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mike425 wrote

Yet key measures of the nation’s public engagement, satisfaction and confidence – voter turnout, knowledge of public-policy issues, faith that the next generation will fare better than the current one, and respect for basic institutions, especially the government – are far below what they were 50 years ago, and in many cases have reached near historic lows.

I'm not sure why the boomers thought they could stop planting trees, whose shade they would knowingly never benefit from, but it's glaring in the modern US. They are all too willing to sell out their own children's futures for comfortable retirements and political pinings of yesteryear, and gen X, millennials and onward are all looking forward to bleak futures because of the boomer's selfish and short-sighted delusions.