Thursday, May 1, 2014
Pew Research Center has released a new interactive essay about a new book by Paul Taylor on The Next America. The essay describes two demographic changes, described as "[t]wo dramas in slow motion." Those two changes are shifting ethnic demographics and aging of America.
There are informative interactive charts and graphics that have great data. The discussion comparing the Millenials with today's "seniors" is very interesting. I was focused on the section discussing the generational divide.
Perhaps in a classic understatement, the section titled "[w]e have a big challenge ahead" states "[a]t a time when young and old don’t look alike, think alike or vote alike, how will America modernize its entitlement programs so they're in sync with its new demographics? How can we keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and starving the future? It will be difficult."
Check out this essay before you start the next semester! A follow up story to the essay is available here.