But even seniors will ultimately suffer if younger workers donít have the skills and infrastructure to be productive and support them.
Again according to The Urban Institute, state and federal governments spend $3 on seniors for every $1 on children. That spending has reduced poverty among seniors to 9 percent. Among kids, itís 22 percent.
Politically, generational justice is difficult: Seniors and soon-to-be seniors vote. Children do not. Seniors have AARP lobbying for them as ferociously as the National Rifle Association does on behalf of assault weapons. Kidsí lobbies are much weaker.
Theoretically, Obama should be the champion of younger voters ó the victims of generational injustice ó because 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds voted for him, while 56 percent of seniors supported Mitt Romney.
But, weirdly, Obama is resisting entitlement reform while the GOP is riskily promoting it. It could be part of his crush-íem plan.
One would hope the sides would quit trying to do each other in, realize they have to live together and get busy solving Americaís problems. Alas, itís probably a fantasy.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.