It is tough to be a young American….

Growing up is hard.

“It became too difficult financially to be in school and not working,” says Kaylor, who dropped out of Lincoln Christian University, in Illinois, after one semester because of a money crunch. “And without schooling, you can’t get a job that you can survive on, so I had to move back home,” he said.

It’s a scenario that has become far too common, according to a new census report out Wednesday that reveals staggering statistics on millennials and their journey to independence.

For one, the report shows young men like Kaylor, who makes less than $22,000, have fallen by the wayside when it comes to income.

“In 1975, only 25 percent of men aged 25 to 34 had incomes of less than $30,000 per year. By 2016, that share rose to 41 percent of young men,” according to the report.

It used to be so much easier, right?

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39 Responses to It is tough to be a young American….

  1. MadBrad says:

    This issues being experienced by this young man today began when his parents decided to name him “Kaylor”.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    Yeah, those people in the black and white photos above had it easy compared to what young adults are dealing with today.

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    Snark aside… Has there ever been a time or place in the history of humanity when getting by – and even getting fat – was easier? I don’t think so.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I am actually saying the exact opposite of the Dana Carvey character. Past generations didn’t ‘like it that way.’ I am saying that life for past generations was hard and painful and that life today is much easier.

      • Bman says:

        Of course life was much tougher then. For example, not one American…NOT ONE, needs to worry about starvation. Life is full of plenty and leisure compared to yesteryear. We have evolved into Eloi.

  4. Bman says:

    The funny thing is, those black and white pictures are what my grandparents called the good ol’ days…

  5. R.D. Walker says:

    Young Americans….

    It is an awesome song. I have no idea what it means but it is awesome.

    • fasttimes says:

      love that tune

      • R.D. Walker says:

        “Sitting on your hands on the bus of survivors, blushing at all the Afro-Sheeners, ain’t that close to love?”

        It must mean something but you got me.

        In the song you hear the chorus sing “I heard the news today, oh boy.” That was a hat tip to John Lennon and the Beatles song “A Day in the Life”. Lennon contributed to the Young Americans song.

        • C. L. says:

          My theory is that “artists” like Bowie would sometimes willfully make up meaningless shit in their songs because they knew that their followers wanted to be cool and “in” so bad they would act like they knew the deep meaning and that’s what made them cool, and the artist would laugh at them behind their backs.

  6. miforest says:

    the parents of these people must be horrible people to have done such a lousey job of parenting. What generation raised these slugs?

    certainly this justifies offshoring the entire us manufacturing base. that’ll fix these useless goofs.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      US manufacturing output is currently at an all time high. Quit making shit up.

      • miforest says:

        you Quit making shit up. you put up a post that Americans are useless slugs because they don’t appreciate how good they got it and life used to suck.
        Then you equate raw numbers to job opportunities for entry level people. That’s just mindless. as our favorite war gamer would say.

        suppose we outlawed employing anyone under 25 tomorrow.
        we could grow the economy buy hiring more older people and importing workers from Canada,and installing robots.
        industrial production could go up. RD could still call the unemployed youngsters lazy and worthless. But would it be accurate? would it be fair? how would their lives be?

        Since illegitimacy and social issues in the African american community i areso high , at least here in Detroit, many young African american males do not go to college. They make up a the biggest demographic of the young unemployed.
        Military? many have past legal issues that disalow it . Not serious, but remember , from single mom homes.
        Trade school ? maybe for a few. but limited opportunities. college? a few, but many Were not adequately prepared by their crappy high schools to succeed.
        Start a business? again , a very few do, but where is the financing and expertise to do it coming from.

        They need a dammed job that they can support themselves with while they work on those other opportunities. A world of robotics engineers and subsidized farmers leaves these people out in the cold.
        don’t tell me the schools and parentless kids aren’t you fault, just like the ag subsidies aren’t your fault. they’re reality and we have to deal with reality as it is.

        I think most of the people who post here have exceptional character, ability and grit. But that doesn’t mean that anybody who isn’t up to our standards is a worthless slug and undeserving of crack at a decent life.
        It is not a joke that the African american communities are worst hit.
        but they aren’t alone. I could go on about the relatives in KY with the same issues.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          “They need a dammed job that they can support themselves with while they work on those other opportunities.”

          Yep. That’s always been true and it has always taken hard work to make it happen. For most of human history it has been much, much more difficult than it is now. Much more difficult.

          The difference now is that people think they are entitled to it. They think the world owes them a living. You seem to think that way too.

          Getting by is easier than ever and people are acting like it is a crisis. Bah!

          • miforest says:

            humbug! not even an attempt to refute anything i put in the post? your mis- characterizing the whole situation.

            so basically as far as you are concerned the youth of detroit can go hang if there’s a few bucks to be made on it . nice.

            • R.D. Walker says:

              They can go hang or they can go get their shit together. It’s up to them just like it has been up to young people since time immemorial.

              • miforest says:

                that is exactly right , BUT we all have a stake in that , an national policy should not be an obstical to it.
                we are all in this together.

        • notamobster says:

          Nobody owes them or anyone else a damned thing! You’re a freaking progressive, bleeding heart. Always an excuse why the black man can’t make it in the world without the evil business owners giving them something at the barrel of the government’s rifle.

          The purpose of companies is to produce goods and services for sale, not to provide jobs!!!

