Politico's employment and immigration editor, Timothy Noah, is 61 years old, and says that he's experienced "the scourge of ageism" firsthand. That said, he argues that many of the problems currently facing the U.S. are because the people governing it are - to put it plainly - "extremely old." He notes that the median age of the top three Democratic candidates for president, the speaker of the House, the Senate's majority leader, and President Trump is 77, and the average ages of members of the House and Senate are 58 and 63, respectively. As cognitive function reportedly begins to decline after age 70, Noah says that it only makes sense to have some folks in the upper levels of goverment who are still in their neurological prime.
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