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One notable theme was that Draut's book struck a nerve with readers of all ages -- not just those in their 20s and 30s. Lizmv started off the conversation by noting that, "As a 51-year-old single mom whose kids are now finally out of the house, I am still struggling to pay off the debt incurred by dentist bills and helping the kids get through college as best I could.
But if you're that child, Tamara Draut offers comfort, and ammunition for your next dinner with your parents. In her convincing, impressively researched call to arms, "Strapped," she explains why your genteel temp gig masquerading as a job won't cover your outrageous housing costs, oppressive credit card bills, outsize health care premiums and payments on your five-figure student loan.
Sixty percent of young adults between 18 and 34 are struggling for financial independence, says Draut, now the director of the economic opportunity program at Demos, a think tank in New York. She is also the author of a new book, "Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead."
 
"What made the transition to adulthood somewhat less bumpy 30 years ago was that we had an economy that lifted all boats," she says.

Draut argues that "with the possible exception of having a larger array of entertainment and other goods to purchase, members of Generation X appear to be worse off by every measure" than prior generations.

To help us with this task I want to draw on the work of the Princeton-educated Dr. David Callaghan, co-founder of the public policy centre in the United States, Demos, and author of the book, The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans are doing Wrong to get Ahead.
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Then they will have to pay for day care in an economy that gives bigger tax breaks to "someone buying a second home than raising a second child," Tamara Draut writes in "Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead," a grim tale of one-sided generational war.
 
Summing up her thesis, she offers this quotation from another study: 'With the possible exception of having a larger array of entertainment and other goods to purchase, me
The most recent data available show that credit card debt among people aged 55 to 64 rose 47 percent in the 1990s. Debt among those 65 and older increased an astounding 89 percent during the same period. "This is not just happening to the worst cases," said Tamara Draut, director of the economic opportunity program at Demos, a nonpartisan, public policy organization.
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According to the advocacy group Demos, the average balance among lower- and middle-income households is $8,650.
 
"World News Tonight's" special series "Credit Crunch" aims to help you get on the road to becoming debt free.
A fraudulent appraisal "can lead homeowners to borrow more money than their homes are worth, putting themselves at risk of being 'upside down' in a home -- e.g. not being able to sell for a high enough price to pay off their mortgage," according to a briefing paper on appraisal fraud put out by Demos, a New York-based think tank.
Since my mother and I both find the prospect of me moving back home nightmarish, I decided to end our "standards of living: then and now" debate once and for all. I sent her Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead, and guess what? It worked! Yes, the Strapped method of garnering parental support work for me. I want to do infomercials for the book now. "Do your baby boomer parents wonder why all their success hasn't rubbed off on you?