People stopped being important to the political parties in the mid 1970’s and supply side economics replaced consumer driven economics. Outsourcing was a fad that proved impractical in many cases, but AI and automation are making great inroads in reshaping our society to a increasingly jobless one where environmental needs of humans are less important.
We have issues that are well understood by young business people, but we have an aging Congress that has not in their days experienced these effects as they are currently impacting society.
Today the average American is 20 years younger than their representative in Congress. This should come as no surprise, considering that over the past 30 years the average age of a Member of Congress has increased with almost every new Congress. In 1981, the average age of a Representative was 49 and the average of a Senator was 53. Today, the average age of a Representative is 57 and the average of a Senator is 61. This prompted us to take a further look at those graying averages.
Democratic leaders in the House are two decades older than Republican leaders.
The average age of the Democratic House leadership is 72 years old, whereas the average age of Republican House leadership is 48 years old. This trend continues in House committee leadership with Republican chairmen averaging 59 years old and ranking Democrats averaging 68 years old.
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