I picked up your book at Barnes & Noble on Sunday. Read Deer Hunting with Jesus front to back. I spend a lot of time in the I81S corridor from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to Herndon, Virginia. We are in Winchester frequently. I hail from a similar background, having grown up on Main Street in a similar town in Pennsylvania, not far from Winchester, so I certainly understand the culture.
We have been sold out by Corporate America and I am horrified by what has happened inside the Republican Party. Your description of average Americans as debt servants is exact. And overall, the country is in one hell of a mess.
However, all I read in your book was a blistering, contemptuous, critique and saw no suggestions, so I am not sure what you prescribe as an alternative? I have spent considerable time in Europe and I saw little work, mostly eating and drinking. The people were healthier but did not seem happier. 85% of the people on the planet would immigrate to the U.S. if they could get a visa. Those poll numbers are only slightly diminished since the war in Iraq. What do you suggest as an alternative? Stronger labor unions and restrictions of overseas manufacturing? That won't work either, much too late for that.