Politics of Aging

Anxious About the Virus, Older Voters Grow More Wary of Trump

For years, Republicans and Mr. Trump have relied on older Americans, the country’s largest voting bloc, to offset a huge advantage Democrats enjoy with younger voters. In critical states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida, all of which have large older populations, Mr. Trump’s advantage with older voters has been essential to his political success; […]

Trump needs two electoral blocs to win. The pandemic is driving a wedge between them.

Unless science develops a miracle breakthrough, Trump must choose which to prioritize: saving lives or saving livelihoods. The sooner the economy reopens, the more people will die. Those deaths will not be randomly distributed: Older voters will be overrepresented among the casualties. That fact is not lost on the United States’ older voters. By a 6-to-1 […]

Column: Bloomberg’s record on Social Security has its advocates alarmed

It has been open season on Michael R. Bloomberg’s record since the billionaire businessman broke from the pack of Democratic Presidential candidates and won a place in Wednesday’s Democratic debate. Here’s a new area of concern: His record on Social Security. Advocates for the program are expressing concern that Bloomberg has failed to utter the […]

Trump just gave away the Republican game on Social Security and Medicare

Davos went to President Trump’s head. Perhaps it was the rarefied air of the annual World Economic Forum, a place where billionaires congratulate one another on what they see as their unique virtues and smarts. Perhaps it was the ego boost, as Trump basked in acceptance by a high-end business crowd that once held him […]

Why Democrats Still Have to Appeal to the Center, but Republicans Don’t

American politics has been dominated by the Democratic and Republican Parties since the Civil War. That gives us the illusion of stability — that today’s political divisions cut roughly the same lines as yesteryear. But in recent decades, the two parties have been changing, and fast. Those changes are ideological — the Democratic Party has […]