Greg Jayne And His New Scapegoat: Baby-Boomers

I was feeling a little cranky this weekend. So, it didn’t help when I read Greg Jaune’s editorial in the Sunday Columbian, our local newspaper. I am not a fan of his editorials because they typically demonstrate how the Columbian has shifted focus over the years. Many of my friends have quit take the Columbian calling it fish-wrap, fit for a bird cage, and other derogatory descriptors. Myself, I like to read local news, and I like to support a local newspaper. We get too much of our news in narrative style either by a CNN liberal type news source, or a Fox type source on the right. So, I think my combo of CNN, Fox, the Columbian, and the Wall Street Journal give me a nice collection of information that I can use to make up my own mind.

However, when I read Jayne’s Sunday’s article, I got even more cranky. The usual blamers are now taking on the Baby-Boomers. They’ve canceled the American past calling it Colonialism, genocide, and other horrible characterizations, determining that America’s past is evil. Don’t get me wrong, America has made mistakes, and as a Christian I know we are all inherently sinners, but over the many years of human history, I think we in America have tried to do the best we could under the circumstances. Now the blamers are focused on Baby-Boomers.

Jayne begins his editorial by telling us he missed being a Boomer by one year. Jayne says, “Technically, sociologists say, I’m not a baby boomer. I just missed it, by a year, which is probably a good thing.” That way he can attack the Boomers, because he is not one. After telling us what people are saying, “your generation screwed things up and it is time to let some forward-thinking people take charge,” which according to him “probably isn’t a bad thing.”  Then he proceeds to equate all Boomers with Republicans, through George Bush, and every bad thing that has happened in the history of humankind.

He is relying on comments made by Bruce Gibney about the Boomers. “The Boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it. They habitually cut their own taxes and borrow money without any concerns for future burdens. They’ve spent virtually all our money and assets on themselves and in the process have left a financial disaster for their children.” This is contrarian to what others say is about to occur. “Over the next several decades, baby boomers – the wealthiest and one-time largest, generation in U.S. History – will pass down an estimated $30 Trillian in assets to their children” (CNBC). So, which is it?

In both cases the press is sensationalizing and generalizing the truth. I very seldom read Greg Jayne’s editorials because he is not objective in his analysis. He is biased and does his best to undermine conservatism. He self-identifies as a Millennial. “So, to be honest, it is easy to empathize with Generation X and Generation Z and long for change in the American power structure. They might not be my generation but, as the saying goes, you’re only as old as you feel.”

Well Mr. Jayne, I am a Boomer, and I am proud of it. Yes, I am selfish. It would be foolish to deny that Boomers are not self-interested. However, the Boomers changed history. Civil rights, women’s rights, and other sociological events, including the Jesus People movement, occurred making the world a better place. During our watch the United States has become one of the richest countries in the world. Technology has changed the world for better. Extreme poverty has been reduced all over the world. Do we have issues? Absolutely, but so did previous generations. However, I get why you said what you said. You want to pander to the Millennials so they will read your newspaper.

I have lived in Vancouver, Washington for 42 years. It was and is a wonderful place to live. My wife and I travel a lot, and we have talked about moving to warmer climates. However, our kids are here, and we love the summers in the Couv. So, we have decided this is where we will live, and during our grey winters travel south with all the other snowbirds. But I know my city and county is changing along with the rest of the left coast. Greg Jayne reflects that change. Just like so many others in his self-identified generation, he wants to blame somebody else for the problems, because obviously he has not contributed.

And that is my thought for the day!


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