They are known as The Greatest Generation, that group of people who endured the hardships of the Great Depression, sacrificed endlessly and fought tirelessly during World War II, and turned post-war America into the engine of economic superiority that it remains today.
They also bequeathed unto the world that generation of people known as Baby Boomers.
Boomers have the misfortune, like most children, of following in the footsteps of their more-accomplished parents. Boomers can make no claim of having survived adversity (the recession of the 1980s doesn’t count), defeated evil (Operation Desert Storm doesn’t count), or sacrificed anything (shopping at Target doesn’t count).
In this posting, I offer (humbly) the path by which Baby Boomers can be known as The Bestest Generation – who shall be known now and forever for saving the United States of America.
Since one of the hallmarks of their parents’ generation was that of the sacrifice, Baby Boomers should emulate that and sacrifice on a grand scale.
What Baby Boomers should do now is to forgo Social Security and Medicare. For those who can – and I’m sure there are many – all folks who are in the Baby Boomer demographic should publicly state that they will not accept Social Security and Medicare.
Given that those entitlements account for a large portion of the federal government’s budget and contribute heavily to the deficit and to the debt that this country struggles under, the Baby Boomer generation’s mass forgoing of both Social Security and Medicare may be just enough to pull this country from the brink of financial disaster.
If the Baby Boomers do this sacrifice, their name will live on as more than the people that gave us Woodstock…they gave us our country back.
The Bestest Generation…I hope to salute you.