Pauperenza

“Affluenza” is the new term for youth who grow unstable due to wealth. “Pauperenza” is my term for Millennials who lose touch with reality due to poverty. Pop star Justin Bieber gets arrested in Miami Beach for getting high and clocking 136 mph while drag racing in a Lamborghini. Bernie Sanders fans pout and shout:  Free College! Universal Debt Forgiveness! $15 Minimum Wage! Rich or poor, the kids are not all right.

Maybe that should be Pamperedneeza?

A survey by Harris Poll last month found that Millennials fear taxes more than any other generation. 80% of young people ages 18-34 tell pollsters they shudder at the thought of paying and filing taxes. Yet my young peers clamor for programs that will ultimately raise their taxes.

To be fair, Millennials weren’t born this way. For the most part, our parents—the Baby Boomers—went easy on us. 82% of Boomers did household chores as children, but when they became parents only 28% required their children to do chores according to a 2014 Braun Research study. A new study finds that Millennials even refuse to eat cereal because it involves work (pouring cereal and milk into a bowl and then putting a bowl and spoon into a dishwasher).

The good news is, it’s not too late for us to reform. We’ll become happier and more successful while our parents will get a much-needed break.

 

The Truth Hurts—And Heals

Millennials are poor in two respects: education and economics. With regard to education, their college professors—whom I fondly refer to as “The Mafia”—massage their malleable minds until they believe that capitalism is dangerous and socialism is a cure-all, while not understanding the meaning of either term. Economically speaking, one-in-four Millennials lives at home with their parents. And this is even down from one-in-three during the middle of Obama’s presidency.

$19 trillion in debt, our country is broke. Plus, the rich will continue to expatriate if taxes soar. Millennials do not realize that the programs they think will level the playing field between themselves and the super-rich will raise their taxes and make the tax-paying process more formidable. Lowering the minimum wage to $0 would actually help Millennials more than raising it to $15, or even $100.

It’s often unpleasant to face reality. A flat tire is an inconvenience, but shouting “Buy me a new car!” at passing drivers gets you nowhere. Yet this is how Millennials attempt to solve their fiscal challenges.

5 million people and counting have watched a YouTube video showing Millennial Keely Mullen debate Fox Business host Neil Cavuto on the topic of “free stuff.” Mullen is a national organizer for Million Student March. Here’s an abridgement of their eye-opening exchange:

Fox Business Host Neil Cavuto: “They’ve done studies on this Keely …even if you were to take the 1% and take all of their money, tax it 100%, do you know that it couldn’t keep Medicare—just Medicare—going for three years? … it wouldn’t support one entitlement in this country for three years.”

Millennial Keely Mullen: “I don’t believe that! Um, yeah, I’m sorry, I just don’t, that sounds completely ludicrous to me.”

Cavuto: “Do you know how much it will cost to mandate a $15 minimum wage across the country; to have every student loan debt paid off; to pay for public college for everyone?”

Mullen: “Yeah, absolutely: $1.3 trillion dollars in student debt. That’s just a beginning.”

Cavuto: “Do you know how much you get fully taxing the 1% [at a rate of] 100%? It’s about a trillion… which would barely keep Medicare going for three years… Even if we repositioned it to go into this area that you want, we don’t have enough to do it, so you’re gonna have to find other means of getting money, right?”

 

Mullen: “Yeah, no doubt about it. Yeah.”

Cavuto: “Colleges… knowing that student debt is taken care of—it’s forgiven—do you think [they]… aren’t going to leap at the opportunity to gouge [students] even more?”

Mullen: “If we have a big enough mass movement of people in the streets, we can actually prevent things like that from happening.”

YA CAN’T FIX  WILLFULLY IGNORANT, Can you?

Street rule generally doesn’t turn out well. The guillotine was used by French aristocrats to purge commoners as well as by commoners to purge aristocrats—while doing little to solve either party’s grievances.

