“We’re a Generation of Doers”October 6, 2018
And they are doing a number on the rest of us…
“Midterms, primaries, every single election — we’ll be there, but you won’t. Because we’re a generation of doers, not whiners. And we’re doing great.”
But millennials are not the real problem.
Baby Boomers: A Generation of Sociopaths?
The Baby Boomers Control Our Political System
Is it a coincidence that all of these politicians are Baby Boomers?
- Donald Trump (1946)
- Bill Clinton (1946)
- George W. Bush (1946)
- Hillary Clinton (1947)
- Al Gore (1948)
It is not a coincidence that the federal government is transferring money to the Baby Boomers at the expense of future generations.
Policymakers are burdening our children with massive amounts of debt while doing little to invest in their future. This unfortunate combination threatens the long-standing practice in this country that each generation leaves a better world for the generation that follows.Center for a Responsible Federal Budget
For the past eight years, however, federal support for children has been on a downward spiral.
Spending on kids fell from $405 billion in 2010, or 10.7% percent of the budget, to $377 billion in 2016, or 9.8% of the budget.Center for a Responsible Federal Budget
And in just two years, the government will be paying more in interest costs on the national debt than it spends on children, the report said.
Interest is currently the fastest growing part of the budget. Under current law, interest costs will exceed spending on children by 2020 and total federal support for children by 2021. Based on current trends, the United States could end up spending twice as much servicing its debt as it does on children by roughly 2030.Center for a Responsible Federal Budget
Meanwhile, the accumulation of new debt is accelerating under President Trump and the Republican Congress.
The Bottom Line: Baby Boomers are Taking Government Money, Cutting Investments in Future Generations, and Leaving An Enormous Bill to Be Paid By Someone Else
How do they get away with it?
Because Young People Don’t Vote & Older People Do
Election Outcomes Would Be Different if More Millennials Voted
Millennials Strongly Favor Democrats in 2018
Millennials Favored Democrats in 2016
Millennials Liked Obama More and Dislike Trump More Than Other Generations
Millennials are More Likely To Be Democrats in General
It HAS NOT Always Been This Way
Between 1976 and 2004, there was very little difference in voting patterns between younger and older generations. In 1988, 1992, and 2000, voters between the ages of 18-29 were more likely to vote for the Republican presidential candidate than voters over the of 65.
Why Are Younger Voters Shifting Toward Democrats?
Because Younger Voters Have Different Values and Prioritize Issues Differently Than Older Generations
1) Millennials Want the Federal Government to Invest in the Future
And To Stop Mortgaging Their Future with More Debt
2) Millennials Are Concerned about Climate Change
3) Millennials View Abortion and Sexual Harassment Differently Than Older Generations
According to a 2018 Report from Public Religion Research Institute
- Just 44 percent of young Americans say abortion goes against their personal beliefs, compared to 60 percent of Americans over 65.
- Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of young people, compared to 51 percent of seniors, agree that abortion should be legal in most or all cases.
- Nearly seven in ten (69 percent) young people, compared to 46 percent of seniors, agree that at least some health care professionals in their community should provide legal abortions.
Younger and older voters also differ sharply on the local availability of abortion services.
- Among Americans overall, 38 percent say obtaining an abortion in their community is somewhat or very difficult, compared to 46 percent who say it is not too difficult or not at all difficult.
- Nearly half (49 percent) of young Americans, compared to 35 percent of seniors, say abortions are somewhat or very difficult to obtain in their communities.
- Notably, seniors (26 percent) are far more likely than young people (seven percent) to say they are not sure how difficult it would be to get an abortion in their community.
In a different survey, PRRI found that younger voters are more likely to be concerned about politicians accused of sexual harassment than older voters.
The study did not find significant differences between younger and older women.
“However, there is a considerable generation gap among men. Nearly six in ten (59%) younger men (age 18 to 34), compared to fewer than half (47%) of senior men (ages 65 and older), say they would rule out voting for someone accused of sexual harassment by multiple people. Forty-six percent of senior men say they would still consider voting for such a candidate”.