Playing the blame game

Here we go, I thought as I read the title of the article.

How have Boomers stuffed thee? Let me count the ways

Why is it that people of a certain political persuasion always think it is someone else’s fault? Why can’t they take personal responsibility? The author, just like the Remoaners  in Britain, blames older people for the younger people not getting what they want. There should be a special word for this kind of attitude. We have the word racist but what should we call people who judge others based on their age?  Ageist?

…The UK’s old – many retired, or careering towards it – decided on behalf of the young, that they didn’t want Johnny Foreigner coming in to take their jobs.

No they didn’t, it was a democratic vote. Why do writers continue to push this lie?

Firstly, let’s not forget the irony in that.

It should worry them the least, particularly when considering conversely the ones most affected by immigrant competition – the young – voted to remain.

Exiting the European Union was not just about immigration.

And aside perhaps from the Polish, most of the immigration they object to likely comes from other non-EU countries – immigration that can be controlled by the UK Government.

Voting statistics showed 73 per cent of 18 to 24 year-olds voted to remain, as did 62 per cent of 25-34s. But an aging population meant that with a 59 per cent vote to leave, that group of pensioners outweighed the younger remain vote by around 1.3 million votes.

Yeah, it’s called democracy, where the majority win. Have you heard  of it? Don’t forget that it was the older generation who fought in wars to protect British democracy. What have these young people ever done to protect democracy apart from paint their faces, wave a few placards and virtue signal on Twitter? In fact, their actions tell us that they do not want democracy. They want to overturn a democratic vote because they didn’t get what they want.

Londoners Protest Brexit

Londoners Protest Brexit

So the young, working population of Britain, and many in New Zealand, will lose their EU passports. And with that, the ease of travelling and working in destinations that will challenge their world view in ways that would have many Boomers choking into their cups of tea.

The world will be worse off for it.

But that’s only the latest in a rather long history of that generation ruining it for future ones.

Auckland is all but closed off to the first home buyer, and other major centres are beginning to feel the effects of a market in which you need a cool $1 million to get a foot in the door.

Little problem for the Baby Boomer, who can leverage that size mortgage off their portfolio of largely uninsulated rental properties.

Led by Chief Boomer John Key, the age of superannuation will remain at 65 until a Government is sufficiently confident it won’t have a hope of lasting another term, and so makes the responsible decision to raise it.

The Government set aside $12.9 billion at this year’s budget for Superannuation Payments – up from $12.2b the year before. It is not means tested, it is not income tested.

A boomer does not have to be retired at 65 to begin claiming up to $770 a fortnight, a good number aren’t. Some are millionaires.

And while many are retired, with no other source of income, it’s questionable that they need to be at 65, when New Zealanders are now living to an average age of 81.

It’s unsustainable and drastic changes will need to be made well before those under 35 reach that age.

Meaning the younger generation has around 30-45 years to pay off student loans their forebears never had, save for a mortgage – in some cases more than triple the size boomers had to contend with at that age, pay off that mortgage, then save anything upwards of $400,000 for their retirement.

This has far less meaning than the previous two examples. Perhaps that’s the point.

We had a chance to change the flag to something that future generations of New Zealanders could get behind. New Zealand voted for nostalgia, and kept the symbol of a Kingdom that may be torn apart in years to come.

But hey, what’s one more stupid decision forced by the old onto the young?

It’s enough to leave a young voter apathetic.

– Sunday Star Times


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