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(Politico)   Brace yourself, we have the "New kids on the block" class of Congress. Screech for Prez   (politico.com) divider line 27
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2012-12-03 08:13:20 AM
How many Knights does this one have?
 
2012-12-03 08:44:27 AM
I hope they have Oh Oh Oh Oh, Oh Oh Oh Oh; Oh Oh Oh Oh; the right stuff.
 
2012-12-03 08:59:46 AM
I have a feeling these new kids will be hanging tough.
 
2012-12-03 09:53:22 AM
Good for getting 'younger' people in government. Maybe we can get some fresh, modern thinking?

BWAHAHAHA, who am I kidding??? They'll be jaded and bought off inside 18 months.
 
2012-12-03 09:53:58 AM
Good luck, n00bs. Remember: "compromise" is not a dirty word.
 
2012-12-03 10:00:51 AM
They'll probably form the "Pokemon Causus", and have meetings where they sit around and play Magic.
 
2012-12-03 10:02:43 AM
Uh... that NKOTB.
 
2012-12-03 10:03:17 AM
a.abcnews.go.com
 
2012-12-03 10:04:02 AM
So we can also expect more collusion between these privileged members of Congress while they screw the rest of us over. Some of the worst legislation we've seen in the past few years (like HR 347) has gotten massive bipartisan support.
 
2012-12-03 10:14:01 AM
By the power of Greyskull, that's good news.

At last, we'll have members of Congress who were raised with the values instilled by 80s cartoons and NES games.
 
2012-12-03 10:14:18 AM
"Our generation is much more of a 'let's get along' generation," he said in an interview. "We're perhaps not as stuck in our ways."


*If* this turns out to be true, then thank God. But I'm remembering two things that make me a little leery:

• One of those 'Republican Young Guns' puff pieces a year or two ago, this one focusing on a then-brand-new Representative from Illinois. He was the exact opposite of a 'let's get along' kinda guy, he was unusually derpy even by Republican standards with an added layer of "I watch South Park" smugness. If there are enough others just like him then all the categorical pronouncements about this new generation won't mean much.

• I remember it was a pretty big deal when the boomers slithered into politics about 35 years ago. Fresh young pundits like Jeff Greenfield would quote Who lyrics, and all these summer of love types we voted for were supposed to sweep away all the old fuddy duddies and usher in a golden age of harmony and wisdom ... only things steadily got worse, and here we are.
 
2012-12-03 10:15:43 AM
The '80s baby lawmakers are coming to Washington.

So, the first generation of Congress members who except every participant to get a prize?

blogoehlert.typepad.com
 
2012-12-03 10:15:52 AM

Hack Patooey: Good for getting 'younger' people in government. Maybe we can get some fresh, modern thinking?

BWAHAHAHA, who am I kidding??? They'll be jaded and bought off inside 18 monthsweeks.


FTFA
 
2012-12-03 10:43:51 AM
The last time I heard anything about that Screech kid he was bankrupt and on a public campaign for donations to keep himself from being homeless.
 
2012-12-03 10:53:06 AM
Gag me with a spoon.
 
2012-12-03 10:58:28 AM

Philip Francis Queeg: [a.abcnews.go.com image 640x360]


and I thought we'd never do better than Kerry on a windboard.
 
2012-12-03 11:03:44 AM

minnesotaboy: The '80s baby lawmakers are coming to Washington.

So, the first generation of Congress members who except every participant to get a prize?

[blogoehlert.typepad.com image 300x300]


Did you get that one at the end of an English course?
 
2012-12-03 11:30:57 AM
So you are saying that the Fiscal Cliff will be solved by taking the Federal budget and blowing into it?
 
2012-12-03 12:00:55 PM
Holy shiat how are all these people getting backers to run for federal office at 30? I mean Kennedy I get, but the others?
 
2012-12-03 12:04:38 PM
Cowabunga, dude!

/can't wait for the South Park generation of lawmakers; that'll be a hoot.
 
2012-12-03 01:02:01 PM

phaseolus: "Our generation is much more of a 'let's get along' generation," he said in an interview. "We're perhaps not as stuck in our ways."


*If* this turns out to be true, then thank God. But I'm remembering two things that make me a little leery:

• One of those 'Republican Young Guns' puff pieces a year or two ago, this one focusing on a then-brand-new Representative from Illinois. He was the exact opposite of a 'let's get along' kinda guy, he was unusually derpy even by Republican standards with an added layer of "I watch South Park" smugness. If there are enough others just like him then all the categorical pronouncements about this new generation won't mean much.

• I remember it was a pretty big deal when the boomers slithered into politics about 35 years ago. Fresh young pundits like Jeff Greenfield would quote Who lyrics, and all these summer of love types we voted for were supposed to sweep away all the old fuddy duddies and usher in a golden age of harmony and wisdom ... only things steadily got worse, and here we are.


When comparing generations, I like to point out that the generation born in the 80s has seen nothing GOOD come out of this country except for science. Not one GOOD thing has been done, enacted, accomplished or otherwise attempted. Foreign policy has been an abject failure. Domestic policy has been one continuous mistake parade with the occasional attempt to anesthetize the American People to the impacts of those mistakes. My generation has watched disaster after disaster hit us "unawares".

Economics: The Gold Bust of the 80s and the Tech Bust of the 90s and the House Bust of the 00's. Rising CEO compensation and corporate profits, stagnant wages. A decline in Union participation that has coincided with both of these facts.

Domestic: Poorer and poorer educational, healthcare, and retirement outcomes at higher and higher cost. Kids graduating from college with 15 - 20 years worth of debt. Housing prices that, even when depressed, amount to over 10 times the average salary for a person in that age group. Stark competition from the generations who came before and have the advantage of decades of experience AND a cheaper education.

