Dear Jebus, will it never end.
This one is titled: The Long Baby Boom: An Optimistic Vision for a Graying Generation. Yak!
I’d link to it but I’m not really interested in perpetuating this kind of tripe.
Optimistic for whom? The graying albatross of a generation that will be bilking social security while Genereation X and the Millennials bust are asses to keep it funded. Fuck that! Of course the author disagrees with such doom and gloom forecasting. No doubt he’s a self-deluduing Boomer himself.
Check the production description from Amazon.com
In 2006, the first baby boomers turned 60, unleashing a veritable tidal wave of gloomy punditry, advertising for financial services, and forecasts of impending national bankruptcy. In The Long Baby Boom, Jeff Goldsmith counters the predictions of such “catastropharians” with a far more optimistic scenario.
Drawing on evidence that most baby boomers plan on working long past age 65, Goldsmith argues that they will have a constructive impact on society over the next twenty years. By assuming a much larger portion of the financial burden of their own retirement and health costs, they will help preserve Social Security and Medicare for the less fortunate and for successive generations.
The Long Baby Boom is the first comprehensive forecast of baby boomers’ career plans, health trends, and cultural and political values. Goldsmith’s pro-work, pro-savings, pro-health social policy emphasizes personal responsibility without ripping the social safety net. Optimistic and innovative, The Long Baby Boom doesn’t promise a cloud-free future, but it does reassure us that the sky isn’t falling.
I’m sorry I just don’t buy it. Boomers have historically believed that they were going to make things better, change the world, start a revolution, whatever, and they’ve mostly fallen pretty well short of their grandiose projections. Why should this be expected to change now suddenly? You’ll excuse me if I decide to go ahead and keep myself cloaked in a protective shield of pessimism.
Tell you what, Goldsmith, I’ll believe it when I see it. You’ve put way too much faith in a generation that thinks way too much of itself, while other generations, such as Generation X, bare the burden of these failures.
I’d read this book just to refute it but I got better things to do.