Technically, sociologists say, I’m not a baby boomer. Just missed it, by about a year, which probably is a good thing.
Boomers, you see, have become the scapegoats du jour. And considering that they have pretty much been in charge of the United States since the early 1980s, there might be good reason for that. If members of Generation X or Generation Z want to send their elders off to the old folks’ home, well, it’s hard to blame them.
The latest manifestation of this is “OK, Boomer” — a dismissive metaphorical eye-gouge best translated as “your generation screwed things up and it is time to let some forward-thinking people take charge.”
Which probably isn’t a bad idea.
As author Bruce Gibney told Vox.com: “The boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it. They habitually cut their own taxes and borrow money without any concern 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. … They were born into great fortune and had a blast while they were on top. But what have they left behind?”
Good question. And it is one that Gibney apparently answers in his provocatively titled 2015 book, “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America.”