Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Generation X: The Scapegoat Generation is Dying Young







Age 45-54 is now Generation X.

Generation X is dying young...The above study spoken about in the above videos makes it clear.

The death rates for our group are rising. Yesterday's "slackers" are kicking the bucket far faster then their parents.

Some articles blame the drugs, and AIDS.  These are window covering issues. The power that be outside a few alternative media outlets are hiding the real issue which is the dying economy and changed life-styles. NAFTA and other trade deals like it have changed life in America and are stripping things down.  Other races and minority groups have greatly suffered themselves with higher death rates for decades so this study concerns mostly white people. It's obvious the economy has kicked Generation X in the face. There's a reason that Baby Boomers have 47 times the wealth. 

Being 47 years old, I have noticed my friends have died far younger and been more sick, then my parent's generation. None of us expect to live as long. One friend died at 46, one man at 55, another in his 50s, my husband's best friend died at 39 and this doesn't include the people who are already disabled. Generation X is not living as long as the Baby Boom generation. Why not? Our parent's generation had a far more economically stable life. They had more access to medical care. They had more secure lives. They had stable families that stuck by them, who did not abandon them or constantly move away. My mother has never faced want or loneliness as an adult. She has never gone to a hospital fearing a resultant tens of thousands of dollar bill from lack of medical insurance. My mother's life has been nothing like my own. She has never seen the inside of a food pantry, she had stable employment that was 8 hours a day, which included retirement benefits and allowed for a life with vacations, a nice home, and expendable income. Many of her peers have shared in the same easier lives.

 I will be talking about generational trends.  So yes, there will be a broad brush applied to some of these issues. There are good and bad people in every generation so I post this with the caveat again, this does not apply to every individual and there are good and bad people in every generation.  The Baby Boomer generation being one of most selfish generations in human history in America, has thrown their own children--Generation X and millennials under the bus for their own benefit. Do any of the wealthy oldsters around here enjoying their retirements, giant bank accounts and new cars, notice the people my age, walking in the rain and snow from their low wage jobs?

While Generation X sunk further down and the millennials have not even been able to afford their own apartments or homes, the Baby Boom generation benefitted from this. The Baby Boomers were told they were special over and over, and boy they never let us forget it! Thus they did not care about what happened to their children after them. Most generations want things to improve for their children, the Baby Boomers, put up bumper stickers on their new Cadillac that said "Spending my children's inheritance"---and boy did they!

The narcissistic sabotage for Generation X, started when we were in our twenties. Don't you know there was a reason when they labeled us all lazy slackers? We couldn't do anything right and we just got out of college. Like narcissist parents do to the scapegoat, we were handed bags of hot air and false illusions that did not pan out. Baby Boomers got the full attention of the world's media, and intelligentsia, and still even as they age, this has not ended. Did you know the millennials are a bigger generation in numbers then Baby Boomers? Bet you didn't. Why? Because all of our lives we have been told how the Baby Boomers are the biggest and the best generation and others did not matter. 

We are reaching late adulthood and still hearing about Kennedy getting shot and the rest ad nauseum, while our youthful times get mere nods. No one's talking much about the 80s, sure the Germans got their show Deutschland 83 and there's been a few movies, and memes referring to movies like Back to the Future, but it's like the 60s never ended. I never expected to be this old, and still having it shoved down my throat.

Everytime it seems I read a book even, it's a Baby Boomer doing the talking. Even a recent book I'm reading from the library on education Mission High, featured a teacher who had been in the Weathermen as a youth and graduated in 1967. He was another old hippie pontificating to me the virtues in this case of Common Core. They couldn't get any younger teachers to interview? Generation X still remains invisible even as we ascend into late adulthood and middle age, behind the attention hogging Baby Boomers. 

  “Generation Xers are the forgotten middle child generation,” says Faith Popcorn, a trend consultant who advises companies on generational differences. “They’re worried about both the present and future. They understand more than millennials that they could be replaced by robots and a lot of them don’t think they’ll ever be able to afford kids or qualify for mortgages.”
Popcorn says “6 in 10 boomers and millennials think their generations are special but only one-third of Gen Xers do. You wouldn’t want to be a Gen Xer.”

