Take a look at these three snippets from recent news articles.
Reports indicate U.S. soldiers and British Royal Marines have been urged to show “courageous constraint” by not shooting Taliban members spotted planting IEDs.
A Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world’s richest man, and one of President Obama’s top donors are both getting even richer from the U.S. government program that supplies so-called “Obamaphones” to the poor.
The U.S. government paid a Chicago consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on diversity training workshops that, according to one watchdog, included an exercise in which employees were told to chant “our forefathers were illegal immigrants.”
So, we have our brave young men and women in uniform being put in harm’s way in the name of political correctness. We have the richest man in the world benefitting from cronyism and we have the USDA spending your tax dollars to have their employees chant “our forefathers were illegal immigrants”. Is this what you elect your officials to do? Is this what you want from the bureaucrats that your elected officials put in place to do? Of course not! Yet these types of things have gone on for decades or longer, haven’t they? Let’s think about that.
Who Is Responsible? Who Will Fix it?
I came across a really fun read by Jim Tankersley in the Atlantic. The article is written in the style of a mini-novel, which makes it interesting reading. The subject, however, is serious. One of the protagonist in this mini-novel is the author himself. I will call him the Younger. The other protagonist is the author’s father. I will call him the Elder. The Younger and the Elder love each other very much. The Younger has great respect for the Elder and knows that over the years that he (the Younger) can count on the fingers of one hand the times he has bested the Elder in a debate. Both the Younger and the Elder are lawyers; but the younger also is interested in economics and has often pinned articles on economics.
The primes of the story is that the Younger is planning to publish an article damning the baby boomer generation for being the first to pass off an America to their children that is worse than the one they inherited from their parents. The Younger and his four-year old son are joining the Elder for a long weekend at the Elder’s cabin in the woods to enjoy some fishing and enjoy some time together. But, the Younger has something else planned, as well. Knowing the article he is planning write about the baby boomers, he decides to engage the Elder in a debate over the baby boomers. He, the Younger will prosecute the case and the Elder, who is a boomer, will play the role of the defense attorney.
Because the this article is written in the style of a novel, the Younger makes his arguments early in the day and then they go about enjoying the country side or fishing and other things that father, son, and grandson would do. The Elder mulls over the Younger’s arguments during the day and in the afternoons presents his defense of the boomers. After two days the Elder has made a very good defense of the his generation and the Younger is feeling like he is losing his case.
The next day the Elder takes his grandson off on an adventure and the Younger stays in the cabin with his computer. He puts together a number of graphs and charts that show just how bad things have become during the years the boomers were in charge. Later when the Elder had returned, he passes him the computer and asks him to take a look. Paraphrasing, the Elder’s reaction went something like this: “Damn! You’re right. My generation has really screwed things up. My friends and I use to talk about what was going wrong and complain; but we didn’t do anything about it. We kept on electing the same kinds of politicians.”
Later, the Younger was sitting at the table and reflecting back over the few times he had bested the Elder in a debate and he was feeling pretty good about himself on this latest debate. Then he noticed the the Elder was at his side and had just stuck a knife in his ribs (figuratively speaking= and was beginning to twist it. Again paraphrasing, the Elder said to the Younger: “Well, has your generation learned anything from the mistakes of my generation? Is your generation ready to step up to the plate and make the hard choices that need to be made?” The Elder turned his head toward his grandson, Max, and said; “Or, will Max be having this same conversation with you in thirty years say “ Dad, you knew what was wrong, You wrote an article about it and, yet, your generation did nothing and things today are so very much worse,”
So, what do you think? Do you think the baby boomers are responsible for passing on an America that is worse than the one they inherited? Technically I am a tad too old to be a part of the baby boomer generation. But, not so much that I don’t feel as though I am a part of that generation. Personally, I think my generation did a pretty lousy job and our children and grandchildren are the ones who will have to pay for our mistakes.
What do you think about the generation of the Younger? Have they learned from the boomer’s mistakes? Will they be willing to make the hard choices? Having lived the last twenty years outside of the country, I don’t have a good feel for the Younger’s generation. If I look at was is happening in countries like Greece and Spain and italy and France and other European countries, I would have to conclude that the generation of the Younger has not learned much and is not likely to make the hard choices. However, Americans have a different history from that of our brethern across the pond. So, I still hang on to a thread of hope that the Americans of the Younger’s generation will find a way to pass a better America to their children than my generation did to them.
Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?