Enough! It’s time to stop bagging out baby boomers 199



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If you were an alien coming to visit Earth and you read traditional and social media you would think baby boomers were a scourge on society. Not only do they hoard the nation’s wealth, they think in black and white – or in an Australian context Labor or Liberal – and they are travelling the world on a fat paycheque from the government, all the while complaining they’re not getting enough.

I don’t know, old people these days….[insert eye roll!]

Is anyone else tired of hearing how useless, unproductive and expensive we boomers are?

Rachel Stewart, writing for Stuff.co.nz certainly is. She says she’s tired of being blamed for all of society’s ills, from poverty to inequality and poor governance. It’s not our fault, she says, so stop blaming us for everything!

“We live in an age of economic and cultural disparity that will not be fixed by attempting to paint an entire generation as parasitic or lazy in nature.

How can a whole sector of society possibly be held responsible for being born at a particular time and place in history?

Only the arrogance of youth would assert that every single Boomer had it easy. Poverty and unemployment wasn’t invented last week. Economic hardship and war have been around the block a time or two as well.”

In another article about just how much boomers have rubbished the world, one writer calls us out as “hippy-crites” saying we flew the flag of socialism and now rule the roost of capitalism.

I hate to break it to you, young man (author of Why Baby Boomers Suck), but that is a blatant generalisation and, quite frankly, it would not fly in your PC world if you were to propagate such stereotypes about someone’s gender or race. Why is it okay to pick on us because of when we were born?

You say we hoard wealth when our taxes paid for so many of the privileges you take for granted. How selfish of us to want to stay in the homes we worked so hard for! How unfair of us to complain when the promises made to us our entire working lives are threatened!

Do we sit in our vast empty homes stuffing money into our mattresses? Last time I looked my friends and contemporaries were busy spending – from a latte in your hipster bar, to your child’s private-school education.

Two years ago, a Grattan report said that 25-35-year olds were in danger of becoming the first generation to be worse off than their parents. This stark prediction was based on the increase of wealth in the baby boomer cohort, and the decrease of wealth for their children’s demographic, based on an eight-year-period.

The report rubbed a blister on the toes of society, which threatens to become a festering sore as the election looms and questions of pensions, parental welfare, superannuation and tax are lobbed around.

Who will be the winners? It doesn’t really matter: whatever the outcome, it’s bound to be our fault.

Do you feel baby boomers are being unfairly blamed for the nation’s problems?

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  1. This site does it far too much. We have never experienced this no matter whether it be shopping, doing business or simply helping young people. I’m in my sixties & hubby is in his 70s

  2. Don’t forget we are probably the first generation to be sandwiched between looking after elderly parents whilst still having our kids live at home till they are near thirty. We are minding grandkids which we love whilst their parents work & we didn’t travel the world in our 20s we were raising a family, a lot on one income or the man had two jobs. Dint get a first home grant, baby bonus, paternity leave or even maternity leave. We worked hard.

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    • Certainly agree with all you’ve said – this generation complain about the least little thing & always whinge about ‘no-one ever helps me’

    • We sure did Rowland and we did it with grace and without complaint and still do…perhaps we never whinged enough.

    • I’ve been a carer for over 40 yrs of three generations of family. We had to wait till we had the money before we bought things. We went through the 18 percent mortgage rates and now in retirement after going without we are getting almost no interest on our savings. We dont have a credit card. We had 2nd hand furniture and my last holiday was over 25 yrs ago. Dont blame us for what goes wrong. Everyone has to learn to live within their means and lose that sense of entitlement. If we couldn’t afford to have children we didn’t have them. No welfare whilst we grew up.. No baby bonus either.

    • Yes .Well I did`nt have a universtiy educationI had to go to work at 16 ,but I did learn to read,write and add up at school which many of these whingeing young people these days cant manage even after 12 years at school

    • They forget all that we had it hard they have made it hard because of their attitudes.

    • and now they want the bsby boomers to sell their homes that they have worked bloody hard for so the greedy generstions can have the bavk yards. If they had them they would most likely build flats in tge back yard and rent them out.

    • Well I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t look after their backyards like we did, judging on the way they look after the rental properties these days.

    • Agreed Rowland,we didn’t complain just got on with the job,I had 3 children by the age of 24, my husband worked 2 jobs, we got nothing and didn’t expect the government to pay us for raising children. People say the young ones today are more mature I don’t agree they have had a better education, not many of us went to uni, but I can’t imagine many these days in their early 20s doing what we did.

  3. Gee get a life I work with the young some are nice some are rat bags but you get around even my gran children I just them how it is

  4. Yes, the group 25-35 IS likely to be poorer than WE are — they can NOT curb their spending, from eating out (instead of cooking) drinking coffees, and socialising OUT. We did things in a more economical way — at home, whilst we saved.I am NOT saying The Baby Boomers have it “all right”, but our priorities were quite different to those of today’s younger folk.

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    • 25-35 should be called the Disposable generation,buy today,bin it tomorrow.Retailers love it.

    • Yes, my daughter came to visit us when we were farm sitting, and left after a day, because the nearest coffee shop was 15 kms away and she can’t manage without her early morning coffee…..and making it at home “isn’t the same”.

    • most of them are spoilt rotten and have no clue as to the real world. live at home till they are in their thirties don’t pay rent or help at home and when they have kids expect you to look after them for nothing as well .NOT happening at my house and my grown up kids work and look after their own and have done very well thank you very much.

    • Jackie Evans If they are not paying rent then silly parents. My sons always paid their way as soon as they were earning.

  5. Because we grew up after the war we we took on our parents values watching the pennies as they had come through the depression. These values of spending carefully (as we usually only had one income) was normal. We did not have new this and that till often in our 40’s. We made do with 2nd hand. Do any of the young wash plastic bags? Also we made sure our kids haf more than us. Now days they have huge incomes which they spend like water and often do not own homes. Worry whatnis going to happen to them on retirement when they will not be able to.live in the manner to which they have become accustomed

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    • Some of you just didn’t learn how to spell ( !)… because you were too busy?

  6. Who attacks the older generations and blames us for the nations problems? I have never experienced this, in fact I believe most younger people respect us and often seek to gain from our experience and advise. It is sad to think that some of my generation feel they are being bagged. Maybe those who are a bit sensitive take what is usually a bit of harmless banter the wrong way. Maybe they themselves are bitter and feel badly done by. Maybe they have allowed themselves to fall behind the times and have sunk to such a level that they now wallow in self pity.

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    • You can’t have read the comments section of any major newspapers. Every time there’s a story about older people, house prices, grandparents, education, taxes … you name it … there are many, many replies blaming BBs for pretty much everything.

    • The politicians do it – the media does it – the statisticians do it. Even our own generation suggests we take money and jobs from the next generation. That said: my own immediate family appreciate the work we did, and what we achieved – just as well they do, it is quite reassuring!

  7. Although I agree with Rowland, I also KNOW that not all young people blame baby boomers for what is happening. This article is also a generalisation of all young people and no different to what you are claiming is happening to baby boomers, the constant comparison between us and them is not HELPFUL to any of us. Get over it and get on with your life and ignore the pettiness.

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