The other night I got a text from a local talk show host asking if I'd like to talk about all us Baby Boomers hitting retirement age. This has become a popular topic since, I dunno, there are about 78 MILLION OF US and about 10,000 are turning 65 each and every day.
That's a pretty big BOOM. It's so big in fact, that in media terms it's what my friend Sam Gioldasis used to call a BIG DAMN DEAL (BDD).
So, when my radio friend asked if I'd like to comment, I said something like, "Sure, I can forsake our
reader millions of readers out there on the world wide internets to impart my Boomer wisdom to your vast listening audience." Of course I said this in my head, in reality I texted back "Sure" and then went back to watching Pawn Stars on The History Channel.
I'm not a political guy. I've got friends who are - like yellow dog democrat K.T. McLeaish out in Odessa and Bev Mann in Colleyville. Me, not so much. I've pretty much abandoned politics since I voted for Richard Nixon because he promised to end the war and my draft number was 24. I still vote in every election and have an active interest, but I'd rather this blog be about something other than David Axlerod's porn star moustache or Caribou Barbie's reality show.
Here's a little something that'll have you dragging that Fender guitar out of the closet
Radio talk show host knows about our beliefs at the Brief and he wanted to talk about a new poll. It showed that Boomers believe by a ratio of 2-to-1 that they won't be able to rely on Medicare throughout their retirement. Wanting to keep this debate as non-partisan as possible, I think I replied "No, DUH" or something witty like that.
At least that was what I was thinking. My real reply was a little more eloquent.
I actually said, "Most Baby Boomers subscribe to the Pete Townshend theory of government," (which, BTW got a nice chuckle from radio-talk-show-host) "they get on their knees and pray they don't get fooled again."
Sure, it was designed to be funny, but funny in a TRUE WAY. Yeah, we've been misled a time or two, but so what? We don't sit around in our tie-died T's and whine about it. Baby Boomers love fixing things. And you know what? We'll fix this.
So don't get all, baby-boomers-are-greedy-and-self-absorbed, on me. There ARE a lot of us, but are we to blame because our Dads came home from saving the world and were, err, ready for some luvin? Just because my swimmer was the winner of the ovulation derby doesn't make me entitled - and I believe a lot of my Boomer brethren and sisteren feel the same way.
Radio interviews go by fast so I didn't get to offer my solution to this Medicare mess (one of my New Year's Resolutions is to work on my sound-bites). What I wanted to tell radio-talk-show-host was that all these pollsters need to Relax. Boomer's got it covered, baby.
How? People 50 and older will inherit an estimated $20 trillion during the next 20 years.
Do you think we're gonna live in unheated tents just so we can pass this along to our KIDS? Hell to the No. We're gonna SPEND it and get this economy moving again. Before you know it we'll all be singing Happy Days Are Here Again.
And if I know Boomers it'll sound a lot like We Won't Get Fooled Again.