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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
America, We Need a Raise by Mark Mullen is a carefully considered, cogently written, impeccably well researched and painstakingly documented explanation of how and why the Middle Class is disappearing in America and what those making decisions at the higher levels of government might do to restore health and balance to our economy. One of the most appealing aspects of America, We Need a Raise is the pitch-perfect balance that Mark Mullen has struck in presenting the problem and outlining potential solutions. The narrative is simple enough for an “Average Joe” or “Average Jane” to understand without running for a dictionary or an Economics textbook every five minutes but also detailed enough and well-enough supported by charts and graphs for Economics-savvy readers to enjoy. As a result, America, We Need a Raise is always engaging and never frustrating to read.
After laying out the various decisions, policies and processes which have led the American Dream to the brink of extinction for all but the very rich, Mullen saves a surprise for the end and proposes ten commonsense, practical and seemingly do-able ‘fixes’ that (from all indications) might actually work! It is a pleasant surprise indeed to find such pragmatic, step-by-step wisdom offered with real humility and expressed in terms anyone can understand. America, We Need a Raise by Mark Mullen is a rare gem - a ‘save the world’ book that could actually WORK. If nothing else, anyone who reads this superbly organized tome will come away with a better understanding of how finances work and will undoubtedly have tips and tools readily at hand for finding one of the last available toeholds in our rapidly disappearing comfortable middle class lifestyle.