I know the trend nowadays is to blame us Baby Boomers for all the troubles in the country. They say we sucked all the money out of the economy but I as usual look at it from a different perspective:
- We created a strong middle class where average workers earned enough to buy the products they made. You allowed the politicians and CEOs to ship all those jobs to cheaper foreign labor on the idea that you could buy things a little cheaper. You didn’t have the foresight to see that one day your job would also be taken from you.
- We created prosperity of the 60s and 70s. Stock markets boomed, the GDP rose year after year, and the average family earned enough with a single bread winner to allow mothers to raise their children instead of being farmed out to a minimum wage earner. You allowed all that to slip from your grasp……
- We created a re-enforced safety net for those who fall on hard times. We did it by asking the most affluent among us to pay a little more in income taxes. You chose to let the revenue that the safety net requires flow back to the most affluent among us. You are the ones who are tearing the safety net apart, don’t blame us….
- We marched in the streets to assure civil rights for every citizen. We marched on the picket lines to insure a living wage to every family. You allowed your politicians to dismantle the worker’s unions on the promise of the “job creators” would then add more jobs which of course never happened. You started the “Occupy” movement; that was a good idea but then let it fizzle out….
You lost all these things that we fought so hard to give you so don’t blame us for your failures. We gave you example after example of how to create a shared prosperity among everyone and keep our deficits under control. We showed you how a rising tide lifts all boats, you chose to let the greedy regain the ground we fought so hard to wrench from them. We were counting on you to continue to advance all the gains we gave you. You just dropped the ball. Quit blaming it on us….
When it comes right down to it you chose to install a snooze button on a smoke alarm and now wonder why you got fooled by a smoke screen.
Don’t blame us…….