Village Voice

January 17, 2006 | | Village Voice |
Strapped, by Tamara Draut, cuts out much of Kamenetz's slack and expands on an interesting twist. It's not just that Generation Debters haven't been given a safety net--reared during the Reagan years, they're not prepared to agitate for it. Instead, their '80s upbringing conditioned them to go it alone, working temp jobs, settling debts, and often getting educated at the same time.
 
Failure is perceived as personal, and the personal, for post-boomers, is never political, according to Draut. A director at progressive think tank Demos, she naturally disapproves, and the solution Strapped suggests is voting for a better deal.