Matt Towery

But it doesn't stop there. Using 9/11 as the ultimate excuse, the privacy for those in this age group will shrink to nothing. Already law enforcement in many communities are moving to use drones to monitor activities from above, taking pictures of tags on cars for storage and using cameras at every corner to record activities, and now are trying to force mobile phone carriers to provide access to all texts.

Some of the things this far-reaching group of Americans, by and large, did not have to experience that younger boomers did were the Vietnam War and, for the most part, polio. But otherwise, they dealt with health issues such as AIDS, a total change in the predominance of insular electronic media, a general concept that to be successful one must gather numerous degrees with massive tuition loan debt, endless recessions, the "Great Recession" and, in more recent years, some really bad music.

They also have been forced to be basic pawns, for the most part, in a theater of the bizarre that has become national politics. Most could never have imagined a Congress that would not even pass a budget, much less a collection of political hacks and "professionals" who talk down to them, make idiotic decisions like passing tax cuts that "sunset" in a given year or decide arbitrarily that anyone who makes over $200,000 a year is fabulously wealthy. And how about a reduction in the payroll tax that would expire virtually without notice?

We are on to you people, and the "Forgotten Collective Generation" will catch up with you one day -- if we live to get there.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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