There's a saying; "If you're young and not a liberal, you have no heart. If you're old and not a conservative, you have no brain."

The conservatives won the economic game when they got Ronald Reagan elected. Since then, the economy has served the stock market. almost exclusively. Giant CEO salaries are really just a side effect of that movement. It mostly benefits anyone with significant wealth. If you're not playing in that economy, you're going to suffer until someone changes the game again.

I'm kinda old. And very liberal. But, we have to play the hand we're dealt, until somebody changes the game. I retired last June. And I've never made as much money as I've made in the last six months (in fact, I just did the math, it came to a 29.5% raise over my earned income from the previous year). All of it from investments that have been growing for the last 20 plus years. The game is rigged against anyone who's trying to play according to the rules of the pre-Reagan era.

I didn't know enough when I was younger to believe that I could make any difference. But, I'm white, male and I found an interest in technology that let me at least approach the table. Not everyone gets that opportunity.

Now, I encourage young people (and that includes my own four kids) that want a fair world to enter politics. It's the only way to force change. The right started in the late 60s. I think the swing left really began with AOC. It'll be another 20 years before we see much fruit born from the movement. Unfortunately, there will be a huge windfall of inheritances to a younger generation that takes place in the same time frame. Will they be as interested in changing the system then?

Written by

father, motorcyclist, old retired guy who’s just a little lost on a blue marble corkscrewing its way to oblivion

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store