America, We Need A Raise

Non-Fiction - Gov/Politics
164 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2015
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Author Biography

Mark was born in Philadelphia. He was raised in nearby Bucks County, PA and educated at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. After spending 35 years as a leader in the public sector, Mark has turned his attention toward analyzing and writing on America's social and cultural challenges.

His books tackle some of America's most talked about social issues. America, We Have the Country We Want is a set of observations and reflections intended to entertain and enlighten with thoughts on some of today's most talked about social issues: business, education, society, religion & guns, and the media.

Mark's newest five star book, America We Need a Raise examines America's disappearing middle class and offers a set of remedies. If implemented, these remedies could vastly improve the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans and their descendants

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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.

Katelyn Hensel

Mark Mullen writes very candidly in America, We Need A Raise. It's a laser focused look into the concept of the American middle class, socio-economic issues, and what needs to change about the American government, tax system, etc to revive and energize the middle classes. This book offers facts that help educate, organize, and empower the middle and lower classes so that they might be able to contribute to a better and brighter American future.

Mullen chose to approach the issue with quick, no nonsense chapters and sub-chapters that basically follow the format of: identifying a problem (Mullen likes to refer to them as "Woes"), analyze how the problem occurred and why, and determine how the problem or woe could be fixed by future endeavors of the American populace, corporate big-wigs, and of course the government.

All of Mullen's points and arguments are supported clearly by fact and excellent logic and reasoning. While I admit the book was a bit long winded in some sections, each of the discussions offered frank evidence and advice that makes sense and should really help to educate people about where we (Americans) are as a country. As a member of the middle class myself, this book was full of hope and encouragement for my future, which at times has certainly never looked more bleak. America, We Need a Raise is sure to capture the attention of the average Joe and help him on his way to greatness and in closing the gap between lower and upper classes in America.