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American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone

by Marco Rubio

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I thought I could listen to this because I like Marco but when he said if you raise minimum wage it will make people lose jobs and people won't spend money. I always thought if you gave more money to people they would spend more. People deserve a higher minimum wage. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 11, 2016 |
This book does an excellent job of laying out Rubio's ideas for how to solve some of the biggest problems facing the country today, particularly around job creation and loss and rising tuition costs. A key feature of the book is that these are not the same old ideas you have been hearing tossed around as the Republican party platform for the last generation--Rubio acknowledges that both parties have been trying to confront 21st century problems with 20th century solutions, and that we need to look for a new way forward. Perhaps the most controversial section of the book is its last chapter, in which Rubio cites research suggesting that the breakdown of the family is not the result of poverty, but actually statistically more likely to be the cause of it. This will likely rile a lot of readers, but whether you agree or not, Rubio does a nice job of moving thoughtfully from the research to explain ways that our current policies punish traditional families and suggesting ways to work around this to encourage marriage and child-rearing, rather than engaging in an extended moral rant.

The biggest downfall of the book is, sadly, that it's a book. In another era, this might have been a well-received offering to the public that tipped the scales towards a presidential primary victory for Rubio, showcasing compassionate and original thinking about the issues facing our country. Unfortunately, the book is an example of one glaring instance where Rubio failed to notice that his chosen method of communicating policy ideas to a millennial audience was throwing 20th century technology at a 21st century problem, and it was inadequate to the task of competing with Donald Trump's social media sound bites. If only we could take it all back now. ( )
  quaintlittlehead | Jul 1, 2016 |
Really more of a 3.5 for me, could be more tightly written. Ok, this is not a get to know Rubio book, this is more of a long memo on his policy. One could get lost in the first half of the book, but the chapters on healthcare and retirement and military etc spoke to me. I also feel he is a more moderate conservative, if that is even a possibility these days. But is he too inexperienced? And can he get cooperation across the aisle? Can anyone? America, we need a hero. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
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"For generations, the belief that if you work hard you can offer your children a better life has been known as the American Dream. That dream is on life support today, and not just because of the economic downturn and bad leadership from Washington. America has undergone an economic transformation that our schools, our workers, and too many of our families are unequipped for. But our leaders in Washington have broken their promise to lead us together into this new era. Their response has been to double down on stale, government-centered solutions, minimum wage hikes, and redistributive health care mandates that re-slice a shrinking economic pie instead of growing it for everyone. All while free enterprise is demonized and work is discouraged. Now Senator Rubio shares the stories of real people who are fighting to educate their children, protect their families, climb the economic ladder, save for retirement, and achieve their own American dreams. He challenges us to replace our failing 20th century institutions with a new agenda based on choice, innovation and local control"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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