If the baby boomers broke America, can they be trusted to fix it?

Candidates stand on the stage.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, from left, businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at Otterbein University on Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio.
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The 2020 race might come down to baby boomer versus baby boomer – again.

Monday on MPR News with Kerri Miller, we tackled the question: If the Boomers created many of the problems America faces – and many social scientists argue they did – is a baby boomer president of either party really the one to address it?

Millennials and Gen Z are the ones who will have to live with, and pay the bill, for policies being made today. Can the same generation that created massive structural problems in wages, housing, climate and infrastructure muster the will to fix it?

Two economists joined Kerri to talk about the generational divide. The baby boomers leave a crisis in their wake. Will it be their legacy?


  • Dean Baker, chief economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research

  • Joseph C. Sternberg, writer for the Wall Street Journal editorial board and author of "The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials Economic Future"

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

Correction: The copy has been edited to correct an error referring to former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders as baby boomers. They are members of the silent generation.

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