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2017-12-16 07:21 by Karl Denninger
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You Milked It, You Own It
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This is the sort of horseshit that really pisses me off.

Like everyone in my generation, I am finding it increasingly difficult not to be scared about the future and angry about the past.

I am 35 years old—the oldest millennial, the first millennial—and for a decade now, I’ve been waiting for adulthood to kick in. My rent consumes nearly half my income, I haven’t had a steady job since Pluto was a planet and my savings are dwindling faster than the ice caps the baby boomers melted.

So let me see if I get this right.  You're 35, which means you were of voting age when Obamacare was passed.  You went to college after the scam of ramping college prices, driven by student loanswent into place.  In other words you got to vote for the majority of that shit too.

But generalizations about millennials, like those about any other arbitrarily defined group of 75 million people, fall apart under the slightest scrutiny. Contrary to the cliché, the vast majority of millennials did not go to college, do not work as baristas and cannot lean on their parents for help. Every stereotype of our generation applies only to the tiniest, richest, whitest sliver of young people.

Well that last sentence is true.

But what's not true is that your cohort as a group made this bed and then you sat back and stuffed your head in TV sets and then cellphones while it was going on -- when you weren't actively cheering for and advocating it.

What is different about us as individuals compared to previous generations is minor. What is different about the world around us is profound. Salaries have stagnated and entire sectors have cratered. At the same time, the cost of every prerequisite of a secure existence—education, housing and health care—has inflated into the stratosphere. From job security to the social safety net, all the structures that insulate us from ruin are eroding. And the opportunities leading to a middle-class life—the ones that boomers lucked into—are being lifted out of our reach. Add it all up and it’s no surprise that we’re the first generation in modern history to end up poorer than our parents.

Yes.  But basically all of that happened after you turned 18.  Rather than pick up a pitchfork, torch or worse and demand that it stop you sat back and got stoned or even cheered on what amounts to rampant theft and socialism!

You have Netflix subscriptions, virtually to an individual.  You supported Hastings (their CEO, in case you don't know) conning you into the belief that you could have "all you can eat" movies for $8/month while the company has been cash-flow negative for the last many years and projects the same forward into the indefinite future.  This, of course, means he's writing rubber checks and counting on you to raise a policy stink to bail him out by forcing someone else to pay your bill.

You did this in 2014 and 2015.  Why didn't you hang him instead when he ran that pack of lies and why do you continue to fund that stupidity today?

You have Amazon Prime, virtually to an individual.  You love Jeff Bezos and his company.  Never mind that in selling you all those great products he makes less than a grocery store does in margins and in aggregate often sells at a net loss when fulfillment and other costs are considered, yet has a stock price with a valuation 10x or more that of a grocery store.  He got that by putting you and your friends out of work when the non-college jobs you had were eliminated.  What he "created" instead was for that lily-white 1% or so minority in terms of "good jobs" while the rest of you can't survive (warehouse work) unless you're in marathon-runner condition -- and even then it might kill you.

You could have hung him and his company that has robbed your generation but instead you keep buying his shit!  What the fuck is wrong with you?

You love "free" contraceptives and similar mandates in the government scam of Obamacare.  Those of us a bit older had no problem paying cash for our rubbers and it wasn't that long ago that if you screwed up you either paid for the abortion (in cash) or, 20 or so years prior to that there were no abortions at all -- you got to raise the kid.  Instead of facing the fact that there is no such thing as "free" you have cheered on the medical scam that has added anywhere from 10 to 30 administrators for every doctor or nurse along with monopolist practices that have taken what should be a $2,000 appendectomy (and is in virtually every other nation) and turned it into a $30,000+ disaster.

At the same time you eat yourself to death -- literally in many cases, and then expect everyone else to pay for the bad news when it comes.

You are directly responsible for most of this -- "health insurance" forced on your parents until you're 26, for example, despite being able to give Dad and Mom the finger at 18 -- for openers.

Rather than look at other nations (like Japan, for instance) where if you need an MRI you can pay $125 cash for it you bitch and moan about the cost of medical care because that same scan is $3,000 here.  Why is it $3,000?  Monopolies and price-fixing that have been illegal for 100+ years and instead of demanding it stop you actually demanded more of the same crap via Obamacare.

