After a slightly slow start during
which Buckley introduces his characters, provides
them with motive and generally lays the groundwork,
Boomsday develops into a mischievously
farcical tangled-web of generational warfare and
political backstabbing, set against the background
of the failing Social Security system and the
general collapse of the American economy.
At the center of Buckley's large cast of mostly rotten to the core characters is 29-year-old Cassandra - fervent blogger by night, cynical spin-doctor by day. Supporting roles are played by her father, who squandered her college fund to finance his now obscenely successful Silicon Valley startup; WASP playboy Randy, who finds purpose in his cocaine-addled life by going into politics and ...
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The first person to receive monthly social security benefits was Ida May Fuller from Vermont, who retired in November 1939 and started collecting benefits in January 1940 at age 65. In the three years that Fuller worked under the program, she contributed a total of $24.75. Her first benefit check was for $22.54 and she went on collecting benefits for 35 years, until 1975, when she died at age 100 having collected over $22,000.
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