I've known David Schweikert for 20 years and I learned long ago not to question his statistics or his analysis. It's not just that he's smart--which he obviously is--it's that he has no life and spends his evenings reading budget books and policy briefings.
So when I saw that the Arizona Republic was questioning one of his statistics and decided to feature the analysis on Az Fact Check, I knew it wasn't going to be pretty--for the Republic that is. Schweikert appeared on CNN and said that a baby boomer was turning 65 every 8 seconds. The Republic decided to question the figure. Big mistake.
In fact, I saw Schweikert throw out that figure at a town hall meeting and someone questioned it. Schweikert paused for a second and said...let's see 79 million boomers, 95% survival rate....factor in net migration..divided by 19 years is about 4.2 million a year...8760 hours in a year, so that's actually, let's see...one every 7.6 seconds.
So I had a pretty good idea that the Republic was going to find the statistic to be accurate...