From Kristen Powers....a left leaning centrist who worked for Clinton. Why The Screwed Generation Is Turning To Paul Ryan - The Daily Beast GOP Congressman Paul Ryanthe tireless, wonky, 42-year-old workout freakhas made history by becoming the first member of our generation to join a presidential ticket. It should come as a surprise to no one that his calling card is reforming entitlements. We hear incessantly about how members of todays screwed generation face the prospect of less prosperous lives than those lived by their parents. But the maiden generation to stare down that gloomy prognosis was Generation X, the tiny slice of America born between about 1965 and 1980. (Ryan was born in 1970.) We were the first generation to be told we would never get Social Security or Medicare even though we would be forced to pay into these programs. When many X-ers graduated from college, stocking shelves at the Gap was considered a career choice, as jobs were few and far between amidst a major economic downturn. I wont bore you with the horror show of the low-paying and miserable jobs I had for the first three years after college. Unfortunately, the future looks as bleak for todays young people. No amount of coddling by their well-provided-for Boomer parents can save Generation Y and the Millennials from the dire economic conditions they face, including criminal levels of educational debt. Pensions have gone the way of the horse and buggy. You want to retire with health-care benefits, as both my professor parents did? Good luck. As the 1994 movie turned Gen-X mantra has it: Reality Bites. **************** I would highly suggest the entire article. The left is always whining about people voting their interests and I have wondered for a long time when the young were going to wake up and tell the previous generation "we are not going to pay for your wanting to have your cake and eat it too". Well, maybe it is about to happen. When FDR first proposed Social Security, one if its advocates was confronted with a long term prognosis of major difficulties (several decades down the road). The response was "We'll be dead by then". Both predictions came true. Time to right the ship. Paul Ryan is the man. Better give granny a parachute.