That Demographic Crisis? It’s Here

USA Today reports new census data showing that there were fewer people aged 0-18 in the United States in 2010 than there were in 2000.

So let’s see: more older people and fewer younger people. Nah, we don’t need to make any changes to Social Security or Medicare. I’m sure it will all work out just fine.

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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5 Responses to That Demographic Crisis? It’s Here

  1. Two words: “Status-quo.” I propose Ron Paul 2012. Since I’ve read your advocacy of Tom Woods, I might infer that you would agree?

    By the way, I’m very excited to begin The Great Books Program at Faulkner on Monday. I presume we will meet in the course room (Skype) before it’s all said and done.

    • Dr. J says:

      It would take a lot more than a Ron Paul presidency to change Social Security and Medicare, but at least that would get a serious discussion started.

      Yes, I’m sure you’ll take at least one of my classes in the distance program!

  2. Peder says:

    This is the single most frustrating part of the 2012 campaign season so far. We’ve had about 40 GOP debates and far too many of them have centered on silly trivia. Even last night got side tracked into discussion about banning contraceptives! As if this is a pressing current issue. Wildly frustrating.

  3. dieta says:

    Jim in Houston-1509351 The social security funds were borrowed by the federal government a long time ago. All social security has is a bunch of IOU’s from the federal government. If we default, why should social security be any different from any other debtor?

  4. Sugel says:

    This is so planned that the benefits are lesser for the people with high income averages and high for the low income people. In this way, social security redistributes the incomes. Moreover, there is also intergenerational redistribution of income also. In the pay as you go system, the present generation of workers pays for the benefits of the earlier generation.

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