We must educate our young people so that politicians on both sides are no longer able to manipulate them. On the one hand we have “Republicans” like Paul Ryan who approve $1.2 trillion spending bills—and on the other we have Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton promising free college for which they know they can’t pay.

Millennials fear taxes, but the entitlement programs for which they clamor will cause our country to go broke—a fatal taxation on their future hopes and dreams. Share this with young people you know so the truth might heal their Pauperenza.

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Dr. Phil

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Psychologist and TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw appeared on The Kelly File Thursday night to discuss the need to “stop rewarding bad behavior in America” for fear of continuing to promote a culture of entitlement and narcissism prevalent in recent generations.

“We do have a generation that, I think, we have raised with a great degree of entitlement where it’s like, the world owes me a living,” said Dr. Phil.

He brought up as an example a man aspiring to be a rock star at the age of 40, using all of his family’s money – even their savings and retirement funds – to buy fame as opposed to actually going out and working for it.

“He’s got the poses. He’s got the haircut, everything. But so entitled, won’t take a job because it’s not a rock star job,” Dr. Phil explained.

“People sometimes ask me what’s wrong with America,” he said. “This is the greatest country in the world with the greatest people in the world. But sometimes, we forget commonsense – the simple things we need to remember. Like, basically, you just don’t reward bad behavior.”

“We’ve got to stop rewarding bad behavior in America,” Dr. Phil went on. “When people don’t work and produce, then they need to be kicked to the curb, get a damn job, carry your own weight. It’s just that simple.”

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Support Censorship It’s Less Offensive that Way

Let’s start with the good news about Pew Research’s latest findings on the incredibly annoying delicate snowflake epidemic sweeping American higher education: these people aren’t the majority. It’s not even close. Sixty-seven percent of Americans support free speech (in keeping with past polling), while 28 percent think “government should be able to prevent” people from saying offensive things about minorities. Supermajorities of men, women, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, high school graduates, and college graduates all support free speech principles. Non-whites don’t have supermajority support, breaking 57/38 in favor of free speech. To no one’s surprise, Millennials are the generation where the largest proportion feels that government should curtail free speech rights (via Pew):

Four-in-ten Millennials say the government should be able to prevent people publicly making statements that are offensive to minority groups, while 58% said such speech is OK.Even though a larger share of Millennials favor allowing offensive speech against minorities, the 40% who oppose it is striking given that only around a quarter of Gen Xers (27%) and Boomers (24%) and roughly one-in-ten Silents (12%) say the government should be able to prevent such speech.

Compared with people we surveyed in dozens of nations, Americans as a whole are less likely to favor the government being able to prevent speech of any kind

I guess another silver lining (remember 40 percent is high, but it’s nowhere near a majority) is that we’re not becoming like Europe, even if Millennials in college are eating up this political correctness/safe space nonsense at the moment, which does actively seek to end discussions on certain issues.

At the same time, while it’s easy to classify all Millennials as hopeless, please watch Editor-in-Chief of DailyWire Ben Shapiro talk to Mizzou students, the ones who are rational, about the current climate on college campuses, especially the fiasco that has embroiled their institution to the point where their president and chancellor both resigned for pretty much being Caucasian. Young America’s Foundation hosted the event.

Katie added that Shapiro made clear that he doesn’t care about your feelings, and that students need to stop whining and grow up.

In light of the recent and absurd calls from University of Missouri students to self-segregate based on race, demands for “safe spaces,” the attempts to boot reporters from covering public protests, claims of a poop swastika and more, Young America’s Foundation decided to send Harvard Law Graduate and Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro to Mizzou to debunk false, progressive narratives swirling on campus and being promoted through national media.

The words “toughen up spoiled children” were written in chalk outside of the hall where he spoke and during his speech, Shapiro took protesters and the leftists who support them to task in epic fashion. The title of his lecture was, “Truth is a Microaggression.”

“I don’t care about your feelings. Lets make something perfectly clear, I care nothing about your feelings,” Shapiro said.

