The value of the CBO saying the country ceases to exist in any time frame is that the fact our country is headed for collapse is now out in the open. Fifteen years isn't that long. I've worked at my current job 16. The Simpsons has been on the air for over 20 years.
Unfortunately, comments get taken over by a goober named Goober who wants to blame everything on "Boomers". He spends paragraphs blaming it all on the Boomers and then has the gall to finish it up with:
When my generation has been in charge for the last 40 years, and God forbid we're still robbing from our kids for our retirement, I'll universally lambast MY generation, too. You have my word on that - I'm nothing if not fair.So anybody who fought this all their life and voted against it all their life, and saved all their life because they knew the system would break, those people are all to blame just because they're in that age group? Exactly what else were those people supposed to do? Start an open civil war?
It is hard to write about the actions of a generation, because I am a person that focuses more on the actions of a individual rather than the acts of groups of individuals.
What crappy defective thinking that is! A favorite saying of mine goes, "you can't out think someone that isn't thinking" - it's not worth arguing with them. Clarity of thought is something I try to emphasize here.
I wrote on this problem more recently than I thought, and it's widespread. To borrow a quote from that post, it fits here perfectly with very minor edits (just removing the poster's name):
Not to pick on him in particular, it's the idea. The idea that one generation is responsible for the mess we're in is a poisonous thought, and it's the kind of easy, "let's find a scapegoat" thought that can spread, especially if the SHTF and society collapses. When people are desperate and hungry, they can whip themselves into a frenzy with ideas like that.Farther down, about another "hate the boomers" example:
This writer, and I would assume many like her, believes the breakdown of the system is caused by her parents and grandparents, who made the mistake of believing the promises of politicians, much like union members who believed they could retire in their 50s and live on fat pensions paid for out of unicorn droppings.Returning to the SHTF scenario,
The problem is, as I posted in reply, when the angry mob comes to "kill all the old boomers", they're not going to wait for you to show them how frugally you've lived, or that you pride yourself in not having taken handouts, or that you fought government expansion and the crippling debt with all you could. It's going to be mob rule: kill or be killed. When you're pondering a polygonal war space or Matt Bracken's CW2 cube, this adds another complication, that the people you are helping - or fighting alongside - will be firing on you as soon as it's convenient.And my last words in the last comment:
It's way too simple to blame it on the old people. Or their parents. My engineer's perspective is that I don't care who screwed it up as much as what I can do to fix it. The only value of knowing who broke it is to keep them from sabotaging my repairs.In the end there's no such thing as generations. There's no such thing as race. There's no such thing as ethnic groups. There's only people who choose to act in certain ways. But then we don't get our convenient little scapegoats do we? And we might have to think hard and critically. Can't have that, now, can we?