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In Boomsday, Christopher Buckley is satirizing a number of aspects of the American political system. Let us look at three of the aspects that he is most concerned with satirizing.
First, he is satirizing the way in which our governmental leaders constantly refuse to do anything to fix the problems in our Social Security and Medicare systems. We have known for years and even decades that the aging of the Baby Boomers will put a severe strain on the resources of these systems. Even so, the government consistently refuses to do anything to put the programs on a secure financial footing. This refusal is at the heart of this novel as the book’s main action centers around a seemingly crazy proposal to fix the problems with Social Security and Medicare.
Second, he is satirizing the ways in which elected officials are selfish and are obsessed with winning elections. We see this in the way that opportunistic politicians are all too willing to embrace the idea of encouraging seniors to kill themselves when they reach 70 years of age. Buckley is satirizing the fact that so many of our political leaders are willing to sell out their principles if they think that they can help their chances of getting elected.
Finally, he is satirizing the way in which our political system tends to water down any bill that is proposed by putting in changes to cater to one or another political interest group. We see this very clearly as Randy Jepperson makes all sorts of changes to his bill about “transitioning” as a way of trying to please various people. In the real world, this sort of process makes it very hard for “clean” laws to be made without many provisions that can water them down and/or make them much more expensive.
These are three of the more important aspects of our system that Buckley is satirizing in this book.
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