By Maggie Jackson, Kansas City Reader Advisory Panelist
Children of the hippies and Vietnam Vets, we have been called skeptics. Well why not? Douglas Coupland described Generation X as underemployed, overeducated, intensely private and unpredictable. I’m not sure I agree with his entire analysis. However, I do like the label of unpredictability. We were told early on that we have to pay into social security, but will receive nothing back. We’ve watched with frustration people play the system and get away with it. We’ve watched our politicians lie and cheat. Causing their once stringent supporters to back-off until it’s safe to start contributing again. Which leaves a bad taste in this Gen X’er’s mouth. Recently, we’ve lost our jobs, had hours decreased, or pay slashed. Our parents are aging and with the current economic crises most have lost their retirements. So there’s a good possibility we will be supporting our parents as well as our children. The worst part is that nobody talks about our generation. We hear about the Greatest Generation, the Baby Boomers and the Millennials, but little about us. Unless it’s a quick blurb in an article just to cover the gap between our parents and our children. So this Gen X’er will be listening to the speech tonight with a Gen X’er point of view.