Lazy good for nothing teen...
An article I am reading about teen unemployment reminds me of the teen sentiment of my youth. I remember being too young to get a job at 13, but watching 15 and 16-year-old go out for a day or two job hunting and landing a summer job. By the time I was that age jobs were hard to come by. I remember going all over the place with my resume and not getting any where. I eventually did land a job through someone I knew who knew a place was hiring.
But, I remember many other teens wanting jobs and not being able to find them. My father had to be one of the worst for being critical of teens that said they could not find a job. He never had a problem finding a job and never went without a job so they were just lazy and good for nothing, and that simply has been a common label that I have heard repeated time and time again when there has been any mention of teens having a hard time finding a job. The economy has nothing to do with it, it is the young person's character.
Funny, it is the same people that are handing out the label "something's wrong with you" label to young working people who are absolutely struggling to make ends meet, even with two jobs. These jerks are grossly unaware that they went through the most favorable economic times in history and their success had far less to do with their character then circumstance. They honest believe they did a lot more because they worked two jobs to pay off their homes early and they don't see the gross inequity of the young people today working two jobs just to pay off their student loans, never mind even saving for a downpayment.
Their perceptions on entitement are also off the rocker. I can't believe how often I have heard drivel about young people expecting everything, when they aren't even close to the lifestyle they grew up in and absolutely struggling and have practically none of the benefits the older workers have and ultimately the older worker feel entitled to unsustainable pension that if you applied an ounce of math to you would know they go beyond unfair to everyone expected to pay them.
I never thought I would be grateful that I didn't have a pension plan to lean on for most of working life. I lived my life expecting to provide for my retirement without any help and it made me a far more financially responsible individual and in the end I expect to come out ahead because of it.