Quit Whining You Selfish Baby Boomers
(San Diego, CA)
I am Gen X'er, from the generation who learned to be self-sufficient, one of those the Latchkey kids who learned to make mac and cheese (so my single parent mother could prove that she still had groove in the dating scene) and who paid college with every penny.
I came of age when AIDS was becoming an epidemic (and spreading to other groups besides gay males).
I grew up with baby boomer aunts and uncles who were hippie dippies that were into drugs, casual sex and who thought they knew it all.
As a Gen X'er I am stuck in my job with no upward or lateral mobility, despite being a licensed Civil Engineer, because the Baby Boomers apparently think they can work forever or at least until they keel over in their cubicles.
The irony of the Baby Boomer generation is that President Reagan helped them to gain upward mobility and prosperity when Social Security eligibility was changed to age 62 with incentives to retire and leave the work force.
This allowed lucrative job opportunities to millions of Baby Boomers, but now they don't want to retire and pass it on to their children and future generations.
I had a job interview a week ago and was told to keep trying because many (Baby Boomers) are expected to retire. A few days ago I got a job lead and was told by the organization that they were projecting job vacancies with many who were approaching retirement age.
This is not a made up story to pit generations against one another but a reality about a generation (born between 1946 to 1964) who sold us out, our futures, environment and all.
Many of us have to postpone our goals, dreams and futures because Boomers want to hoard job opportunities. It's really sad to see a Cal Poly or UC graduate working at Target or in food service who is being denied the opportunity to get into a career that reflects an education they worked diligently to attain.
Someday we won't have to deal with them anymore, the younger generations will be late starting their careers and surely will take the lead but what they will say about the Baby Boomers will not be positive.
There will not be any more Baby Boomers to refute criticism that is directed at them but they will go down in modern history as being one of the worst and most selfish generations in the Western World.EDITORS NOTE:
Thanks for your comments Elizabeth....but what does this have to do with elderly care challenges?