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Discussion in 'I'm Angry and Need to GRIPE!' started by Brian Michael West, Apr 10, 2019.
Why do you think I finally chimed in to your bullshit?
You must have misunderstood me, I meant the threads themselves.
I was doing this today when this thread exploded.... haven’t had so many emails in my inbox since the old days.
I had a better day than anyone else! Hahaha.
Didn't we forget about this
- pot smoking
- job hopping
- parent sucking
- music loving
- party culture
- sex maniac
Generation --- in this discussion?
I believe (sadly) every generation will look down upon the next as it's always been.
I'm hoping eventually the tides turn and we start to understand that each generation will be smarter and go further than the previous because they are standing on the shoulders of those who came before them.
Oopsie daisy... there are theories on how they completely screwed everything up and this is partially in support of Millennials and my Generation X who will forever have to deal with their BS.
How the baby boomers — not millennials — screwed America
“The boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it."
A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America
The boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it. They habitually cut their own taxes and borrow money without any concern for future burdens. They’ve spent virtually all our money and assets on themselves and in the process have left a financial disaster for their children.
We used to have the finest infrastructure in the world. The American Society of Civil Engineers thinks there’s something like a $4 trillion deficit in infrastructure in deferred maintenance. It’s crumbling, and the boomers have allowed it to crumble. Our public education system has steadily degraded as well, forcing middle-class students to bury themselves in debt in order to get a college education.
Then of course there’s the issue of climate change, which they’ve done almost nothing to solve. But even if we want to be market-oriented about this, we can think of the climate as an asset, which has degraded over time thanks to the inaction and cowardice of the boomer generation. Now they didn’t start burning fossil fuels, but by the 1990s the science was undeniable. And what did they do? Nothing.
It's not a matter of blame, it's a matter of verifiable data which can be used to understand who dropped the fucking ball.
There's no misconception here.
May 1, 2019
In the year 1890, according to census records, my great-great-grandfather was spending the final years of his life living with one of his children on a farm in Choctaw County, Oklahoma. I’ve spent most of the last twenty years doing some hardcore research into my family history-- and I’ve identified records going all the way back to 1250 in England. And one common theme that I’ve noticed: when people reached a certain age, they almost invariably moved in with their kids and grandkids. This is what ‘retirement’ used to mean; it was simply expected that younger generations would look after older generations. And back then, since households were quite large, there were usually 4-6 other people in the home to look after great-great-grandpa. This arrangement might sound quaint and outdated. But it’s still the fundamental premise behind many retirement plans, including Social Security in the Land of the Free.
It’s still the younger generations taking care of the older generations. That’s the way the system functions: younger people pay taxes to fund benefits for older people who have retired.
So you can see the similarities:
Hundreds of years ago it would be your kids doing the work to take care of you in retirement. Today it’s everyone’s kids, collectively, doing the work to take care of every retiree. Hundreds of years ago it took several other people in a household to care for the elderly. Today it takes a certain number of workers paying into the system to support each retiree receiving benefits.
They call this the ‘worker-to-retiree ratio’.
And the Social Security Administration (SSA) has said that they need a MINIMUM of 2.8 workers paying into the system for every one retiree collecting benefits.
You can probably see that maintaining this delicate balance requires steady population growth; every generation has to be large enough to support the previous generation. If population growth trends get too far out of whack, it means there will either be too few workers, or too many retirees… And that’s exactly what’s happening now: people, especially Millennials, are simply having fewer children.
In the Land of the Free, birth rates are the lowest levels EVER since they started keeping records decades ago. And this has been a long-term problem: fertility rates were already in decline when the 2008 financial crisis accelerated the trend. Some of the reasons are pretty obvious-- kids are expensive. And they aren’t getting any cheaper.
Unsurprisingly, as the fertility rate has fallen over the years, so has Social Security’s worker-to-retiree ratio. It’s already dangerously low. And next year there will be just 2.7 workers paying into Social Security for each retiree--below the minimum necessary to sustain the program. After that it will keep falling. In 2034, when Social Security estimates its trust funds will run out of money, there will only be 2.3 workers per retiree.
And just to pile it on, technological automation is poised to radically change the workforce. In 10-15 years, you’ll see entire professions replaced by robots and AI… neither of which pays into the Social Security system.
It’s not just the US that’s grappling with this either. Finland’s fertility rate is below the US rate. They based their healthcare system on the same faulty assumption, that the population will continue to grow. Yet now there aren’t enough young people paying into the system to support the older people who use more healthcare. Most of Europe is even worse off. The combined EU fertility rate is just 1.59 babies over the course of a woman’s lifetime, well below replacement levels. Japan is far more restrictive on immigration compared to the US and EU, and is on the cutting edge of automation. Japan’s fertility rate is just 1.4 and it has one of the oldest populations in the world. The one-child policy that China had in place for decades is already putting a strain on the burgeoning middle class. By 2050, 44% of the population is expected to be dependent elderly.
We talk about this issue so much because it’s important to recognize that monumental change is coming. The entire way retirement is structured, since long before Social Security, is coming to an end. You can’t rely on the next generation for retirement anymore.
If you’re retired now, or are about to retire, you might be fine. You can probably ride it out before the entire system has to reset.
But if you’re 50 or younger, Social Security will run out of money before you’re able to start collecting.
The younger you are, the surer you can be that these retirement systems won’t be available to you.
To your freedom,
Cant believe this post is still going. When did age become such a defining factor for success? Experience begins accumulating from the second you come into this world, and can't be measured in days. It really comes down to how much life you want to go out and experience; How many opportunities you'll seek or chances you'll take. Also that responsibility to make yourself a better person by pursuing the unknown isn't for selfish reasons. I'm lucky to finally be surrounded by people that don't look at my age, but instead hear my ideas. I deal with businessmen and women that are intelligent enough to capitalize on opportunity when it presents itself; but are savvy enough to always have their best interest in mind.
All you people arguing about something as irrelevant as age are ultimately doing yourselves a disservice. Does no-one realize how much opportunity for revenue exists out there? Literally, how is anyone finding time to do anything besides stacking up.
^^ This guy for president 2020. Campaign slogan: Shut up and stack up.