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Pampering has led to generational changes in the U.S.

Pampering has led to generational changes in the U.S.
BY LUIGI D'ONORIO DEMEO
COMMENTARY

Have you been to a tee-ball game lately? Did you hear the score? You may be surprised to learn that the score is not kept and there are no league standings, such as what team is in first, second, third or dead last. Despite the idea that there are no standings and no recognized winners or losers, at the end of the season all the teams celebrate with a pizza party and most likely every child will receive the same size reward, regardless of their team and or personal performance. Another example that is similar to, yet different in many respects is the all too often young child in the toy aisle stomping up and down for a toy until the mother or father finally shouts, "Fine, you can have it!"

Although these are only two observations, arguably they underscore a larger movement that is predicated on indulging young children and shielding them from the realization that sometimes you lose and sometimes you cannot get what you want. It seems that over time, as the nation has become wealthier, this type of pampering has led to generational changes in the United States with the younger generation being taught that it is OK to seek reward when you are not successful and it is OK to buy, even when you do not have the means to afford it. Perhaps it is this type of education that has made us accept the concept of bailing out a company when they should have failed, supporting a homeowner when they borrowed more than should, or paying for unemployment when individuals do not save anything and the list goes on.

 

New Jerseyans should know county and municipal dollars spent on lobbying

New Jerseyans should know county and municipal dollars spent on lobbying
BY JEFF BRINDLE
COMMENTARY

Benjamin Franklin lobbied the British parliament on behalf of the Continental Congress, making him the first American lobbyist.

Many individuals have followed in Franklin's foo...

Frustration over oil and economy spills over at Obama

Frustration over oil and economy spills over at Obama
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

What needs to be cleaned up? Is it the Gulf? The economy? The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? Unfortunately, it's all of them ... and that has the cou...

Social Security is one insurance policy we know is fair

Social Security is one insurance policy we know is fair
BY SY LARSON
COMMENTARY

As we reflect on those 75 years, let's remember what life was like without this vital program. Before August 14, 1935 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Secur...

Think of Social Security as Bernie Madoff on steroids

Think of Social Security as Bernie Madoff on steroids
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

The Social Security program turned 75 years old on August 14th and the political class and their allies in the media, academia and the business world toasted the event extoll...

Where the mosque should be built near Ground Zero

Where the mosque should be built near Ground Zero
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The controversy about the new mosque two blocks away from where the Twin Towers were attacked pits the families of the 9/11 victims against the coun...

Why the unemployed will stay unemployed

Why the unemployed will stay unemployed
BY ROY NERSESIAN
COMMENTARY

In previous articles, we explored the reasons why we are in the present mess: a government law (still on the books by the way) mandating that banks make bad mortgage loans, d...

Steve Adubato: Corzine/Katz e-mail saga tarnished a good man’s reputation

Steve Adubato: Corzine/Katz e-mail saga tarnished a good man’s reputation
BY STEVE ADUBATO
COMMENTARY

Sure, it was only a story for a couple of days, but the "forbidden" e-mails between former Governor Jon Corzine and his ex-girlfriend and powerful union leader Carla Katz pro...

Protection of the N.J. Highlands receives a grade of F

Protection of the N.J. Highlands receives a grade of F
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

The Sierra Club believes that the Highlands are in more jeopardy now than in any time since the passage of the Highlands Act. On the sixth anniversary of the Highlands Act, th...

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