Is Paul Ryan Gen-Xers’ only hope?

posted at 1:11 pm on August 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So says Kirsten Powers in the Daily Beast.  Forget Republicans and Democrats, the center-left commentator writes — this election is about Baby Boomers vs everyone else in America.  Mitt Romney has chosen the first major-ticket representative of what Powers calls The Screwed Generation, and Ryan may be their last hope to keep from falling into economic servitude to the Boomers for life:

Unfortunately, the future looks as bleak for today’s young people. No amount of coddling by their well-provided-for Boomer parents can save Generation Y and the Millennials from the dire economic conditions they face, including criminal levels of educational debt. Pensions have gone the way of the horse and buggy. You want to retire with health-care benefits, as both my professor parents did? Good luck. As the 1994 movie turned Gen-X mantra has it: Reality Bites.

Generation X chronicler Jeff Gordiner, has written that Gen-Xers suffer from “athazagoraphobia”—“an abnormal and persistent fear of being forgotten or ignored.” Except it’s not really a phobia; it’s been reality for a long time. Maybe that is about to change.

Enter Ryan. While Democrats attack his Medicare plan as “radical” and portray him as pushing granny off the cliff, young people don’t seem to be buying this caricature. Or maybe “radical” is what they want. …

Jon Cowan, the CEO of the centrist think tank Third Way told me, “Ryan is doing the country a huge service by putting this on the table.” Cowan is the former founder of Lead or Leave, a Gen X group that gained prominence in the 1990s as it rang the alarm bells for reducing the deficit and dealing with entitlements. He doesn’t believe Ryan’s plan is the best way to reform Medicare, though he concedes that it is a serious plan. He cautions that Democrats may find themselves in political peril in the next 10 years if they don’t come up with a substantive alternative plan. He says, “There are a lot of younger voters who say of the Ryan plan, ‘at least I get something… at least there is a plan’. If you don’t get in there and offer a plan you give up the high ground on policy.”

Yes, our expectations for government benefits when we retire have been lowered so much that the idea that we would get anything at all seems like a bonanza. Ryan’s plan also seems a lot less scary when you consider that his partner on it is the liberal Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

It’s not just Zogby’s numbers that back Powers’ argument.  Survey USA polled registered voters in Florida, where Ryan’s addition to the ticket supposedly spelled doom for Romney in a state heavy with current retirees.  Surprisingly, Ryan polled best among seniors — and almost as good with voters under 35.  On the key question of whether Ryan made voters more or less likely to vote for Mitt Romney, Ryan was a +15 overall at 57/42 among those whose minds were changed at all.  Among seniors, it’s a +28 (64/36), but among those under 35, it’s +28 at 62/36, and this demographic had the highest percentage of mind-changing by far at 30% (14% of seniors changed their mind with the Ryan pick).  That’s a direct challenge to Obama’s base of voter enthusiasm.

That’s why I write today in my column for The Fiscal Times that Romney’s gamble on Ryan is already paying off, both in polling and in the direction of the debate:

 Romney took a big gamble with Ryan in two ways – in betting that Obama wouldn’t take the challenge for a substantive debate, and that voters will know the difference.  A few days later, it’s clear that Romney won the first bet, and is at least ahead on the second. …

That still left the risk that Obama would take the gauntlet flung down by Romney’s selection of Ryan and go toe-to-toe with Romney in a debate between supply-side and populist economics.  In times of economic hardship, populism sells, as politicians well know, mainly because of its simplistic division of haves and have-nots as the basis for redistributive policies.  As the Associated Press acknowledged yesterday (and many of us have argued since the first Recovery Summer in 2010), we have the worst post-World War II economic recovery in US history in nearly every category, which means that the populist One Percenter populism which Obama has fed since last year might still have life left within it.

That risk still exists, but at least from the way Obama and Joe Biden have reacted to Ryan’s appointment, it has faded considerably.  Has Team Obama taken up the gauntlet and offered a rebuttal to Romney’s view of government?  Hardly.  On Tuesday of this week, ABC’s Jake Tapper reported from three separate events [note: now four times — Ed] that the President of the United States was reduced to talking about Seamus The Roof Riding Dog, a story dug up from a 1983 Romney family vacation, as an argument for his re-election.  The super-PAC run by his former White House media staffer “accidentally” had its controversial ad run in Ohio, which strongly implied that Romney caused the cancer-related death of a laid-off steelworker’s spouse.

That was hardly the worst of it, though.  On the same day, the Vice President spoke to a crowd in Danville, Virginia about Romney’s plan to unleash Wall Street from all regulation.  Speaking to a crowd with a significant number of African-American voters, Biden slipped into a Southern cant to warn them that “they goin’ to put y’all back in chains.”  When confronted about Biden’s race-baiting, the Obama campaign refused to apologize, claiming that the Romney campaign took the remark out of context.

