[FoRK] Boomers...

Adam L Beberg <beberg at mithral.com> on Tue Sep 18 15:53:25 PDT 2007

I can't wait for social security + medicare to require 100% taxation to 
balance the budget. Luckily that level will not be needed until 1990.

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http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/crovelli8.html

Dear Baby Boomers of America…
by Mark R. Crovelli

The following letter is addressed to the millions upon millions of Baby 
Boomers who are about to retire from their jobs over the next few years. 
It is written on the behalf of the generations of Americans begotten by 
the Boomers.

Dear Baby Boomers of America,

At the close of this year and the opening of the next, your generation 
will officially begin to transform from a generation of working men and 
women into an older, retired generation. This process is both natural 
and inevitable for all men who are blessed with the gift of longevity, 
and you should congratulate yourselves on the decades of hard work that 
partially contributed to the reward retirement will represent for you.

Before this process of retirement gets underway in earnest, however, we 
(the younger generations of Americans who owe our existence to your 
generation), would like to offer this letter of thanks for some of the 
more important and indelible marks your generation has left on the 
nation we shortly stand to inherit. These permanent historical marks 
left by your generation will undoubtedly be recalled by future 
generations with heartfelt thanks and approbation.

First, we would like to sincerely thank you for your indifference to the 
national debt over the last thirty years and the housing market over the 
past fifteen years. You taught us that consumption by your generation 
today is justifiable no matter that the bill would be footed by our 
generations and our children’s generations. Don’t bother to deny your 
role in the magnificent expansion of the national debt over the past 
thirty years and the astronomical expansion of the recent housing 
bubble. Your generation, with its massive bulk, played the pivotal role 
in electing the politicians that kept on expanding the government’s 
debt, and the bulk of the members of your generation piled personal 
mortgage debt on credit card debt on home equity debt. Yours is the 
first true generation of debt, and for this legacy of suffocating debt 
your generation shall long be remembered by future generations as they 
are forced to eventually pay it off. Our generations have learned the 
important lesson that consumption today is all that matters – just leave 
the bill for whoever follows you, or beg the Fed to lower interest rates 
to create yet another unsustainable bubble in the market. Three cheers 
for debt and the Boomers!

Related to this, we would also like to thank your generation for finally 
allowing the United States government to completely sever the tie 
between the U.S. dollar and gold in the 1970’s. While gold had been used 
as the primary currency of the civilized world since the dawn of time, 
your generation presciently saw through that scam and submissively 
allowed the U.S. government to replace that precious metal with 
something much more valuable; namely, green paper embossed with solemn 
looking pictures. Your generation hardly whimpered when the tie between 
the dollar and gold was finally cut, and for that gracious act of 
omission our generations have pockets loaded with base metal coins and 
wallets stuffed with reams of green paper to thank, as well as the 
current green-paper-created housing bubble and the recession it is about 
to cause. Your generation was quick to recognize one of the most 
important economic facts imaginable: the more green paper that enters 
the American economy via the Fed and the Treasury, the higher will be 
our standard of living. Green paper equals wealth! You finally put to 
rest the old bugaboo that wealth comes from real savings and investment, 
clearing the way for a brave new world of wealth creation simply by 
printing paper. If only there were even more green paper (e.g., a rate 
cut by the Fed this year), we would all have bigger and nicer houses! 
Three cheers for green paper, and three more for the Boomers who 
passively allowed it to replace gold!

Along a similar vein, we would very much like to thank your generation’s 
failure to do away with Social Security and the other entitlement 
programs that make America so great today. Previous generations had 
claimed that Social Security is nothing more than a ridiculous Ponzi 
scheme orchestrated by an inept and bankrupt socialist bureau that 
merely steals from the young in order to give to the old; but your 
generation, in its wisdom, did nothing to reform or abolish this 
program. Consequently, the tens of millions of you aging Boomers who are 
about to retire expect our young generations to meekly submit to the 
massive taxation that will inexorably be required to fund your Social 
Security checks. Your generation has taught ours that it is a right for 
the elderly to take whatever they want from the working young (no matter 
how irresponsible the elderly have personally been in saving for 
retirement). You don’t have to worry, we won’t mind working our hands 
raw to pay your tens of millions of Social Security checks; on the 
contrary, we can’t wait until we retire ourselves, so that we can take 
even more from our own grandchildren! Three more cheers for Social 
Security, the Boomers, and the elderly stealing from the young!

