Every generation has had gatekeepers and every generation has to play the hand they are dealt.I understand your point of view very well. I just refuse to accept the blame for the fact that your generation happened to be born after the "powers that be" plunged America into decline.
A generation isn't what caused the decline of America.
Essentially, the wealth of America is being harvested by the handful of people who have the power to do so. If you can think deeply enough on the matter you will eventually understand where that power comes from. Blaming fellow Americans of a certain age group is ridiculous. They have no more power to do anything about it than you do.
I associate America’s plunge with the Boomers because the most foolish plays have been made by leaders from that generation once they started taking positions of power, which is pretty much from the 90’s onwards. And this despite being dealt a great hand which was pretty much their game to lose. To name a few- gutting the manufacturing base and outsourcing it overseas, changing student debt laws, the war on terror, 2008 crash, bailouts, QE… the national deficit and the money printing has gone exponential under the Boomer‘s watch.
At least the WW2 generation had the sense to keep the deficit relatively in check because they had lived through that war and the depression.
I understand your point that one generation isn’t alone to blame. The country has been creeping towards this point for much longer than that, but it did begin to tremendously misstep in a much more irreversible, accelerated way once Boomers got into power.