunch of paper pushing?

          • votermom says:

            has she mentioned her hippocampus yet?

          • taw46 says:

          • Mothy67 says:

            I am dealing with my sister. She has stage 4 lung cancer, had a brain tumor removed. She is going through an ugly divorce. I am paying for her phone, internet, and meds. I take her to the store and say buy whatever you need. She wants me to give her one of my credit cards. She is living on 382 a month. I say keep 382. I can feed and supply basic needs.
            She is my brat’s grandmother. I am not handing over a credit card with a yuuuge limit. She wants autonomy. Doesn’t want to call me when she needs something. I’m like fine buy 100 rolls of toilet paper.
            I took her to South Carlolina. Set up a stipend. I don’t care about a few hundred a month. I am not handing over a credit card with a 20,000 limit. I am approaching broke. I had a lot of money when Shay was born. I retired at 40 to take care of her. I do not have much left. 13 years. Ugh. No regrets.
            She can’t live with me because she will never accept her son has issues. He is 32 and squatting . Yep that is what I spent 100,00 fighting to protect the brat. He cannot keep a job. I have no room right now for Nancy Pelosi.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Dan summed it up nicely 🙂

  5. elliesmom says:

    I was born in 1951, and my younger brother in 1960. Technically, we’re both boomers, but the difference between his and his friends view of the world and mine is vast. The first 5 -10 years of the boom generation might not have invented the computer, but we harnessed it, miniaturized it, and connected it to the world. Ken Olsen, born in 1926, founded and built Digital Equipment, but lacked the vision to imagine every home with a computer, but his boomer employees could. Betty Friedan might have recognized there were women who were capable of doing more and wanted to do more, but the early boomers were the women who actually went out and did it. When I entered engineering school in 1969, there were 24 girls and 2100 guys. By the time my brother’s graduating class was entering college, women were 35% of incoming freshman. Those women were no longer “pioneers”. The sheer numbers of women in their mid-sixties to early seventies now who became doctors, lawyers, engineers, police and firemen, and all of the other fields that were traditionally male compared to the women before shows the earlier generation might have imagined it, but the early boomers made it happen. Women of the Greatest Generation may have been “Rosie the Riveter” during the war, but when it was over, they went back home, too.

    When my brother speaks disparagingly about the boomer generation, it’s out of jealously. It’s like the last 20% of the people crossing the finish line of a race. You ran it, but it didn’t make much difference. My brother wanted to “take a stand against the draft”, but by the time he turned 18, the draft had ended 5 years ago. He has strange ideas about folks my age spending our lives drugged and having sex in mud puddles, but life for early boomers was “Happy Days”. We grew up with Dick Clark, poodle skirts, and bobby sox. Perhaps, we didn’t leave enough stuff for the last half of our generation do so they tuned out, but we aren’t a “do nothing but make a mess of things” generation. As far as presidents go, the Greatest Generation brought us Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. Racist warmonger and ineffectual ditherer. They ran the man who brought us home from Vietnam and who might have brought us a much better relationship with China out of office over a third-rate burglary. It was the generation before them who made housing and education more affordable for them. Kudos to them for taking such good advantage of it. I’m not disparaging them. They were called upon to go to hell for the sake of the world, and they were up to the task. But we don’t know how later generations would have responded because they haven’t been asked- yet.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I fondly remember growing up and getting married in the 50’s and 60’s, I think those idyllic years changed at the assassination of JFK, which gave us LBJ. According to Don Mclean, it all started with Buddy Holly’s death 😉 This is sort of the Anthem for the 60’s, a very busy and emotional roller coaster decade for young people, some never outgrew that and stayed angry. TDS is all about blaming The Man. Obama brought that all back with a little help from his anarchist friends, Billy Ayers, Inc.

    • Woke Lola says:

      I noticed this division in my own family. My mom has 5 siblings, 4 of them boomers. The older ones were very goal-oriented and organized. The later ones all went through periods of delays developmentally with some substance use. They have had poorer life outcomes as a result. There seemed to be a division somewhere in the mid to late 50s.

      • elliesmom says:

        Elliesdad was a graduate teaching assistant, which got us into the faculty social life. At a party one of the deans told me my class was the “last of the beer drinkers”. The school didn’t have much of a drug problem until the 70s kids started arriving. There was an on-campus pub where faculty and students could get together over a glass of beer or wine and slice of pizza. He said even “slimey-dimey nights”, where everything cost 10 cents started seeing a huge drop-off. While the school had a blind-eye toward under-age drinking if it stayed on campus, they weren’t ready for the pub to become a place to smoke pot. My little brother doesn’t believe I’ve never tried it. I wasn’t a goody-two shoes. I bought a lot of booze before I was old enough to do it legally. I’ve just never been interested and never had any friends who were.

  6. Dora says:

  7. taw46 says:

    • taw46 says:

    • taw46 says:

      Goldman keeps asking her if anyone at State ever complained about her job performance. As Goldman well knows, it doesn’t matter. She serves at the pleasure of the President. Schiff jumps in to characterize Trump’s tweets about her as intimidation, designed to silence others who might want to come forward. Guess that will be another of their articles of impeachment.

  8. Dora says:

    Theme Song for the Impeachment Hearings.

  9. taw46 says:

    We are on a short break. Bill Hemmer comes on to say “we have been listening to gripping testimony”. FFS, what is wrong with him.

  10. taw46 says:

    a good read by Larry Johnson.

    “From what I have seen of tomorrow’s witness, Marie Yovanovitch, an FSO, is the same kind of person I encountered in the Office of Counter Terrorism. Arrogant and aggrieved and convinced that she is so much smarter than the troglodytes who will be asking her questions.
    I am not saying that all FSOs are like this. But a large number are. You will be seeing another one of these critters in Friday’s testimony.”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/11/larry-c-johnson-understanding-the-foreign-service-officer-nerd-behavior-and-air-of-pomposity/

  11. Dora says:

  12. taw46 says:

    Trump tweeted this at 10:01 am. This is what Schiff read to the Ambassador and said it was meant to intimidate her (intimidated a witness, an article of impeachment). She didn’t even see it, it was a live tweet. How can it intimidate her since she is testifying while he is tweeting? The are fucking nuts.

  13. Dora says:

  14. lyn says:

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  16. lyn says:

    dedicated to the best president in my lifetime.

  17. lyn says:

    I’m a 1957 boomer.

  18. Dora says:

  19. SHV says:

    I’m a proud member of the “Lucky Few” generation…

    https://www.prb.org/luckyfew/

    • DeniseVB says:

      My dh too. I know he was too young for the greatest generation and too old for the boomers, but just right for two Viet Nam war tours. Maybe not that lucky 😀

  20. Myiq2xu™ says:

  21. lyn says:

  22. Myiq2xu™ says:

  23. taw46 says:

    The Ambassador states that they have “their own culture and their own chain of command”. That right there is one of the problems.

  24. Dora says:

    I agree with Lionel.

  25. Dora says:

    A change of pace.

  26. taw46 says:

  27. lyn says:

    True story.

  28. taw46 says:

    I saw that, pissed me off, too.

  29. Dora says:

    He finally admits it.

  30. Myiq2xu™ says:

  31. foxyladi14 says:

    Jim Jordan just got Yovanovitch, who’s clearly a left-wing partisan, to admit she didn’t do a single thing to prevent Ukrainian officials from meddling in our election in 2016. Her demeanor made it clear she did nothing because she supported foreign efforts to damage Trump.

    — Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 15, 2019

    • lyn says:

      Watch the exact moment today’s hearing fell apart for the Democrats:

      Their latest impeachment “witness” admitted she wasn’t around for ANYTHING in the Democrats’ impeachment plot.

      Swing and a miss by Shifty Schiff. Try again, Democrats!

  32. John Denney says:

    Meh. I refuse responsibility for the faults of “my generation”, and can really only take credit for my own accomplishments, not the accomplishments of others where I made no contribution.

  33. Dora says:

    Epstein did not commit suicide!

    • Somebody says:

      Daily caller headline, “Meghan McCain tells Roger Stone to rot in hell”.

      She’s still thinking about daddy I guess, wants him to have company. Oh well don’t think Stone is his type.

  34. Dora says:

    The world is upside down.

  35. taw46 says:

  36. lyn says:

    thread

  37. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • Somebody says:

      He has time in his schedule Obama didn’t. He doesn’t take cigarette or choom breaks, he doesn’t watch drone snuff films, he doesn’t “shoot hoops”, he doesn’t play with 5lb. dumbbells, he doesn’t entertain the Hollywood set, and he doesn’t let rappers play in the situation room.

      Seems if you take all that out of the schedule AND the fact he starts work WAY before 10am, it’s perfectly reasonable to think he’d have time to watch part of the hearings.

  38. Angie says:

  39. helenk3 says:

    remember the movie The President’s Lady with Charlton Heston and Susan Hayward? Two of my favorite stars.
    The story of Andrew Jackson and his wife and the way they were treated by the “in crowd” politicians of the time. A lot like what Trump is going through now.
    I have be thinking about this movie a lot lately

  40. taw46 says:

  41. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      Best part, many progs would nod their head in agreement.

    • John Denney says:

      Disapproved language is now a high crime and misdemeanor?

      Gotta be a joke in there somewhere — misdemeanor
      Miss da meaner
      Misty meaner
      Misty meany
      Mistah Meanah
      Mister Meaner
      . . .
      Ok, it’s late. Off to bed.

  42. Anthony says:

    Kellyanne Conway beats the living fuck out of Wolf Blitzer and CNN

  43. Dora says:

    Trump Admin Tells UN “There is No International Right to Abortion. Everyone Has a Right to Life”

    The Trump administration continued to stand strong for the rights of unborn babies Thursday against international pressure to support abortion on demand.

    The Daily Nation reports the United States and European Union “openly clashed” over abortion politics at an international population summit organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Kenya and Denmark.

    https://www.lifenews.com/2019/11/15/trump-admin-tells-un-there-is-no-international-right-to-abortion-everyone-has-a-right-to-life/

  44. Constance says:

    Stephanie Grisham the white house spokesperson just said on Hannity that Obama fired every ambassador without explanation on his first day in office.

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