Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 2 months ago

    As Boomers replace the Silent generation as elder leaders, they will reject caution and compromise and act on moral absolutes. As Gen Xers replace Boomers in midlife, they will apply a new pragmatic survivalism to management decisions. As Millennials replace Gen Xers in young adulthood, they will revitalize community, social discipline, and public purpose.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strauss%E2%80%93Howe_generational_theory

  2. GreggW

    GreggW GoComics PRO Member said, 2 months ago

    Boomers are the most spoiled, indulged, and disappointing generation in Western history.

  3. Mark

    Mark said, 2 months ago

    Maybe so, but as a group, I have to agree with him. When I hear boomers talking about how “entitled” young people are today, I have to laugh…

  4. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 2 months ago

    When I graduated in ‘79 with a STEM degree, the only job I got was in sales with a small draw and a quota of $250,000. The reason they hired me was because the US government paid companies $20,000 (more than my draw) to hire STEM graduates, with the caveat that, if the person quit or was fired for cause before one year, the employee had to pay back the $20,000, while if the company laid the employee off, the company had to pay back the $20,000.


    ’How am I supposed to sell $250,000?’ I asked. ’It’s not our job to teach you how to do your job. If you can’t do the work, do us both a favour and resign today.‘


    When I didn’t resign and didn’t sell anything, I was put to work digging ditches on a military base where the company had a contract. After a year and a day, I was laid off. There was absolutely no work in STEM, only in sales.


    Since I wasn’t any good at my job of fabricating facts to sell contracts to the government, I kept getting hired for sales positions (with the $20,000 government bonus to my employers), kept for one year and one day, and then laid off.


    Mr Rall thinks all the Boomers had it easy. And all the ones who were great at sales DID have it easy. But so did the Gen-Xers who were great at sales, a category that includes neither Mr Rall nor myself.

  5. Enoki

    Enoki said, 2 months ago

    @GreggW

    It’s clear you don’t have kids…

  6. Mark

    Mark said, 2 months ago

    @Gore Bane

    Complete misreading of the report, but don’t let that stop you.

  7. lonecat

    lonecat said, 2 months ago

    The job of an economic system should be to match people up with the work that needs to be done. There is work to be done, and there are a lot of people who would like to earn a decent living. So there must be something wrong with the economic system. Maybe we should try something new.

  8. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 2 months ago

    @lonecat

    I always thought a nation wide job computer would be a good idea. You put in your skills and it tells you where the jobs are that match up anywhere in the country.

  9. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 2 months ago

    @Doctor Warbucks

    Where the hell did we go wrong?
    Why are you asking us where you got your bad attitude?

  10. lifebyc

    lifebyc said, 2 months ago

    It is just as stereotypical, judgmental, and inaccurate to label people with a generation tag as it is a race tag, a political tag, a sexual orientation tag, or anything else. Just another form of closed-mindedness. You telling me the hawks screaming for blood in Vietnam and the hippies burning their bras are the same because they’re the same age? The swagging hustlas and the silicone valley nerds are the same? Give. me. a. break.

  11. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 2 months ago

    Gen X was also the generation that demanded that they be accepted as is. They mutilated their bodies from Punk to Tats.
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    Their social life was worn out in the open such that the employer had to either accept it or do without.
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    Then came the 1990s! 100+% employment (but the Gen x er Ted seems to forget that period) when Tattooed, Pierced, spike haired grunge wearing ash trays of people were working in the halls of Amazon® and pitching “Dude! You’re getting a Dell®©!” and “$3 a trade my man!”
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    But times got tough and tattoos may fade but they’re still right there on the side of your neck and face and backs of your hands and your Goth outfit and makeup is just flat out disturbing to the customers.
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    Meanwhile, you made a sport out of the “slacker” lifestyle. You tossed away all of the trappings of maturity, that “trap you” into becoming a mature adult.
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    Gen X tried to force the world’s hand, and it couldn’t have chosen a worse time to do so. It worked for a while, but when the bloom of youth faded away…
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    When will Gen X grow up? Ted’s 50 now, and everyday more Xers join him in the 50s pool. Somehow the world kept spinning without them.
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    Chicken? Egg? I don’t know for sure. I can certainly make an argument for both. There is a whole discipline trying to postulate that the year you were born has more to do with your chances for success than any other single factor (it’s sort of a little “Astrology redux” for me, but I see its point)
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    Oh, and Boomers weren’t “Pampered” we were Diaper Serviced. Pampers® came in time for the X ers and the echo boomers.

  12. nate9279

    nate9279 said, 2 months ago

    @Doctor Warbucks

    Aka prejudiced upstart curmudgeon utopia aka middle of nowhere. :-)

  13. nate9279

    nate9279 said, 2 months ago

    @Rad-ish

    lol

  14. Nantucket19

    Nantucket19 said, 2 months ago

    @Gore Bane

    http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-cbo-20140204,0,3106578.story#axzz2sTgl7SvZ

  15. yusodum

    yusodum said, 2 months ago

    @Doctor Warbucks

    " I NEVER had a problem finding well-paying employment."

    And that is the point right there.

    During the sixties and seventies employment was a buyer’s market. If you didn’t make a good enough salary, you changed your job to a different one.

    Then came Reaganomics and Thatcherism, and now it’s not about making profit, but increasing profit margin. How do we do that? Why, by giving people starvation wages. You’re lucky to have a job you know. What, you don’t want to work 40 hrs/wk and still be below the poverty line? Slacker!

    Your life is good, you say. You never had any problems, you say. And from that you conclude that my generation is lazy.

    Please. Spare me.

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