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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:52 PM

26. We are a screwed generation.

I was lucky enough to go to college and get a degree in the medical field. One of the few degrees that (almost) guarantees employment. But I catch up on all of my friends in high school that went to great colleges...they really aren't doing so great. A friend that went to Princeton is back home with his parents, working at Best Buy. Another friend that went to Johns Hopkins for undergrad is back home, living with her parents. And my friends that didn't go to college, honestly, they are basically better off. They might have gotten jobs in the trades if they were lucky..or maybe a job at Staples or something...but they are better off because they don't have $150,000 in student loans killing them. This service economy is killer for my generation. It's not like back in the boomers' day when you could graduate high school and get a job down at the factory/mill/whatever else. My dad supported two kids, had two cars, a house, and took a summer vacation every year working at Kroger in a non-managerial position in West Virginia. When I see a guy at Kroger or Walmart stocking shelves today and imagine him being married, owning a house, and taking a vacation in Florida with his two kids I really don't know whether I should laugh or cry. The people ding the same thing my pop did 40 years ago can barely afford to pay rent with his other 2 bachelor buddies in their 2 bedroom apartment.

Honestly, pretty soon I think there will be a pretty strong anti-boomer sentiment begin to take hold in generation Y. Pretty much every economic directive is targeted at them. Why do you think the Republicans are so for a strong dollar? A weak dollar might actually bring back something resembling real work. A strong dollar would dilute all that wealth the boomers have built.

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