And I'll also point out that the bulk of the nation debt that you're so worried about, in terms of absolute dollars, which you seem to fixate on, was incurred in the years during which Gen X was of voting age.
Right. And who were we voting for? Boomers. How many Gen-X-er's were on the ballot? Close to none. No matter which way we voted (Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, whatever), they were all Boomers.
Ummm...you're supposed to be voting for people who represent your position. The generation they belong to doesn't have much to do with it. While it's true that most of the candidates were Boomers, I daresay that there was a large number of different political positions that were held.
Gen X is the first generation to make a meaningful sacrifice after thousands of years? Are serious? Have you any idea how how you sound? Ever hear of WW2?
Oh come on, VinTek, surely you realize I was referring to sacrifice in the context of climate change in that passage.
Yes, We did rationing (gas, rubber, metal) of all kinds in WW2 for the war effort. We did gas rationing in the 70s during the energy crisis. It seems that the Gen Xers are the ones who don't want to make a sacrifice and cut down any kind of usage for any kind of reason.
That's actually a great point, and made me consider why this makes me mad. When you put it that way, I realized that I don't actually mind making sacrifices if it helps society. I just don't want to be the ONLY one making sacrifices.
Wrong approach. And that's the part I don't get. Back in the day, no one said "I'll only do it if my neighbor does." They just did it, because it was for the greater good. Somebody has to start and if you're the only one who makes a sacrifice for the greater good, is that so bad? It's not like we're being asked for martyrdom. It's only some inconvenience and some mild discomfort. I don't think anyone is being asked to turn off the heat in order to conserve fuel when it's 10 below outside. Folks are just being asked to turn their thermostat down and wear a sweater inside the house. But for some folks, that's too much to ask.
I can live with raising the retirement age to 67. I understand that money's tight and we've all gotta make sacrifices. What makes me mad is that the people responsible for messing up the budget so badly as to necessitate such a modification are still going to take their money at 65. It's only us poor saps who had nothing to do with running up this debt that are the ones who are going to have to suffer for 2 more years.
I don't blame you for being mad. But again, I have to point out that Gen Xers helped to put those people who messed up the budget into office.
I don't mind raising income taxes a little to help fix this mess, so long as a) the taxes are raised evenly, across the board, for EVERYBODY, including that 50% who currently don't pay any net federal income tax at all, and b) the extra money collected is actually used to FIX the problems and pay down debt, and not siphoned off and spent on needless new vote-buying partisan make-work projects.
See the plan I linked to in response to Saverel's post. There is an actual plan that seems like it would work, with pain shared by everyone. But since nobody want to experience any of that pain, it doesn't get passed.