Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

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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 retirement
resorts.
 

About Christopher Buckley

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Christopher Buckley, "the quintessential political novelist of his time" according to Fortune magazine, is the winner of the distinguished ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor. Tom Wolfe has described him as "one of the funniest writers in the English language." Buckley is the author of twelve books, many of them national bestsellers, including Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, No Way To Treat A First Lady, Florence of Arabia, and the memoir Losing Mum and Pup.
 
Published April 2, 2007 by Twelve. 337 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Horror, Education & Reference, Computers & Technology. Fiction

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How to save Social Security, the Christopher Buckley way: Kill the elderly.

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Political satirist Christopher Buckley's novel Boomsday features a young blogger who suggests the U.S. government might offer baby boomers tax incentives to kill themselves before retirement age.

Apr 07 2007 | Read Full Review of Boomsday

Book Reporter

Books that explain our culture: Since Buckley takes on.

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Entertainment Weekly

Fed up, she devises a plan: Get opportunistic Sen. Randy Jepperson to sponsor a bill urging boomers to commit suicide — voluntarily ''transition'' themselves, in PR speak — at age 70.

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Ben Casnocha

The Social Security scheme devised by Boomers is indeed collapsing and it’s young people who will be left holding the bag.

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