2008 demonstrated a pretty significant political chasm between those under 25 and those over 50. The baby boomers are about to retire after spending themselves and the country into massive debt. They will ask the government (and, by extension, the young) to essentially bail them out after they completely ignored the consequences of their irresponsibility for the 25+ years they were in power. And the young will have little ability to do so without bankrupting themselves, considering the state of our nation's finances.
We haven't hit a breaking point yet. Politicians are still extremely careful about how they refer to the baby boomers and the elderly when they campaign (case and point, the medicare debate). But as more and more retire and begin to get angry that they are not receiving what "they were promised," and as the young begin to get angry that they are being forced to pay for it, what do you think will happen?
My question is, given the circumstances, are we headed toward a serious generational conflict in this country? A situation where the country becomes split more by age than by political parties?