We were gas-lighted and told we were "entitled" for having basic wants and needs like an actual full time job that paid the bills instead of pieced together temp work and part time jobs at the coffee shop counter. While Baby Boomers enjoyed the benefits of worker rights and unions, today many of them join the Tea Party and make sure to vote away any of the same breaks for the younger generations. Empathy must be gone, because aren't some of them seeing their adult children doing far worse, because of the cut-throat job market? Selfishness is winning out at the polls. None of the partying in Florida Baby Boomer set, seems to care that most of their adult children will be cooking a can of beans over a rusted metal trash can when they hit their old age, because retirements and pensions are a thing of the past. Even as we get older and sicker, they tell us we deserved it for "failing".

 A life time of being called a "loser" by your parents has taken an extreme emotional toll on Generation X. Broken homes, constant moving, lack of stability and then financial insecurity with huge loads of stigma for not measuring up to parental expectations has hurt many members of Generation X without measure. Our lives were destroyed via our parent's selfishness.  Narcissists to the end, they sabotaged their own children and competed with them and never let them in the door. Financial pressures that never ended where cash-starved twenties became still struggling forties and fifties took a massive mental and physical toll in Generation X. We never could relax. In too many of our lives, while our parents had fun and shopped while they dropped, the answer for us was always "No". The false dreams we were handed by a bunch of narcissists were crushed by the hard cold hand of reality.

The Baby Boom generation up rooted marriage with their constant divorces, and destruction of traditional values, with the counterculture and drugs leading the way, Baby Boomers led us to many of the rotten places we are today. The old Woodstock navel gazing hippies who only cared about themselves graduated to the career and money obsessed yuppies of the 1980s.  The "freedom fighters" became the world's biggest neo-liberal fascists or fascist Tea Partier/Republicans. They codified lack of mercy and the worship of monolithic power.  They told us "God is dead" and spat on natural human emotions like affection. Earlier generations were taught family cohesion, loyalty, and defending the weaker and young. Baby Boomers weren't interested in any of that. They were more interested in "finding themselves". Baby Boomers being the most godless narcissistic generation to ever exist, have paved a path of destruction through this country like no other generation before them.

Do the Baby Boomers have empathy for people younger then them? Surely there are some good souls among them, but empathy is lacking in many places. How many Generation X people were told they were "losers" and couldn't do anything right as the carpet was ripped from beneath them? How many were told by the often New Age believing Baby Boomers, that they didn't think positive thoughts? So many of us are told "thinking positive" will deliver the cash right to our door. Sorry it doesn't work. Our media expresses no empathy for the younger generations. They repeat over and over young people [and now middle aged people]  are selfish, and lazy.


The SAME exact thing happened to Generation X [this magazine is from the early 90s]



"Hard act to follow"? Anyone want to barf along with me? Maybe there's a reason we wore nothing but black in our twenties. We were already in mourning knowing what awaited us. I had three years in my life where I wore nothing but black. We were already told we were LOST and that it was ALL OUR FAULT, and had nothing to do with the horrible changes being wrought in the economy. There's a reason we went goth, grunge and had the depressed Kurt Cobain as a spokesman.

In other words, Generation X was SCAPEGOATED TO THE MAX.

and they are still doing it to younger people too. "It's your fault there's no job, it's because you are too immature!" is the subtext on this Baby-boomer insulting cover.






Two Thirds Of Gen X Households Have Less Wealth Than Their Parents Did At The Same Age


Let's not forget the gas-lighting is part of the Baby Boomer game too. The poorer generations have been gas lighted to death. Told they are not achievers or as "hard working". There is a reason that many wealthier Boomers have joined the Tea-Party and want to do away with welfare and help for the poor.  It's not about improving the country, it's about protecting their own money. How many of us younger people were told we were personally responsible for all of our economic troubles? My husband was blamed for his lay-offs and so was I. My family in my extreme case literally threw me away for my money problems, well before I went no contact. The insults never stopped coming. Lest some see this as just my personal experience, I see the same treatment all over in different degrees.

Young people and middle aged Generation X are called "bums", "losers" and more. They move home to angry older Baby Boomer parents who are outraged at their child's failures and don't let them forget it. How many Baby Boomers did I see complaining about their adult children living with them, who "couldn't get it together"?  One still sees in in the magazine articles complaining about the young people and middled aged living at home with their parents. Gas lighting here, covers the real situation which is the 1 percent busy destroying the economy and opportunities within it.

