Why is it so impossible to make it in modern America?
I hear all these baby boomers calling my generation lazy. I don't understand what they expect us to do.
I work very hard, working two jobs while trying to complete an engineering degree. I want to succeed, but I don't see a feasible pathway to the middle class.
If you're 18 years old in this country, what are you supposed to do when you graduate high school?
1.) You can follow your dreams and go to college, but that will almost certainly make you a debt slave for 10-20 years. And when you graduate the likelyhood of getting a job is small at best.
2.) Join the military that is now so full it is competitive to get into.
3.) Go work a series of minimum wage jobs that give no health benefits, and no chance of promotion without a college degree.
It must have been nice to go to college for a sixth of the cost, to have almost instant opportunity upon graduation.
It must have been nice to pay into social security and expect to receive it yourself.
It must have been nice to quit your job and migrate to San Francisco, sit out in the grass, smoke pot, and listen to music for a week straight, to burn your draft card and take acid everyday.
It seems to me that of all the people who can critize my generation, the baby boomers should be the last to open their mouths.