When looking at the Brookings study’s generational comparisons, let’s keep in mind that 65-year-olds of the late 1970s are different people than the 65-year-olds of 2015. This seems like an obvious point, but it needs to be made. It’s a mistake to frame this change in sentiment as if one single, eternally-65 segment of the populace suddenly changed its mind about government assistance for the poor. What we’re looking at is the difference between two generations. And the 65-year-olds of today are part of the most avaricious, self-righteous, navel gazing generation yet to grace the earth: the Baby Boomers.