The silent type

Silenced

I AM NOT a Baby Boomer, and thank the Goddess for that. It is the generation of the flower children, the hippies, the generation that is destroying Western Civilization.

The politically correct nonsense in which we swim today was created by Baby Boomers, and picked up and honed by ensuing generations to the detriment of us all.

I was born two years too early to shoulder any of the blame. I am a late-stage member of the Silent Generation. It fits me well. Here at the Hacienda, for example, 95 percent of the words come from my child bride. But that’s a woman thing. They talk a lot.

Before us Silents was the appropriately named Greatest Generation. We won’t see their kind again anytime soon, and we can thank the hippie Boomers for that.

All three of my wives — one current, two former — are Baby Boomers. Two were early stage and the last, my child bride, is late stage, but being Mexican she exhibits few Boomer characteristics. It’s why she’s a keeper.

This generational naming is a Caucasian thing, anyway, a result of self-absorption, which is a Boomer trait. But Millennials perfected self-absorption, which is why they are also called the Me, Me, Me Generation, or so said Time Magazine.

The Silent Generation. I like the tranquil sound of it. More people these days should follow our lead into silence. Now I’m going to shut up.

48 thoughts on “The silent type

  1. Well, I’m a Baby Boomer, but don’t confuse me with the tree-hugging, dope-smoking,commie-voting, hippies. I remember the days of the protect-the-trees and don’t use paper as it was bad for the environment. How things change but mostly stay the same.

    An ex-wife’s grandparents that I met when married many years ago only had a saddle horse to their name. People didn’t have much then, but when they passed there was a space station circling the earth, and I’m thinking that the generations in between did a lot more work and a lot less whining. Now I’m going to shut up.

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  2. Well, coming from the generation that is typically perceived to be disaffected and directionless (GenX), let me say that I don’t know and I don’t see where you are going with that post. Ha ha ha.

    Have a great weekend, Felipe.

    P.S. I will be in your neck of the woods next week. (Kind of) Traveling down to Cabo San Lucas to celebrate my 50th year on earth!

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  3. Come on, Felipe, enough of your sweeping stereotypes. Sometimes it seems as if you fall out of bed in a grumpy mood and, first thing, reach for the computer keyboard to vent. Reticent type? You? Hardly.

    The Boomers put a man on the moon, invented the internet and are responsible for innumerable scientific achievements that make our elderly lives better and the American economy function. True, Boomers also launched an era of non-stop wars, including some whoppers like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, that will leave future generations trillions of dollars in debt. Not to mention the climate crises just ahead of us.

    But, hey, us Boomers will be gone by the time that credit card bill comes due.

    al

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    1. Señor Lanier: Grumpy? No way. I am a happy guy! Sure, the Boomers did lots of great stuff in the tech field. Then they turned around and screwed up society to a humongous degree with all that Kumbaya nonsense. So the report card is mixed.

      True, most of the wars could have been avoided, particularly in the Middle East, and how great is it that Trump has not started a war nor has any intention of doing so. Kudos to him! Gotta love the guy.

      As for climate crisis, there is no climate crisis. Climate changes over time, and always has. The science is clear. The so-called climate crisis is purely political. Poor young Greta tossing and turning in her bed at night, thinking she has only a few more years to live. Sad.

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      1. I will give Trump credit for not starting any wars, for whatever reasons. He’s added a trillion to the federal deficit, give or take several billion, and starting another war, and incurring more debt would be disastrous. [You read that right: I gave Trump credit for something.]

        And what “science” are you reading that says that climate change is a hoax, unless you take White House press releases to be scientific papers? Or the guy with the beard from the Heartland Institute, which is about as mainstream and credible as the Flat Earth Society? If I were mayor of Chicago I would run those loonies out of town.

        And by the way, lay off the hippies. During our younger days we did a lot of crazy stuff ourselves, a lot of it of the alcoholic variety. Or are you telling me you spend your high school years in a convent?

        Have a nice weekend in your mountaintop retreat.

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        1. Señor Lanier: If the deficit went up a trillion since Trump took office, and it appears that it did, it was for a good cause. And what’s another trillion when the deficit is already sky high? Chump change.

          Climate changes. The hysteria is based on squat. That’s a scientific fact. No matter how histrionic Greta gets.

          The hippie era had not arrived when I was in high school. I did not do crazy stuff in high school anyway. I was the teachers’ pet. Really.

          I spent the 1960s in either the Air Force, defending the nation from communists, or later, married with a child, a family man. Somewhere in there, I graduated from college. Those were the elements of my life during the 1960s.

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  4. Some online pipsqueak said to me yesterday, “ok boomer” after I challenged an opinion of said pipsqueak. Didn’t want to confuse the addled brain by retorting that I am not a boomer.

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  5. Hmmm! I am two days older than Don Felipe. It was a hot August day in Phoenix when I was born. My father was off watching POWs. He marched them from Papago Park to Luke Field and back to Papago Park. Then he marched them to Williams Field and then back. They cleaned irrigation ditches all the way.

    My mother had me all by herself.

