Dave Thompson, who I occasionally substitued for on his radio show, "The Dave Thompson Show" was talking about the future of the country in terms of how we were going to pay for things like Social Security and Medicare. This was when the economy was booming and there might, just might be some hope, until I called in and said,
"You know Dave, if you think Gen X and Gen Y are going to work hard enough to produce the wealth necessary to pay for yours and the other Baby Boomers' retirement, you must be smoking something."
To which both Dave and I enjoyed a good, hearty guffaw.
Alas, while it was funny then, that doesn't mean it's not reality now, or that older Americans aren't going to be up sh!t Creek in the future.
Seems less than half of the able-bodied American youth (ages 16-24) are working right now.
Now, I know, I know, "Hope and Change."
But allow me some very unpolitically correct and cold, callous questions;
1. With Gen X/Y/Millinneals having such an abhorrence to work, who will produce all the necessary economic production to pay for things like Social Security and Medicare?
2. With all of them majoring in fluff and art history and political science and peace studies, how precisely will a career in "Professional Protesting" or "community organizing" yield the necessary tax dollars to pay for grandma's prescription drug plan?
3. I know this is unopportune to bring this up right now, but doesn't this mayhaps suggest the future productive potential of this country will be shot and therefore unable to repay all those trillions Obama recently indebted us to?
I know, I know.
I'm a big meanie, racist, evil fascist poopey head for daring to ask such insulting questions.
I'm sorry, I apologize.
Please go back to sticking your heads in the sand and thinking about hope and change.