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Has there ever been a more selfish generation?

from The Great Recession:

It’s a good question to ask on the day after Christmas, when we have all used our credit cards to buy gifts for others. In spite of this seasonal gift buying, I think there has never been a more selfish generation. (Regular readers of this blog are excepted because you wouldn’t be reading this contrarian blog if you were content with what I am about to describe … as others seem to be. So, I am preaching to the choir but can only hope this strengthens the choir’s resolve to stand against corruption and greed.)

What is so selfish about this generation?

What other generation has been so amenable toward letting future generations pay for their lavish lifestyles?

Many live in MacMansions purchased with thirty-year loans they won’t live to repay. With minds at peace, they leave those mortgages to their children and grandchildren. Even those in the US who do not live in veneered mansions enjoy a lifestyle made possible only by compounding the greatest mountains of rotting, stinking national debt mankind has ever heaped. This rubbish is their gift to posterity as, again, they have no thought whatsoever of attempting to pay off this debt.

It is not just politicians who are responsible for creating this debt. The average citizen slavishly votes for either Democrats or Republicans, knowing full well both parties have done their share to pile up debt. They either vote for the party that makes them feel generous to the poor or the party that makes them feel strong in defending our country; but the fact is they are not putting their own financial strength into either of those noble goals.

Our generation has decided the next generation can pay the bill for all of our generosity. We create welfare programs that we finance far into the future. We do this so that we can feel like we take care of our poor, but we hand the actual burden of paying for our largess off to our children and grandchildren! We would never undertake these programs if we had to pay for them fully as we go. We also let the next generation pay for our security. We are not bravely defending ourselves by our own strength. We are sapping the strength of our grandchildren to defend ourselves now.

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