    Our generation saw the end of smallpox, polio, TB and a host of other horrible diseases. We saw everything possible being made of plastic. We got city water and sewer lines. Food got to be so available that almost no one starved.

    Black folks got to ride in the front of the bus, vote and get good jobs. Things were better for everyone. Our cars were bigger and more comfortable. They were made of metal and not plastic. Gasoline was cheap. I remember once it was nineteen cents a gallon, and they washed the windows and checked the oil and the tires. Then they gave away sets of glasses and a raffle ticket on a new Cadillac. My mother prayed that she would win it. We kids prayed she wouldn’t. We had it good. Now someone will have to pay the bills.

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    1. Señor Gill: You prayed your mama would not win the Cadillac? You were wicked little kids.

      My favorite memory of being young was the A&W Root Beer place in Jacksonville, Florida. That stuff was heaven-sent. Now, if you dump vanilla ice cream in it, it’s even better. But there is no root beer where I am now. Sad.

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          1. No, she went through a Willys, two Fords, an old Dodge truck, a Chevrolet and a Rambler. She scared the bejeezus out of us.

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  6. Ha, ha! You seem to be trolling for responses to your provocative post! I know you don’t drink anymore, but perhaps a funny mushroom or LSD perhaps? (Kidding) I wont respond to your Boomer putdown as we should all realize that the millennials have taken the me, me, me thing to a whole other level. They’re the most entitled, butthurt, narcissistic generation ever. To Carole: When someone says “OK, Boomer,” a good retort is “OK, Tide Pod.” That usually shuts them up.

    Anyway, Felipe, thanks for stirring the pot. I blame your generation for everything!

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    1. Brent: I would love to have some magic mushrooms, but I don’t. Oh, well.

      You blame the Silent Generation for everything? Why on earth would you do that? We are the best people alive today.

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      1. For the Silent Generation you must be an anomaly. 🙂 Actually I hadn’t heard of the Silent Generation before. I don’t think they were very silent for the most part. As for the Boomers I think that category could be broken down into 2-3 subcategories. From 1945 to the early sixties ignores a lot of differences between the early and later Boomers. The early Boomers got the jobs and the later Boomers did not, but got a lot of the blame. It also depended a lot on where you were brought up. I was late enough to have missed the Beatles, LSD and Woodstock. Probably a good thing, but I always felt that I’d missed out on something monumental. Never dwelled on it though. I was lucky to have been coming of age during probably the best decade of music which was the ’70s. Of course, there was lots of bad stuff too like there is in every decade. So you can be smug about being born into the best generation ever but being a Boomer I know that you’re wrong! Cheers!

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        1. Brent: You’d never heard of us because we are silent. Actually, I think this whole generation-naming business is kinda silly. I doubt it’s done much of anywhere except in the Caucasian Western World. We like labels.

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  7. So that’s why I am often silent. Everything explained. Makes sense now.

    Well, not completely silent. Each generation likes to cast aspersions on the last as well as the next generation. Been going on for tens of thousands of years.

    Oh, never mind. We still are!

    The difference lately is that we have more time to do just that since many of us are not scrambling for food or running from some barbarian or swarm of wild beasts. We also have YouTube and lots of other means of letting anybody who wants to pay attention know how we feel at any given moment.

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  8. I’d like to suggest that the old generations should be careful about bashing the youngs’ work ethics and attitudes towards responsibility. After all, we raised these people.

    I also don’t share the consensus view of the deficits being a debt anyone will have to pay back. Public debt doesn’t work like private debt. Our children and grandchildren will produce so many houses and washing machines and cheeseburgers and other stuff, and all that stuff will be distributed among people living at the time and none of it will be sent back into the past to repay our debts. What we have to do for our children and grandchildren is provide them with the education and infrastructure (social as well as physical) that will enable them to create their own wealth and prosperity.

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  9. The deficit is the difference between what the government spends each year and what they take in on taxes in that year. The national debt is another thing. It is about 22 trillion now. The debt is never retired, but is only rolled over. But when no one wants to buy those bonds, the fed steps up an gives the treasury department money, and the fed gets bonds back. This will eventually ruin the member banks. Inflation is the way the government steals our savings and investments.
    The national debt grew by about 2 trillion dollars since President Trump took office. That is because they have to pay the interest on the prior debt. There is no way out of this trap. We cannot grow our way out of it. If we confiscated all the wealth of the rich, we still would not make a dent in the debt. The end of fiat currency is always the same. Remember the Weimar Republic. See what happened in Zimbabwe. Don’t believe Wimpy “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

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    1. The tax cuts, which are essentially cuts in government income, may have something to do with growing fiscal deficit, and the ballooning national debt, which is “carried over” by more borrowing.

