Generational and Ethnic Clashes Over Resources

GUESTS: DAVID COLBURN Professor of History and Executive Director of the Reubin Askew Institute on Politics and Society Author, Government in the Sunshine State: Florida Since Statehood (University Press of Florida, 1999) SUSAN MacMANUS Professor of Public Administration & Political Science in the Department of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida Author, Young v. Old: Generational Combat in the 21st Century (Westview, 1995) and the forthcoming Targeting Senior Voters ANTHONY SUAREZ Representative in the Florida House from District 35 First Hispanic to the State House from central Florida According to demographers, Florida — and the rest of the nation — is seeing the beginnings of a conflict between two large demographic groups. One group consists of older, predominantly white people who are living longer lives; the other is made up of America's growing, younger minority population. With the "browning of America," potential clashes are developing between these two groups. One example is taxes. When white retirees move to Florida, they often do so with money and a feeling that their school tax days are behind them. Their children and grandchildren live elsewhere, so why should they pay for other people's kids to attend school? The elderly are a powerful bloc - both economically and politically. Nearly two-thirds of people over sixty vote compared to 20% of twenty-something's. Join Juan Williams for a discussion of the growing chasm that divides race and age groups in Florida.

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