Baby Boomers as a whole are not a generation that is aging gracefully.  Since they have more money, life is easier, they seem younger then people my age, in a certain way. My husband took me to this 50's/60s music show where he got some free tickets. People 20-25 years older then me danced around, a few were on canes and sitting at tables who were less mobile. They flirted as much as high schoolers, the women shook their booties, some wearing tight jeans and halter tops and were all dressed "sexy". It was perverse display with some of them. The good times never ended for Grandma and Grandpa Baby Boomer! I felt like a peasant woman sitting there in my long dress and with my walker entering some kind of altered world where these people were experiencing reverse aging while I was growing older at an accelerated rate. Narcissists don't age like the rest of us. A predominantly narcissistic generation will cling on to youth with a death grip.  There seems to be little admittance of the passage of time or the normal introspection that should come with age, I've seen in people a generation ahead of them. 

When I was in my 30s, I liked to befriend older people. Most of my then elderly friends were from the SILENT generation. They were different, and more traditional.  They believed in self sacrifice, they didn't tell me "think positive" or that everything was the young person's fault, they told me younger people have it far worse today and that life changed for the worse. One lady who was a mother in the 1950s told me, "We were happy and had time to spend with our families, now you see these women, and it's nothing but "work, work, work". Another elderly friend who was around 80 was direct, "You younger people are getting sick and dying far faster. Young people are not as healthy, especially in your generation and younger. I think it is because life is far harder for you.

The above statistics in the videos speak for themselves.

Babyboomers Don't Care if Generations Below Them are Poorer

Materialism, Crushed by Bills and Baby Boomers

29 comments:

  1. Interesting post. When I was in high school I saw a psychologist. She asked me what I would like to be in 15 years. I told her that I hoped to be alive. She looked at me in horror as like what in the world kind of answer is that. Guess that I knew dark times were coming. I have had multiple relatives and friends from Gen X commit suicide. It is truly sad!

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    1. Many of knew the dark times had already arrived and that life would not pan out. The spoiled and smug, would shake their heads and blather on about how we lacked "positivity". Narcs love to unload that word on people.

      As I was sitting in my rented rooms in my 20s, I already knew my life was not going to turn out like my parents. I think all the abuse and put-downs have taken a toll on Generation X, and led to the despair of suicide sadly in many. Sorry you know so many who have committed suicide. Probably most had some godless narc in the background with cash up the whazoo calling them a "loser".

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  2. I'm at the Gen X age group. I remember being told that my generation was the worst, entitled, wanting it easy all the time, generation. We were all expected to work at McDonalds after 6 years in university, that a half a loaf of bread was better than none. When my anxiety got the better of me, I was told that I "just didn't want to work." Yeah, thats how society treats people who are sick. Never mind those pretty commercials, which are too vague anyway, talking about compassion.

    For me real compassion was hard to find. Authentically,they just wanted to blame me. It was usually that generation called the baby boomers. I was told they "worked hard" deserved what they worked for, for they have worked for it. Now I know "deserved" is such a loaded term, I learned too, that they got naps at work, or just slept when they want to. I heard this. All my uncles. Bought new cars every couple of years, never faced bancrupcy or went broke, and used people of other races to do the dirty work. I believe this is how immigration got started. That no one here wanted to do the dirty work. But now we have to do the dirty work, and barely pay the rent.

    I had an uncle who got killed at work, and his wife got a big pension for life, and now I hear of such widows, getting one small lump sum. I talked to my husband about this. That my aunt had the house paid for on top of the pension. Now, when we hear of widows like that they have to make do. And no one has compassion for that woman.

    It is easy to understand why our generation is dying early. It sucks cause, I remember the "entitled" gaslighting games they play. Go to university, work 2 jobs, work at McDonald's after. Too lazy?

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    1. Hi Joan, yes I remember being told we were the worse, and lazy and had no idea of "social justice" ironic with that last one huh?

      Yes we all had to work at fast food for minimum wage after years of work and college often leaving many of us in debt. I worked at Arby's for a time after I had my college degree, piecing the useless jobs together, working all shifts, nights and weekends while my parents coasted along on their 9-5 M-F easy ride where their jobs actually paid the bills. Yeah we were told to be happy with what we got and to suck it up. It never got better for many of us. Some of us tried like me and my husband, constantly moving, endless job applications but the situation never got any better. The jobs just got more cruel and hard to come by and the prices got higher. Yes everyone facing problems or health ones is told, "You just don't want to work". Both parents and the rest of the baby boomers in the family all blamed us for not being able to get jobs. I had memes shoved in my face on Facebook about lazy welfare-good for nothings and bums on disability. Of course I heard about how she told everyone I was a "loser" for being on disability and said it right to my face on this blog, with crazy comments.

