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Shockwave Coming

Baby boomers, often shortened to boomers, are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation and preceding Generation X. The generation is often defined as people born from 1946 to 1964, during the post–World War II baby boom. The term is also used outside the United States, but the dates, the demographic context, and the cultural identifiers may vary. The baby boom has been described variously as a "shockwave" and as "the pig in the python".

Most baby boomers are children of either the Greatest Generation or the Silent Generation, and are often parents of late Gen Xers and Millennials. Late baby boomers can also be the parents of older members of Generation Z.

As a Pig in the Python myself, we are going to witness one last cultural upheaval as we pass through the demographic.

The Welfare State is a Ponzi scheme to be always funded by the next working generation. When the next generation is far smaller, the tax burden will grow for the younger generation along with the resentment. Boomers still vote to a greater extent and on the whole vote Left (Con/ Lab) or soggy Left ( Lib Dem), demanding services ‘they have paid for’.

Add in the mix of Brexit, returning Europeans and restricted immigration, the future is going to be difficult. If you did not realise this you have not been paying attention.

Andrew Withers FRSA

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