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American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone

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Dear Friends,
 
My parents came to the United States in 1956. The country they found was truly a land of opportunity, where hardworking people with grade school educations could afford a home, a car, and college for their kids. A country where maids and bartenders could raise doctors, lawyers, small-business owners, and maybe even a U.S. senator.
 
That was the ...

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Overview

Dear Friends,
 
My parents came to the United States in 1956. The country they found was truly a land of opportunity, where hardworking people with grade school educations could afford a home, a car, and college for their kids. A country where maids and bartenders could raise doctors, lawyers, small-business owners, and maybe even a U.S. senator.
 
That was the American Dream—our country’s central promise to its people: If you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll find tremendous opportunities and an even better life for your children.

Yet today, I look around and see the American Dream on life support. Seven years of government-centered, tax-and-spend liberalism have failed to lift the poor or sustain the middle class. Fewer Americans are working than at any time since Jimmy Carter was president. New business creation is 30 percent lower than it was in the 1980s. The stock market may be surging by the time you read this, but millions of everyday Americans will still be left behind by an economy that doesn’t value their skills and a government that would rather give a handout than a hand up.
 
I wrote this book because we stand at a critical juncture. What kind of country are we going to be? Will we surrender to Obamacare and other laws that crush innovation and entrepreneurship? Will we accept a powerful nanny state and the erosion of family values? Will we allow politics to kill the American Dream?
 
Or will we rise to the challenge—and take back our legacy as the only nation on earth that offers unrestricted opportunity to all?
 
I believe we can restore the American Dream and expand it to reach more people than ever before. But to do so we must restrain our power-hungry, debt-ridden federal government. We must help businesses create more stable middle-class jobs. And we must help our families stay healthy and secure.
 
In this book you’ll meet an over-regulated small-businessman, a struggling single mother, an out-of-work and in-debt college graduate, and others who want nothing more than their own shot at the American Dream. Their stories are our stories; their challenges are our challenges.
 
Of course no book or politician can single-handedly restore the American Dream. But a movement, working to promote the values and can-do spirit that made our country exceptional, can turn everything around.
 
My goal is to provide a roadmap for that movement and inspire Americans to reclaim their rights: to dream, to work, to build a better life for their children.
 
I hope you will join me as we build that movement and restore the land of opportunity.
 
Sincerely, 

Marco Rubio

 

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Marco Rubio's staff was still celebrating his 2010 U.S. Senate victory when his name began popping up as a presidential candidate possibility. That speculation is certain to heighten with this new political manifesto by Florida's junior senator. American Dreams recounts Rubio's personal story, but its power extends far beyond the rise to national prominence of this son of Cuban immigrants. Instead, the focus of the book is on economic opportunity or, more precisely, the lack thereof in a present age that Rubio views as riff with tax-and-spend liberal policies. A vibrant voice for Republican readers.

Publishers Weekly
11/24/2014
Rubio is a photogenic 43-year-old Cuban-American senator from Florida whose popularity has waned after surging among GOP loyalists in the 2012 election. His presidential ambitions remain, however, with one result being this brand-building campaign manifesto. True to the genre, Rubio sticks to well-worn themes unlikely to be controversial, such as tax reform. His plan for economic restoration starts with a disciplined work ethic. He highlights the importance of fiscal soundness, free enterprise, solid families, and demanding schools. He worries about teenage sex and young people who lack strong family guidance. For his many constructive ideas, Rubio deserves attention and even praise. One notable omission, though, is a clear position on immigration policy. His blue-sky promises of universal economic opportunity pale in the light of the winner-and-loser facts of the global economy, and his use of first-name-only stories involving prototypical Americans like “Joyce” and “Brad” is a contrived attempt to humanize the book’s issues. American Dreams offers little that will be new to anyone familiar with the literature produced by modern American politicians, and it’s unlikely to burnish Rubio’s reputation as a statesman. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-06
Florida senator and conservative hero Rubio (An American Son, 2012) hits the hustings to proclaim a—surprise—right-wing economic platform.It's families that make us the best nation of all time. So what to do when, laments the author, we live in a time of "the easy acceptance of unwed motherhood and absent fathers, the ‘just do it if it feels good' ethos"—and even gay marriage? If homosexuals are going to advocate for marriage equality, Rubio writes, then they're going to have to listen to the moralizing of those "who continue to support traditional marriage." Most of Rubio's social proscriptions and prescriptions are war-on-Christmas stuff, with the usual tropes: Americans are exceptional; government is bad; Ronald Reagan was a saint; if there's ever an issue that can be raised, it must be done against the background of all these tenets. Thus, for instance, the problem that faces retirees is not, say, the specter of outliving their money but instead the out-of-control government spending on such things as Social Security, Medicare and "Obamacare"—but not fighting undeclared wars half a world away. Some of Rubio's proposed reforms are mild enough to be palatable, like a slice of American cheese. He even notes, with a finger to the populist wind, that "in a time when corporate profits are reaching record highs and wages are stagnating," now might not be the best time to impose a flat tax or tinker with marginal rates. Ultimately, it never seems to occur to Rubio that his party's fiscal policies have contributed to some of the miseries he enumerates (student debt, for one) or that the other guys might have an idea or two worth discussing. Readers will know what's coming before they turn the first page—no better or worse than the average politico prose; as to the contents, all will depend on point of view.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595231130
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC
  • Publication date: 1/13/2015
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 506,691
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Marco Rubio

MARCO RUBIO served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and was elected Speaker of the House in 2006. In 2010, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. His first book, An American Son, was a New York Times bestseller. He and his wife, Jeanette, have four young children and live in West Miami.

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