“Workforce aging is one of the more significant issues facing organizations and governments given increased longevity, decreased birth rates, older legal retirement ages, and reduced retirement savings due to global financial volatility. The percentage of employees aged over 55 years is increasing markedly and this, combined with the threat of skills shortages and inadequate funding for retirement pensions, means that retaining older workers and maintaining their motivation and
productivity have become important goals in a number of developed countries. Age discrimination has been identified as a barrier to achieving such goals.”
Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, on Friday called for the Democratic Party to refocus its message on economics in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s shocking loss to Donald Trump last month.
“I’m all for a socially inclusive message, but not at the exclusion of an economically robust message,” Emanuel said at a Brookings Institution panel on the presidential election and the U.K.’s surprising vote to leave the European Union earlier this year.
“Look at when we won versus when we lost,” he continued, after referencing Bill Clinton’s and Obama’s successes. “The takeaway is clearly about something that’s a more robust and inclusive economic message versus one that is just socially.”
If you think about it, all these thinkpieces about how Millenials are “killing” various industries reveal a pretty colossal sense of entitlement.
Under normal circumstances, if a given industry finds itself unable to sell products to a given market demographic, we’d say it’s that industry’s fault for failing to offer products that that demographic is interested in buying.
It only makes sense to blame the target demographic itself if we’re assuming that the established industries have some intrinsic right to that demographic’s disposable income that’s being denied - which is clearly nonsense.
And I thought Millennials were supposed to be the entitled ones?
via a friend of mine:
Hey folks, I just called Mayor Libby Schaaf to demand her support of undocumented immigrants in the city of Oakland.
Yesterday, Mayor Murray of Seattle made a statement saying that the city will be a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, even if it means losing federal funding. Please call your Mayor’s office and demand similar actions of support. Deetz below.
Most millennials I know struggle with mental illness to some degree. Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more. I wonder how much of that anxiety comes from being told that wanting a living wage, affordable college, or adequate healthcare means that you’re being a spoiled entitled brat. It really doesn’t. The generations before us HAD a living wage, affordable college, and adequate healthcare. But now, inflation has far surpassed the minimum wage, college tuition and loan interest rates are through the proverbial roof, and medical bills are the top cause of bankruptcy in America.
These things were not caused by millennials, but after being raised on a steady diet of “you’re entitled,” we don’t even need to hear it from other people. We believe it about ourselves. As a society, we now romanticize struggle, busy-ness, and “the hustle.” If you’re not losing sleep and working two or three jobs, you must not want it enough.
What if we’re actually not crazy? What if wanting to work one full-time job and have the ends not only meet but actually overlap a little is NOT an entitled pipe dream?