Historically people grow more conservative as the get older
Yeah, people tend to make more money as they get older and like to think they are now in a class that all of those 'other' people aren't. While I generally agree that people should be able to take care of themselves, and get frustrated when I see people gaming the system; as the richest country in the world, I do believe that we do need a system in place. Both parties totally waste tax dollars - I think I just agree a little more with how the Democrats do it.
Also, technology and changing trends can frustrate older people. It is so easy to stay in the know when you are younger and even easier to get stuck in your ways as you age.
Personally, I came from a fairly conservative, but not religious, family. I am 38 now, gay, punk, and have had quite a bit of luck in [my own] business since joining CB back in '04. I think I more hate people who put on an air of superiority than those who can't get out of their own way. Everybody who has made it
has had something given to them to some extent.