Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone
On Sale: January 13, 2015
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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
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
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 road map 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.
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