      Yeah real compassion was in short supply. I suppose people who are spoiled and have had it so easy, just don't have much of it to fine. Their way was easy, they had theirs and their whole idea was for us to just go die, while they took everything away. Like narcs they unloaded the blame and shame and had nothing but criticism for us with problems they themselves set up. My mother had spent endless thousands of dollars on useless shopping and then got mad at me for having any needs at all.

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    2. I even got the "I worked hard" line in one letter when I asked her to stop abusing me for being poor. I wrote back "At least you had the opportunity to work and make real wages" in my last NC letter. I never saw my parents pulling 60-70 hour a week shifts or working nights. Both were home every night by 4:30 pm to torture us. They had jobs where they sat doing paperwork all day and having meetings and parties with cake and coffee. They weren't cleaning toilets or standing at a cash register.

      Every week they had some kind of party at my mother's office, I wonder whenever they really "worked". They wore nice clothes and kept clean. I wouldn't doubt that naps were possible for some of them. Both my parents disparaged the lost boy uncle and one scapegoat cousin for factory work. Teaching was below them too, so even I was in for it, because it didn't bring in buckets of cash.

      My family and the narc relatives now never want for a new car, a vacation. While I border on homelessness, several own second homes and vacation homes. I can't even imagine the sheer wastefulness of owning a house that is empty half the year while being crushed by rent. I see a lot of Baby Boomers as essentially having stolen from their children. The fathers die and leave everything to their already rich widows instead of their "good for nothing" children who are "losers" and embarrassed them with their economic troubles.

      Yes they used immigrants to do dirty work and unloaded other dirty work on other races. The inner cities were destroyed by their greed too as they disenfranchised more and more people from economic life, starting there and working their way down. They suppressed wages, using immigrants as slaves, and in their greed ripped off the generations to come.

      So now we have no jobs or jobs actually as their servants--the so called "service economy", how many Generation Xers into their Middle Age are now listening to demanding and complaining wealthy baby-Boomers at their restaurant and clerking jobs? They suck it up and go home to their falling apart trailer hoping their old car will get them to their 2-3 jobs the next morning or night.

      The Baby Boomers don't care that their own children and grandchildren can't even pay their rent. They are shopping their wealth away and living so long, there will be nothing left so inheritances won't economically save Generation X or the millennials either. I am seeing the family dynamic all over where the spoiled entitled Baby Boomers scoff at the Generation Xers and millennials who have fallen down the ladder. My mother mocks the three cousins who have never been able to afford their own apartment in their late 20s. She offers them no help either with her wide variety of connections. She has mocked my brother and I knew about every dime he got from her. My mother got giant insurance pay-outs when my father died. I heard there were several policies and one was at least 500,000 dollars. Talk about winning insurance Lottos. Much of Generation X can't even afford life insurance or are so sick, even if they can work they are turned down. She also got his large government pension and her own too. You sure don't hear about widows in Generation X getting anything like that. Widows now will end up in the streets. They'll get their 600 bucks from Social Security. Nope there is no compassion either.

      Yes one can see why our generation is dying early it's so very obvious. I was called "lazy" and a "bum" while working 4 part time jobs before I was disabled. Such treatment destroys peoples health. There is a huge malaise on the young. Sometimes I get so angry watching what is happening to the millennials, it's like the wickedness of Baby Boomers will never end. In their case, they can't even afford the milk crates and rented room and are being handed giant student loans, while being told they are lazy and entitled.

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  3. Its quite telling to hear of the baby boomers and their "half a loaf of bread" philosophy. Talking of basic need for food, well they believe that we can't have the whole loaf. Just make do.

    This coming from people who bought up all the cars in the car lot, and bought houses for just a few weeks wages, and went to work to catch up on their sleep.

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    1. It's just more of their rhetoric. They sit on their high horses and judge younger people who have had completely different lives. My mother in her spoiled life, has no place to judge me and that goes for other spoiled biddies who wasted endless opportunities I never had. Yeah they could buy a new car without even blinking, and half of their income wasn't going to keep a roof over their heads. I'm so tired of hearing their self satisfied fantasies.

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  4. Dear Peeps and Friends, about 10 years ago i was looking for entry-level office-work...university grads were hoping to score those same entry-level jobs. How sad! Ya study yer butt off for years in college, only to end up scratching for a receptionist position. Yep, the college kids were studying, while i was out guzzling beer to the wee hours of the morning. This economy inhales. College WORK should be rewarded with a management position - not answering phones/entering simple data-fields.

