I have dreams. Don't laugh.
On the subject of the federal budget to be released tomorrow, Stringer46 gets all chest puffy and John Galty on the younger generation:
The majority of boomers, that I know anyway, like me, do not need or want handouts from the government. We worked hard all our lives and are now retiring with the residue of our life's earnings. We are not and do not want to be supported by the younger people.
That is some good stuff. What Fugle might call weapons-grade stupidity.
I'm sure that you, like me, have heard this your whole damn life from the Boomers. You've heard how hard they work and how they've done it alone, no help from nobody nohow never nuh uh. You've heard about how spoiled you are and how you don't know the value of a dollar or hard work. Every generation says this kind of stuff to their kids. But it seems to me that the Boomers I meet are convinced that their success is completely self-made. They completely ignore that they might be the most pampered, most coddled generation ever.
This is something I point out to my relatives. I remind them of the family members who had severe medical problems that required extensive hospital time that didn't cost them a cent. Some are chronically sick and thankfully don't have to go bankrupt. I point out that their children, like me, went to school when there were no user fees and buses available all the time for sports and trips home. I point out that they incurred minimal cost for their children's university tuition ($1500/year when I was going through in the second half of the 80s) so that they could keep all their hard earned money. I point to the roads, doctors, schools, phone systems, and the eleventy-hundred other things that the Canadian government, by way of taxpayers, has provided them so that they could be battle-scarred individualists.
Of course it doesn't sink in; it never does. That's what makes them adorable.