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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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Trump’s Unconstitutional Assault on the Judiciary
One way dictators take over democracies is by threatening the independence of a nation’s courts. Donald Trump is doing just this. Connect the following dots: 1. In January, Trump blasted a federal judge for staying his travel ban. “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-...
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
5 Reasons Why Trump’s Corporate Tax Cut is Appallingly Dumb
Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, in order to “make the United States more competitive.” This is truly dumb, for 5 reasons: 1. The White House says the United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. Baloney. After corporate deductions...
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Monday, April 24, 2017
First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency
Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his first 100 days is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time – especially his degradation of the presidency. From early in the Republic, we have looked at the office of the...
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Only Real "Centrist" Agenda ... Is a Bold, Progressive Agenda
With Steve Bannon on way out, official Washington is jumping for joy that Gary Cohn—the former president of Goldman Sachs who’s now running Trump’s National Economic Council, along with Dina Powell, another influential Goldman Sachs alumnus—seems to be taking over Trump’s brain. As CNBC puts it,...
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Friday, April 14, 2017
The World According to Trump
The starkest difference between dictatorships and democracies is that democracies are ruled by laws, and dictatorships are ruled by dictators. The “rule of law,” as it’s often referred to, stands for laws that emerge from a process responsive to the majority, that are consistently applied, and are...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Update for Trump Voters
1. He said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. You bought it. Then he bombed Syria. 2. He said he’d build a wall along the border with Mexico. You bought it. Now his secretary of homeland security says “It’s unlikely that we will build a wall.” 3. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. Then he...
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Friday, March 31, 2017
Trump’s Fog Machine
Trump’s technique for dealing with bad news is to create enough confusion and partisanship to envelope it in dense fog. Consider the most explosive news to come along in recent history – that the FBI has commenced an investigation of Trump aides to find out if they colluded with Russian agents to...
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Trump’s Business of Government
The White House has announced that Trump will name his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to run a new Office of American Innovation – described as a SWAT team of strategic consultants staffed by former business executives, designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington and help make government work...
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
No, Paul Ryan, Your Healthcare Defeat Wasn't Because of "Growing Pains"
House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do,” said Ryan. “You just had to...
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Friday, March 24, 2017
Gorsuch Shouldn't Be Confirmed Until We Know the Person Who Picked Him Is Cleared of Wrongdoing
Neil Gorsuch shouldn’t be confirmed until Trump comes clean. Nominating a new justice of the Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of a president. But until we know Trump is a legitimate president, he can’t be presumed to have the authority to make such a pick. First, we need...
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