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[Book Review] Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

Boomsday book cover

Boomsday is a 2007 novel by Christopher Buckley, which is a political satire about the rivalry between squandering Baby Boomers and younger generations of Americans who do not want to pay high taxes for their elders’ retirement.

The author of the book is the same guy who wrote the sharp, witty Thank You For Smoking which satires the tabacco industry and their lobbyists. The book was adapted into a movie in 2005. This was what drawn me to Boomsday; I had enjoyed the movie adaption of Thank You for Smoking immensely and was looking for the same brand of acid humour on American society and politics.

Boomsday is referred in the book as the day that a majority of the Baby Boomers would begin retiring, thrusting the United States into economic trouble and the raising of taxes to compensate for Social Security.

Plot synopsis (via wikipeda):

Cassandra Devine, “a morally superior twenty-nine-year-old PR chick” and moonlit angry blogger, incites generational warfare when she proposes that the financially nonviable Baby Boomers be given incentives (free Botox, no estate tax) to kill themselves at 70. The proposal, meant only as a catalyst for debate on the issue, catches the approval of millions of citizens, chief among them an ambitious presidential candidate, Senator Randolph Jepperson.

With the aide of public relations guru Terry Tucker, Devine and Jepperson attempt to ride “Voluntary Transitioning” all the way to the White House, over the objections of the Religious Right and the Baby Boomers, deeply offended by the demonstrations taking place on the golf courses of their retirement resorts.

I see parallel between the book’s fictional political landscape and the sea of political changes sweeping across the Middle East the US and Asia, including Singapore.

The ruling party in the book is like the old rich, old elite who are in too deep into old political habits and self-interest to connect with the real world sufferings of their electorates (i.e. the Republicans in the US or the PAP in Singapore).

This create the perfect opportunity for a young, brash fresh-faced political newbie like Cassandra Devine (Nicole Seah in Singapore) and an old elite firebrand (Tan Jee Say in Singapore) who wants to break away from the establishment to rise up and challenge the ruling party.

Utilising new media channels like blogs and relying more on word-of-mouth than conventional rallying methods, Devine and Jepperson were able to attract the votes of politically apathetic young voters under 30s and get them to take an interest in politics.

Ironically though, the author, Buckley’s political leaning is towards the Republican and the book is essentially a satire on America’s Social Security (welfare) system which the political left had fought hard for.

In real life, there has been a drought of charismatic figures from the political right, whether in the US or Singapore.

Nonetheless, the book is still a very fun read with acid sharp humour on every page. If political satire is your kind of thing, this is a great book to pick up at the bookstore. 🙂

Tan Jee Say Locked Horns with Dr Tony Tan

Picture via The Online Citizen
Picture via The Online Citizen

The fight for the Istana is heating up. Presidential candidates, Dr Tony Tan and Tan Jee Say locked horns over the issue of the Internal Security Act (ISA) during a dialogue session held by the Online Citizen on Thurs (18 Aug) at For Canning Centre.

With Dr Tony Tan representing the most far right candidate, closest to the ruling PAP government and Tan Jee Say representing the most far left, closest to many opposition political parties, this was bound to happen sooner or later.

Here’s the video:

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Which Tan has the Best Presidential Election Campaign Slogan?

Dear Fellow Singaporeans,

The race to the Istana is now on for four Tans.

Would you want a President who gives you CONFIDENCE FOR THE FUTURE; is a VOICE OF THE PEOPLE; always THINK SINGAPOREANS FIRST; or one who is the HEART OF THE NATION?

CONFIDENCE FOR THE FUTURE - Dr Tony Tan
CONFIDENCE FOR THE FUTURE - Dr Tony Tan
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - Tan Kin Lian
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - Tan Kin Lian
THINK SINGAPOREANS FIRST - Dr Tan Cheng Bock
THINK SINGAPOREANS FIRST - Dr Tan Cheng Bock
HEART OF THE NATION - Tan Jee Say
HEART OF THE NATION - Tan Jee Say

Vote wisely.

Best regards,
Alvinology

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English TV Political Broadcast of All Political Parties in Singapore GE 2011

You can watch and compare all the parties by their own merit. I have arranged the videos from the party contesting the most seats to the least.

People’s Action Party’s Lee Hsien Loong

National Solidarity Party’s Tony Tan Lay Thiam

Workers’ Party’s Pritam Singh

Singapore Democratic Party’s Tan Jee Say

The Reform Party’s Kenneth Andrew Jeyaretnam

Singapore Democratic Alliance’s Harminder Pal Singh

Singapore People Party’s Chiam See Tong:

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