In Australia just recently, many of us were exercising our right to vote. And now that the dust has (kinda) settled, you could be asking what was the hassle everything about.
While it didn’t get much hot-air time in the election lead-up, but we oldies could be causing an issue. Australia’s population is ageing with ABS figures revealing that the proportion of Australians over 65 years could increase to 25% by 2056. (In the United States, more than 10,000 individuals every day turn 65.) An ageing population could be a hazard to our economy and political system.
Our ageing population will position increasing tension on a variety of sectors, a decrease in the labour force, and a decline in the associated tax base. So, you do not need to be Albert Whatshisname to find out that increased expense paired with decreased earnings makes deficit, financial obligation, and possible economic downturn.
Two associated things appear certain. People over the age of 65 are most likely to take a quite conservative stance to altering the current system involving their well-being and there is a need for governments to buy a much more cost efficient and comfortable circumstances for this aging group. Most oldies have concerns that frequently vary from those of younger generations – believe environment change, crumbling facilities, youth unemployment, access to education. By their inaction, very few politicians appear too concerned that nothing much can be done about this divide without broader, more meaningful changes.
We all nod our heads in arrangement that the interests of future generations are essential to all in a democratic society. We know it’s the next generation that will be anticipated to pay the financial obligation, handle the insufficient infrastructure, experience decreasing success, and pay for a hopelessly inadequate educational system. Yet, on what we’re experiencing at the minute, we’ll die waiting for an inefficient political system making the reforms that may promote development that will unavoidably cause discomfort to an ageing majority. OK, it’s a global issue, but governments the world over are doing virtually nothing of note to assist.
If it’s so that ‘politics is the art of the possible’, recommending that politics boils down to negotiation and compromise in between the various factions and viewpoints that comprise a body politic, there may be hope. Otherwise Plato’s concept expressed in The Republic (380 BCE) may become a reality within Australia: ‘It is for the elder guy to rule and for the younger to send’. Or maybe Sam Cooke sang it right, ‘A modification is going to come’.