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By Jonah Goldberg | March 7, 2013
One thing nearly everybody agrees upon is that the "sequester" is a silly sideshow to the real challenge facing America: unsustainable spending on entitlements. Ironies abound. Democrats, with large support from young people, tend to believe that we must build on the legacy bequeathed to us by the New Deal and the Great Society. Republicans, who marshaled considerable support from older voters in their so-far losing battle against Obamacare, argue that we need to start fresh. Perhaps it's time for both sides to consider an underappreciated fact of American life: The system we are trying to perpetuate was created for the explicit benefit of the so-called greatest generation, the most coddled and cared for cohort in American history.
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September 15, 2014
Recently a friend and I had a stopover at Philadelphia International Airport, and as we walked toward our terminal gate we saw a commotion ahead with American flags and the sound of applause. To my delight, it turned out to be a group of World War II veterans returning from a convention in Florida. One of the veterans' peers announced to the crowd the branch in which each man served; to our surprise, a few of them had served in as many as three branches. Most of the veterans were wheelchair-bound, but about 10 to 15 of them brought up the rear sans assistance.
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Dan Rodricks | April 29, 2014
Taken in tandem, the stories told in two new books - one by a Maryland author who lost family members in the Nazi Holocaust, the other detailing our government's postwar collaboration with Nazi scientists, some of them in Maryland - raise complex and disturbing issues that tarnish the heroic image of the Greatest Generation in World War II. The stories also underscore the immense moral challenges and failings of a nation that believes itself the leader...
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Dan Rodricks | April 29, 2014
Taken in tandem, the stories told in two new books - one by a Maryland author who lost family members in the Nazi Holocaust, the other detailing our government's postwar collaboration with Nazi scientists, some of them in Maryland - raise complex and disturbing issues that tarnish the heroic image of the Greatest Generation in World War II. The stories also underscore the immense moral challenges and failings of a nation that believes itself the leader...
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By LEONARD STEINHORN | February 8, 2006
WASHINGTON -- The oldest members of the most mocked and vilified generation in our nation's history, the baby boomers, are turning 60, making it a good time to reflect on the boomer legacy. Are boomers just a collection of self-absorbed, latte-drinking narcissists who threw a tantrum in the 1960s and haven't stopped whining since, as conventional wisdom suggests? Or is there more to the story than this well-worn media caricature? To pundits, the verdict already is in: Boomers are the antithesis of their "Greatest Generation" parents, who fought the good war, braved the Depression and sacrificed for all. To Greatest Generation chronicler Tom Brokaw, his heroes "never whined or whimpered," unlike boomers who "have forgotten the example of their parents."
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By Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis,Los Angeles Times | February 29, 2004
The current wave of World War II nostalgia was set in motion 10 years ago this spring by the 50th anniversary of D-day. Only so many books can be written about the Normandy invasion, so authors serving the insatiable market for "greatest generation" epics soon turned to the Pacific theater for new heroes to celebrate. They found plenty of candidates, but they also found that Pacific war stories require special handling. Devotees of greatest-generation books expect to cheer the heroes and hiss the villains.
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By Theo Lippman Jr. and Theo Lippman Jr.,Special to the Sun | January 31, 1999
The big best seller of the winter is a reminder that from time to time Americans succumb to a frenzy of ancestor worship. This is a silly and dangerous indulgence, as the late, great Johns Hopkins historian J. Franklin Jameson explained on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Revolutionary War. In an essay, he condemned "the notion that, because in the period of the Revolution there were many heroic characters and deeds, the whole American population of...
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By David Zurawik | May 27, 2001
"Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack" has as much to tell us about the relationship among media, national memory and the rituals of holiday remembrance in American life today as it does the events of Dec. 7, 1941. The two-hour special that premieres tonight features NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw telling us what happened at Pearl Harbor that day and what it all means. Part of Brokaw's authority, of course, comes from his best-selling books with the men and women who fought World War II, "The Greatest Generation" and "The Greatest Generation Speaks."
NEWS
April 5, 2013
Thanks to Amy Carroll for her insensitive approach to denying the comforts of parks and the beauty of nature to the "grays," as she calls us senior citizens ("Mays Chapel residents sue county school board over land transaction," March 28). As for the schoolchildren, only a handful actually live in the immediate area. The majority will be bused in or driven to school by a parent. The added traffic, not to mention pollution, noise and otherwise, will only lead to the further deterioration of aging lungs.
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August 10, 2009
When World War II soldiers returned home, they had an astonishing and fitting opportunity awaiting them - their tuition, books and even a monthly stipend paid in full by the United States government, ensuring that the veterans who risked everything for their country had every opportunity to prosper. There is no more fitting memorial to the Greatest Generation, with apologies to the stirringly beautiful monument recently erected on the National Mall, than a continuation of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the GI Bill.
