by Chester Oldman
File under: Baby Boomers08 May 2015 14:49 EDT

In the past, Fakenation has been criticized because, apparently, we believe "all Baby Boomers are bad."  That's absolutely not true, and I'm here today to explode this myth.  For one thing, the wonderful editors here allow me (an older gentleman) to write for them.  But more importantly, the fact remains that there are real Boomers out there that do help their children, and we aren't afraid to let it be known!  It's my great privilege today to introduce you to one of them.

Dean Skelos, of 1948 vintage.  He's a Republican majority leader in the New York State Senate, protector of the disadvantaged, attorney, husband, father.  The skinhead next to him is his son, 32 year old Adam (a member of the Millennial generation).

Adam was a struggling businessman facing financial difficulties.  When his dad found out about it, he didn't just turn up his nose and say "It's your problem, you fix it!" as so many other Boomers do.  No, he personally stepped in and did everything he could to help.

As the New York Times reports, Senator Skelos was a man who, "when it came to his son, was not shy about twisting arms, even in situations that might give other arm-twisters pause."  He got into gear, made some calls, and threw his hard-won political influence around until he was able to engineer some big government contracts that would put about $220k in Adam's pocket.  A big help, a good start.  The least a father could do.

Of course, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, has used words like "extortion" and "corruption" to describe the senator's actions, but that's just because he doesn't understand.  He probably doesn't even have a son of his own.  Mr.  Bharara is a newbie who has no idea how Politics 2.0 actually works.  "Pay to play" is not a bad thing, it's just the common sense reality, and it stems from a moral imperative that we all share: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Case closed.

Senator Skelos, unlike most Boomers, also proved to be open to new technologies.  When his son asked him to use FaceTime video calls instead of a landline (which is easier for federal investigators to track) for their communications, he agreed.  This is no dinosaur.  

Some people are upset because, despite the charges leveled at him by the US attorney, he refuses to step down, and his Republican colleagues in the state senate refuse to make him do so.  But why should he?  Is it really a crime to want to do what you can to help your own son?  The Senator noted that Adam "worked hard, did a good job, and that's what kids are supposed to do."  He also said, admirably, that kids "shouldn’t be penalized because of the title their father has."  We wholeheartedly agree.  Here's wishing you the best of luck of the future, Dean!

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