The entire speech is worth your time to watch.

 

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A recent New York Times headline read, “Raising Taxes on the Wealthiest Would Pay for Bold Plans.” The story says that by soaking the rich “the government could raise large amounts of revenue … while still allowing them to take home a majority of their income.”

Nowhere in the story, nor in the endless promises of Democratic presidential candidates, is there a single word about whether more government spending will produce the promised outcomes. We are to take this on faith, despite past performance being a good indicator of future results. Also absent is any expectation that individuals have more power than government to direct and improve their lives.

The Government in 2015 has taken in more tax money than any time in American History…but they still run a massive deficit…things have gotten worse not better.

That’s because to the left, government is much like a deity to be worshipped rather than a servant of the people. If you don’t worship at the leftist shrine, you’re labeled unsympathetic toward the poor. Republicans should respond: “We care about the poor, but unlike you, who have spent over a trillion dollars fighting poverty with little to show for it, we want the poor to become independent of government.”

What keeps most of the poor locked in poverty is propaganda from the left, which tells them they cannot succeed without government assistance, which, in turn, leads them to a series of bad choices and a state of perpetual victimhood. Look at America’s big cities, dominated by Democrats, to see how that’s working. Once we talked about people who overcame difficult circumstances; now we just sing about overcoming … someday.

 

Charles Koch and his brother David are reviled by the left because they contribute large amounts of money to Republicans. Never mind that George Soros does the same for Democrats. The normally reclusive Charles is doing interviews to promote his new book “Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies.”

Speaking with Megyn Kelly on the Fox News Channel, Charles read a letter his father sent him about his inheritance: “If you choose to let this money destroy your initiative and independence, then it will be a curse to you and my action in giving it to you will have been a mistake. I shall regret very much to have you miss the glorious feeling of accomplishment. Remember that often adversity is a blessing in disguise and is certainly the greatest character-builder.”

Where are you hearing anything like that in contemporary political discourse, especially among Democrats? It’s all about free college tuition, free health care, free everything. The United States will become a giant ATM and those evil, miserly, insensitive “millionaires and billionaires” will pay for it all because it isn’t fair that they have more money than you have.

They (the anti-Democrat) are racists,bigots, homophobes, haters,misogynists, who hate children, poor people, want to destroy the environment and above all are “greedy” and “selfish” (the last two are in quotes because they are so laughable I can’t type it straight).

Even if government confiscated all of their wealth there wouldn’t be enough to pay off the $18 trillion national debt. What happens when the money runs out; when all of the wealth of the successful is exhausted and the incentive to make money disappears with it?

The Democrats will demand more.

Where will the left turn then? Who is asking these questions? Not debate moderators, who seem more interested in getting the candidates to attack each other, as though the debates were just the latest reality shows. This is the future of the United States at stake. Could we please hear some adults conversing like adults?

The Liberal Media only wants to attack the right and throw Nerf balls at the Left.

The Agenda is The Agenda and they are the superior form of life, at least according to them.

Need a plan for success, or at least independent living?

The Democrat completely endorse not having one. That’s what government is there for, for you to be coddled and manipulated like zombies.

It isn’t new. Stop turning to government as a first resource. Get married before you have children, stay married and if things get tough seek counseling. Stay in school. Don’t take drugs. Develop good character and a sound work ethic. If a good job with a future isn’t available where you live, move to a city that offers more opportunity, or start a small business.

Why be an adult when Democrats want to be your Mommy. 🙂

In the bidding war for votes, the left is preaching a message of envy, greed and entitlement. Human history proves that message doesn’t improve a life.

But as long as itn wins elections they don’t care.

The old values worked. If you’re a millennial, ask your grandparents about them, why they worked and how we lost sight of them along the way. Since these values succeeded for previous generations, why don’t we reclaim them?

Because then you’re a “greedy”, “selfish” “uncaring” bastard!

Yeah, Bastards! 🙂

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