Clearly, the incumbents have no desire to engage Romney and Ryan in a serious debate.  Romney’s big all-in raise with Ryan has now made that crystal clear.

Actually, in my column I explain why shifting to a larger scope of the structure of the federal budget, entitlements, and staggering unfunded liabilities wasn’t really that big of a gamble — and how sticking to just jobs and the economy may have been a bigger risk.  Be sure to read the whole thing.

This race is far from over.  However, the disarray in Team Obama to Ryan’s entry into the race makes it clear that Romney has won the first round in this high-stakes move, and it may keep paying dividends all the way to the election.

Update: Gary Gross has more thoughts on KP’s essay.  And thanks to Jack Fowler for linking my column at The Corner with some kind words about my argument why it wasn’t all that much of a gamble.


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Yes, but Sheamus the dog. – Obama

lorien1973 on August 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Well he’s their best hope in this election, which will influence how America deals with critical solutions that will affect generations to come…so…yeah I guess he is.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Well he’s their best hope in this election, which will influence how America deals with critical solutions that will affect generations to come…so…yeah I guess he is.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

He is new, exciting, young and conservative. Oh and he is a younger version of Ronald Reagan. Of course they will go for him!

anchorman on August 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Not sure, the younger generations will come to power one day and then they could do whatever they want. If that includes telling the older generations who kicked the can for decades, well, I won’t blame them.

Bishop on August 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

This Gen-X’er likes him. And there is no way in hell I’m going to EVER “agree” to 50%+ effective tax rates to support the Baby Boomer “hippie” generation that screwed everything up.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

No but he’s the first….

This gambit by Mitt is genius and if they sell the case directly to Gen X and the Elderly we have a coalition building folks….

Let’s protect current beneficiaries and wean ourselves from the ponzi scheme.

MITT

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Well, we know who offers zero hope.

hillsoftx on August 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

So says Kirsten Powers in the Daily Beast.

Same dumb Kirsten Powers who wrote that the pick of Ryan was very dumb. Maybe the blind squirrel found an acorn.

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!!!!!

Ltlgeneral64 on August 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Not sure, the younger generations will come to power one day and then they could do whatever they want. If that includes telling the older generations who kicked the can for decades, well, I won’t blame them.

Bishop on August 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

So you saw that movie, too?

de rigueur on August 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Obama better step up his game and start talking about how much he enjoys pie again. That captivated his mouth-breathing followers in 2008.

RMOccidental on August 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Romney’s a problem solver, and he knows the only way to solve a problem is to expose it, diagnose it, and fix it.

Liberals believe in bandaids and Bactine.

AubieJon on August 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Not sure, the younger generations will come to power one day and then they could do whatever they want. If that includes telling the older generations who kicked the can for decades, well, I won’t blame them.

Bishop on August 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Ya there is even a slogan for it: Paybacks a _itch.

meci on August 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

One thing is certain if the clown Oblamer gets back in for 4 more years of destruction and discord then the GenXers had best brush up on their Russian, Cantonese and Aaaay-rabic. Probably all three.

viking01 on August 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

So you saw that movie, too?

de rigueur on August 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM

OMG How did I miss that movie? Among other things, it proves there was and Ed Begley Sr.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

The Gen X’ers are like Andy Dufresne caught in Shawshank Prison, and they need to escape. To do that they’ll need to crawl through the sewer of this upcoming election and the budget/entitlement/tax fights, but they CAN get there. They can do it; they can escape!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neO5fnwQjqg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

MTF on August 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I mean, um, um, I mean, I mean, um, um, um, I mean, um, I mean, I mean, I mean, um, um, y’all are done, I mean, um, gonna be, um, I mean, put back in, I mean, um, chains, by them, um, or something.

- Stupid Joe

OhEssYouCowboys on August 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

My WSJ comment:
The Black Swan of the Election is…
The truth is that this time WE, the Republicans, have the winning argument for Medicare (and the issue is inextricably fused with Obamacare). This is the Black Swan of the election that will propel RR & conservatives in congressional races to victory.
With his latest ad, Romney has served up an unexpected full on death punch to the Dems with O’s $716B in cuts to pay for the hated O-Care. Then, watch (and share) Ryan’s key video of M-Care: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJIC7kEq6kw&info=RyanMedicare
It’s easy to see that MCare without reform is rushing headlong toward bankrupting the country and leaving those under 50 today with a nightmare of a medical system. So, we win the argument among all age groups!

anotherJoe on August 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Excellent analysis, Ed.

