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Targetpractice12/31/2016 10:57:18 am PST

re: #271 HappyWarrior

“This generation does nothing but complain.” Well let’s see. You had a more higher adjusted for inflation minimum wage. College was more affordable for your generation. You grew up in a relatively prosperous time. Oh and you didn’t get dangled around by the balls being told you needed more experience but were only offered an entrance job with little job security. And if I hear another old bastard complain about the participation trophies again, I’m going to scream, you gave them to us. I didn’t ask for a trophy for playing baseball and basketball. I liked playing baseball and basketball. Getting a trophy at the end of season pizza party was nice but I didn’t need it.

“Participation trophies” are not something our generation created, we didn’t ask for the damned things and even we see them as a joke. They’re something that the yuppies and their Gen X offspring came up with, the “helicopter parents” who didn’t want Junior to feel bad because he didn’t get a trophy at the end of the season. No offense to the parents in attendance, but a lot of the “you kids have it so easy” business came about because our parents lowered the bar. And a large part of the reason for that is because we’re increasingly becoming a nation of latch-key kids, parents working longer shifts or multiple jobs and having no time left in the day to be parents. That’s not something that’s gonna magically change with a voucher or a charter school, no matter how much conservatives may believe so.