Thursday, January 11, 2007

Ballooning Entitlements... No Problem!

Newsweek has an important piece on how Baby Boomers are robbing their children and grandchildren by refusing to deal with the looming crisis associated with their huge cohort's retirements, which will be financed by the tiny generations that have followed:

No surprise that the "Me" generation, so famous for its self-obsession and indulgence, is mortgaging our future. But I have a tidy solution for the problem -- one that will require no benefit cuts, no age or income threshold increases, and best of all, no new taxes.

I say we borrow the idea that inspired the 70s sci-fi movie "Logan's Run." That is, we send Baby Boomers to a real-life "carousel." Or, to dispense with the theatrics, just line them up and shoot them. Mow 'em down. Eliminate the problem at the source.

Look, political consensus building is hard. Convincing such a huge constituency to make concessions to such small (and non-voting) ones as Gen Xers and so on is hopeless. So we can either accept that proceeding generations will be locked into slavery paying for Boomers' comfy early retirements, or we can kill the bastards. Admit it. You're not really that crazy about your parents anyway, right?

OK, I admit I'm going for shock value. But our parents don't have to know this. If we at least start to make some noise about how much easier it would be to kill them than to support them, maybe that will stir them to action. God knows nothing else has worked.


At 1:06 PM, Blogger Indiana Photog said...

Ya why not kill us all off! I mean it's not like us boomers gave you the Web, Cell phones, DVDs, CDs, or even had our own war hence you don't have to worry about a draft sending you to Iraq.

I got a better idea, why don't you get off your lazy behind, and work to earn your own stuff, and not worry about what your parents are going to leave you. Earn your own way!

At 2:29 PM, Blogger John Martinez Pavliga said...

That struck a nerve! Actually, I served in Iraq, as well as Somalia twice, lazy GenXer that I am. And I'd suggest to consider who is really behind developing most of the cool new tech items we all play with these days -- mostly people even younger than me. This kind of reminds me of those Ameritrade commercials talking about all the great things Boomers have done while showing clips of people born in the 20s and 30s who actually did those things -- like MLK, the first astronauts, etc. Hehe... Boomers have to be the center of everything. The rest of us are amused.

At 4:29 PM, Blogger lelik091 said...

HAHAHAH- You totally owned him John!


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