GOPRanknFile on August 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

viking01 on August 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

You forgot the ‘noble’ Qur’an.

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

One thing is certain if the clown Oblamer gets back in for 4 more years of destruction and discord then the GenXers had best brush up on their Russian, Cantonese and Aaaay-rabic. Probably all three.

viking01 on August 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Screw that. Brush up on your Garand, Browning, Colt, and AR instead.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Ya there is even a slogan for it: Paybacks a _itch.

meci on August 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Take theirs not mine — new American pledge of allegiance….

Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The young people are starting to realize that they are going to have to pay for this mess. Obozo has been a failure. Time to look to someone new!

anchorman on August 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Among other things, it proves there was and Ed Begley Sr.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Fine character actor. Check him out in 12 Angry Men, an otherwise tendentiously liberal fantasy flick.

de rigueur on August 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Ed, congrats on the Fiscal Times article!

Mary in LA on August 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Not to forget in all the euphoria that Ryan and many on his side did lots of the scrooming of said generation. There are NO angels on topic.

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Is Paul Ryan Gen-Xers’ only hope?

Funny you’d say that. Paul Ryan’s plan is explicitly designed to save the country by screwing Gen-Xers for the benefit of baby-boomers. Not that, given the electoral map realities, we have a better option…

Archivarix on August 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Quite aside from the excellent content of the article, I must congratulate whoever it is who picked the photo of d20s to illustrate it.

/geek dog-whistle

Mary in LA on August 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

If commie union teachers get thier way they’ll choose plan b.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khmer_Rouge#section_1

wolly4321 on August 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Screw that. Brush up on your Garand, Browning, Colt, and AR instead.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Will do. I’m talking ’bout the young ‘uns who were fainting for Zero in 2008 and perhaps still do. I was blessed that my yoot was graced by Reagan dramatically reversing Carter the First’s regime.

viking01 on August 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I may be in Generation Y, but my parents are solidly boomers born in the early-mid 1950s, and I really hope that debt and entitlement reforms are a huge sticking point for the youth. I’m a huge fan of Paul Ryan for precisely this reason, I consider entitlement reform my #1 issue. The prevalence of Ron Paul’s support within the Gen-Y group makes me think that debt and the size of gov’t is probably a big issue with a lot of us, even though I’m most decidedly not a Ron Paul supporter. But I do think that once some ads get on the air describing why entitlement reform is so necessary now and not later, the youth support for Paul Ryan will probably stay strong. It doesn’t hurt that he’s handsome and young himself, either.

vegconservative on August 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Is Ryan the only hope for “the Screwed Generation?”

More like the first of many.

When/if the “Screwed Generation” finally figures out just how unmercifully they’ve been screwed, expect mayhem. They’ll be hunting Boomers with bloodhounds before it’s over …

/s

RedPepper on August 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Smart and informed young people realize SS and Medicare are on the ropes and likely won’t be there for them without serious entitlements reform.

But wouldn’t they already be inclined to vote for R/R? Have the young dimwits who voted for Obama because he’s cool and black and promised “hope and change” suddenly become serious about the future? Do they now understand that the country needs a real leader, not an empty-suit celebrity who goes to People and Entertainment Tonight to get his message (lies) out?

Some of them–like the ones who can’t find jobs–undoubtedly have experienced a rude awakening and can be brought into the R fold by a young, charismatic and smart Ryan.

And let’s hope the dimwits stay home in November to watch ET.

Meredith on August 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Hey, the other day, I commented something similar, and was accused of threatening violence against my elders. With Paul Ryan’s plan, the only thing that has to happen is older Xers having to change retirement plans, if any of them included Social Security. The Boomers for whom it is too late to change plans won’t have to, and the younger generations always figured the Boomers would take it all.

If we kick this further down the road, the Xers will happily vote for plans that are not so kind to Boomers. We don’t like Boomers to whom we are not related all that much.

Sekhmet on August 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

People between the ages of 25 and 30 will march through hell for Paul Ryan. The reason why Obama was so capable of resonating with the people in 2008 was because we, as a nation, did want change.

What we didn’t want was Obama’s idea of it. Like most demagogues, Obama had the ability to realize that he could play into the country’s need for change. Ryan’s the opposite of Obama. He’s substantive and capable of explaining his ideas. He also at least acted like he didn’t want to be president and would rather fix problems.

I’m 28 and have spent the last 5 years in the academy, which should be the hotbed of Obama liberalism. Most the people I know that aren’t super liberal will fight for Romney. The ones that are super liberal are terrified of him because they don’t know how to respond to what he says.

