Understanding US political divide, confounding variable of age

Much has been made of the difference between rural and urban voting preferences with the implication that we need balance between different sub-economies within our country. I think this inevitably overlooks the differences between younger and older voters where there is a benefit to give more attention to the younger voters at the expense of the older ones.

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Agile model for higher education, learning in sprints instead of semesters

The agile approach would subject an eligible worker to a couple weeks of intense training and testing to meet the requirements so that the worker can be available to work in a short period of time. The resulting contract will be between the client and the corporation that will take a cut of the hourly rate and then pass the remainder to the worker. The worker would be paid uniformly for the education and the assigned task.

Parallel governments by age groups will reform notion of employment

The nature of the employer-employee relationship will change fundamentally when a worker enters the older group. One way to describe that change is to distinguish employment from contract work where employment shares a legacy with slavery in the the sense of the employer (business owner) having an obligation to take care the welfare of the employee in terms of providing steady income despite the ups and downs of business cycles. That employment includes employer investment in employee development and advancement. This obligation to take care of employees would cease when the worker reaches the age 55.

Invigorate the economy by splitting economy by age groups

My proposed model of a separate older workforce provides the economy with a new pool of lower cost and short term workers. These workers may be older but due to advances in healthcare and public health, these are generally very healthy and capable workers. They can provide the labor for the more risky ventures that occasionally may succeed into building new industries that can eventually employ the more strictly governed younger workers.

Imagining parallel economies divided by age cohorts

In this imagined economy, the notion of retirement will change fundamentally. Instead of defining retirement as an ideal of a life of leisure to strive for by working as long as possible, retirement is a transition from the young population to the old population. The older population may continue working indefinitely but no longer under long-term employment arrangement. The work will be short duration contracts that may require frequent retraining to prepare for future work.

Adapting to modern aging populations: government of two cohorts

The other government has a minimum voting age of 55. Upon reaching this age, a person can voluntarily participate in this part of government but when he does he forfeits his participation in the first government. Participation in this government should offer many advantages that will encourage this switch in participation. This government is responsible for all of the entitlement and personal benefit programs of the government. These are expenses unrelated to the operation of the government. Instead it is focused on the welfare of the people. While this will include welfare for younger adults, the bulk of the benefits will go to older people. This government will also be responsible for servicing all of the government debts, including operational debts likely incurred when the voters were younger.

Pursuit of happiness

One of the goals of setting up the US government is to provide a high degree of freedom for citizens to pursue their own goals. ¬†Over the ages, the democratic process has done a good job in adapting to gradually changing definitions of what kinds of activities should protected. ¬†Democratically, the goal of happiness is…