Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich, is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, Beyond Outrage and, most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
The Growing Danger of Dynastic Wealth
White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that "only morons pay the estate tax." I’m reminded of Donald Trump’s comment that he didn’t pay federal income taxes because he was "smart." And billionaire Leona Helmsley's "only the little...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
It’s Now Time for Medicare for All
Senator Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Jeff Merkley, are introducing a Medicare For All bill in the Senate. It’s a model for where this nation needs to be headed. Some background: American spending on health care per person is more than twice the average in the world’s 35...
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"It’s not that they object to the hatefulness and divisiveness Trump has been sowing. What’s been moving them to action is they don’t like the effects of the hatefulness on business," writes Robert Reich. Views
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Why CEOs Are Turning on Trump
Trump isn’t just alienating Republican senators. He’s also pissing off the executives of America’s biggest corporations, who happen to have a lot of influence over Republican members of Congress because they pay the costs of their campaigns. "Trump doesn’t worry about moving the nation backwards...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
What Do Democrats Stand For?
The Democratic Party can lead the country in a new direction, but will it? Millions of Americans who are politically engaged for the first time in their lives are crying out for a bold alternative to bigoted and destructive policies. But Democrats can’t just be anti-Trump or move to the middle. To...
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Monday, August 28, 2017
Trump’s Anti-Worker Labor Day
This will be the first Labor Day of the presidency of Donald J. Trump, who came to office riding a wave of anti-establishment anger from average working people. No one can say they didn’t see it coming. By the time Trump was elected, the typical American household had a net worth 14 percent lower...
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"He did not drain the swamp. After telling voters how he would take control away from special interests, he has surrounded himself with the very Wall Street players he decried." Views
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Dear Trump Voter: He Lied to You
If you voted for Donald Trump, I get it. Maybe you feel you’ve been so badly shafted by the system that you didn’t want to go back to politics as usual, and Trump seemed like he’d topple that corrupt system. You voted to change our country’s power base – to get rid of crony capitalism and give our...
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Monday, August 21, 2017
How to Remove Trump
With Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, it’s unlikely Trump will be impeached or thrown out of office on grounds of mental impairment. At least any time soon. Yet there’s another way Trump can be effectively removed. He can be made irrelevant. It’s already starting to happen. The...
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"There is already enough evidence to impeach Trump on grounds of abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution," Reich writes. Views
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Remove Him Now
We have endured Donald Trump for 7 months. Although he has had few legislative victories, he has almost single-handedly destroyed the moral authority of the presidency of the United States at home and abroad, brought us to the brink of a nuclear war without consulting anyone, and sown division and...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Trump's Civil War
Trump’s unwillingness to denounce the white supremacists who came to Charlottesville last weekend bent on violence has been part of his political strategy from the start. Remember, weeks after he began his campaign by alleging that Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists, two brothers in...
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Making America Hate Again
Two days late, Donald Trump has finally condemned violent white supremacists. He was pushed into it by a storm of outrage at his initial failure to do so in the wake of deadly violence to Charlottesville, Virginia. But it’s too little, too late. Trump’s unwillingness to denounce hateful violence...
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