Your generation has done a great deal more than that, moreover, to teach 
our generations about morality, and for which we are eternally grateful. 
Your generation has taught ours that abortion, welfare, child support, 
and alimony are God-given rights (and that we should simply ignore the 
horrendous effects of these policies on the American family), but 
smoking tobacco is one of the greatest evils in the history of the 
world. While some might view your crusade against tobacco as revoltingly 
hypocritical (since your generation smoked an heroic amount of 
relatively tax-free tobacco only a few decades ago – among other 
plants), we, on the contrary, view your paternalistic persecution of us 
young smokers as a great gift to mankind. Don’t think for a moment that 
we will forget your beneficence in making tobacco so expensive and 
socially marginalized through taxation and regulation, for we young 
smokers will be constantly reminded of this gift as we toil away at our 
jobs in order to pay your Social Security checks without being able to 
afford the cigarettes that might make our work for you tolerable. Three 
more cheers for abortion, alimony, welfare and the Boomers’ gift of 
smoker persecution!

Your generation is owed even more thanks for its total failure to do 
away with the war on drugs over the past three decades. Your 
generation’s monstrous consumption of drugs in the 1960’s is simply too 
well known to need recounting, but you fortunately came to your senses 
in the 1980’s and did nothing to stop the government’s merciless 
persecution of younger generations of drug consumers. Few indeed have 
been the Boomers who have fought for drug legalization since the 60’s. 
While this may at first glance appear to be yet another instance of the 
most vile form of hypocrisy imaginable, we younger generations don’t 
view your silence and indifference in that way. On the contrary, we 
thank you for your silence while hundreds of thousands from our 
generations are carted away to prison for consuming the very same 
substances your generation grew famous for, because this has given us a 
giant and glorious police state that is required for these persecutions. 
If only you had managed to create even more police and prisons! Future 
generations will undoubtedly thank yours for standing idly by while the 
government of the United States violently persecuted your own children 
and your children’s children for doing the same things you did in the 
60’s. Three more cheers for the indifferent silence of the reformed 
druggie Boomers!

Your generation has taught ours even more invaluable lessons with regard 
to war. During the 1960’s and 1970’s many in your generation succumbed 
to the ridiculous idea that the Vietnam War was morally illegitimate, as 
was any pointless war that did not involve actual self-defense against 
an imminent threat. Fortunately, your generation woke up from this 
anti-war delusion and remained silent or even cheered while Ronald 
Reagan invaded a slew of Latin American countries, George Bush Sr. 
invaded Iraq, Bill Clinton invaded Haiti, Bosnia, and Somalia, and 
George Bush Jr. invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. (Thankfully, your 
generation was filled with numerous vociferous defenders of the current 
Iraq and Afghanistan wars, without whose support Bush Jr. never would 
have undertaken such pointless and costly invasions). In fact, since the 
conclusion of the Vietnam War the U.S. has scarcely gone two years 
without fighting or invading some obscure country or another, and we 
have the passive acquiescence or open support of the Boomers to thank 
for it. In short, through your passivity and open support your 
generation critically assisted in the transformation of America into the 
grand warmongering and widely despised nation it is today. Future 
generations shall undeniably be eternally grateful for this as well – 
assuming that they live through the future wars that are likely to be 
engendered by your past belligerency. Three more cheers for the 
post-Vietnam warmongering Boomers!

Fortunately, your generation did not restrict itself to growing the 
power of the U.S. government through warfare abroad. On the contrary, 
your generation was instrumental in expanding the power of the U.S. 
government through wide-ranging gun control at home that has helped to 
make guns in America much more feared, expensive, and rare over the past 
thirty years. Indeed, all previous generations of Americans viewed gun 
ownership as the last, best bulwark against government oppression, but 
not you Boomers! On the contrary, you scored a double blow on individual 
liberty by not only helping to grow the size and power of the United 
States government in every conceivable sphere, but also helped to take 
away vast numbers of weapons with which our generations might have been 
able to fight government oppression in the future. How can we express 
our gratitude for both helping to grow the government into the largest, 
most powerful, and most dangerous threat to our generations, and also 
disarming us? Suffice it to say, that it is impossible to thank you 
enough for these boons, and so we shall never thank you. Three more 
cheers for disarmed and helpless grandchildren, an ever more powerful 
and dangerous State, and, of course, the Boomers who made this utopia 
possible!