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    1. That's sad. I think the "Everyone needs college" even to empty the trash and type data in a computer stuff is nonsense. At the very least they should be fair and stop driving young people into debt making them get college degrees for low level jobs. I don't think college is worth it anymore and have told young people this. Unless you have science and math aptitude and are going to do something lab related or have skills others don't have, don't waste your time. I'm in shock the college bubble hasn't burst yet.

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  5. You're a brilliant thinker, Peep! Same demographic. I also had baby boomer parents who didn't think they should help their kids through college because my dad did it on his own. However, during that time, earnings were enough that he could work a co-op job and support a wife at the same time and earn his tuition at engineering school. You could get by with not having automobile insurance and not wind up in jail. And it turns out, my grandparents helped more than they admit with their we-pulled-ourselves-up-from-our-bootstraps bullshit.

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    1. Hi Jennifer, thanks. Sorry your Dad was too stingy to help you through college. The college racket has been fueled by Baby boomers profiting off the cost of college that is far higher than the inflation rate. I read an article the other day that makes it clear "working" through college is impossible. How does someone pay for a college that costs $10,000-30,000 a year, while having to support themselves on an 8 dollar an hour a job, its impossible. Yes I tired of the bullstraps crap long ago. A lot of the Boomers got jobs that could support families and their elevated lifestyles without college even.

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    2. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-28/you-can-t-work-your-way-through-college-anymore

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  6. My father still refers to me as a "non contributor." I have been in the Army for almost 20 years and deployed all over the place. How much more "contribution" do people want? It's NEVER enough!

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    1. Sounds like a father that needs kicked to the curb. That isn't anything someone should put up with. The richest ones while leeching and scamming the system will come up with the worse insults.

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  7. I am 57 and I don't know where I belong. I have always complained that I was the whipping boy for my parents and now it's my responsibility to cater to the whims of teenagers. I definitely have more friends dead than alive. I know that's more perception than reality but it seems like it's the truth.

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    1. You probably are what is considered Generation Jones, who are the people who got the first whiffs of what was coming to Generation X. The teenagers scare me. While I defend millennials here, there seems something very conforming about them that disturbs. They seem more alike then different which worries me. Sorry you lost a lot of friends too.

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    2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Jones

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  8. This article is very timely, and it reminds me of the spike in death rates that occurred in the Soviet Union after it collapsed. My, what a bonanza of health the free market brings...

    I don't have much time now, but I will be re-reading this a few times.

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    1. Yeah its like the Soviet Union. The free market or "globalist slave" market is such a "wonderous" thing and still they will have dopes to line up to vote for the "right to be fired".

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  9. During high school I was proud of my lack of conformity. But somewhere along the way I realized that I was conforming to the idea of not being a conformist. If everyone is growing their hair long and smoking pot it ceases to be a statement. Same thing with hip hop and 3 inch long fingernails and finger snaps.

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    1. Agree, there's a point where the non-conformity becomes conformist, though you know, what scares me about today's youth? There's no subcultures. We had the punks, goths, hip-hop, skaters, preps, jocks, nerds, etc and different dress to go with each. Today all the young people dress exactly the same. That weirds me out.

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  10. Your account of the 50's/60's music show was mesmerizing. And poignant. Wife and I call the boomers the "forever young" generation. These hypocrites accused their kids (and grandchildren) of refusing to grow up!?! No, it's the boomer generation that never grew up. They benefited from the most prosperous economic times in the history of the country, with two shots in the economic arm - the end of WW2 and the Vietnam War. Trade and Labor Unions reached the zenith of power at the same time boomers were of working age. Illegal immigration was kept in check from the time boomers were 18 til they reached retirement age in many cases. That would be nice now wouldn't it? Economic prosperity was handed to the "forever young" generation on a plate like none other in American history. Perhaps world history. It was the boomer generation that took us off the gold standard. It was the boomer generation that gave us NAFTA. It was the boomer generation that broke labor unions. It was the boomer generation that exported the manufacturing base. It was the boomer generation that "imported" cheap labor. It was the boomer generation that gave us Desert Storm 1. It was the boomer generation that gave us Desert Storm 2, a conflict that will never end, at least in our generation. It was the American boomers in power that destabilized the Middle East which in turn created a seed bed of radical Islamists. Like the narcs they are, they destroy who they can destroy then blame the ones they destroy.

