When Cassandra Devine’s father spends her Yale tuition on his failing dot-com startup, Cassandra ends up in the military. Before long, a reckless congressman and a mine explosion hurl her into a scandal that ends her military career, and Cass’s consolation prize is a lousy job as a political aide in Washington D.C.
A decade later, the Baby Boomers are about to retire en masse, bringing the Social Security system and indeed the whole economy crashing down on the backs of younger Americans. By day, Cass is a skilled spin doctor for the slimiest characters in business and politics. By night, she is a populist blogger and revolutionary calling on the under-30’s to vandalize Boomer’s gated communities and golf courses.
In one caffeine-fueled rant, Cass presents her “modest proposal” to solve the social security crisis by providing tax breaks for Boomers who agree to voluntary transitioning (in other words, suicide) at age 65.
Surprisingly, the idea takes off and becomes a major issue in the presidential election. Cynical and funny; there are no good guys in this book.