      The “stimulus” created by the tax cuts, of course, will more than shortfall. That’s what we hear from the Republicans, except that paradigm has never worked. Reagan left behind a burgeoning deficit, and so did Bush (thanks in part to the Iraq war, which we were all assured, would pay for itself.) As a bonus, we got the economic debacle of 2008, for Obama to clean up by large borrowing, bank bailouts and what-the-hell. Guess which recent president actually left a balanced federal budget? I always thought the Republicans were the party of fiscal prudence and sobriety. Guess what? I think it’s all b.s. and we’re screwed. Al

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        1. What actually happened that time the US Government ran a surplus:

          Between fiscal years 1998 and 2000, the Federal Government ran a budget surplus of about $500 billion, meaning it took in that much more in taxes than it spent. In other words, taxpayers like you and me and Bill Gates paid $500 billion more to the Government in taxes than it paid to us for goods and services etc. The $500 billion came out of our dollar savings. It had nowhere else to come from, because US dollars are the only thing the Government will accept as payment of taxes and Government spending is the only source of new US dollars. (Incidentally, this came about not because tax rates were raised, but mostly because stock market profits from the dotcom boom were taxable.)

          While we (collectively) lost $500 billion in US dollar assets, we weren’t much poorer on paper, yet. Most US financial assets are not US dollars, they are promissory notes from banks and other private parties payable in US dollars. Many of us also felt rich at that time due to huge gains, on paper at least, in the dotcom stock market boom. Of course, that ended in March 2000 when stock prices began a steep decline. Soon after that the question of where the US dollars needed to pay off all those privately issued promissory notes were going to come from began to raise its ugly head.

          When people start to worry about being able to pay their debts, or start to worry about people who owe them money being able to pay, they tend to cut back on their spending. When people cut back on spending, incomes and GDP start falling. Falling GDP defines a recession, and by March of 2001, less than two months after Mr. Clinton left office, the economy was officially in a recession.

          Fortunately, President Bush had a solution ready: tax cuts. (An example of the Stopped Clock principle.) The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 was passed and signed on June 7, 2001. The Act cut tax rates, and it also included a rebate of fiscal year 2000 taxes of up to $300 for single taxpayers, $500 for single taxpayers with dependents, and $600 for married couples. People spent the rebates, the Federal budget went back into deficit, and by November 2001 the economy had resumed growing.

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          1. Creigh: I’m going to put you on the Moon payroll. I cannot pay much, to put it mildly. Mostly, it will be an honorific salary, i.e. prestige. I hope you find this satisfactory. It’s a position many would covet.

            I find this necessary because my economic skills and knowledge are rudimentary, to put it mildly. You fill in info where I cannot. Of course, we must keep in mind your left-leaning politics which would affect your take on things. But no matter, you have value. Kudos. Welcome aboard.

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    2. The United States has carried a National Debt for over 180 years, and for at least 180 years people have been saying the sky is going to fall, and yet the sky continues not to fall. A longtime argument of the doomsayers is that when the Debt gets a little bigger the sky will fall, just you wait. And still the sky continues not to fall. Some people who are less pessimistic say that as long as the ratio of Debt to GDP stays under a certain point, the sky will not fall. But when their estimates of the ratio are far exceeded, as in Japan today or in the US during World War II, the sky does not fall.

      I hope that at some point the doomsayers will figure out why the sky has not fallen, or at least quit saying that it will. But then I’m an optimist.

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  10. The Greatest Generation, contrary to another comment here, put a man on the moon, was responsible for Vietnam and other travesties, not to mention nuclear weapons that scared us Boomer’s senseless. They invented TV, consumerism, ravaging the environment. The very invention of the TV alone, showed us Boomers the government was manipulating its youngest, and told them anything was possible. Now the Boomers are being chastised for taking the ball and running with it. People like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs changed the world because they used what the Greatest Generation gave them in ways they never could have imagined the. Unfortunately, many GenXers had selfish parents, (us).

    The Greatest Generation sent us to war in the name of God, and wondered when we came back we questioned the existence of any Deity.

    Finally, the Millennials, learning the lessons of history, finally realize God and Country were manipulative tools used by the Great and not so Silent generation.

    My brothers and my grandchildren are Millennials that give me hope for the future.

    It’s no wonder the Millennials, who are so maligned, don’t seem to care about anything. The Greatest Generation, the Silent Generation and the Boomers on the cusp have said one thing and did another.

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  11. I’m almost forgot, the Silent Generation, Elvis, The Big Bopper, THE BEATLES, David Bowie, Martin Luther King Jr, Gloria Steinem and the lists go on. These people brought a culture to us Boomers we might not have had, not to mention a lot of rebellious behavior.

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  12. President Trump’s forte is in bankruptcy. He is supposed to keep all the balls juggling in the air for as long as he can. The tax cuts seem to have done the job temporarily. But the system was condemned to failure the minute the gold window was closed by President Nixon. As long as oil is priced in U.S. dollars, our currency will have some worth. But that seems as if it is coming to an end. Too many pointless wars, too many worthless projects, too much government money wasted on social programs that just seem to be fraud. We have millions of people who cannot get jobs and are dependent upon government programs for their existence. What will happen when those EBT cards are not funded?

    It will not be pretty.

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    1. Señor Gill: You can always be counted on to provide gloom and doom, which is quite fun. But the world is still hanging together, maybe by a thread, but hanging together nonetheless.

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  13. Don’t worry, be happy. But sometimes one must take a good hard look at the situation, and as Al says, “we are screwed.”

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