Romney might not win the youth vote, but I bet he wins the demagraphic right above. 25-30-year-olds can see that we need reform badly. They voted for Obama four years ago, but it’s not going to happen again.

cpaulus on August 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

So you saw that movie, too?

de rigueur on August 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Heh. I thought you were going to link this

njrob on August 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

You forgot the ‘noble’ Qur’an.

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

From Star Control 2?

njrob on August 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Beyond the decision to pick Ryan, Romney was also smart to pick him early. If Romney had to endure two more weeks of taking absurd shots from Team Obama, I think the race would have been all but over. The pre-convention selection of Ryan completely turned the tables on Obama and enables Romney to storm into the RNCC with a lot of anticipation and to come out of it with extraordinary momentum. Meanwhile, Obama’s left to do ET interviews while Biden’s shoving his feet in his mouth at every swing-state stop.

Ryan will help keep white, working-class voters who have been drifting away from Obama; he’ll help with the unreliable youth vote; and he’ll likely help suburban whites get over their white guilt.

BuckeyeSam on August 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

For all the czars and commissions, Obama did nothing to solve the problems in front of him. Instead, he worked on his golf game.

You know, if he could switch his golf score with his IQ, both might have been adequate for what was required.

beatcanvas on August 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM

My grandfather once told me that people are attracted to real leadership, even when they don’t agree with it right away. When real leaders present ideas, and are willing to listen to critiques of those ideas without getting personal, people always react positively to those leaders. People want to be around others who seek out solutions instead of constantly complaining.

Paul Ryan exemplifies leadership. He’s so like-able because he is an idea person. Romney’s brilliance here is that he selected the guy who can have a debate without getting personal, and who people will like because he is willing to take the risk and lead. It’s rare in politics, and refreshing.

Obama and Biden have no ideas. This will become glaringly obvious, because at some point someone will have to ask “So, you don’t like Ryan’s plan…what’s yours???” Game Over.

I think there will be a large contingent that will vote for Romney/Ryan because they feel these guys can put together a plan that everyone can live with. They may not understand it right away, but they will have a gut feeling these guys have a workable game plan.

goflyers on August 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Obviously I don’t speak for all baby boomers but my Gen X children know that I am willing to wait longer and take less to “fix” the system but I still encourage them to save on their own. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Thank you whoever said that first.

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Funny you’d say that. Paul Ryan’s plan is explicitly designed to save the country by screwing Gen-Xers for the benefit of baby-boomers. Not that, given the electoral map realities, we have a better option…

Archivarix on August 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Yup….

and it sucks….

and it is MATH!

at best we can expect a number between 35-70% of what would be our “expected” payout if we engaged in the willful blindness to the facts about FDR and LBJ’s long con that “we’ll get ours”.

You are not that stupid, I am not that stupid.

What our potential greed would enable is the seeds for an overt revolution or federal takeover of all economy.

This is what Barack and his griter club want you to believe.

Hey I have a plan I am gonna reduce America’s potential energy grid by 90% and we’re gonna gamble I can make that up with windmills and solar panels….

In this roaring economy that my good friends over there at the sierra club want me to keep you from getting any resources to build I will let you keep at most 40% or so of your true purchasing power…

get it?

If we take the hit, we are telling the lazy politicians who left IOUs in the cookiee jar and in the case of the current President FINALLY showed “hey it is just another pile of money Yo” screw you I want my freedom whether it hurts or not.

The ultimate rebuke to encroaching Federal smothering at every level of our lives is to break the con.

I’m all in….stabilize it replace it and get the Feds out of OUR WAY I am betting on Gen X and the millenials to match the groth that happened from 1880-1970 not the stagnation we’re seeing.

I have faith in us, and HOPE real hope to follow MY dreams not some two bit not any two bit clown’s “daddys”

All In Folks let’s change the beast

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

beatcanvas on August 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Speaking of that, I wonder how much the federal government will save when the czars and their staffs go away?

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Note that inthemiddle, libnotfree, etc. are in the Axelturd desperado and reeducation camp.

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Note that inthemiddle, libnotfree, etc. are in the Axelturd desperado and reeducation camp.

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

and that their handlers are reduced to trying to compare Plugz to Palin….

do you feel it?

We got ‘em….

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I’m a Libertarian of the ‘Screwed Generation’ and don’t agree with a lot of the votes that Ryan has cast; but he is the only politician that has enough balls to put forward a plan. The democRATS not only won’t acknowledge the fical cliff, but they also won’t even pass a budget.

burserker on August 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Speaking of that, I wonder how much the federal government will save when the czars and their staffs go away?

