A commentary on the fiscal health of the United States, combined with a novelistic romance and a biblical analysis of Christian rebirth.
Debut author Windham bookends a politically charged, fictional love story with a radical reconsideration of the American deficit. He argues, counter to conventional wisdom, that the deficit poses no threat at all to the overall economic health of the nation, and that it’s miniscule in relation to the full portfolio of the nation’s assets. Moreover, he asserts, the country can cover budgetary shortfalls by simply electronically generating new funds. Windham anticipates that all countries will eventually do this, under one government using one currency, as predicted by biblical prophecy. The author further illustrates this with a novella in which William Clanton, the president of the United Regions of America, announces a new plan that solves all the nation’s economic woes—it permanently funds generous social spending while eliminating all federal taxation and debt, and also achieves full employment. Clanton names the proposal “P.O.O.F.O.O.S.I.E.,” but because the initiative is “beyond top secret,” he never explains what it amounts to, or what even the initials stand for. The president’s grandson, William Clanton III, nicknamed “Three,” begins a relationship with a beautiful woman named Christie and tries to steal the heavily guarded P.O.O.F.O.O.S.I.E. for a world in a different dimension suffering without it—a cosmos where his mother appears to find herself trapped. As this summary indicates, the plot of the novella is nearly indecipherable; it also involves the creation of an invisibility suit that only works for those with a “greater Light,” which radiates from their souls. The author’s economic argument is unconventional and even radical. However, it’s casually undemonstrated, and the author provides no serious, technical discussion of either deficits or quantitative easing. The book is further hampered by the fact that it disjointedly leapfrogs from one issue to the next—at one point, for example, the author briefly discusses extraterrestrials: “for there to be other beings residing in God’s infinite expanse is not that big of a deal.”
A bewildering brew of fiction, underdeveloped economic analysis, and religious prophecy.