Tag Archives: Baby Boomers

Michael Medved: “Last Hurrah” for the Boomer Generation?

As the presidential campaign heats up, leaders over 70 control our politics. If Trump wins re-election, he’d be 78 at his term’s end—the oldest president ever.

Elizabeth Warren would be 75, Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg would both be 81, and Bernie Sanders would hit 83. Meanwhile, Speaker of the House Pelosi is already 79 and Senate leader Mitch McConnell, 77.

New York attorney Thomas Dewey notes this domination by senior citizens is new: Bill Clinton took office at age 46, and George W. Bush followed him at 54, beating the 52-year-old Vice President, Al Gore. Mr. Dewey seems puzzled by these contrasts, but they actually reflect the unshakable domination of government and culture by Baby Boomers, who ruled the roost in their 50s and still hold sway in their 70s. Members of this post-war population bulge could still reign past their 80s or, more plausibly, 2020 will be their Last Hurrah.

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David Davenport: The Elephant In The Policy Room


You would never know this listening to presidential candidates but Social Security, in crisis mode for a while, will begin paying out more than it takes in next year. The reserve fund will be depleted in 16 years, meaning seniors would face 20 percent cuts in their payments.

Roughly half of Americans rely on Social Security for most of their retirement income. And with baby boomers retiring and living longer, the numbers will only get worse.

While Democrats talk about welfare and socialism, and Republicans love their tax cuts, we still need to pay for the entitlements we already have such as Social Security and Medicare.

Fixing this will take several things Washington hardly does anymore: exercise fiscal discipline, debate and deliberate, and come to some kind of bipartisan agreement.

Party line vote—the new normal in Washington—will not do the trick

Social Security needs a fix.

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