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Not a great deal in the grand scheme of things. Eliminating all federal positions would cut 2% from the budget. It is those 40% entitlements that are the key.
I agree with your sentiment about waiting longer for benefits and think that is the only way to bridge the two generations in some agreement.

Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Speaking of that, I wonder how much the federal government will save when the czars and their staffs go away?

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

At least as much as Michelle spends on vacations.

beatcanvas on August 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

We don’t like Boomers to whom we are not related all that much.

Sekhmet on August 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

There lies the perception problem. Most of the gen x are related to some boomers.

Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I’m a Libertarian of the ‘Screwed Generation’ and don’t agree with a lot of the votes that Ryan has cast; but he is the only politician that has enough balls to put forward a plan. The democRATS not only won’t acknowledge the fical cliff, but they also won’t even pass a budget.

burserker on August 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Hell the fools who want to take our money lying to our face are the democrats who steal from the cookie jar anyway…..

better to admit it and get over the damned loss now while we are young right?

As a Gen Xer I’ll make the boomers a deal…

You get the hell off of growth’s throat via your neo-luddistic bent at EPA and interior and let us get to work as hard as we can and I will not take away YOUR social security and medicare…..

but ONLY if you give people my age and younger OUR FREEDOM

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

but ONLY if you give people my age and younger OUR FREEDOM

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

simmer down young’un — we gave you Reagan.

Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Archivarix on August 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I think this is more accurate than we think. Ryan’s plan is the bare minimum, but it is a start, an attempt to start moving in a a better direction. Getting this done allows people tobecome accepting for future moves which will be necessary to keep thepromises we have made as well allowing us to make some promises in the future or facilitiate an environment where people can take care of themselves.

Zomcon JEM on August 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

There lies the perception problem. Most of the gen x are related to some boomers.

Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

We’ll take care of Mom and Dad with our own money, should they need it, but Aunt Moonbeam can either patch things up with Cousin Myrtle, or she’s on her own. And forget about Cousin Silvertail who didn’t bother to have kids. Not our problem, individually or collectively.

Sekhmet on August 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

There lies the perception problem. Most of the gen x are related to some boomers.

Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Brad that is the beauty of this…

In taking care of the 54 and older we are only being asked to screw ourselves which we are doomed to anyway…

you want to make a lefoid’s head explode?

Yell from the rooftops….

“Gen X we have NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS!”

you get it now….so long as we are brave enough to face what was a mathematical likelihood anyway and ally ourselves with the people we say we’ll protect who were partly protected anyway we can leverage our FREEDOM by allying with our parents….

this is awesome it exposes the whole moonshine the boomers were selling on the family as the lie it is…

I will NOT steal from my kids and grandkids democrats and your pro abortion wing won’t either.

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Average age of House GOP – 55.8
Average age of House Dems – 61.2

Average time in office House GOP – 8.2 yrs
Average time in office House Dems – 13.4 yrs

Charlemagne on August 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The problem for Gen X’s is that they will be the same age as BOOMERS very soon.

I’ve seen a lot of X’s saying ridiculous things like blaming the Boomer generation for all their woes. I’ve actually heard them wish the Boomers would ‘just die and get out of the way so we can have their jobs and all the stuff they have.’ That’s shameful.

Boomers built the country they are living in today. That includes the computer’s they’re using and the code that drives them. Boomers paid for the schools, built the industries, fought the wars, and raised the X’s. They’re actually talking about their own parents and grandparents.

So when X’s talk about the Boomers “taking it all” referring to Social Security and Medicare,X’s should remember that the Boomers put more into both of those programs than any generation ever did BEFORE OR SINCE.

Boomers provided for their grandparents generation and their parents generation.. and still are. Many Boomers are still working and contributing to those programs and the nation. Boomers only lived by the promises and the structure of those programs that they inherited. Many X’s are now living with their Boomer parents or getting loans from them to make it.

Obama’s plan would drive both Medicare and Social Security into bankruptcy. His foolishness would put an end both programs. Its the Boomers who have begun the conversation about reforming those programs so that they are there FOR the X’s and future generations. Paul Ryan could not have found backing or daylight for his plan without the support of Boomers.

Many Boomers have made it clear that its more important to save the programs as a safety net for future generations, even if that means waiting longer and getting less overall.

X’s who simply want to lash out and blame Boomers for their own failings and greed need to be ashamed of themselves. They also need to consider that they will be seniors some day, too. Look back over your own shoulders X’s. Look at your own children, and think of what you’re teaching them.

thatsafactjack on August 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

simmer down young’un — we gave you Reagan.

Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

That’s the whole point.

I started laughing and crying at the same time when Mitt picked Ryan because I got it….

