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Senior Voters
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Senior Voters

Did you know that seniors out voted every other segment of the voting population. Recent surveys show the nearly 60% of registered voters 65 and up voted while those in lower age groups were at 16% for young voters (18-20), Mid 20% for those 21-34, 38% for those 35-44 and 51% for those 45-64.

As of 2010 the US voting age population was 230 million of which 39 million were 65 and up. That means nearly 17% of the voting population is 65 and over and of that 39 million nearly 60% vote. That my friends is a large voting block.

So what does that mean for us. To me it means we can have a huge influence on the 2012 presidential election. If we can push that 60% number up to 70% or 75% we can have an even bigger influence.

Senior voters tend to vote conservative unless someone is attacking Social Security or Medicare. I consider myself a conservative and I happen to be one that thinks we need to fix both Social Security and Medicare. I’m not talking about wrecking it just fixing it.

The sad thing is that any time a politician has guts enough to propose a sound revamping of the system the media and opposing party act like we are going to shut down Social Security and Medicare. They use scare tactics to stir people up and make them cry out against change.

Both sides of the aisle agree that we need to do something. So why can’t they just get a few smart people to set down, take their time and come up with a sound solution.

The truth is if we don’t fix it soon it will be beyond fixing without major cuts to all beneficiaries. So what’s so bad about raising the retirement age. Todays young people will live far longer than us and will remain in the work force much longer. Starting their retirement at 70 or so sounds like a sound solution to me.

I have talked to a lot of young workers and most understand that they will be working longer because they will be living longer. Most also know that if the retirement and Medicare systems aren’t fixed there just won’t be any for them.

At this point I haven’t heard of any proposals that have any significant impact on those already retired or close to retirement. I believe it is in our best interest to demand a fix for the system before it gets so out of control that it does affect those of us that are retired.

Whatever your stance, do your due diligence then get out and vote. There are so many who don’t have the opportunity that we do to voice their opinion by voting. Don’t take your liberties for granted. Vote!


Street Talk

Just catching up on some old stuff. Living in Florida the Grey Hair party has controlled the state for my entire life, and you are starting to see more and more people that have been retired for years that are having to get back into the workplace. I am thinking this issue might address itself, and the legislation will follow with a broken system claiming to be the fix.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the comment Wayne. I know more and more seniors that need to work to make ends meet

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  about 1 decade ago

Good info. thanks

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Shawn

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  about 1 decade ago

Well written article... sadly I suspect the issue's too hot for smart people to be willing to sit down. Gotta fix. No one wants fingerprints traced back to themself? I suspect it already gets so out of control that we've got to do something, "Yesterday!" Yep. Each of us needs to get out and vote after figuring out what to vote for... or against?

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Cynthia. i hope people realize it's time we take care of business before it's too late

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the visit and comment Joan. It seems none of our legislators have the guts to tackle the problem

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Hi John. Social security has been used for things other than for what was intended. It was supposed to be an insurance policy and security for old age. It's been frittered away by idiot legislation. I see it as a breach of contract. It should be self sustaining. I agree that there is a big problem that needs to be worked out. Good article.

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  about 1 decade ago
Barbara9  

very nice article

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you Barbara9

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  about 1 decade ago

Interesting statistics John. In Australia voting is compulsory at every level. I'm not sure if that's better although it does force people like me, who have little interest in politics, to take an interest in what's happening and go out of our way to have a say. How many of us would stay home on a sunny saturday if not forced to be at a polling booth... and it takes no time at all to do this important thing.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the comment Heather. I think we US voters have let the government have its say for too long. It's time we took our country back from the politicians. There. My rant for the day :))

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  about 1 decade ago

Another fine report, John. I had shawn's thought as well--that people get 'busy' when they're young adults, pre-occupied when they're middle-aged, and have lots of time free to consider voting when in retirement. I guess the most important thing about that is the growth of the senior community, giving them even more influence--however, just cause people are old doesn't mean they'll vote as a bloc. Perhaps a 'reverse-tea-party' is called for, candidates who, rather than pledge to block all legislation, promise to be as compromising and cooperative as they can be, ignoring party lines, and simply trying to unclog the machinery of government--which is crippled right now by un-appointed but necessary officials, needed revisions of outdated laws, and laws trying to keep pace with the new, digital business-world.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the comment Christopher. Wouldn't it be refreshing if we could just get them to do what they were elected for.

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  about 1 decade ago
AJ  

I agree that now is the time to fix medicare and social security before it is too late and it collapses completely. Sometimes a small change now is better than the huge change that comes because we're afraid to make the small change. Thank you for raising awareness, John.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the comment AJ

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the comment Shawn

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  about 1 decade ago
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