On the heels of the 2014 mid-term election results, I couldn’t resist sharing an excerpt (below) from my soon-to-be-released first fiction novel, The National Bet:
A few minutes past noon on May 11, 2015, President Barack Obama shocked the nation during an announcement carried live on all of the major television and radio networks as well as PBS, C-Span, YouTube and thousands of new media outlets.
Barely two years after the nation’s forty-fourth president had proposed a cap on lifetime contributions to individual retirement and 401(k) accounts at “about three million dollars for someone retiring in 2013,” he told Americans something that cut even deeper.
“The American economy is on the verge of collapse and, after consulting with members of my cabinet, I decided to take swift action to avert disaster. A few minutes ago, I signed an Executive Order that effectively places the Treasury Secretary in what I like to describe as a guardianship role over the retirement savings plans of all Americans.”
Hearing the news, Americans braced themselves for what he would say next.
“So, what does that mean? It means this: if you have an IRA, a 401K, a pension or any other type of retirement plan, it means it will now be held in trust, safe, by the United States Government. And it means you can sleep comfortably tonight knowing it is safe.”
Unlike the never-implemented proposal the president had pitched in May 2013 as a way to prevent the people he called “wealthy individuals” from accumulating “substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement savings,” this executive order—the most recent of more than two-hundred he had signed since taking office—left Americans feeling as if a sacred trust had been broken.
After the fine-print details of the order—conveniently omitted by the president during his television address— became public, Americans became angry, feeling as if they had been robbed of their retirement nest eggs. In turn, they began directing their anger at anyone remotely connected to Washington, D.C.
The anger spurred by the president’s actions pales in comparison to the level of fear that sweeps the nation after more than 30,000 Americans die mysteriously over the Fourth of July weekend. How did they die? Who is responsible? Find out as you follow FBI Special Agent “Joe-L” Wilson as he faces the challenge of a lifetime — one that becomes very personal after he plays The National Bet.
Pre-order The National Bet ebook and stay tuned for the release of the paperback later this month.by