Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Why the "OK Boomer" Hashtag Has Intrinsic Value


An excerpt from my upcoming book "How Not to Become a Millennial"


"When you put the Great Recession in context of the education bubble, broken homes, divorce, single parenthood, an unrepayable national debt, and the fact 2/3rds of Boomers hadn’t saved enoughfor retirement, it became very apparent that the Boomer generation, in general, had absolutely no freaking clue what it was doing.  Your gut instincts were right all along about Boss Boomers.  They were drunk at the wheel and should never have been listened to in the first place.  But this doesn’t make up for the years of torture you endured thinking there was something wrong with you and your career.  And it doesn’t make up for the incredible stress Boss Boomer incompetence caused because it constantly threatened your job and thus your livelihood.  But the good news is Boss Boomers are now a known quantity.  They have been disgraced.  They have been proven wrong.  History will know this forever.  And though confiscating their social security checks might sound a tempting form of compensation, a slight comfort might be knowing that they were so incompetent the simple hashtag “OK Boomer” actually carries weight and intrinsic value.  So much so you can utter it and put an entire generation of ex-Boss Boomers in their place."

10 comments:

Tucanae Services said...

"How the Millennials Priced Themselves Out of Housing, Rent, Health Insurance, and Tuition" does not seem to square with "... it became very apparent that the Boomer generation, in general, had absolutely no freaking clue what it was doing." The Mil/GenZ crowd is supposed to be the most educated, credentialed, savvy generation to date.

From where I am sitting, the back porch of my paid for house, looks to me that the newest generation is screwing up just as bad. It may not be the same mistakes but they are mistakes none the less.

Ok, Boomer?
Suck it up Mil, I didn't make you sign the student loan.

quantrill raider said...

Happy, you may need to learn some more about boomers. Start with this:
Well we're living here in allentown
And they're closing all the factories down
Out in bethlehem they're killing time
Filling out forms
Standing in line
Well our fathers fought the second world war
Spent their weekends on the jersey shore
Met our mothers in the uso
Asked them to dance
Danced with them slow
And we're living here in allentown
But the restlessness was handed down
And it's getting very hard to stay
Well we're waiting here in allentown
For the pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved
So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
Iron and coke
And chromium steel
And we're waiting here in allentown
But they've taken all the coal from the ground
And the union people crawled away
Every child had a pretty good shot
To get at least as far as their old man got
But something happened on the way to that place
They threw an american flag in our face
Well I'm living here in allentown
And it's hard to keep a good man down
But I won't be getting up today
And it's getting very hard to stay
And we're living here in allentown

Glen Filthie said...

Depending on who defines the terms I’m either a tail end boomer or leading edge Gen X by a couple months. No, I probably don’t have enough saved for retirement. No, I didn’t catch the boomer gravy train or the demographic way to Easy Street the millennials think I had. I spent most of my life paying for the free shit my elders voted for themselves back in the 70s. They will probably crater the health and social programs by the time I am old enough to need them. I have sizeable savings but in all probability they will be stolen or clawed back by a govt starving for funds. I’ll no doubt be told by millennial Bernie Bro’s and AOC fans that I shouldn’t be so greedy and selfish when they take my savings.

When I reach that age, when I am most vulnerable, I will have to face the feckless, spoiled brats who will have inherited the mess. The generation that threw its lives away with feminism, homosexuality, social justice, and grievance mongering and Marxism.

In the immortal words of Principal Skinner: “Go to hell, children!!!” May you all get that which you wish for... good and hard!

Post Alley Crackpot said...

No, the Boomers were very competent at the age-old game of Workin' The System.

What the Millennials can't stand is that the Boomers were so good at this that they're going to bleed the systems completely dry by the time the Millennials could benefit.

In doing this, Gen X gets screwed again, and now there's a generation after Gen X who will assist in making sure the screwing is enduring.

As for the Boomers not planning for retirement, why would they?

They've lived through punitive levels of Federal taxation during their lifetimes.

Most of the Silents before them have memories of the Emergency Powers Act 1933 which created a paper legality for the seizure of assets (most especially gold) from people in America, and some of their attitudes have carried down to the Boomers.

So saying "OK Boomer" to these people doesn't affect many of them: they know they're hated by the Millennials who are a cheap copy of this Workin' The System generation that preceded them.

It might cause a few of the socialist Boomers pretending they're liberals and conservatives to have a moment's involuntary pause, but the ones who are savvy enough to realise they really are in an inter-generational warfare scenario?

OK, Millennial ... you've totally got them.

Now what, Generation Jeany-yuss? *laughs*

Cash Gorman said...

Most boomers had no power to control anything, just wage slaves.You went to work right out of high school, were married shortly after with a couple kids by 25.The 1% controlled everything as they always have and now they are doing as they always have, offer up a scapegoat do divert attention away from their duck ups. .

Anonymous said...

@Glenn

I believe I am a couple of years younger than you, but your post echoes my own thoughts. The younger geneations do not inspire much hope (half the Xers don't either). I have property which will be completely paid for shortly, but I am thinking of selling as the value has doubled. We both know the state's appetite will only grow, so best to have no visible assets they can steal. Besides the changing demographics, future property taxes will only go up and maintenance will always be an issue, so better to rent where one wants to be before your health fades and you're immobile.

Deversify and liquify your other assets. No one is going to waste their time on a broke old man, so look the role and when the time comes to punch out, you can hand off any remaining assets to those you want without a paper trail.

quantrill raider said...

Cash Gorman hit the nail right on the head.How many "boomers" were able to vote in the 1964 election ? LBJ raided social security to fund the "Great Society". The greatest generation bought into that. They got Medicare without ever putting a dime into the system.

Andrew said...

Guys, you ain't keeping up with the memes. "Boomers" is what Gen Z now calls anyone older than 30 or even close to that.

Anonymous said...

Well you did not leave us an economy with ant other viable option to obtain a living wage job, so...

Unknown said...

Glen Filthie is my hero.