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Maybe its not the Republicans fault. Or the Democrats. Or even the do-nothing Congresss. Maybe the nations biggest problem is a generation of leaders that have fallen hopelessly behind whats happening in the real economy.

 

Bill Clinton became the first baby-boomer president when he took office in 1993, and whoever wins this year will be the fourth president from the baby-boom generation, loosely defined as those born between 1946 and 1964. Republican Donald Trump was born in 1946, the same year as Bill Clinton. Democrat Hillary Clinton was born in 1947. Both of this years candidates came of age during the glory years of the US economythe 50 years following World War II, when American wealth exploded and living standards skyrocketed.

 

But as they age and retire, the boomers are leaving the US economy in far worse shape than they inherited it. They also tend to apply 20th-century thinking to new types of problems that require a different mindset to solve. This years presidential race highlights the whole nations disgust with those unsolved problems and leaders applying last years ideas to next years challenges.

 

Trump and Clinton are both unpopular, with favorability ratings well below 50%. Thats dismal for the two individuals each party has chosen as its best hope for the future. At the height of their influence over the country, baby boomers are offering cynical slogans instead of solutions, and the two candidates representing them both seem to be motivated by self-interest above all.

 

Trump rightfully earns criticism for coarsening the discourse in this years election, but each candidate bears blame for the nations sour mood and voters lost faith in public institutions. Clinton herself acknowledged that shes afflicted with affluenza, saying in one speech to a Wall Street audience in 2014 that, Im kind of far removed [from the middle class] because the life Ive lived and the economic fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy. She then reassured the audience by saying, But I havent forgotten it.

 

 

Thats the whole problem. Clinton relates to the middle class of the past, not the middle class or middle-class aspirants of today. No wonder her entire economic plan comes straight from a stale 20th-century playbook: raise taxes, spend more building roads and bridges, provide more government subsidies for college students and a bunch of other worthies. Completely missing from her plan: any ideas about how to more broadly spread the massive wealth being created by digital innovation. Clinton is a candidate who probably doesnt know how most of the apps on her smartphone work.

 

The deliberations her campaign goes through just to craft a social-media post should make everybody under 50 cringe. Leaked emails show that on one day in 2015, at least half a dozen campaign staffers spent more than five hours deliberating by email over how to phrase a single tweet responding to remarks made by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, on Cuba. There was another long discussion about which phrase was better: average Americans, or everyday Americans. Its a sure sign you dont actually know any such people when you worry so much about what to call them.

 

Clinton supporter Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, warned the campaign about Clintons cardboard image, according to another leaked email from 2015. The campaign feels stale with very few signs of the kind of freshness and transparency that the American people (especially millennials) will need to trust and ultimately elect HRC as President, Schultz wrote to Clinton aide Cheryl Mils. The campaign feels yesterday.

 

Trumps campaign is more like the day before yesterday, or even 1930, when the protectionist and disastrous Smoot-Hawley law went into effect, causing an increase in import taxes by as much as 50%. Trump has cannily discerned the anger seething among voters who feel displaced in the digital economy. But his retrograde solutions would probably hurt the very same people, along with everybody else. Trump, of course, wants to tear up free-trade deals and impose tariffs on imports that are too cheap, which economists say would kill jobs and maybe cause a recession. He also wants to bring back manufacturing jobs he says have been stolen by China and Mexico.

 

Those jobs Trump wants to bring back are for lower-skilled workers once able to earn a decent living from manual labor alone. The economy doesnt work like that anymore. Instead of bringing back jobs that are at the bottom of the economic food chain, what we need is a whole new training paradigm that prepares high school grads for advanced manufacturing, skilled trades and technical jobs likely to require specialized knowledge. Kids need to learn math from the first day they step into a classroom instead of taking remedial courses in community college because they suddenly realize it might be important. By promising that new unskilled manufacturing jobs will somehow materialize and help rebuild the middle class, Trump is basically saying he can return American to some kind of pre-digital paradise that must be the way he imagines the old manufacturing economy of the 1980s. It will never happen. Trump obviously knows how to use Twitter, but his understanding of the broader economy is analog, not digital.

 

The last two boomer presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, contributed to the current malaise by adding roughly $14 trillion to the national debt ($6.1 trillion under Bush and $8.3 trillion under Obama). Bush tried to stimulate the economy with tax cuts, an old supply-side scheme popularized under President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Bush left office in 2009 amid the worst recession since the 1930s. Obama dealt with that recession through traditional stimulus spending first prescribed by economist John Maynard Keynes in the 1930s. Many of Obamas other ideas are similar to those of Clintonsspend taxpayer money on new programs to help the disenfranchised. Hey, it worked in the 1960s.

 

The iPhone came on the scene in 2007, and in retrospect that may have been an inflection point at which the digital revolution shifted into high gear. Economists still arent sure how many jobs will be displaced by robots, software and other types of automation, but its becoming clearer that automation has probably transformed factory floors more than the offshoring of jobs. US manufacturing output has climbed consistently since 1990, even as manufacturing employment has plunged. The work is there, even if the workers arent. That violates the paradigm that governed most of the boomers careers.

