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, for which Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the the twentieth century. He has written fiften books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, Beyond Outrage and, 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." Reich's newest book is "The Common Good." He's co-creator of the Netflix original documentary "Saving Capitalism," which is streaming now.

 
 

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The big Trump Republican tax cut is already breaking the bank. It will cost us 1.9 trillion dollars over the next decade. Let me repeat that: 1.9 trillion dollars. (Photo: @srbija_eu/Twitter) Views
Thursday, March 14, 2019
The Huge GOP Lie About the Deficit
When asked about America’s soaring debt and deficits, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lamented “It’s disappointing, but it’s not a Republican problem,” and he blames Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Rubbish. It’s not social spending that’s causing the federal deficit to soar. It’s...
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A wealth tax (also proposed by Warren) would help. (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) Views
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Warren Is Correct About Busting Up Big Tech
Presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren announced Friday she wants to bust up giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon. America’s first Gilded Age began in the late nineteenth century with a raft of innovations – railroads, steel production, oil extraction – but culminated in mammoth trusts...
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At the same time, we begin to rewrite the tax code in favor of ordinary Americans, instead of large corporations and the wealthy. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, March 04, 2019
A Bold New Idea to Boost Wages
The challenges are well known: Working Americans are struggling to keep up with the increasing cost of living. Unemployment is low, but wages of most Americans have remained flat. More than three-quarters of Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck. Most can’t afford a $500 emergency. There’s...
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The American People Have Already Fired Trump
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s soon-to-be-delivered report will trigger months of congressional investigations, subpoenas, court challenges, partisan slugfests, media revelations and more desperate conspiracy claims by Donald Trump, all against the backdrop of the burning questions: Will he be...
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It didn’t seem to occur to Schultz that America’s growing incivility might be related to the frustrations of people earning coffee grinds while those at the top run off with the Super Venti Flat White. (Photo: CNN) Views
Friday, February 22, 2019
Howard’s End
America is the only place in the world where any citizen over the age of 35 can run for president. No experience in government necessary. No support from a political party necessary. You don’t even have to have any ideas or policy proposals. Take Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks whose...
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Why Nation Owes Bernie Sanders Our Enduring Gratitude
It’s easy to forget the condescension and amusement that greeted him when he announced his first campaign for president, on May 26, 2015. How, it was asked, could a rumpled, 73-year-old, self-described Democratic Socialist – a junior senator from tiny Vermont, who was born in Brooklyn, Jewish, hadn...
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Sunday, February 17, 2019
Dictator Trump
A president who claims he has an absolute right to declare a national emergency and spend government funds that Congress has explicitly refused to appropriate for the ends he seeks, is assuming the role of a dictator. A president who shuts down government in order to get his way on a controversial...
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Trump Wants Socialism for the Rich, Brutal Capitalism for the Rest of Us
“America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should alert Trump that America is now a hotbed of socialism. But it is socialism for the rich. Everyone else is treated to harsh capitalism. In the conservative mind, socialism means...
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Trump thrives on divisiveness. It’s how he keeps himself the center of attention, fuels his base and ensures that no matter what facts are revealed, his followers will stick by him. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Views
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
The State of Our Disunion
Donald Trump says his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening will be about “unification.” But Trump discussing the state of the union is like pyromaniac discussing lighter fluids. His goal is, and has always been, disunion. The man thrives on divisiveness. It’s how he keeps himself the...
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 When elected officials in the United States abuse their power or take actions that unnecessarily harm the public, walkouts by public workers can function as an important constraint. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Public Workers’ Trump Card
Air traffic controllers hold the trump card (pardon the expression) in upcoming negotiations between Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over border security. That’s because the president and the Republicans know that another shutdown would likely cause a repeat of what happened last Friday,...
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