Perusing the exit poll data, The Scrapbook noticed that Romney would have triumphed but for losing one pesky little demographic group: voters aged 18-44. This finding reminded us of H. L. Mencken’s jaundiced view of democracy—“the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” In a rare lapse into Schadenfreude, it occurred to us that the voters’ rebuke to the Romney-Ryan ticket means Social Security and Medicare programs will chug along unreformed, accumulating greater and greater debts, but still paying out benefits to those of us firmly in the 45-and-above demographic. It’s the 44-and-unders who will discover to their horror that the system is bankrupt, right about when they reach retirement age. That’ll show ’em!
We admit, this was a deeply uncharitable thought, brought on by electoral disappointment, and unworthy of the usually cheerful Scrapbook. Besides, as a cynical colleague pointed out to us, politics is the art of rewarding friends and punishing enemies. Don’t be surprised, given the newfound power of young voters, if the Obama administration should suddenly become keen on entitlement reform, to the detriment of us oldsters’ benefits. Duly chastened, we resolve by this time next week to have regained our equanimity and concern for the common good.