Daniels can’t think of too much positive to say since he has been pretty much non-existent this year during Indiana’s legislative session. So at Butler University’s recent graduation at which he gave a speech, he decided to trash the “Boomer” generation with a mea culpa of “don’t be like us.”
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Oh, come on. It really is time now – 40 years later – to get over blaming Boomers. I have heard ad nauseum for decades now how the Boomers have ruined the world. It really gets old – especially when it isn’t true. Since my generation of the 1960s, two more generations have entered the world’s stage – and have done quite a bit to mess things up. These youngsters are also called the “me” generations.
Those born in the 1970s have been dubbed Generation X (born to the Baby Boomers) and those born in the 1980s and 1990s have been dubbed Generation Y (Echo Boomers). Both of these groups are today’s young people, those who also have been accused of being selfish and taking for granted that the self comes first.
But since Daniels is having a tough time in his home state legislative endeavors, he has decided to deflect attention from the real shape of Indiana’s finances and jump on the old saw that the Boomers really messed things up. And, wow, he actually believes he has the power to seek forgiveness by saying “we’re sorry – don’t be like us.”
If he thought he would get rave reviews, he was wrong. Many disliked his negative tone and felt his speech belonged in a different venue. Some felt it was simply a “put-off.” I guess Daniels decided not to follow the old adage that “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything.”
But ya got give the guy credit – at least he stayed true to his character: nothing to say, so cry and whine and find a scapegoat for his lack of inspiring advice.