Hillsdale College senior Celia Bigelow--who is working with YAF to start a chapter at Hillsdale--published an op-ed in the Daily Caller explaining how FDR and Big Government have led young people to develop an entitlement mentality.
When your Grandparents complain about Millennials being a part of an entitlement generation, blame FDR. But more importantly, tell them you're working with YAF to fight against Big Government so America can fix its entitlement problems.
Here's an excerpt of the Daily Caller article:
As young people head home for the holidays, they’re bracing for unsolicited advice and stories from their elders about how life used to require hard work and how young generations have an entitlement mentality.
It’s time my generation listens up, though ironically it was our grandparents’ generation that generated that sense of entitlement.
I grew up in a lower-middle-class family in a wealthy suburb of Detroit, Michigan (yes, they exist). Money became a major concern after my parents split when I was in second grade. My mother and I moved into a cramped, one-floor house in a low-income area, where she worked extremely hard so I could enjoy our wonderful public school system.
My mother was tough on me starting at an early age. I had to work hard for the simple things in life — clothes, treats, toys, etc. When I was too young to get a job, I did chores around the house to earn a $5 weekly salary. This empowered me to save money to buy toys and do fun activities with friends. However, this was not how most families in my city operated. My acquaintances enjoyed much more luxurious lifestyles than I did, and they didn’t have to work a single minute for it. This didn’t sit well with me.
It hit me much harder in high school. Most of the cars in my high school’s student parking lot were worth over $50,000 — more than any car in the teachers’ lot was worth. What is even more pathetic is that while mommy and daddy were writing the checks to pay for these vehicles, their children were doing drugs.
America has a culture problem, and I think the cause of that problem is Big Government.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/23/how-fdr-made-my-generation-lazy-and-entitled/#ixzz1hNL0eHgN