Are today's younger generation from boomers downward spoiled? How did this
spoilage happen? What are the long-term costs?
For many reasons, parenting is part of economics. Historically, parenting
is the origin and basis of economics. Least known is the origin of the word
"economics" which was Greek for "home management." Essential to managing
a home is raising children. The home is a private economy with the aggregate
being the public or shared economy. How parents raise their children determines
the future dynamics and values of the private and public economies.
Many parents are criticized for "spoiling" their kids. Spoiling is often
looked upon as a harmless vice like gambling or prostitution. The rationale
is that nobody really gets hurt. Everyone wants to do it. Is this true? If
not, what is a simple obvious means test? A simple question.
A general principle of lasting moralities is the question "If everyone did
it, what would be effect?" Can we as a whole gamble our way to properity?
Can we screw ourselves to safety. Can we play ourselves to security? Can
we spoil our kids to be problem-solvers?
In the prior questions are actions that do not solve problems per se. Rather
they are diversions of human activity away from creation of solutions. Like
many non-working activities, the important question is whether the action
impinges on the minimum amount of worktime needed to have the necessities
of life. Would you want to be on a deserted island with who only wants to
gamble, screw or play? Would you want to be on a deserted island with spoiled
people? Consider the origin the word spoil, "to strip, to plunder" from whence
is derived the expression "spoils of war." In essence, gamblers, prostitutes,
players and spoilees do not want to work. They do not want to solve
problems. A problem in early colonization of the New World was many
of the arrivals did not want to work at the basics of survival which caused
troubles at Jamestown.
The cost of living is part of the
cost of humanity.
The other part is the
cost of lying,
that is, how we lie to ourselves about our wants which leads to wasted time
followed by worried time if we over-indulge our wants. If a person, family,
community or society does not expend sufficient time in economy of needs
for living, death will follow. When one hears that America is in decline
and that we have exported our basic industries, it is restatement of the
While many parents would not raise their kids to be gamblers or prostitutes,
the effect on the parents' economy, savings and retirement is the same if
they raise their kids to be players or spoilees. The problem-solving dynamics
of all four are negative rather than positive. If you want your future to
be less, teach or tolerate gambling, prostitution, playing and spoiling.
Of the latter, spare the rod and spoil your retirement.
Observations on spoiling one's kids.
America doesn't work anymore because America gambles and plays. Spoiling
kids usually involves making them
something for nothing or focusing on playing games in the network of sports.
Because of decades of habitual politicians borrowing money to fund public
budgets, America has engaged in Monetary Colonialism whereby the USA exported
dollars in exchange for goods and services. In other words, we used dollars
"to strip or plunder" foreign economies without the ugliness of war.
This stimulation of foreign economies and education, not only undermined
our future but allowed American families to live beyond their means. More
cars and suburbs were built with deficit dollars than otherwise would have
been. Bigger families were funded. Symptoms of living beyond one's means
is financial, emotional, mental and intellectual excess, and, importantly
and sadly, leg-spreading that increased family size and general propulation
which the family and public economy really could not afford.
Not only was family size larger than it would otherwise have been--see
Family Size and Economy
--but parents spoiled
their kids more because they had more money.
The personal, private, in-home legacy of monetary colonialism is parents
not having the former means to raise their families as the ramifications
of living on borrowed money as a nation comes home to roost. Quite often,
this decline in buying power is exacerbated by offspring returning to the
nest alone or with another generation of spoiled brats. America's legacy
of living beyond its means is a personal thing.
Not only do parents who over-littered the landscape with too many kids have
the financial struggle of feeding more mouths than they can afford, but their
brats have spoiled minds that are always mouthing off and demanding the former
level of spoilage.
Parents with money beyond their real means, kids beyond means but spoiled
kids beyond means. True to form, those who lived beyond their means now must
become meaningless (have less means) and probably become means, based on
rising crime and violence.
Many "good" parents are in fact
who have to explain away their childrens failures with cliches
like an alcoholic defending his not being a drunk. At a certain point in
listening to their excuses for why the are really good parents, one realizes
the parenthetical parents are hypocritical and pathetical. It is like the
difference between the public speeches and private comments of Sorry Palin.
On a personal note, rarely does this writer find a parent with adolescent,
teenage or grown kids who don't express a regret that they had kids. Their
public defense of the "family" is quite different than their personal conclusion.
Afterall, if you tell others your kids are a mess, it says something about
you. So, you maintain a facade little realizing that you are perpetuating
pro-littering in which more mouths will compete with your savings and pensions.
This unnecessary competition from a false facade will impact you as
the buying power of your funds. The sooner people are honest with the failures
of their lives--especially in parenting--the sooner we can reduce bad parenting.
