Kids Don’t Vote

From 2011 to 2022, federal outlays are projected to grow by almost $1 trillion, but children gain almost nothing from this growth. In comparison, the non-child portions of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are projected to claim 91 percent of the increase.

As a result, children’s spending is projected to fall sharply as a share of the economy, from 2.5 percent of GDP in 2011 to 1.9 percent in 2022, below pre-recession levels.

Source: Gene Steuerle.

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  1. Alex says:

    This only builds to the mountain of evidence that no political party or individual politician actually cares about his or her constituents; they only care about the vote.

  2. Buster says:

    I suppose we should not find this surprising. Baby Boomers are a huge cohort. Once they become seniors, they will demand government goods and services compensate with their political power.

  3. Kyle says:

    @Alex Only swing votes at that.

  4. Dayana Osuna says:

    This is disturbing. If anybody still wonders why the American political/economic system receives so much negative crisiticism from outsiders, here is part of the reason.

  5. Linda Gorman says:

    And here I thought that parents spend their money on children so that expenditures that help parents also help children.

  6. Otis says:

    This is a shame.

    I wonder how much worse it is in Japan, which has an older population.

  7. Otis says:

    An aging population will help ensure that Social Security and Medicare are kept intact for years to come.