The “moderate RINO Mass squish” is gonna team with the “Gen X technocrat bowhunter” to carry Dutch’s ball over the goalline because Tip O’neill was too smart to do what Barack did…..

You get it Reagan is smiling down on us!

Barack Obama proved Reagan’s warnings on entitlements right because Barack broke the con….

SCOAMF was too dumb to keep the long con going he fell for the quick reward of a short con….

get it he proved we’re broke.

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

With the younger generations desire to express their individuality and in an age of micro-marketing the GOP message of individual responsibility and liberty ought to be crushing the Leftist vision of one size fits all collectivism.

What if there was only one the of mobile phone available? One type of PC? One type of car? Standardized college curriculum? The Left loathe true individualism. The young need to understand this fact.

Charlemagne on August 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Is Ryan the only hope for “the Screwed Generation?”

More like the first of many.

When/if the “Screwed Generation” finally figures out just how unmercifully they’ve been screwed, expect mayhem. They’ll be hunting Boomers with bloodhounds before it’s over …

/s

RedPepper on August 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

^^ This.

Ryan is just part and parcel of a whole cadre of Xers who are finally reaching the point in their lives where they are assuming real leadership positions. We came of age politically in the Reagan Years. It’s only natural that we would cleave to the principles he espoused. There are many like Ryan in this Gen X army: Jindal, West, Walker, Rubio. I wouldn’t even call Ryan the first; I would consider Palin an Xer as well (born in 1964). She certainly doesn’t differ much philosophically with Ryan.

Non Xers have always considered us a curiosity like bugs under a glass. Especially the Boomers who have always described us in almost pathological terms (depressed, disengaged, etc.). The reality is that Paul Ryan and all of these 40-something leaders, just like myself and other informed Xers have known since our college years that we are on the road to financial ruin and that unless someone reversed the ship, we would be footing the bill. It’s not any surprise to me that Ryan, age 42, has taken up the clarion call. We always knew we were the ones who,would have to fix this. He has great ideas, but let’s not pretend he’s the only one who has those ideas. There is a preponderance of fiscal cons among Gen X and it’s not a mystery why that is.

NoLeftTurn on August 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

X’s who simply want to lash out and blame Boomers for their own failings and greed need to be ashamed of themselves. They also need to consider that they will be seniors some day, too. Look back over your own shoulders X’s. Look at your own children, and think of what you’re teaching them.

thatsafactjack on August 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I suggest you look at the plan.

54 and older no risk.

You can take the hurt morality play elsewhere.

If you guys could do the math on building the world we live in YOU should have done the math on your decided lack of kids and planned accordingly and asked for more freedom to bear your own retirement costs and maybe cut out that 80s conspicuous consumption the modern democrat blames the right for.

This is the brilliance of Mitt’s plan and his alliance with Ryan.

He trusts Gen X to be honest with ourselves, noble enough to protect the people who never even pondered what they were doing long game and free our kids from the same trap we’re in.

SCOAMF can try to claim the high ground on morals but I can think of nothing more moral or selfless than free men and women who knowingly walk into the machinegun fire of economic uncertainty to protect the weak, get the older siblings off their back, and protect their children and soon to be grandbabies from stupid policy.

I am gonna go out on a limb and bet money that Romney is going to say Generation X we ask a lot of you but like a great man once said, “ask NOT what your country can do for you ask what YOU can do for your country.”

and I want to face the fire hearing that more than….

“green shoots er uh bend the curve”

Oz cannot save us we have to save ourselves and decency says we must sacrifice to save our predecessors.

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

There is a preponderance of fiscal cons among Gen X and it’s not a mystery why that is.

NoLeftTurn on August 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Mitt solved the riddle, the NEA subverted the kids behind us starting in the mid-late 90s with bad education that was biased because of the Bill Ayers types and has them math challenged hyperactive idealists.

It is why scores went down in part hell the bias in history text was why I happily quit education as my major and dropped out and became a logistics worker.

Mitt flanked ‘em.

He trusted in Gen X he knew when we saw and heard Ron he was our spare Grandpa…..

MITT YOU ARE A GENIUS!

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Also, what do voters under 35 have to do with GenX? It’s the next tab that encompasses GenX voters. Not surprisingly, he resonated heavily with that group. Nevertheless, it is comforting to see that GenY is also finally getting on board. Now if I could only convince my Millenial nephew…

NoLeftTurn on August 16, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Yes, if the younger generation has clear thinking and not grow out of their brain washing.

bayview on August 16, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Yes, if the younger generation has clear thinking and has grown out of their brain washing.

bayview on August 16, 2012 at 2:27 PM

bayview on August 16, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Yes, he is. End these Ponzi schemes of Mediscare and SS now!!

nazo311 on August 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

If I could get every penny back right now, with no expectation of any future government subsidy whatsoever, I’d take it in a heartbeat. I’m 44.

