The Kids Are Alright

An entire genre has emerged around the neurotic concern that there is something wrong with “Millennials.” It’s as absurd as those concerns are in every generation, but it’s particularly galling coming from a generation of people who once refused to trust anyone over 30.

Alexandra Petri at the Washington Post has a fine answer, in her most recent post, What’s wrong with the Boomers?:

Probably it was years of being raised by parents whose idea of technology was an icebox and a washing machine. Possibly it is pride. It can’t be narcissism because you are not allowed to have narcissism if you’re over 30. (It throws the writers of trend pieces off.) I would not dare to characterize an entire population with a single adjective. That prerogative is reserved to people who write about millennials.

People often complain that what is wrong with boomers is that they are loading millennials with the burden of all kinds of debt and their nostalgic 1950s Christmas, with all the music that implies. That may be true, but before we saddle them with those labels, we should realize that this is not their fault. It is just how they were brought up: before the Internet.

My friends all report similar experiences with the boomers in their lives. “My parents used to call me at college to ask me how to turn on the TV,” my friend Queen Zygmar Of The Winds (not her real name) said.

“I came home one Christmas and found out my parents had had a DVR for like two years without realizing it,” another friend, Julio Unpleasantness (not her real name), told me.

More from that piece here.

Chris Ladd is a Texan living in the Chicago area. He has been involved in grassroots Republican politics for most of his life. He was a Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago until he resigned from the party and his position after the 2016 Republican Convention. He can be reached at gopliferchicago at gmail dot com.

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5 comments on “The Kids Are Alright
  1. Turtles Run says:

    From the incidental economists on kids today:

  2. DanMan says:

    I’m a boomer and I never endorsed all this debt and sure didn’t agree with Obama doubling it in 5 years. I sure hope the millennial aren’t as set back as far as it appears they are either. I hope they are able to buy homes and start families if they so desire but the landscape doesn’t look as good for them as it did for me.

    Heck I voted for Carter. Once. We got over that failure and I bet we get past this stinker as well. But let’s face it, millennials put him over the top and they will have to face the consequences of Obama’s destruction on their careers much more so than me.

    Carter taught me a lesson. I bet Obama teaches them one too.

    high debt – Obama has you covered
    bad infrastructure – guess those shovel ready jobs weren’t as ready as we thought
    failing schools – education is wholly owned by unions and liberals, all democrats
    dysfunctional government – we haven’t had had a budget passed, much less debated since Bush was in office. Why not? Harry Reid. Did you know Obama has submitted three budgets that have not garnered a single vote? Harry Reid has not brought up a single house budget since the repubs took that chamber over and Nancy never submitted one once Bush was out.

    What else you got turtle?

  3. Turtles Run says:

    I admire the Millennials. I see these kids coming out of college and for the most part they are more prepared for the workplace than those that graduated even 10 years ago. They are comfortable with technology and that gives them an important advantage, they are also comfortable with change. Because technology changes so quickly, they are quick to adapt to a changing environment. Too many workers are just to stuck on doing something one way because its always been done that way.

    They are the next “Greatest Generation” because of the environment the Baby Boomers are leaving them: high debt, bad infrastructure, failing schools, and dysfunctional government.

    But they understand better than their parents and grandparents that our nation is for everyone not just a select few. They know you can’t just work hard but work smart to get ahead in life. In a lot of ways I envy them.

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