According to a new Axios/Survey Monkey poll, 51% of Millennials say that the Baby Boomers have made their lives worse.
Really, this isn't surprising. Kids have been blaming parents for ruining their lives since Cain shouted to Adam "You always loved Abel more than me!" What IS surprising is that 30% of the Boomers surveyed agreed.
As a member of Generation X (42% of us side with the Millennials) I can attest that following the Baby Boomers sucked. It was like showing up at school on a Monday and listen to everyone talk about the awesome party on Saturday that you missed, but since the partygoers trashed the place and the police were called, the city council has put the kibosh on any more parties ever again. Our generation was totally overshadowed by the Boomers. They sucked all the energy out of the room. Entertainment was geared towards them. News was geared towards them. And unlike the Greatest Generation that spent the last 60 years complaining about walking to school in the snow (uphill, both ways) the Boomers were always bragging about how much better things were when THEY were young.
Yeah, well maybe that's because YOU RUINED EVERYTHING!
The Axios survey is short on specifics, (https://www.axios.com/an-emerging-conflict-between-millennials-an-1518030591-05825402-87a5-4ddf-86a3-8a39d38a6815.html) but I can think of a lot of reasons to blame the Boomers for the mess we're in now.
THEY RUINED SEX. The 60's were the era of "free love." But the bill came due on our generation. First, came the horror of legalized abortion. Then, along came an STD that never went away. Then came AIDS. So, sex can literally kill us now.
THEY RUINED DRUGS. Marijuana used to be fun. Or so the Boomers tell us. Now, the THC level is much higher than it was in the 60's. We've been through a heroin epidemic, a cocaine epidemic, a crack epidemic, and now heroin is back again and people are dying in droves.
THEY BROKE OUR FAMILIES. I was a kid in the 70's when the great divorce wave hit. I lost my best friend when her parents divorced and she had to move away. Our moms decided to/had to go back to work. We were left to fend for ourselves. And trust me, blended families aren't all as much fun as The Brady Bunch. If you think sibling rivalry is bad, you haven't seen HALF sibling rivalry. We were moved away from our extended families. The ensuing generations had fewer kids, making the problem worse.
THEY TRASHED EDUCATION. I remember my high school AP teacher explaining to me that we didn't get extra credit because somebody had sued. Which is the same reason prayer got taken out of the schools. I didn't have recess, I took "Physical Education" which taught me to hate exercise. I didn't take history, I took "Social Studies," which taught me to hate America. I never had to take Geography. I didn't find out how WWII ended until college. All that hippy-dippy liberal nonsense took over the schools when the Boomers took over education. And now we're all stupid.
THEY CREATED THE MILLENNIALS. There's a great line from the old Carol Burnett show when they were spoofing the movie "Mildred Pierce." Vicki Lawrence says to her "mom" Carol, "I didn't spoil me rotten, YOU spoiled me rotten!" That's how we got the snowflakes. You think these kids are bunch of entitled brats that expect the world to cater to their every whim? Well, they didn't hand themselves all of those participation trophies. They didn't inflate their own grades. They weren't responsible for their own discipline or lack thereof. You can blame their parents for that.
THEY'RE GOING TO WRECK SOCIAL SECURITY. I don't know a person under the age of 40 who believes for one moment that they will ever see a dime from Social Security. But we're sure as heck still having to pay INTO it. And yet, not a day goes by that I don't see a post on social media from some aging hippy demanding that it's THEIR MONEY and it's NOT AN ENTITLEMENT. They paid into the system and boy howdy are they going to make sure they get paid back. Why should they care what happens to their kids? I've read that the average Boomer couple retiring today can expect to collect a million dollars in Social Security and Medicare benefits over a lifetime. We don't have that kind of money. Maybe all the kids they didn't have could have paid for it. So, when the time comes to start lining the Boomers up on ice floes and pushing them out to sea, don't act all shocked. We already got a head start when they passed Obamacare.
THEY WON'T GO AWAY. Bill Clinton was the first Boomer president. After George W and Obama, it looked like it would be time for the next generation. But NOOOOO. We had to see a battle between the aged Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They're gonna have to carry Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi out on stretchers. And who's the front runner to be the next Democratic nominee? Joe Biden! Same thing in the private sector.
All joking aside, the Millennials have some legitimate complaints with the Boomers. The bigger problem is that this dynamic is setting us up for a generational war in which there will be no winners.