Foreign: Wars and wars and conflict and wars and money and wars and bombs and wars. We fought in Grenada, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq and Iran, Panama, Iraq again, Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Sudan, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq AGAIN, Libya AGAIN. We funded the Contras with Drug money coming out of Nicaragua. We supported the Taliban and then fought them.

Security:
Oklahoma City Bombing, WTC bombing #1, USS Cole, The Unabomber, The Langly Shooting, The Olympic Park Bombing in Atlanta, Empire State Building, 9/11, The Anthrax Scare, Mailbox Pipe Bomber (or as I like to call him, The DuoBomber), The DC Sniper, The Jewish Federation Shooting Spree in Seattle... And then it just turns into a drone for me... I'm sure there were dozens of environmentalist attacks and anti-abortion attacks and the like as well.

Science:
We sent the Mars Rover out, perfected the space shuttle... most of our other accomplishments involved heavy cooperation from an international community.

Most people seem to have a fond memory of their country. Maybe a moment or two to be unbelievably proud of. What do 20 and 30 somethings have?

One of my earlier memories is footage of SCUD missiles flying around in the middle east and oil fields burning and people talking about Chemical weapons wreaking untold horrors on the Kurds. It hasn't ever really stopped being that farked up.

So my point is, yes, I understand that this upcoming generation isn't any more immune to corruption than those that came before. And prior generations had their share of hardships and catastrophes. But I'm hard pressed to imagine a span of 3 decades that has been as littered with human failure as this last one.

/There are no heroes.
//Mankind is doomed.
 
2012-12-03 01:16:11 PM

incendi: minnesotaboy: The '80s baby lawmakers are coming to Washington.

So, the first generation of Congress members who except every participant to get a prize?

[blogoehlert.typepad.com image 300x300]

Did you get that one at the end of an English course?


You are so awesome
 
2012-12-03 01:16:58 PM

BeesNuts: So my point is, yes, I understand that this upcoming generation isn't any more immune to corruption than those that came before. And prior generations had their share of hardships and catastrophes. But I'm hard pressed to imagine a span of 3 decades that has been as littered with human failure as this last one.


Perhaps a cookie and a nice glass of milk will make you feel better. My generation had the Korean war, Vietnam, the Cold war, civil rights riots, a string of political assassinations, hiding under our desks in school so that the atom bomb couldn't find us. The generation before me had the Great Depression and WWII. Before them was WWI, Prohibition and the dust bowl. The human race has always been an example of failing upwards. It's what we do.
 
2012-12-03 02:06:56 PM

BeesNuts: phaseolus: "Our generation is much more of a 'let's get along' generation," he said in an interview. "We're perhaps not as stuck in our ways."


*If* this turns out to be true, then thank God. But I'm remembering two things that make me a little leery:

• One of those 'Republican Young Guns' puff pieces a year or two ago, this one focusing on a then-brand-new Representative from Illinois. He was the exact opposite of a 'let's get along' kinda guy, he was unusually derpy even by Republican standards with an added layer of "I watch South Park" smugness. If there are enough others just like him then all the categorical pronouncements about this new generation won't mean much.

• I remember it was a pretty big deal when the boomers slithered into politics about 35 years ago. Fresh young pundits like Jeff Greenfield would quote Who lyrics, and all these summer of love types we voted for were supposed to sweep away all the old fuddy duddies and usher in a golden age of harmony and wisdom ... only things steadily got worse, and here we are.

When comparing generations, I like to point out that the generation born in the 80s has seen nothing GOOD come out of this country except for science. Not one GOOD thing has been done, enacted, accomplished or otherwise attempted. Foreign policy has been an abject failure. Domestic policy has been one continuous mistake parade with the occasional attempt to anesthetize the American People to the impacts of those mistakes. My generation has watched disaster after disaster hit us "unawares".

Economics: The Gold Bust of the 80s and the Tech Bust of the 90s and the House Bust of the 00's. Rising CEO compensation and corporate profits, stagnant wages. A decline in Union participation that has coincided with both of these facts.

Domestic: Poorer and poorer educational, healthcare, and retirement outcomes at higher and higher cost. Kids graduating from college with 15 - 20 years worth of debt. Housing prices that, even when depresse ...


I was born in 1962, and when the first space shuttle blew up in the 1980s, I took it very hard. The space program was the only positive thing on the news. I'm a late boomer - some say Gen X - who mostly remembers assassinations and riots in my childhood. That was followed by Watergate and the energy shortage. By the time I was of an age to be sexually active, free love had given way to AIDS.

I guess what I am trying to say is that it best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
 
2012-12-03 02:23:14 PM

incendi: minnesotaboy: The '80s baby lawmakers are coming to Washington.

So, the first generation of Congress members who except every participant to get a prize?

[blogoehlert.typepad.com image 300x300]

Did you get that one at the end of an English course?


I loled'd, would lol again.
 
2012-12-03 06:31:10 PM

phaseolus: • One of those 'Republican Young Guns' puff pieces a year or two ago, this one focusing on a then-brand-new Representative from Illinois. He was the exact opposite of a 'let's get along' kinda guy, he was unusually derpy even by Republican standards with an added layer of "I watch South Park" smugness. If there are enough others just like him then all the categorical pronouncements about this new generation won't mean much.


Oh god, South Park fans. I used to like that show, but the sheer, ungodly amounts of smug from both the writers and the fans turned me off.
 
2012-12-03 09:36:24 PM
BeesNuts:


Aw, shiat. That was a depressing read. It reminds me of a Bruce Cockburn lyric -- "The trouble with Normal is it always gets worse".
 
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