Generations Apart: Xers vs. Boomers vs. the Elderly

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The actual and potential conflict between America's three prominent generations the under 35 Generation X, the over 35 Baby Boomers, and the over 65 Elderly seems more pronounced each year due to financial burdens, social concerns, and political agendas.

Xers are perceived as being disaffected from society, apathetic, and politically unsavvy. They live in an environment of ultra-uncertainty and tremendous expectations. Were the Boomers the last generation to make it, and will the demands of the elderly deny the twenty-somethings their future?

A powerful, yet quite varied voting bloc, Baby Boomers have families now and they are in a bind. Many can't afford to send the kids to college; they worry about their retirement needs; and they wonder if they will bare the burden of caring for their aging parents.

The size of the elderly population is exploding and will further increase as Boomers age. The elderly are politically active and tend to be more conservative. Many elders feel they are being squeezed out of society by generations who don't appreciate their contributions but only see the costs of Social Security and medical care increasing to enormous levels.

Generations Apart is the first book of its kind to include essays on and from all three generations, members of each group who explain how they see themselves in relation to the others.

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Compares the views of three American generations on each other and on economic, political, and social issues. Twenty-five essays by journalists, academics, political and labor leaders, and one graduate student explore the tensions between the generations; which holds political power; how past generations viewed eachother; demographic trends that could spell disaster in the future; and Social Security and Medicare in the 21st century. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573921749
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard D. Thau (New York, NY) is executive director of Third Millennium, a nonpartisan advocacy group began by and for Americans born after 1960. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, and Slate. Jay S. Heflin is a freelance writer.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Pt. 1 Tensions between the Generations
1 Back from the Future 18
2 Respect Your Juniors 22
3 Stuck in the Shadows with You: Observations on Post-Boomer Culture 24
4 The Birth of a Revolutionary Class 31
5 End Special Tax Favors for Seniors 36
6 Herky-Jerky Bang-Bang 40
Pt. 2 Who Holds the Power
7 Interview with Sen. Alan Simpson 46
8 The Death of Lead...or Leave 52
9 Fun in Politics? As If 60
10 Preamble to the Third Millennium Declaration 65
Pt. 3 How Generations Cycle
11 Winter Comes Again 72
12 A Letter to the Rising Generation 81
13 The Two Generations 95
Pt. 4 Do Demographic Trends Spell Disaster?
14 The Nation's Changing Age Profile: What Does It Mean? 110
15 Will America Grow Up Before It Grows Old? 140
16 Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform: Planning for the Future 152
17 Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform: Statement of Commissioner Richard L. Trumka 178
Pt. 5 Social Security and Medicare in the Twenty-first Century
18 How Social Security Redistributes Income 192
19 The Sky's Not Falling, the Sky's Not Falling!: Editorial 232
20 The Myth of the 2.2 Percent Solution 236
21 Don't Worry, Generation X: Why the Demographic Nightmare of the Twentysomethings Isn't Likely to Come True 241
22 Listen Up, Generation X 244
23 Turning Workers into Investors 247
24 First, the System Is Hardly in Crisis 250
25 Benefit Cuts, Kind and Gentle 253
Contributors 255
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