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April 5, 2013
Thanks to Amy Carroll for her insensitive approach to denying the comforts of parks and the beauty of nature to the "grays," as she calls us senior citizens ("Mays Chapel residents sue county school board over land transaction," March 28). As for the schoolchildren, only a handful actually live in the immediate area. The majority will be bused in or driven to school by a parent. The added traffic, not to mention pollution, noise and otherwise, will only lead to the further deterioration of aging lungs.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | March 7, 2013
One thing nearly everybody agrees upon is that the "sequester" is a silly sideshow to the real challenge facing America: unsustainable spending on entitlements. Ironies abound. Democrats, with large support from young people, tend to believe that we must build on the legacy bequeathed to us by the New Deal and the Great Society. Republicans, who marshaled considerable support from older voters in their so-far losing battle against Obamacare, argue that we need to start fresh. Perhaps it's time for both sides to consider an underappreciated fact of American life: The system we are trying to perpetuate was created for the explicit benefit of the so-called greatest generation, the most coddled and cared for cohort in American history.
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By Stephen B. Awalt | December 16, 2012
Here they are, the greatest generation, looking pretty ordinary: armed now with carts and canes, bragging about their grandchildren, complaining about their doctors and relishing their deserts. Every other Monday night I visit my father at the Annapolis retirement community where he lives, and I have come to know the dinner menu as well as a bit about his friends from the World War II generation. At 90 my father doesn't say so much, but he and his dinner companions like the company of younger people (at 53, I count as younger)
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By Cal Thomas | November 10, 2012
Great nations and proud empires have always collapsed from within before they were conquered from without. President Barack Obama's re-election mirrors the self-indulgent, greedy and envious nation we are rapidly becoming. Pollsters Michael Barone and Dick Morris got it horribly wrong. Both predicted a 300 electoral-vote win for Mitt Romney. It was President Obama who reached that mark. The central message coming out of the election seems to be that we are no longer the America of our Founders, or even the America that existed during World War II, which produced our "Greatest Generation.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 21, 2012
This is the season of generational twaddle. At graduation ceremonies across the country, politicians, authors, actors and businessmen take to the stage to tell young people they are fantastic simply because they are young. This year, the ritual is more pathetic than usual because there's a presidential election in the offing. And because the current occupant of the White House won in 2008 in no small part due to his success with the "youth vote," he is desperate for them to repeat their blunder.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2011
Courtney Senini knew something was amiss when aides started dashing in and out of the classroom, passing messages to the admirals and generals who taught her leadership seminar at the U.S. Naval Academy. Finally, one of the aides stood before the room of seniors and in a big, puffy voice, said the words that would change their lives: "Ladies and gentlemen, the United States is under attack. " The room fell silent. An attack on American soil seemed inconceivable when Senini and her classmates entered the academy in 1998.
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By Ellen Goodman | May 13, 2002
BOSTON - I am afraid we have to recruit the Greatest Generation for one last mission. I know, I know. They overcame the Depression, won the big war, raised the baby boomers and deserve to rest on their laurels. But once more into the breach. This time the technological breach. They are needed as a National Guard against creeping complication. They need to be enlisted in defense of simplicity. My call comes after a long visit with my mother and her TV set. Once upon a time, all she needed to watch TV was an on-off switch.
NEWS
February 8, 2010
Ever since the Reagan administration amassed more public debt than all its precessors in history combined, the federal government has continued to run ungodly massive deficits, sometimes cutting taxes to do so. Our history includes such expensive catastrophes as the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II, but our generation needed more money than all of them put together. We don't want our taxes raised, but we don't want our favorite government programs cut, either. Caught in this dilemma, what we needed was a group of people who could not squeal if their taxes were raised.
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Susan Reimer | April 18, 2011
Bill has been my favorite nephew since he entered this world 32 years ago as the first of my parents' grandchildren, and I am certain that he would not hesitate to care for me in my declining years. It is the other 75 million members of my generation that Bill isn't interested in supporting, and the prospects of having to do so threaten to wreck an unusually harmonious relationship between generations — in many more families than mine, I suspect. You see, Bill believes there is little money left in the coffers of the entitlement programs meant to cushion the golden years of my cohorts and me, and he is certainly there won't be any when it is his turn to call on Social Security and Medicare.
NEWS
February 8, 2010
Ever since the Reagan administration amassed more public debt than all its precessors in history combined, the federal government has continued to run ungodly massive deficits, sometimes cutting taxes to do so. Our history includes such expensive catastrophes as the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II, but our generation needed more money than all of them put together. We don't want our taxes raised, but we don't want our favorite government programs cut, either. Caught in this dilemma, what we needed was a group of people who could not squeal if their taxes were raised.
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