          If you had ever invested your money in starting a business, you would know this! Have you ever taken your vacation money or “second car” income and created a job for any of these people? Why not, you heartless monster?

          As stupid as it sounds, for me to tell you how to spend your money – that’s how stupid it sounds for you to suggest that the govt should force me or someone else, to spend ours!

    • R.D. Walker says:

      How badly do you have to hate America to continue to promote the propaganda that the United States’ growing, expanding and dynamic manufacturing sector is enfeebled, weak and unable to compete?

      • notamobster says:

        In fairness, like I do every time, I must point to automation as the prime mover behind America’s output. I think it’s a good thing, and I agree with you, en toto, but it speaks nothing to the legit concern that we will eventually have no jobs for the poor choice makers in the country, due largely to the same automation.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          You are absolutely correct but that is a different issue. He said we are ‘offshoring’ the manufacturing base. That isn’t true.

          • notamobster says:

            Yep. Manufacturers offshore/automate jobs that can be done cheaper/more efficiently elsewhere or by robots.

            I’ve never met a single person who has invested their own money into a venture who thinks we should keep jobs at the expense of the company. The company exists to provide products and services, not jobs.

            It’s only net employees who think that way, because they have no more skin in the game than showing up to work.

            Like socialists, the market proves them wrong over and over again, but they refuse to learn.

            • R.D. Walker says:

              Furthermore, there many thousands of facets of manufacturing that are better done in the US no matter what other nations do. Any type of custom fabrication, dynamic product development, advanced technology or that in which intellectual property rights is important is better done in the US. The US maintains a sustainable advantage in this type of production even if unskilled monkey-work like making T-shirts is better done in Guatemala.

              Some around here think shitty sweatshop production in government protected monopolies is what is going to make America great again. Bah!

              • Squib Load says:

                Simple. Their America isn’t your America. In many respects, “America” means one’s own state and town. It’s always worth remembering a net good for America can harmful to an individual state or industry.

                It’s easy to cheer free market forces culling other people’s inefficiencies. From a free market perspective, maybe the rust belt manufactures got exactly what they deserved. On the other hand, what would Iowa look like without federal farm subsidies and ethanol mandates? What would the gulf coast states look like without federally subsidized flood insurance? And so on.

                It’s free markets for some and protectionism and subsidies for others. Naturally this frustrates the losers in the game.

                • R.D. Walker says:

                  “On the other hand, what would Iowa look like without federal farm subsidies and ethanol mandates? “

                  Hey, let’s find out. I would support that. In fact, let’s get rid of all the subsidies, mandates, tariffs and trade restrictions of all kinds. Bring it on baby.

                • R.D. Walker says:

                  Because, you know, that’s what makes America great: picking the pockets of the people to prop up businesses and industries that can’t stand on their own. Forcing people to buy one product under color of law while blocking their purchase of others. The assumption that centralized planning is superior to the spontaneous organization created buy trillions of decisions by billions of people. The choosing of what is right for the people by a central bureaucracy. That will make America great.

                • notamobster says:

                  In my America, people do what they want with their money and anyone who doesn’t like it can pound sand into something useful, sell it, and do something different with their own money.

                  In my America, the govt doesn’t choose who wins and who loses. In my America, the federal government is a tiny entity, charged with organizing the protection of citizens rights, arbiter of disputes between the several States and laying and collecting taxes to pay for these activities & NOTHING MORE.

                • Squib Load says:

                  But, we’re not going to find out what Iowa looks like without farm subsidies, and Nota’s tiny federal government isn’t in the offing. Pointing out these realities is not an argument for centralized planning.

                  I’m not trying to change your minds. I’m urging you consider other viewpoints to gain some perspective why protectionism sells. People feel the game is rigged. Their solutions may be misguided but, their diagnosis is not entirely wrong.

                  Therefore, I’m not satisfied by the explanation that anyone who doubts the free market is a lazy rent seeker or economic illiterate because, I think we all know, on some level, that the game is rigged.

                  Which is why millennials think life is hard. The whole fucking system is corrupt, everywhere, at every level of government, and it has shaped millennials to be apathetic.

                  It’s the worst possible environment for encouraging hard work. Life may be easy but open corruption is everywhere, which is social cancer. That’s what is different today.

  7. R.D. Walker says:

    “I think we all know, on some level, that the game is rigged.”

    They are calling for greater rigging of the game. They are calling for further corruption. They are calling for more of the same shit that ails them. It is stupid.

  8. Ray Davies says:

    As I said when I first came to Iowa 40+ years ago, “These folks should be measuring their corn in gallons, not bushels” Well, that’s what they’re doing and seems to be doing just fine. The distiller’s grain is sold as a by product for animal feed. Part of the Ag problem is the price of grain. The price is down so they grow more to compensate and the price goes down more. They need to hold back a year or two and bring the prices up. The cost of production will not change that much, but the price of everything else sure will.

  9. notamobster says:

    Squib – we both (RD/me) know why protectionism sells… Just like we both know why socialism sells… We exist on this site to support the principles of limited government: Free markets. Free minds. Free people.

    We ask questions, point to possible solutions, explain a few things, and maintain intellectual consistency… Even when it goes against our own interest.

    Dumb shit sells because people have a personal benefit. I don’t support the govt picking winners & losers… Even if they pick me to be a winner. I never will. (They already have picked me to be a loser.)

  10. R.D. Walker says: