As part of our continuing series “Senior Moment,” Anthony Mason reports on the new crisis facing baby bombers that has ignited a debate on Capitol Hill: increasing the retirement age.
As part of Need to Know’s special report on joblessness in America, they present an intimate portrait of a baby boomer couple who built a life and a business together, only to see their world quickly fall apart. Need to Know airs Fridays on PBS. Watch full-length episodes of Need to Know at
George Carlin talks about the “me” generation and where politicians come from…are we seeing the link here, folks? (Bonus message for Obama and company at the end)
I represented Generation Y in this debate. Our generation is leading the change and going global faster than any generation. The news report states that 35% of our generation is not in college and a large number live at home with their parents. That is misleading because we do not choose to live with our parents or not attend college. Some of us cannot get jobs upon graduation or pay for college because of the economy. The baby boomers got us into this economic mess and our generation has the duty and burden to save our country. Baby Boomers can’t create the mess and blame us as we are suffering from their mistakes. We will have to work even harder to raise our kids, pay for their college tuition, and provide the same standard of living that the baby boomers enjoyed. The sad truth is that some of the boomers are also caught in this mess and we must all work together as a country. All the generations need to stop pointing fingers and start working together as Americans to steer the country in the right direction.
We have a good start… Google. Facebook. Paypal. Enough said.
For more interesting perspective, please look at the links below.
Journalist and contemporary historian Francis Beckett explains why he believes the children of the sixties lived the dream and failed the future.
Funny Baby Boomers Song
Baby Boomers Tribute “Time After Time” San Fernando Valley 1970’s – 80’s
A Tagalog Version of the prediction of Paul Zane Pilzer on his Book ” Wellness Revolution”
A baby boomer is a person who was born during the demographic Post-World War II baby boom between the years 1946 and 1964, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The term “baby boomer” is sometimes used in a cultural context. Therefore, it is impossible to achieve broad consensus of a precise definition, even within a given territory. Different groups, organizations, individuals, and scholars may have widely varying opinions on what constitutes a baby boomer, both technically and culturally. Ascribing universal attributes to a broad generation is difficult, and some observers believe that it is inherently impossible. Nonetheless, many people have attempted to determine the broad cultural similarities and historical impact of the generation, and thus the term has gained widespread popular usage.
United States birth rate (births per 1000 population). The blue segment from 1946 to 1964 is the postwar baby boom.
In general, baby boomers are associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional values; however, many commentators have disputed the extent of that rejection, noting the widespread continuity of values with older and younger generations. In Europe and North America boomers are widely associated with privilege, as many grew up in a time of widespread government subsidies in post-war housing and education, and increasing affluence. As a group, they were the healthiest, and wealthiest generation to that time, and amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time.
One feature of Boomers was that they tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from those that had come before. In the 1960s, as the relatively large numbers of young people became teenagers and young adults, they, and those around them, created a very specific rhetoric around their cohort, and the change they were bringing about. This rhetoric had an important impact in the self perceptions of the boomers, as well as their tendency to define the world in terms of generations, which was a relatively new phenomenon.
The baby boom has been described variously as a “shockwave” and as “the pig in the python.” By the sheer force of its numbers, the boomers were a demographic bulge which remodeled society as it passed through it.
The term Generation Jones has sometimes been used to distinguish those born from 1954 onward from the earlier Baby Boomers.