If every alcoholic comes out the closet, we can have better spirits. Many
times this childless writer has been told he was lucky or smart to have early
on shot blanks thanks to a vasectomy.
The prior personal observation references the on-going failure of parenting,
especially in the USA because America has lived as nation far beyond its
means thanks to the deficit-loving habitual politicians. The
something-for-nothing catalyst of exporting dollars for foreign goods and
services is a restatement of you don't appreciate something unless you earned
it. Instead of resolving problems in the home for better balanced human beings,
deficit dollars trickling down from the halls of Congress prompted efforts
to buy happiness with unearned allowances or gifts. Welfare, private or public,
consistently destroys the humanity of the recipient, e.g.,
Parents attitudes toward their offspring run the gamut from caring to
non-concern. Parents who care increasingly confront the legacy of monetary
colonialism. They watch their kids have no jobs, no future and no hope. Most
of these parents would not have had as many kids if the habitual politicians
had not kicked down the road the need for a logical restructuring of
the American economy to live within America's means. In 2010, the habitual
politicians still cannot kick the habit of kicking the can down the road
as public budgets at all levels are running worsening deficits. (Timism has
which offers hope.)
Which is a better lifeboat: One with first-class spoiled brats clutching
their bulging moneybags or steerage-class working brawns with bulging muscles?
The legacy of America's recent parenting is a growing percentage of spoiled
brats who have the money to hirer rowers but won't let rowers into the lifeboats.
America will sink because of the spoiled brats legacy.
Spoiled brats get into the top schools through legacy admissions
Spoiled brats get into politics thanks to Daddy, aka,
nepotism (Latin for "not potent"
whence also "nephew").
The final legacy of recent American parents is the demise of America.
When this writer lived in Minneapolis (2000-2003) a friend's girlfriend was
a real rich, real spoiled girl who was unhappy despite mind-boggling spending
on shrinks. The latest shrink had told her that in order to find her true
self she needed to live in poverty with a lower class welfare family. After
a few weeks, she started looking for another shrink. Suggestions that she
get a job and steward
her inheritance was not acceptable.
Did you give your child a car? You destroyed not only your future but America's
future. Every spoiled brat is a future drain on the future of you, America
and humanity. Are you proud of yourself? If you are, it is a false, phoney
pride for the word pride, like profit, comes from Latin for forward existence,
pro esse. Did your spoiling your brats take our existence forward or
backward? Bad parents are a major cause behind our
Did help your kid buy a house? Thanks for fueling the inflation behind the
housing bubble, that is, everyone will get rich in the real estate market.
Can't lose. Reminescent of the internet stock market bubble where a new economy
was a sure bet.
Ironically, those with unearned income, that is, income that they legally
or illegally stole from workers who are wage-earners, are the persons who
are quick to justify an unfair economic system with a knee-jerk faith in
and defence of a "free market." Slave master used to praise the benefits
of a free market system that allowed them to get the best price by
choosing Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Wilmington, Charleston, Savannah,
Atlanta, Mobile or New Orleans as a location where in to trade their slaves.
Throughout history, spoiled brats have garnered the power of public
problem-solving, e.g., hereditary monarchy and nepotism. As a result, societies
that tolerate or promote spoiled brats decline and die. Today, spoil brats
control government and media with programs and messages that sound good but
Spoiled brats think they are better than the working slob. Mother Nature
doesn't think so.
Spoiled brats are never innocent victims, e.g., the Virginia Tech shootings
where students just sat in their desked, spoiled by the lack of real world
problem solving in the college of hard knocks. Sitting, waiting for mommy
and daddyto solve their latest problem.
It is upchuckable to watch a spoiled brats talk about their concern for humanity.
They don't get it. They are like the racist plantation manager living a life
of leisure beyond their problem-solving means based on the sweat of de-privileged
slaves. Spoiled brats talking sympathy and empathy are like the founders
of Giiggle who have a corporate motto "Do no evil" and pontificate on democracy
and capitalism while they steal billions from the pensio ns of middle-class
workers by counterfeiting stock certificates through the stock option ripoff.
Which Political Party is the party of spoiled brats? Republicans or Democrats?
Spoiled brats funded by parental handouts are victims of the devil's workshops,
that is, idle minds are the workshops of the devil. (Adled minds are the
workshops of economists.)
Spoiled brats talk in dysfunctional ways that seem logical to their minds.Spoiled
brats are their own worst enemy who will themselves & humanity because
they will never recognize nor admit the primary source of their problems,
namely, spoiled brats.
Spoiled Brats never admit t hat they are spoiled brats. Sooner would a politician
admit to the following than a spoiled brat confess:
When I said campaign contributions did not affect how I voted, I lied.
When I spoke of patriotism, I was getting kickback from foreign corporatons
When I wrapped myself in the flag, I shit on it.
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