Business - Written by Mike Dover on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 23:44 - 5 Comments
Silent Generation lives up to its name
OK, first off, I need to stop betting on Presidential elections. Not only am I 0 and 2, I’m 0 and 2 against self-made wealthy men named Don. And, on Saturday I am going to make good on my Dukakis bet; hopefully, I’m not charged interest and penalties that may have been accruing for 20 years.
Our friend Neil Howe has written extensively about generations. He was the first person that I know to recognize the Silent Generation (birth years 1925-1942) is the only generation in American history never to have one of its members elected President. John McCain was almost certainly the last chance. Joe Biden is actually born in the last year of the cohort, but he would likely be 73 before he would have a chance to run. In fact, this generation across the board has been under-represented with respect to public service.
On the other hand, President Obama is the first President from Generation X. Sorry Dad, that’s one for me, none for you.
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