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    America, the Gerontocracy

    Is America getting to old? The left complains about angry old white men on the right but the left is no different.

    America, the Gerontocracy



    Why is America governed by old people? Maybe because it has so many elderly voters.

    The American electorate is older than it’s been for at least half a century. One reason is aging Boomers. The other is the greater tendency (despite a rising mortality rate) of people who make it into old age to go on living. By 2030, every living Boomer will be elderly (that is, age 65 or older), and by 2035, the Census Bureau projects, the elderly will outnumber minors for the first time in U.S. history.

    This demographic trend has an exaggerated effect on politics. According to the Pew Research Center, in the 2020 election nearly one-quarter of the electorate (23 percent) will be elderly, “the highest such share since at least 1970.” But that understates the size of the elderly vote because the elderly are much likelier than any other age group to show up on Election Day. Old people really like to vote. In 2016, for instance, 71 percent of eligible elderly voters reported to the Census that they voted. For other age cohorts, the turnout percentages were 67 percent (aged 45-64), 59 percent (aged 30-44) and 46 percent (aged 18-29).

    The electorate is even older in primaries, and older still in local elections....
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    Age Like Wine and Your Opinions Will Be Whine-Proof


    Since the electorate should have as much power and self-determination as the President and, in a grown-up country, be considered a branch of the government, eligibility to vote should be the same as the qualifications to be President: 35 years old and born to an American citizen. Especially with dumbing-down and our childish upbringing, no one under that age has enough learning experiences to form a judgment about what kind of laws he wants. Foreigners have a distorted and irrelevant experience, especially considering that they are set in certain ways by their foreign parents.
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    The born-rich hate and fear all other White people.

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    That's not good for Democrats, huh? No wonder they want 16 yr olds to be allowed to vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Is America getting to old? The left complains about angry old white men on the right but the left is no different.

    America, the Gerontocracy
    This is why AARP needs to make any further cuts to Medicare/SS a kill your campaign issue

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