I am turning 50 this year so in my honor I am reading a book about the Fifties;
The Life and Times of the THUNDERBOLTKID
by Bill Bryson.
I twitter so about being a Baby Boomer because this demographical anomaly will never again be repeated for however long our species will be allowed to continue gumming up the works here on the third rock from the Sun.
The Boomers are obviously immune from the effects of Nostalgicide and they are now firmly in control of the mainstream media so don't expect the zeitgeist of the 50s, 60s, & 70s to disappear anytime soon!
Bryson declares, “When the war ended the United States had $26 Billion worth of factories that didn’t exist before the war, $140 Billion in savings and war bonds just waiting to be spent, no bomb damage, and practically no competition.”
Fast forward to today and the USA borrows $3 Billion per DAY to stay in business.
This book contains the famous 1951 LIFE magazine photograph of the Czekalinskis and the 2.5 tons of food that the Average American Family consumed at an estimated cost of $1,300 per year.
That's right $25 per week.
For further scrutinizing read this article: http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe50s/money_01.html
President George Dubya Boomer was born in 1946 one year after WW2. His daddy, George Hard Workin' Bush, was an ex Navy Pilot studying Economics at Yale at the time and his Grandfather, Prescott, was an Investment Banker who just happened to be on the board of the Yale Corporation in '46.
You know the old saying about the Grandchildren running a company into the ground, shirt sleeve to shirt sleeve in three generations. When ‘Dubya’ was born the sky was the limit. Now, not so much. OK we can't blame him for everything but he and his crew are certainly doing their best to run the business into the ground.
This nostalgic perception that those were simpler times is partially true.
It was much simpler to ignore the rest of mankind back then and now it is impossible. Unfortunately we have Nostalgisaurs in positions of power and influence, whose heads are as far up their butts as they were in 1951!
That is why every now and then I am genuinely concerned about my future grandchildren and what their world will be like when the Oil runs out in 79 years. Somehow I need to make a difference now.
Comedian Denis Miller says not to worry about the Oil running out in 2086 because the day after we run out we’ll get conversion kits that will allow our cars to run on cat farts. That is certainly reassuring but I need a little more wiggle room.
What do you think the world will be like in 79 years and will they finally stop talking about Baby Boomers?