Outraged over the mounting Social Security debt, Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger and member of Generation Whatever, incites massive cultural warfare when she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Her modest proposal... show more
Outraged over the mounting Social Security debt, Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger and member of Generation Whatever, incites massive cultural warfare when she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Her modest proposal catches fire with millions of citizens, chief among them "an ambitious senator seeking the presidency." With the help of Washington's greatest spin doctor, the blogger and the politician try to ride the issue of euthanasia for Boomers (called "transitioning") all the way to the White House,over the objections of the Religious Right, and of course, the Baby Boomers, who are deeply offended by demonstrations on the golf courses of their retirementresorts.
Publish date: April 2nd 2007
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Listened to this on audio absolutely hysterically funny. Not for the feint of heart however, it's very dark and twisted. The book is about a radical idea to let seniors kill themselves in order to save Social Security. Yes, I told you it was very dark and twisted.
I wanted to give this book 4 stars. It made me laugh and had a great weird tangential vibe, with a nice solid build-up that led to... nothing. The story revolves around Cass and her big ideas for social security reform, and then all the events that I thought were leading to a flashy finale ended in...
Not as good as some of his previous books but still some funny bits.
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Very funny and fluffy. It's a fantastic idea and still extremely relevant and well-executed, but I think 'Boomsday' could have had a little more bite to it.To this book's endless credit, however, is how Buckley is the only one who's approached this problem creatively at all instead of ignoring it an...