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American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone Hardcover – January 13, 2015

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"Readers of American Dreams will quickly observe a bold conservative plan with a realistic trajectory. Other presidential candidates would do well to note his refreshing plan over political naysaying."
- Eric Bledsoe, Conservative Book Club

"[American Dreams] is well worth reading, if for no other reason than that it gives precise illustrations on how the present system is ruining lives and needs to be fixed, or eliminated so that people can become successful again."
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About the Author

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. His new book is American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel; First Edition edition (January 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595231137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595231130
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book as a curiosity to learn more about Marco Rubio, which I did. But more importantly I saw he had fresh ideas to solving key problems within our nation. This is not a book of "more of the same" but clearly stating the problems, many of which are outcomes of the solutions that were applied in the past. I recommend this book to anyone who is a critical thinker, regardless of your political persuasion.
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Having reviewed books by Republican candidates Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump, I expected this book to be just like theirs. Those books were largely devoid of solutions and full of rhetoric designed to scare readers away from the Democrats. This book certainly contained its share of the latter, but it contained far more specific solutions that the other books did.

The first two and last two chapters of the book contain most of the anti-Democrat accusations, while the middle chapters focus more on solutions. I’ll highlight the most noteworthy solutions first and then address some of the political rhetoric for those who care to keep reading beyond the solutions.

GOOD SOLUTION: “The elimination of payroll taxes for those [who are working] past retirement age could be accomplished with little or no effect on Social Security revenues.”

GOOD SOLUTION: Lower taxes on business money overseas, so they bring it back to America (known as repatriation). (Bill Clinton suggested this in his book, “Back to Work.”)

GOOD SOLUTION: Reduce the corporate tax rate. (Obama called for lowering the rate to 25% a few years ago, but the Republicans in Congress refused to pass it.)

GOOD SOLUTION: His plan for a Wage Enhancement Tax Credit for low income earners sounds like an interesting replacement for the Earned Income Tax Credit. It’s paid to the worker regardless of whether or not they have children. Although his claim that this will lead more low income men to get married seems far-fetched, since few men make marriage decisions based on economics.
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Without getting political, (but how can you help it!) I was interested in Rubio, and wanted to hear more about his ideas. He has thought through many issues facing us, such as college debt and healthcare, and has many good solutions that you haven't heard from either side and is not getting enough media attention. Sad that he had to drop out of the race, even my socialist leaning husband, after reading this book was really excited to vote for him even though he never votes Republican.
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By B. York on June 15, 2015
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Marco has done his homework AND has a plan to restore America and her people to be the hope of the world. I'm excited to know he is running for President. He shows he cares about our country and the American Dream.
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This is not a biography, but a policy book. (He already wrote his autobio a couple years back.) If you want to be informed, read real stories about regular, hard-working people, and then seek knowledge about how to restore the Greatest Nation on Earth, take a few hours to peruse this short book. There's nothing controversial here, and the ideas are more than fair. Yesterday is represented by misery from Clinton, Obama and the regressive left; the GOP continuously proposes workable solutions and has them ignored. Marco Rubio, who leads GOP primary polls as of this writing, is exactly what America needs right now.

Rubio has upbeat demeanor and great personal story. His policy agenda is more innovative, detailed and creative than any of his rivals. He has an overarching argument, namely that we must bolster our national defense against evil aboard; restore trust in our allies, particularly Israel; and a new generation should reform archaic structures like outrageously-overpriced and resistant-to-change universities (that leave attendees unemployed and in debt) and bloated, corrupt government used to target ordinary citizens we've seen since 2009. His very life is the embodiment of the American dream, one open to all who come here legally and work diligently.

Marco Rubio is currently the best hope for leadership in America, and hopefully he is president starting January 20, 2017. We desperately need him, or else the American Dream will continue to evaporate.
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Finally, a breath of fresh air. For decades now, the republican party has allowed itself to be branded as uncaring toward the plight of the needy. Conservative leaders have been totally inept at articulating how limited government applies to those wishing to rise from their circumstances. Many haven't even tried to make the case, instead writing off struggling Americans as a lost cause electorally (i.e. "the 47%" comment).

Enter Marco Rubio, the son of a bartender and a hotel maid. Instead of talking condescendingly about the 47%, he says things like this: "It all starts with our people. In the kitchens of our hotels. In the landscaping crews that work in our neighborhoods. In the late-night janitorial shifts that clean our offices. There you will find the dreams America was built on. There you will find the promise of tomorrow. Their journey is our nation's destiny. And if they can give their children what our parents gave us, the 21st-century America will be the single greatest nation that man has ever known."

This book is his vision for how to ensure that the American Dream once again reaches all of our people. And what a vision it is. Be forewarned: it's a book of policy. It's not always an exciting read -- but in a larger sense, it's extremely exciting. Because as he walks us through each step of reclaiming the Dream, you will start to see a different future for the country, different from this Obama age where America seems like europe's little brother (only with different accents and better food.)

Personally, I am just so eager to see America become exceptional again. For that to happen, we need a leader who believes America is exceptional and knows how to talk about it, one whose life has been touched by this country. This book makes it clear that such a leader exists and is waiting for his moment. Hopefully that moment is near.
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