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 cultural challenges.
His first books were designed for nonprofit leaders and the business problems that keep an executive awake at night. Subsequent 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.
America We Need A Raise
America We Need A Raise is a Readers' Favorite 2015 International Book Award Bronze Medal Winner in the non-fiction government/politics category.
"America, We Need A Raise by Mark Mullen is a rare gem - a ‘save the world’ book that could actually WORK." - Rating: 5.0 stars from Readers’ Favorite Reviews
The American Middle Class is not on the Road to Full Recovery. Politicians, economists, and the media would like you to believe that the U.S economy is in full recovery. On the surface the numbers reported are very convincing. The unemployment rate went under 6.0 percent in 2014 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Indexes hit all-time highs in early 2015. Consumer spending for the 4th quarter of 2014 rose at its fastest rate since 2006 while the economy grew at a rate of 2.4 percent.
Yet, like the dinosaur, the middle class is stuck in a tar pit and headed toward extinction. Middle class income continued to shrink while the prices of commodities and services grew. America’s median household income of $51, 900 has remained unchanged for 26 years. Higher paying middle class skilled jobs have been replaced with low paying retail and service work. The number of Americans living in poverty in 2013 was 48.7 million, or 15.5%. Seventy-five percent of Americans do not have enough savings to cover six months’ worth of bills.
The government continues to talk about middle class struggles, even making promises to help. But 35 years of failed and harmful policies has decimated the middle class and its aspirations for a better tomorrow. All is not lost, we can fix this. In this book I offer twelve remedies, which if implemented, could vastly improve the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans and their descendants
America We Have the Country We Want
Book offers a fresh perspective and a common sense approach in examining some of today’s most talked about social issues. In as much as we like to talk and complain about America’s shortcomings, we really don’t want to shake things up. We don’t want America to make major changes.
In this book, Mullen examines some the failures of corporate America including the violation of sacred trusts between employer and employee; vanishing retirement; and the throw away employee.
The role of education and a few of the most popular education myths used by politicians and the media are examined. The topics of entry level skills gap, STEM, and college for everyone are explored with an eye on reality and common sense.
The First and Second Amendments of the Constitution continue to be the most controversial and talked about government pieces of legislation of all time. Both amendments have a following of interpreters on what the founding fathers really meant.
Why does the media exist? Mullen examines that very question in this chapter. He touches on TV and newspaper reporting and the entertainment style of news. He looks at some of the external factors that shape what you see, hear, and read.