IF EVERYONE WERE RICH, WHO WOULD MAKE ME DINNER? by Joseph G Rouse

IF EVERYONE WERE RICH, WHO WOULD MAKE ME DINNER?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Rouse roasts the rich who have ruined life for the average Joe and addresses general inaccessibility to education, healthcare and retirement planning.

Readers without deep pockets will nod their heads in agreement as Rouse proceeds to lambaste those with a disproportionate share of the economy’s pie. His folksy, straight-shooting wisdom takes a stab at explaining how the wealthy have bamboozled the masses out of what was once considered their American birthright. Looking forward to retirement? Forget it. Pensions have been replaced by plans that fatten up the bank accounts of the wealthy via stock-market gambles. Social Security is on the brink of extinction, maligned by the media (owned by the rich, of course) in the same fashion that they demonize unions as corrupt vestiges of prehistoric thinking. Rouse dispels the notion of a benevolent Federal Reserve; he contends that lowering interest rates sparks a disincentive to save and incites average Americans to overspend. And whatever happened to Pell Grants to finance college without penury? Employer-financed healthcare? Going or gone, leaving the little guy and his puny resources to cope in its absence. But Rouse’s criticisms often get nebulous. His argument that health-insurance companies garnered “hundreds of millions of dollars in salary and called it a business expense” could be bolstered by examples. Rouse’s general Rx isn’t sweet. It requires cutting up credit cards, taking a second job to pay off debt, rendering the fat from your lifestyle–and saving and investing wisely, for which he provides stock-market tips.

Sensible advice to becoming financially sound.

Pub Date: Jan. 21st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-595-42069-8
Program: Kirkus Indie
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