I’ve often wished someone would come up with a calculator that would show me how my coerced payroll deductions would have panned out spent otherwise. Like maybe in gold?

wolly4321 on August 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Yes, if the younger generation has clear thinking and not grow out of their brain washing.

bayview on August 16, 2012 at 2:27 PM

They are too busy watching brainwashing television, guzzling alcohol, and smoking pot.

nazo311 on August 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

It is easy to demonize the 55+ crowd as a monolothic group which planned all this out while raising you children during the carter years when tax rates were far higher. There wouldn’t be a hunger for someone like Ryan if a significant portion of your ELDERs had not taught you good conservative principles….

Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

The LEFT tried to stoke a GENERATION GAP in the ’60′s, too.

Now they’re doing the same thing with the whole ‘Baby Boomer’, ‘Gen X’, ‘Gen Y’,’Millenial’ labeling system.

When the Right talks about Boomers being responsible for ‘this mess’ they mean the Boomers on the Left. Hippies, progressives. When the Left talks about Boomers being responsible for ‘this mess’ they mean the Boomers on the Right. Corporate America, Wall Street.

This compartmentalizing of the generations is meant to separate the generations, one from another, regardless of family affiliation, political affiliation, religious affiliation, etc.

Its just another means of splintering the nation into special interest groups that can be manipulated.

thatsafactjack on August 16, 2012 at 2:33 PM

One last comment… if a radical fix that included all 55+ folks were enacted they would not retire until much later pretty much ensuring the whippersnappers would be waiting until their forties before they moved up in the hierarchy.

Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I don’t see you taking responsibility for anything, including yourself.

You’re very good at trying to tell the generation before you what you think they should have done. All of your suggestion, I note, would benefit YOU.

I think the Boomers did too much for your generation. You were spoiled, pampered, over protected and overrated.

thatsafactjack on August 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I read this article earlier, and I think she’s right-on about this. BUT one thing is nagging at me here. Isn’t Kirsten a democrat??? Or am I getting her mixed up with someone else? If she’s normally a democrat I would like to think some dems are finally thinking like rational humans again; but I have to sprinkle a hefty dose of “watch out” on top. Anything a Dem says that sounds favorable to a R there almost has to be some “string attached” somewhere….

PackerFan4Life on August 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

You get the hell off of growth’s throat via your neo-luddistic bent at EPA and interior and let us get to work as hard as we can and I will not take away YOUR social security and medicare…..

but ONLY if you give people my age and younger OUR FREEDOM

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Hey hey now…some of us are trying to help. I’ve been fighting with the generation ahead of me (hippies) and the generation behind me as I was in the middle…for my entire life. I too want to be left to my own devices, hand up not out and sanity when it comes to Government.

There might be a little dust on the bottle. But don’t let it fool ya about what’s inside

landowner on August 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

The Baby Boom generation covers those born 1946-1964. Paul Ryan was born January 29, 1970.

Gee… five years and 1 month after than last Boomer.

thatsafactjack on August 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

My mom is retiring. I’ve got 20+ yesrs left. If we had every penny back that we put in all these years,, we would be living large.

That tells me the gubmint had no business taking all that money in the first place.

wolly4321 on August 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

It is easy to demonize the 55+ crowd as a monolothic group which planned all this out while raising you children during the carter years when tax rates were far higher. There wouldn’t be a hunger for someone like Ryan if a significant portion of your ELDERs had not taught you good conservative principles….

Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Brad you misunderstand sincerely.

I am not mad at the Boomers. You guys were lied to also. You were a bit too coddled as a “group” and my grandfather explained to me before he died back in ’84 that he was more indulgent with the younger kids(they were true boomers) than the first batch because things looked so plentiful, and he took for granted that in having access to so much plenty they would have his values and want big families and understand the hard work it took for a 100 years prior to get us all here. I miss him so much because he always spoke to me like a young man not a sociology experiment.

Like I had a destiny and should work hard for it.

Not trying to say you guys had it all easy…the crunch didn’t start speeding up ’til too many of you guys were locked in.

America’s mistake such as it was was in not fighting the infiltration of schools and the civil service by hyper idealist leftists.

I know that ain’t all boomers bud.

We’re all in this together I turned 40 in july.

Brad if helping a 54 year old make it on a program on the path to conversion on a real timeline is bought by my sacrifice in helping the 54 and ups I am not offering it with bitterness to all of the boomers.

I offer it with love so long as we let my grandkids know the freedom my great grandpa had.

