The Clash of Generations

The Clash of Generations

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The United States is bankrupt, flat broke. Thanks to accounting that would make Enron blush, America's insolvency goes far beyond what our leaders are disclosing. The United States is a fiscal basket case, in worse shape than the notoriously bailed-out countries of Greece, Ireland, and others. How did this happen? In The Clash of Generations, experts Laurence Kotlikoff and Scott Burns document our six-decade, off-balance-sheet, unsustainable financing scheme. They explain how we have balanced our longer lives on the backs of our (relatively few) children. At the same time, we've been on a consumption spree, saving and investing less than nothing. And that's not to mention the evisceration of the middle class and a financial system that has proven it can't be trusted. Kotlikoff and Burns outline grassroots strategies for saving ourselves--and especially our children--from what could be a truly catastrophic financial collapse. Kotlikoff and Burns sounded the alarm in their widely acclaimed The Coming Generational Storm, but politicians didn't listen. Now the need for action is even more urgent. It's up to us to demand radical reform of our tax system, our healthcare system, and our Social Security system, and to insist on better paths to investment return than those provided by Wall Street (mis)managers. Kotlikoff and Burns's qPurple Plansq (so called because they will appeal to both Republicans and Democrats) have been endorsed by a who's who of economists and offer a new way forward; and their revolutionary investment strategy for individuals replaces the idea of financial capital with qlife decision capital.q Of course, we won't be doing all this just for ourselves. We need to fix America's fiscal mess before our kids inherit it. Education Debt Crowds Out Consumer Spending and Home Buying If you have student debt when you graduate from college, it will ... Although there are several measures for average student loan debt, the usual range of figures is about $23, 000 to $28, 000, with ... is about the cost of an average new car and the equivalent of about half a year of typical starting salaries for new college graduates.

Title:The Clash of Generations
Author:Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Scott Burns
Publisher:MIT Press - 2012-03-23


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