You Boomers may be saying to yourselves, "We don’t deserve credit for 
these glorious advances for the homeland. It was the government that was 
responsible for these acts, not us. You should be praising the 
far-seeing and wise government of the United States rather than our 
generation." This attempt to shift the burden of responsibility onto the 
government would be wrong for at least two important reasons. First, it 
was your behemoth generation of Boomers who played the pivotal role in 
electing the wise and virtuous politicians who have wrought these 
wondrous changes on America over the last three decades (and who among 
us can doubt the virtue of the politicians elected by the Boomers over 
the last thirty years?). If your generation had not flexed its massive 
numerical muscle in the elections that brought us that cabal of virtuous 
politicians, these wonderful changes never would have been possible. 
Second, and even more important, is the fact that you Boomers have 
almost universally rejected the libertarian principles of individual 
liberty, peace, and private property that this nation was founded upon 
and which acted in previous generations as a bulwark against the statist 
programs just discussed. This country was founded upon two critical and 
related ideas: 1) that taxation and the State in general are 
horrendously dangerous threats to individual liberty, peace, and private 
property, and must be vigilantly battled at all costs, and 2) that 
private property and individual liberty are the greatest goods in the 
world – to be defended by force of arms and with our very lives, if 
necessary. Yet, you Boomers almost universally rejected these 
principles. You passively accepted whatever new taxes happened to come 
into existence (there are now too many taxes for us young people to 
count, thank God!), and you silently accepted the growth of the State in 
every conceivable direction. If you had not rejected the libertarian 
principles of individual liberty, peace and private property, your 
politicians would never have been brazen enough to try the harebrained 
socialist schemes listed above. In short, because you Boomers did 
virtually nothing to stop the progression of statism and economic 
interventionism over the past thirty years, your generation is 
responsible for the construction of the wonderful America you shall 
shortly bequeath to us; a debt-ridden, tax-ridden, war-ridden, disarmed, 
heavily-policed, goldless and green-paper-flooded nation that is 
currently at war with two others and which is about to plunge into a 
gut-wrenching recession thanks to your green-paper-created housing 
bubble. Indeed, your generation continues to do nothing to combat 
statism, warmongering and economic interventionism even unto today (all 
of which are nearly perfectly embodied in the warmongering Giuliani and 
the socialist Clinton; both of whom, if I am not mistaken, are Baby 
Boomers). The vast, vast majority of Boomers, for example, flatly refuse 
to support virtuous and principled libertarians like Republican 
presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul, and his intention to resurrect the 
principles of sound money, peace, individual liberty, and much, much, 
much smaller government.

So, don’t feign humility, and don’t try to shift the "ache of guilt," 
(to use a phrase from J. Glenn Gray’s excellent book The Warriors), onto 
the government. It was your giant generation of warmongering, 
interventionist, statist, and oblivious Baby Boomers that is responsible 
for the creation of the debt-ridden and warmongering nation we stand to 
inherit. Our generations have little to offer in remuneration for your 
final abandonment of the libertarian principles this country was founded 
upon. (What, indeed, could we do to thank you for the existence of the 
massive and dangerous state that totally envelops our hapless young 
generations today?) We can only hope that the billions upon billions of 
hours of work we will be forced to do over the next ten years, by the 
government you have foisted on us (in order to involuntarily pay the 
taxes that will fund your Social Security checks, buy your myriad 
Medicare-funded "legal" drugs, pay for your myriad and ridiculous 
welfare programs, pay down your national debt, pay off the bills from 
your wars, pay to imprison more pot smokers from our generations, pay 
the police to take away more of our guns, et cetera ad nauseam), will be 
sufficient to express our gratitude.

Tom Brokaw be damned – yours is truly "The Greatest Generation."

Sincerely,
Generations X, Y, & Etc.

September 18, 2007

Mark R. Crovelli [send him mail] writes from Denver, Colorado.

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