Over my standard college-fare lunch of rice and beans, I (coincidentally) came across some horrifying articles. To warn you… they involve economics. Fear not, I will still tie this discussion back to the Alpha female standard.
The first article I will be discussing was by The Cagle Post, called “Three Ways the Rich and Powerful Have Cheated Young Americans”. Here’s the link: http://www.cagle.com/2012/07/three-ways-the-rich-and-powerful-have-cheated-young-americans/. Of course, since all I can think about is how devastatingly poor I am as of late, I was intrigued to find out what injustices were being done to me. I wish I could say I didn’t believe what I was reading…
Firstly: “18 to 35 year olds: Your median net worth has dropped 68 PERCENT since 1984. It’s now less than $4,000″… FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS?! You have got to be kidding me. Yet as I stared down to my plate… and realized that the only food I could afford to eat that day was rice and beans… I realized that they were overestimating.
Our net worth has gone down ladies. Now, why is this? Let’s take a look.
Jobs: If you are lucky to have a job… you are probably not getting paid what you should. ‘Salaries for new graduates dropped 10% in the last YEAR…As wages are hitting an all-time low, corporate profits are hitting an all time high” So where is the money? Corporations today are telling us they don’t need me anymore. The author of this article talks about Apple. Everyone and their mother have an iPhone, they are taking over technology in almost all of its facets, yet they give only a few shits about anyone working at the bottom of the totem pole. “With 47,000 employees…Apple makes a profit of $420,000 per employee. Yet most Apple store workers make about $12 an hour” I don’t mean to be a stickler over Apple (I don’t need any comments from Apple employees about how awesome it is to work there… That’s not the point I’m making)
Then there is the myth of education as a “lifetime investment”. Back in the day, education was an investment. People generally had a hard time finding a high paying job without one. However, college tuition is becoming more and more ridiculous. “Since 1985, while consumer prices have approximately doubled, tuition has risen almost 600%” That is a six with TWO zeros following it. With such little job turnover after college, is education truly an investment anymore?! “Over half of college graduates were jobless or underemployed in 2011. More than 350,000 Americans with advanced degrees were receiving food stamps or some other form of public assistance”. The author brings up a good point… if everyone had a PhD… would there still be “guaranteed” jobs for those with higher education?
Doesn’t sound like a good investment to me.
Before I continue, please read another article I found by The Daily Reckoning, called Interesting Facts About the Student Loan Debt Bubble. http://dailyreckoning.com/interesting-facts-about-the-student-loan-debt-bubble/#ixzz20G3cYB9X
Some horrible statistics in here too:
“1 in 4 young Americans have moved back in with their parents after living separately” (Come on, that’s horrible both for us AND them)
“1 in 3 Americans have postponed marrying” (Who can afford a wedding today? the average cost of a wedding is $25K… That’s one year of my college tuition…for one day.)
“1 in 5 young Americans have delayed having a baby” (Everyone knows children are EXTREMELY expensive… but I think we are doing the right thing. If we cannot afford to feed OURSELVES… we should not be bringing children into this world yet”)
So what the HELL is going on here? Well ladies, we are at war. An economic war. So who are we fighting?
The older generation.
The people who raised us, the people who raised them, seemed to have forgotten about us. While people my age are struggling to get ahead in life, to even afford the college student’s life saving substance: coffee, the older generation is getting richer.
“There is a young America and there is an old America, and they don’t form a community of interest. One takes from the other. The federal government spends $480 billion on Medicare and $68 billion on education. Prescription drugs: $62 billion. Head Start: $8 billion. Across the board, the money flows not to helping the young grow up, but helping the old die comfortably.”
I’m not even going to touch on the subject of Social Security, which is a joke in of itself. But think about it… who is voting for all of these measures? “The 111th Congress was the oldest since the end of the Second World War, and the average age of its members has been rising steadily since 1981…but nobody ever talks about the generational conflict. Who wants to bring up that the old are eating the young at the dinner table? Even the Occupy Wall Street crowd…shield away from articulating the fundamental distinction that fills their spaces with crowds: young against old”.
So how in the hell is this related to being an Alpha?
It is time for our generation (and generation of alphas) to realize, nothing is going to be handed to us. While the baby boomers settle in their comfortable retirements, we need to get up off of our tear-stained, cheap futons and realize that it is time to do something for ourselves. They may not care about our future, but we should. Our generation avoids conflicts, that needs to stop. PLEASE inform your friends, inform your neighbor, tell your classes, THERE IS A WAR GOING ON. A war between their generation and ours. Between us and them. And the time for us to sit alongside and do nothing is over.
Being an Alpha means being EDUCATED about your surroundings, your country, your world. The first step towards action is to BECOME EDUCATED. The Cagle Post says: “Your anti-war protest, if a time-weathered opinion matters, would include a flood of job demands at the offices of US and state senators and representatives. In person and online. You are part of the fastest and most sophisticated means of communication ever devised. You have the power to made demands… But first you have to get mad”
Don’t worry… I’m mad. And you should be too. So as you start to educate yourself about the horrific state our generation is in, don’t worry, there is a sliver of justice in sight. The joke will be on those leaving us behind… because who are they going to rely on as they get older?…
“Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army” ~Edward Everett