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Paul Ryan is a super intelligent guy, but to say that he is the only hope for a generation is a bit to much. Remember 2008 and hope and change? I would say with his intelligence and ethics, he has the ability to take our Country to a greater level than what exist, but he and Mitt will need some help.

DDay on August 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

The Baby Boom generation covers those born 1946-1964. Paul Ryan was born January 29, 1970.

Gee… five years and 1 month after than last Boomer.

thatsafactjack on August 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Thy were writing articles about the demographic implosion in 1976 I remember it was a cover or just inside flap story in newsweek.

The Gen Xer and Early Boomer have a LOT less in common than a late boomer gen xer.

It is time to lay down the generational warfare and do what is right for the future while meeting our promises to those who were hurt in our past.

It is time to take back our wages over time and give my descendants back their freedom.

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I’m not surprised younger voters are starting to gravitate toward Romney/Ryan. An entire generation has learned from Reality TV how to spot melodramatic posers and blowhards. President Kardashian is destined for a second career in infomercials.

RobertE on August 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Paul Ryan is a super intelligent guy, but to say that he is the only hope for a generation is a bit to much. Remember 2008 and hope and change? I would say with his intelligence and ethics, he has the ability to take our Country to a greater level than what exist, but he and Mitt will need some help.

DDay on August 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Yup he is a GENIUS!(self-mocking) not a ME$$IAH!

The price we have to pay and the sale Nitt has to make is educating people that the stabilization is not overnight and we have to refuse to be “bought” with our own wages again….

I know I am dead set on honoring that.

If worst case scenario America went red tomorrow and I saw there was no hope to defeat it, I’d run like hell to wherever I could start over.

That is how strongly I believe in freedom and self-responsibility.

I love America raised my right hand to serve her, but that service and love are based on our Freedoms and Constitutional Rights.

Not “fairness” “envy” or Uncle Choom’s raided cookie jar….

That’s where I am coming from, we have to make the case that it is okay to walk away from socialism because it is a false premise, you are not having other people take care of you you are sacrificing you ability to take care of yourself and others by letting government take as much as they want with false promises and the bold lie they do it without middleman costs.

America needs to keep its promises but head towards self reliance not slicing up a shrinking pie.

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

President Kardashian is destined for a second career in infomercials.

RobertE on August 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I really don’t see him going away quietly into retirement. He will continue to spread his hate filled mantra until no one cares to hear it.

DDay on August 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

America needs to keep its promises but head towards self reliance not slicing up a shrinking pie.

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I can agree with this.

DDay on August 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I really don’t see him going away quietly into retirement. He will continue to spread his hate filled mantra until no one cares to hear it.

DDay on August 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

He’s a true believer…

you get why Erskine Bowles is angry with him right?

Erskine is an old school democrat you stabilize the system today build up long term confidence, and raise taxes later….

“the long con”

Bowles understood when he did not take a modified form of the Ryan plan at once that Barack is at best a true socialist, and at worst a Marxist who was short con oriented.

Reelect Obama democrats go all in….heck flip the house and give him back total control….hardly makes a difference now anyway with you guys’ threatening riots if he is held to rules…

but I assure you in an economic sense he will blow this country apart….

you’ll get to see SOME of the rich get eaten for “fairness” but all the middle class will be ground to dust while Jon Corzine laughs.

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

cpaulus on August 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Well said. I think you really hit it on the head with identifying this “idea” of change. Obama knew he could get away with an election if he mentioned this theory of change. Unfortunately it remained a theory. We need the real proof that it can happen.

RDE2010 on August 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

One last comment… if a radical fix that included all 55+ folks were enacted they would not retire until much later pretty much ensuring the whippersnappers would be waiting until their forties before they moved up in the hierarchy.
Bradky on August 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

They are already doing that. Because of decades of liberal policy making that has 1) created a culture of entitlement and 2) eroded what little private savings they may have had. It’s pretty well-documented I think that, as a group, most Boomers lived beyond their means during their working years which is why they are up the creek now. In contrast, most Xers are more likely to believe in space aliens than that they will ever see a dime of Social Security. I know I never factor it in in my retirement planning.

BTW, my elders were members of the Silent Generation, pre-Boomer war time babies. Those are the people I learned my conservative principles from.

NoLeftTurn on August 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Baby Boomers care about future generations, and they want to leave the world a better place for their children and grandchildren. We also want future generations to enjoy the freedoms past generations fought for. I have both a 41 and 24 year old, and I would gladly sacrifice so they can experience the American dream, and everyone I know would do the same. The problem is not the American people, it is the politicians who got us in this mess. Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Milleniums are all watching them, and they know it.

lea on August 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM