Gen-Xers React to Own Paul Ryan: Eh, This Bites
First Gen-Xer on presidential ticket inspires, well, angst
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2012 9:35 AM CDT
Paul?Ryan speaking at a campaign event in Powell, Ohio, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – At 42-years-old—and a fan of grunge music, Coen brothers movies, and microbrews—Paul Ryan is the first Gen-X candidate to appear on a presidential ticket. But unlike the pride Baby Boomers felt for sax-playing Bill Clinton, Ryan is generating some very Gen-X angst, irony, and diffidence, reports the New York Times. “Vice president: it’s the perfect Gen-X job, isn’t it?” said Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of Gen-X Bible Prozac Nation. “To have no responsibility, to have only the perks of what was left behind by the responsible people.”

Some academics take issue with the stereotype of Gen-Xers as slackers. "Although boomers and perhaps the media didn’t expect much of Gen-X, Gen-X has always expected the best from themselves," says one psychologist. But for others, having a strong conservative representing the generation is at best a mixed blessing. “From a vanity standpoint, it makes you feel a bit old to have a person from your generation on the presidential ticket,” says actor Johnny Knoxville. “And it’s embarrassing that it’s Paul Ryan. I wonder if the Germs ever felt this way about having Belinda Carlisle as their first drummer.”

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cornelison
Aug 27, 2012 7:38 AM CDT
If they knew what Ryan wants to do to them, they'd start building bomb shelters in their back yards. Better yet, they should build that shelter in the woods. It would come in handy if they lose their homes.
LarryG
Aug 26, 2012 9:48 PM CDT
Ryan himself has been responsible for a lot of that government growth. He loyally voted for all the big government programs George W. Bush ensconced into law — Medicare Part D, often described as the largest expansion of the welfare state since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society; the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the PATRIOT Act and the NDAA; the TARP bailout of Wall Street; the bailout of General Motors. So long as it was debt-fuelled spending authorised by a Republican (and during the Bush years, there was an awful lot of debt-fuelled spending authorised by Republicans) Ryan was out voting for it.
Cat-Lover
Aug 26, 2012 9:41 PM CDT
Much as the Romney gang wants to claim Romney will be president so it is his archaic plans that will be followed, Ryan will be Vice President and could be president and then it's his insane plans that will be followed. Just remember that!