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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Monday, October 17, 2016
Ascendance of Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton Equals Big Win for Big Business
Hillary Clinton won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely). Another will be Paul Ryan, who will rule the Republican roost. Democrats may take back the Senate but they won’t take back the House. Gerrymandering has...
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Sunday, October 09, 2016
Wishful Thinking: First 100 Days After November 8
1. Hillary Clinton is elected President. 2. Democrats take over the Senate, and reduce the Republican margin in the House to just 3 votes. 3. Elizabeth Warren announces she’ll challenge Hillary in the 2020 Democratic primaries if Hillary isn’t sufficiently progressive and bold during her first term...
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Monday, October 03, 2016
The Real Scandal of Trump Paying No Taxes
According to the New York Times , Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 tax returns – which could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for 18 years. The loss stemmed from Trump’s investments in the early 1990s. Ordinary investors in Trump’s business...
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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time for Congress to Stop Hollering at CEOs and Take Action
Last week, Congress engaged in a bipartisan barrage of CEO bashing. The Senate Banking Committee assailed Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf for pushing employees to create as many as two million bogus bank and credit card accounts without customer’s consent – making customers pay overdraft and late fees...
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Trump’s Yuge Bamboozle
Donald Trump poses as a working-class populist, but about his new economic plan would be a gusher for the wealthy. And almost nothing will trickle down to anyone else. He’d knock down the top tax rate on businesses from 35 percent to 15 percent, thereby richly rewarding the investor class. He’d cut...
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Why Corporate Tax Deserters Shouldn't Get the Benefits of Being American Corporations
Apple is only the latest big global American corporation to use foreign tax shelters to avoiding paying its fair share of U.S. taxes. It’s just another form of corporate desertion. Corporations are deserting America by hiding their profits abroad or even shifting their corporate headquarters to...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016
There’s One Big Unfinished Promise By Bill Clinton that Hillary Should Put to Bed
What can be done to deter pharmaceutical companies from jacking up prices of critical drugs? To prevent Wall Street banks from excessive gambling? To nudge CEOs into taking a longer-term view? To restrain runaway CEO pay? Answer to all four: Fulfill Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign pledge. When he ran...
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Thursday, September 01, 2016
Standing up to Apple
For years, Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have attacked big corporations for avoiding taxes by parking their profits overseas. Last week the European Union did something about it. The European Union’s executive commission ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from...
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Monday, August 29, 2016
If You Want to Celebrate a "Landslide" Clinton Victory, Don't Call Me
I got a call from a friend in Washington who knows more about political polling than anyone in America. He was almost breathless with excitement. “It’s gonna be a landslide,” he said. “In which direction?” I joked. “Hillary’s going to win in places we haven’t won in years – Georgia, Nevada, Arizona...
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Monday, August 22, 2016
Why a Single-Payer Healthcare System is Inevitable
The best argument for a single-payer health plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans.Aetna’s decision follows similar moves by UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, and by Humana,...
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