Mike is right. The current situation is exactly opposite.
"There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning." - Warren Buffett
The same can be said for older people. They have essentially been making war on their children, which they didn't have enough of to support the system they are trying to protect.
"I don't know if I trust those figures. Or if they are put in proper context."
Using a ratio is putting them in proper context.
"These articles irritate me solely because it validates everybodys victimhood. Not everybody that has had a successful life has done so at the expense of another."
And, not everyone who has had a "successful" life actually earned what they have. And, some times there are victims. Yes, younger people should be saving more, but that doesn't mean it's ok for the old or wealthy to rig the game, which they have. It is a logical fallacy to suggest that because some people play the victim that their aren't actual victims.
This is the same attitude I find in the small town where I grew up. They are so worried about the poor people who don't "earn" their money. They are aghast that these poor lazy people are getting an extra couple thousand from the government, but completely blind to the .5% and older generation stacking the game against them. All you have to do is look at the numbers to know that the poor who use the system are a secondary problem, not the primary one. Both problems should be addressed, but I'm more worried about hundreds of billions in inequity than hundreds of millions. Or, I'm more worried about curing cancer than the common cold. Quit worrying about the sniffles and let's pay attention to the cancer. Once the cancer is gone, by all means let's focus on the cold.
It is easy to compare a 35 year old to a 65 year old in this instance, as you have the ratio of wealth from two different time periods. It's the ratio we are comparing and the ratio suggests a problem.
I know I'm not going to see Social Security as it is right now. I'm fine with that. However, I want your age group to also take at least a little hit, as your demographic has known this was coming for years and did nothing about it. I will take a big hit, but I want you and my parents generation to chip in a little.