You in this generation also demanded all those student loans you bitch about today instead of demanding that colleges price tuition and fees at a level that can be covered by flipping burgers on the weekends and at night.  That's what the generation behind you had, and we managed it because we could.  Again, instead of finding your pitchfork, rope and torch and hanging some college administrators and politicians you cheered on and even demanded your own destruction -- and now you're pissed that you got it but even so you won't change your fucking tune and start calling for heads on plates within the schools. At the same time a concrete-block dorm room won't do -- no, you need a luxury apartment complete with all-you-can-eat Sushi bar downstairs, damn what that does to the price.

It not only wouldn't be impossible to demand that college costs be coverable by the average unskilled part-time job it was damn near universal all the way up until the mid 1980s! I know this to be true because I was there and did it and I assure you calculus, biology, mechanical engineering and chemistry have not changed much if at all in the last 30 years while the cost of computers has gone from millions for a mainframe, special room and cooling all the way down to a literal $35 for a Raspberry Pi that will fit in your pocket.  You can fix this right now by demanding accountability both within the government and on college campuses along with an immediate cessation of all the price-driving bullshit "loan" programs but instead you riot, commit assault and burn things when a Republican wants to come on campus and give a political speech during a Presidential campaign.

Decision by decision, the economy has turned into a young people-screwing machine. 

Your generation begged for and in fact demanded nearly every bit of that screwing.

You in fact started doing exactly that when you refused to pay attention to exponents in middle school and you're still doing it -- right here, right now, today.

The fact of the matter is that every such exponential growth ramp-job ends the same way.  Always.  It does so because of basic mathematical fact and you were taught exponents in either middle school or your first year of high school.

You bought and in fact have advanced and supported a knowing lie.

A lie you knew better than to buy, but you bought it anyway.  You bought into the "belly" of that blue line (cost, debt, etc) where it appears you're getting a free lunch because the distance between blue and red originally gets wider.

It's always a lie because the inevitable result -- cost crosses benefit at an ever-accelerating rate -- is mathematical fact.

And unless something changes, our calamity is going to become America’s.

Oh really?  And what do you think will happen when it does?  Do you think this will turn out well for you?  Uh, no -- it will end very poorly, and you'll get the brunt of it.

So let's assume you don't like where this is going and would like a better way forward.

First, cut the crap and accept responsibility for what you advocated for in all of the above cases, along with how you have voted both in the ballot box and with your wallet.  Change your mind, what you demand be done and back that with how you do (or don't) spend your money.

Specifically with regard to health care, demand that everyone post a price before services and goods are provided and that everyone pays the same price.  That ends all of the medical crap right here and now.  No more "insurance" games and no more "mandates." Prices will collapse by 80% or more in an afternoon.  Oh, we'll also have a nasty recession because nearly all of those administrators will lose their jobs, but heh, life's rough sometimes when you're running a scam.

With regard to education, ditto.  No more loans and everyone pays the same price.  No more of this crap where you pay 50% of the kid next to you's tuition and fees -- by force, because your Daddy makes more money than his and you had to disclose that to get in on a FAFSA so they can discriminate against you.  He doesn't get more or less value than you do so why should the price be different?  Yes, a lot of universities will go under in an afternoon.  So what?  They'll be back in another week with 90% of their administrators fired and their football stadium turned into a homeless shelter, but that's good, not bad.  You'll still learn Calculus and it'll cost 1/5th of what it does now.

I just took care of two of your biggest complaints and we haven't gone after the state and local spending scams yet.

Second, find your goddamn pitchfork and torch.  Revolution is a game for the young, especially when you largely caused the problem in the first place.  And no, it doesn't have to be violent and illegal but it sure as hell does have to be forceful, backed up with your wallet and "in your face" protest, including pickets and boycotts.

Third, if you think us old geezers are going to fight to fix what you broke while you bitch and whine then you need to fuck off and play in front of a fast-moving freight train.  We might be persuaded to fight next to or with you if you change both your mind and behavior but we're sure as hell not going to fight in place of you nor will we fight at all until you stop advocating for and supporting what caused the problems in the first place.

Oh, by the way -- Arianna Huffington (founder of HuffPo) is one of the very people who needs to be held responsible.

She has stoked all this bullshit you bought into and HuffPo is still pushing it -- as is evidenced in that article.

Cut the crap, admit you screwed the pooch, change what you do and demand that the monopolists be punished under 100+ year old law that is still on the books and applies to all of these situations.

In short find your damn pitchfork and get out in front with it if you expect help from people like me.