 

Boomers are now beginning to flood into Social Security and Medicare, the two giant safety-net programs that will start running short of money in the 2030s. The boomer politicians of the last 15 years have allowed the US government to live way beyond its means and make up the difference by borrowing money future generations will have to pay back. The have-it-all generation is going to discover it can only have it all at somebody elses expenseeverybody younger. Neither of this years baby-boomer candidates has articulated a way to fix that. But dont worry, theyll both end up just fine, even if the rest of us wont.

 

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Nothing new here. Congress has been aware that the baby boom is aging for 30 YEARS. GOP and dems have done nothing except steal the money in the fund. AL Gore was the one who loved the lockbox and he probably invented the term too. Anyone who did not know what was going to happen is a fool. Always keep in mind that YOU must take care of the aged (ME). Even with the death panels killing us off there are so many of us that YOU will be taxed out of your house to pay for ME. Thanks. Trump all the way.

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Boomers are now beginning to flood into Social Security and Medicare, the two giant safety-net programs that will start running short of money in the 2030s. The boomer politicians of the last 15 years have allowed the US government to live way beyond its means and make up the difference by borrowing money future generations will have to pay back. The have-it-all generation is going to discover it can only have it all at somebody elses expenseeverybody younger. Neither of this years baby-boomer candidates has articulated a way to fix that. But dont worry, theyll both end up just fine, even if the rest of us wont.

 

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Another copy and paste. Throwing shit into the fan and watching what sticks to the walls. After climbing out of the ceptic tanks of blind loyalty to royal we only having one mouth at a time speaking for everyone in a predetermined classification of humanity, let me say, you are a complete intellectual idiot well trained to deny the self evident for personal gain just like those you blame are doing to everyone you pledge to continue doing under new management.

 

The idea humans have right to take liberties from natural balancing results is vanity at best and self destructive in every social justification in acting like reality is all anyone needs to know or believe possible.

 

Everyone able to deny has to learn what they gave away so ancestry can pretend now isn't Eternity in plain sight, lived one lifetime at a time being eternally separated as added by random selection producing specific results that never stay the same again, now.

 

Benson13, you need to make peace with things you cannot control, like specific displacement kinetically spaced apart here. Words do not create real results, just staged outcomes of everyone ignoring then self evident and this is the answer to Rodney King's "Why can't everyone get alone civilly?'.

 

Because idiots like you direct social minds to defend make believe scenarios cradle to grave generation after generation. It is "why" less than 1% of the population control the behavior of the other 99% within context of scriptures, laws, policies, mandating the art of accepting symbolism over substance or society will erase your next in line to represent ancestral progression after one dies.

 

Governance by sedition or seduction is tyranny, plain and simple done by either protecting philosophy of defending psychology mentally and/or physically.

 

My instinctive war against humanity is fighting against half completed context, not those obeying the law or spirit of only existing as a species in a food chain adapting in the moment together as equally displaced.

 

Your vernacular doesn't reflect any such understanding of really living now as one of a kind. You talk like a leader of a mindset where caricature counts and character role playing matters most of all. That is make believe and ignoring being self contained by the moment here.

 

The corruption that pleagues every society historically and currently. It is what makes intellect paranoid instinctively. Something I cured the second I accepted this moment as Eternity eternally separating everything positioned kinetically in plain sight.

 

No God, no Philosophy being eternally followed to the letter of the law or policy directing social outcomes for each added ancestor to this atmosphere as specifically added by random selection/conceived.

 

Your corrupted mind isn't alloowed to give up believing otherwise by any means to the end goal of capturing hearts, minds, bodies, and soul collectives ancestrally. See caricatures are real when humans act as if they do, and that is why societal evolution directs realities not actual existence.

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Millennials are a larger group than boomers. They like socialism

Is this another one of those mind over matter psychology notions debating half thoughout philosophies trying to trademark each generations being something other than biological replacements for the ancestries dying off?

 

think inversion rather than conversion or action and reaction being equally proportioned within a set amount of content using unlimited context making believe this moment doesn't keep everything self contained to what is going on now individually. Takes away the value of symbolic value used to confuse a brain intellectually and emotionally through the art of communicating one topic single issue format.

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Is this another one of those mind over matter psychology notions debating half thoughout philosophies trying to trademark each generations being something other than biological replacements for the ancestries dying off?

 

think inversion rather than conversion or action and reaction being equally proportioned within a set amount of content using unlimited context making believe this moment doesn't keep everything self contained to what is going on now individually. Takes away the value of symbolic value used to confuse a brain intellectually and emotionally through the art of communicating one topic single issue format.

english please

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english please

Understand life as it is self evidently displaced kinetically and you might get a grip on why humanity created its own armageddon when going to war against natural balancing intellectually because there is no fighting it physically.

 

end result societal evolution turns ancestors against their own ancestry every generation academically, artistically, politically, spiritually, economically, and most of all socially.

 

that 6 degrees of separation show you any thing putting all history together only having passed through the moment here now?

 

Your mind to limited by grammar and punctuation for your brain to see it instinctively?

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