chapter fiveDiverted to the Desert

How America Got Hooked on Retirement

I will bring you up out of affliction … unto a land of milk and honey.—Exodus 3:17

Ninety minutes northwest of Disney World, in what was once Florida pastureland, sits an amusement park of a different kind.

“It resembles a set from Leave It to Beaver,” observed writer Andrew Blechman, who gave it a look-see from the inside: “Wally and the Beaver are nowhere to be seen. There are no bicycles or baseball mitts littering the yards; no school buses. For that matter there are no children. There aren’t even any young couples holding hands. Lawn sprinklers effortlessly turn on and then off in near unison. The lawns are perfectly edged, and try as I might, I can’t find a single weed.” ...

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