Doug Sanders’ article “The world’s losing its worker. How will we compete?” addresses the problems arising from an aging population, both in America and across the world. Sanders fears that, because the portion of the population 60 and older is not only growing but also increasing in proportion to the number of working-age adults, there will be significant economic consequences. One example Sanders gives is scarcity in the job market. Sanders believes that the supply of “cheap labour will vanish”, which he suggests would be devastating if certain measures are not taken. Sanders’ article is informative and recommends interesting policy changes which he believes will mitigate some of the more drastic consequences of aging populations.Although Sanders does not address the issue himself, his article is also applicable to the topic of Gridlock. In recent history, the elderly have been more likely to vote Republican than Democrat. In fact, 60 and older is the only age group in which the majority voted Republican in the 2008 election. (Edison Media Research/Mitofsky International). Sanders points out that the elderly population is not only increasing but is also expanding as a percentage of the population. If current trends continue, this could mean a voting boost to Republican candidates.
The elderly rely heavily on big-government, which may suggest that this aging population will turn to Democrats to care for their needs. However, that seems unlikel. The elderly already have Medicare and Social Security. In other words, the elderly are already a class supported heavily by the government, and the Republicans are not seeking to change that.Could this demographic shift bode poorly for the Democratic party?