Downvote this all you like, but it's a different perspective. We are the "No" generation. The no jobs, no pensions, no lifetime employment, no upward mobility, no houses, no middle class generation. Gone are the days of annual merit raises that would outpace inflation or at the very least be complement to a cost of living increase that would keep pace with it. Gone are the days when you could get a decent job outside of something blue collar with less than a college degree, for which the No generation has had to bury themselves in student loans that don't necessarily provide much of a return on investment. Today many receptionist jobs require 4 year degrees. The grandparents of the "No" generation had to live through the great depression, lost trust in banks and saved every dime they could in the most rudimentary way so that their kids--the baby boomers--would have a better standard of living. And they did. In contrast, the baby boomers were born into a booming economy, gas was cheap, cars were cheap, they had lifetime employment, pensions, buying a house was a very realistic proposition for most of them. Good jobs could be had without a college degree, and college was a lot more affordable for those who went. The middle class was intact, and upward mobility and annual raises and COL increases were the norm, which facilitated many of the aforementioned things. The baby boomers were a generation of liberated people, set up well by their parents' hard work, and later the advent of excellent investments such as Roth IRAs, etc. to couple with their pensions. Many a young 20-something could comfortably afford a new car back in the 60s, and it didn't have to be the lowliest econobox there was; many a young guy could afford a mid-sized muscle car. In many ways, the parents of the baby boomers did what parents should--set up their kids to have a better life than they themselves did. The baby boomers had tremendous advantages, some givens (lifetime employment/pensions), some new ones (new investments in the '80s such as Roth IRAs), and some luck in terms of living in an era largely of prosperity. But I can't say that the baby boomers--by and large--have set up their kids to have a higher standard of living than they did. The baby boomers have left us one hell of a mess to clean up, a lot of debt, and little hope for the future. White collar greed in the financial sector by the baby boomers who just didn't have enough have left us with a mess that will have ramifications for years to come. Social security will be gone by the time we can collect on everything we'll have paid into it. The '80s was a decade of "me first," and the divorce rate is around 50%. Most of the earmarks that the baby boomers had are absent or will be absent from our generation. Pensions are virtually non-existent. Aging baby boomers nearing retirement--particularly those on the right--can't seem to figure out why we are disenchanted, from their sheltered pension bubbles collected after 35 years of continuous employment in which many didn't need a degree and never having had to worry about what it would've been like to be a displaced worker at 45-50 years old. They couldn't possibly wrap their heads around the reality that we will have an average of 7 jobs in our careers, meaning many of us will have to be out there at 50+ interviewing for jobs in an increasingly cutthroat environment. Instead, we surely just feel entitled to everything when the reality is that the baby boomers have been the most entitled generation to date, many of whom ran out on their kids. We are a generation sunk deep into debt just to get dead-end $12/hr jobs, a generation of which many will never be able to afford a new car, let alone a house. Tuition rises annually, but the starting salaries don't. In a lot of ways, the baby boomers seem to be a very entitled and selfish generation. They are the first generation whose kids are poised to do significantly worse in life. Selfishness, entitlement, and greed have left millions of their kids displaced early on in life, and spending their whole lives treading water. Many 20-30 somethings are a paycheck away from bankruptcy. Many of us will never collect a pension or social security. Many of us will be paying student loans into our 40s. Our upward mobility is gone, and that's the core problem with all of the problems our generation faces. Simply put, hard work isn't a guarantee out of a hard spot like it was in past generations. Today hard work might be just enough for you keep your dead-end job without a raise or a promotion. Where in the transition from baby boomer to our generation did that get lost?