    I would like to say this about the 50 something death rates. I've know and/or known of a number of white 40-50 somethings that died who were not financially disadvantaged. I think Peep nailed it - it's stress. It's the stress of being the Scapegoat Generation.

    Scapegoating will destroy a human being's health even if they are financially secure.

    Generation X should be named The Scapegoat Generation.

    What a brilliant piece of writing once again from Peep.

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    1. Hi Smakintosh, Thanks for your comments. Yeah that 50s/60s show was weird. Among the Baby Boomers I feel far older. I didn't write about this yet, but I have felt OLDER even then my own mother and suppose now I see why. "Forever young" sums them up, they have stayed selfish and focused on themselves and don't care about future generations or leaving a "legacy", they only do for themselves.

      I agree they got all these economic blessings and workers rights, they then worked to squander as fast as possible. They benefited off the unions and then worked to destroy them for the next generation. Older people back then cared about the future of the country and its people and their own children instead of chopping it up and handing it to the rest of the world and not selling out for short term profits that would hurt the next generations. Yes they broke labor unions, they destroyed working life bringing in temp jobs and contract work, and as they did this they kicked the younger people in the face for not owning homes or being able to afford families or match them economically. Their endless wars in the Middle East seem now without end and they have given us a far more dangerous world. Baby Boomers not only became the worlds biggest fascists on both sides of the divide, they went from spoiled two faced peaceniks to the biggest war lovers this world has ever seen. The anti-war movement is dead since Obama came in and pushed the neo-con agenda, and the right wing, lusts for war even in their own churches like the one I left. Baby Boomers ran that place. That was interesting since they'd have social events they would purposefully leave me out of---the 60 and ABOVE club.

      Yes like narcs they destroy who they can and then play the blame games. My mother is the epitome of her own generation. Sucking up the goodies, squandering all the family wealth, and laughing at the suffering of younger people even in her own family. There was no building up of future generations, there was only sabotage. She supports the endless wars--hey she worked for a war related govt organization counting the body-bags for Desert Storm 1 and 2 and the break up of the unions.

      I'm not surprised some 40s and 50 years olds died who were not economically disadvantaged. The career world with all the narcs in charge has become a hell pit, where stress is a daily reality. So yes some "make it" but at a price.

      Baby Boomers not only destroyed the country they destroyed multitudes of other people. They took the best country in the world and turned it into a narc snakepit on the decline. Yes Generation X, their children have paid an incredible price.

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  11. I usually side with Boomers by default but Smacintosh illustrates why I don't really feel like I fit there. That and the wikipedia page on the generation Jones. Baby Boomer cuts a too wide swath through the demographics. Age wise I see my parents as boomers. But I always felt like a dog looking in a butcher shop window. I have a degree in economics and if you look at the numbers people that entered the work force in the 50's and 60's basically had to just show up. Their prosperity wasn't as much skill as it was being at the right place at the right time.

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    1. They really applied the name Baby Boomer to too many. I put Baby Boomer in the over 60 crowd really because life for those in the older 50s, was so different. You are right they just had to show up and a job was there for them and a lot of it was just luck. LOL about feeling like a dog looking in a butcher shop window. Everything came so easy to my parents, that's how I felt especially as I got older. Even the one who had crappy health had an easy ride for most of his life.

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  12. Just learned of another suicidei of a former classmate. She was only 46 years old. So tragic!

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    1. Gen X has been crushed. So sorry to hear this.

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    2. We were absolutely destroyed!

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  13. I appreciated your slant on my generation. We all grew up listening to music, watching tv, and reading books and magazines that were aimed at the Boomers, not us. We were the post-Sputnik generation, and the schools were beginning their slide into utter decay because the Boomers were no longer being educated. My high school no longer had field trips...because the Boomers smoked pot when they went on theirs. My generation was the first to face unaffordable college and no jobs upon graduation, but the Boomers called us "slackers" for stringing together whatever part-time, no-benefits jobs we could, to pay for the 2-bedroom apartment we shared with 5 of our peers.

    Our generation made the Internet work, put in the weekend-and-late-night shifts to keep society running, and now we're expected to cater to the Boomers' kids, the Millenials. Those "Baby on Board" stickers in the late 1980s and early 1990s? Yeah, not for GenXers, but for Millenials. "Won't somebody PLEASE think of the children?!?" didn't apply to us, the Latchkey Generation. It's our job to cater simultaneously to the Narc Boomers and the Narc Millenials.

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