Our system was built for boomers. They will fight to preserve it.
My parents are 62 and 64. I love them. But sometimes I resent their generation.
Baby boomers love to talk about how hard they worked to get where they are today. How they “scrimped and saved.” How they made good choices.
The reality is, people born in the 1950s and 60s grew up during the most blessed period in Canadian history. Now they live in a system designed to make them comfortable and happy.
There are two kinds of people in our province: the ones who paid off their mortgage before house prices went crazy. And everyone else.
The first group literally makes money sitting on their asses.
The rest of us will never catch up. Unless you’re slinging rock or you’ve got a wicked jump shot, you can’t compete with someone who just owns real estate in the Lower Mainland.
The entire political engine exists to serve the people who benefit from it. Sometimes it’s obvious, like casinos paying off the BC Liberals while gangsters laundered hockey bags of dirty cash.
Sometimes it’s more subtle. Governments spend way more money on old people than young people. Why? Because old people vote.
B.C. has a referendum this fall on whether to throw the whole rotten system in the trash. Surprise surprise, the old guard from both parties is teaming up to campaign for the status quo.
3. Seniors discounts
If you’re 65 or older, ICBC knocks 25 per cent off your insurance. You get a 50 per cent discount on BC Ferries, four days a week. And you save 69 per cent on a three-zone Translink pass.
Banks, restaurants, movie theatres, retail outlets – they all offer discounts to wealthy older customers, subsidized by younger customers with less disposable income.
At Banana Republic, the discount starts when you’re 50. I’m sorry, but nobody who was one year old during the Woodstock festival needs a “senior discount.”
4. Pollute now, pay never
B.C. is full of dead pulp mills and bankrupt mines that will cost tons of money to clean up. Add in the facilities running today, and the future bill is literally in the billions.
Rather than put those costs on the companies, the government is quite happy to put them on you. That’s just how B.C. works.
What about the money governments get from royalties? They don’t save a penny. It all goes into balancing the budget so they can get re-elected. No my friend, the long-term costs are on you.
5. Blaming you
By now you might be thinking: this whole system is rigged. Our generation is basically being used as blood bags to keep the boomers pink and happy. And you’d be right.
That’s why they blame you. Oh, you can’t afford a house? Too much avocado toast. Too lazy. Fancy phone. Not enough education. Too much education. I’m sure you’ve heard it all.
Aside from waiting for our parents to die so we can inherit their stuff, there’s one thing we can do. We have to pry the power out of their hands. It won’t be pretty. They’ll kick and scream. But there are more people under 50 than over 50. Way more.
Step 1: Make sure you are registered to vote. It’s simple. You can do it from your phone.
Step 2: Vote for a better system.
It all starts here: www.JustFuckingVote.ca