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Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at www.robertreich.org.
The Next Crash
The combination of stagnant wages with most economic gains going to the top is once again endangering the economy. Most Americans are still living in the shadow of the Great Recession that started in December 2007 and officially ended in June 2009. More have jobs, to be sure. But they haven't seen any rise in their wages, adjusted for inflation.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018(3 comments)
Time For Medicare For All
Most Americans support expanding access to quality, affordable care through Medicare for All. Yet Trump and the Republicans continue to try to gut the Affordable Care Act and take away care from tens of millions. It's time for Medicare for All.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
How Blue States Help Red States
he Trump administration is proposing to lump many social programs under a new agency with the word "welfare" in its title. A recent White House report on imposing work requirements, for example, put Medicaid, food assistance, and housing aid into a rebranded program called "noncash welfare."
Sunday, November 11, 2018(2 comments)
Amazon, and America's Real Divide
Amazon's business isn't just selling stuff over the Internet. It's getting consumers anything they want, faster and better. To do so, it depends on a continuous flow of great new ideas.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018(5 comments)
America Rejects Trumpism
The nation has repudiated Trump, but do not believe for a moment that our national nightmare is over. Trump still occupies the White House and in all likelihood will be there for two more years. The Republican Party remains in control of the Senate.
Monday, November 5, 2018(4 comments)
Why We Must Vote Every Republican Out of Office
Trump has made this election into a referendum on him. He is an historic anomaly -- a president who lies incessantly; who generates fear and fuels hatefulness; who viciously attacks the free press, political opponents, all who disagree with him; who uses his office for personal gain; and who cozies up to dictators while abandoning America's historic friends.
Friday, November 2, 2018(2 comments)
Trump's 30 Broken Promises
He said he'd use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. But he has created the most dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, and has already fired and replaced so many assistants that people there barely know who's in charge of what.
Thursday, November 1, 2018(1 comments)
The Truth About Trump's Economy
The economy is growing, but very little of that growth is trickling down to average Americans. Jobs may be back but they pay squat, especially compared to the rising costs of housing, healthcare, and education. Trump slashed taxes on the wealthy and corporations, and he promised everyone else a wage boost of $4,000 but it never happened.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Politicians and media moguls have long understood that fear and hate sell better than hope and compassion, no matter how much we might wish it otherwise. But before Trump, no president had based his office on it. And before Fox News, no major media outlet had based its ratings on it.
Monday, October 29, 2018
The American Social Contract
No matter how discouraging things may seem right now -- regardless of the bigotry, cruelty, and greed that dominate our politics and corrupt our society -- it's important to remember the positive values we share and the social contract that binds us together.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018(2 comments)
Democrats: Don't Go High or Low. Go Big and Bold
Tyrants create cults of personality. Trump is beyond that. He equates America with himself, and disloyalty to him with insufficient patriotism. In his mind, a giant "Trump" sign hangs over the nation. "We" are his supporters, acolytes, and toadies. "They" are the rest of us.
Sunday, October 21, 2018(1 comments)
A Message To Millennials
On November 6th, you have the power to alter the course of American politics -- flipping Congress, changing the leadership of states and cities, making lawmakers act and look more like the people who are literally the nation's future. But you need to vote!
Trump Is America's Most Dangerous Export
As in the 1930s, economic strains are fueling the rise of demagogues who direct anger and resentment toward scapegoats such as immigrants and minorities - lying about them with impunity.
Monday, October 15, 2018(9 comments)
The Truth About the Trump Economy
Trump slashed taxes on the wealthy and promised everyone else a $4,000 wage boost. But the boost never happened. That's a big reason why Republicans aren't campaigning on their tax cut, which is just about their only legislative accomplishment.
Sunday, October 14, 2018(3 comments)
Containing The Catastrophe
House and Senate Republicans have morphed into Trump sycophants and toadies -- intimidated, spineless, opportunistic. The few who have dared call him on his outrages aren't running for re-election.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Living in a New Gilded Age
Unless government un-rigs the market through bold antitrust action to restore competition, the hidden upward distributions from consumers and workers to corporate chieftains and major investors will grow even larger.
If Democrats ever get back in power, one of the first things they need to do is revive antitrust.
Saturday, August 25, 2018(55 comments)
Not Enough to Impeach Trump -- Entire Presidency Should Be Annulled
Trump's presidency is not authorized under the United States Constitution. The only way I see the end of Trump is if there's overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election. In which case impeachment isn't an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled.Let me explain.
Monday, August 13, 2018(1 comments)
10 Steps To Finding Common Ground
Democracy depends on our capacity to deliberate together. Remember, the point isn't to convince them you're right and they're wrong. It's to get us thinking about what's really happening to America. It's exposing the abuses of power all around us.
If we can join together around these fundamental issues, we will all win
Monday, August 13, 2018(2 comments)
How Trump's War on Regulation is Trickle-Down Economics
We may not know for years the extent we're unprotected -- until the next financial collapse, next public health crisis, next upsurge in fraud, or next floods or droughts because the EPA failed to do what it could to slow and reverse climate change. Trump's attack on regulation is just another form of trickle-down economics -- where the gains go the top, and the risks and losses trickle down.