Originally Posted by GinnyG
Hmmmm, interesting article . But I don't agree that it's a "baby boomer" problem. As a baby boomer myself I would go so far as to say most of those issues have "become" issues as the Gen X'ers come of age. No offense intended to the younguns but my generation grew up with the gas rationing of the 70's, I've always been careful about conserving energy. If you watch the news, it's the younger families (who can least afford it) who are being roped into the mortgages they cannot afford by lenders pushing products that simply make no sense. It isn't people my age (50's & 60's) who are suffering through foreclosure (for the most part) it's the younger families.
If you watch the news reports the Gen X'ers are the coroporate executives who are pushing the products and selling the homes and creating the "me want it now" mentality that seems to pervade our society.
I don't see Gen Xer's as cautious at all but to me it seems they have grown up in a disposable world and don't even begin to comprehend the impact that lifestyle choices have on the environment. WHo, after all, are the drivers of the Hummers and the gas guzzling SUV's? Very seldom do I see a gray haired driver behind the wheel.
Well - I agree that some people of my generation haven't given a rats ***; however, its possible that my exposure to the area where I work might give me a skewed opinion about who is driving most of the SUVs. I work in Brentwood - in Los Angeles. Many doctors and lawyers and such of the baby boomer generation (and the Gen X). however, I see many many many boomers on a daily basis in Hummers, BMW and Mercedes SUV's, Cadillacs and the like. Hell, my own boss (born in 1946 so one of the first boomers) drives one. he waxes nostalgic about the good ol days of the 60s and we've had many discussions about the problems of today, but quite often his response is "Sorry for your kids, but I'm glad I won't be around.". It always bugs me when he says that.
However, I also see a bunch of Gen Xers in Mazzarattis and Jaguars though. And don't even get me started on the Gen Y kids we have here who drop thousands of their baby boomer parents dollars at the local boutiques where a cotton t-shirt costs $200 (or more). Oi Vai!
Maybe I'm just cynical period
Baby Boomer, Gen Xer,Gen Y - I think we all have problems and I think its come time to face them lest everything be gone for the next generation. Sad but true. I point the finger of blame on no one individual or group. I think we are all on the same boat called earth so what's the point. Lets just fix things!!!