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The “Kick Me” Generation

Our Boomer-In-Charge at BBHQ, Hershel Chicowitz, writes about boomer memories and current events... from a boomer's perspective. He is sometimes funny, sometimes provocative, some-
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Remember when we were kids, we’d draw the words “Kick Me” in large print on a piece of paper, and tape it to the back of some dorky guy on the bus? And, unless he discovered it first, he would wear the sign all day. Oh, the humanity! No... I was not the dorky guy. OK... OK... I was. But I discovered it before lunch period. Well, we have become it: Today, we — the baby boomers — we are the “Kick Me” generation – most of us. And we are fooled over and over again.


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June, 2013:

Oh my gosh! The unions are turning on Obamacare!

Say it ain't so!

      -- http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/05/21/another-union-bails-on-obamacare-n1602283

Ah, but is is true.

"Why I'm shocked... shocked!"

We're concerned that employers will be increasingly tempted to drop coverage through our plans and let our members fend for themselves on the health exchanges.

      -- David Treanor, director of health care initiatives at the Operating Engineers union.

In a new op-ed published in The Hill, UFCW President Joe Hansen homed in on the president’s speech at the 2009 AFL-CIO convention. Obama at the time said union members could keep their insurance under the law, but Hansen writes “that the president’s statement to labor in 2009 is simply not true for millions of workers.”

How could we have not known this before?

"What a world; what a world!"


But wait... we did know this. I was among the few; but I was shouting at the top of my lungs about this.

And I wrote about it... in several styles.

One of my favorites dealt with not only our blindness about Obamacare, but more broadly, our complete failure to see what our ignorance and our apathy is doing to our society.

It was called, "The 'Kick Me' Generation":

Being focused on the baby boomer generation, I keep working to find images, phrases and symbols that define our generation - who we are. This week's tag line is not particularly flattering, but I believe justified. We are the "Kick Me" generation.

Remember when we were kids, we'd draw the words "Kick Me" in large print on a piece of paper, and tape it to the back of some dorky guy on the bus? And, unless he discovered it first, he would wear the sign all day. Oh, the humanity!

No... I was not the dorky guy.

OK... OK... I was.

But I discovered it before lunch period.

Ha, ha ha!

Well, we have become it: Today, we -- the baby boomers -- we are the "Kick Me" generation - most of us. And we are fooled over and over again.

I offer as my primary example our reliance -- nay, our utter and complete dependence -- on the federal government to look out for us and take care of us and our family.

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