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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.
(5 comments) Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Why we must legalize marijuana
Donald Trump and his administration are trying to turn back the clock. They've even formed a task force to weaken public support for legalization and help spread misinformation about so-called "marijuana threats." It's time to legalize marijuana.
(2 comments) Sunday, May 19, 2019 The Trump economy is hurting most Americans. Statistics won't fool voters
Trump is the least popular president to run for re-election in the history of polling but Mulvaney thinks Americans will vote for him anyway because unemployment has hit a 50-year low, wages are rising and economic growth exceeds 3%. A CNN poll released in early May shows 56% of Americans approve Trump's handling of the economy.
(4 comments) Wednesday, May 15, 2019 The House Now Has A Constitutional Duty to Impeach Trump
Trump surely appears to be usurping the powers of the other branches. Under these circumstances, the Constitution mandates that the House undertake an impeachment inquiry and present evidence to the Senate. This may not be the practical political thing to do. But it is the right thing to do.
(3 comments) Saturday, May 11, 2019 There are many reasons not to impeach Trump. The House should do it anyway
By directing the attorney general, the justice department, the FBI, and the secretary of the treasury to act in his own personal interest rather than in the interests of the American people, Trump is saying that a president can run the government on his own. Adios, constitution. Impeachment may not be the practical political thing to do. But it is the right thing to do.
(2 comments) Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Trump Is Achieving His Primary Goal: Division
Trump campaigned as a populist -- exploiting the public's justifiable sense that the game is rigged against them. But he hasn't done anything to fix the system. To the contrary, his divide-and-conquer strategy as president has disguised his efforts to reward his wealthy donors and funnel more wealth and power to those at the top.
(1 comments) Sunday, May 5, 2019 Getting a measles vaccination isn't a personal choice -- it's a social responsibility
Measles travels through the air. The virus can live for hours after an infected person has coughed or sneezed. The core issue here is the common good. If enough people are vaccinated, everyone benefits. But if enough people decide to opt out of vaccinations, for whatever reason, they put everyone at a higher risk of contracting disease.
(1 comments) Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Congress Should Be Ready To Arrest Attorney General William Barr If He Defies Subpoena
There is to be no congressional oversight of this administration: No questioning a Trump adviser about immigration policy. No questioning a former White House security director about issuances of security clearances. No questioning anyone about presidential tax returns. Such a blanket edict fits a dictator of a banana republic, not the president of a constitutional republic.
(1 comments) Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Five Responses to Climate Change Deniers
At this point, anyone who denies climate change is either willfully ignorant or complicit in protecting fossil fuel profits over the safety and security of our children and grandchildren.
Sunday, April 28, 2019 In fighting all oversight, Trump has made his most dictatorial move
No questioning a Trump adviser about immigration policy. No questioning a former White House security director about issuances of security clearances. No presidential tax returns to the ways and means committee, even though a 1920s law specifically authorizes the committee to get them. Such a blanket edict fits a dictator of a banana republic, not the president of a constitutional republic founded on separation of powers.
Thursday, April 25, 2019 The Case for Environmental Justice
You often hear that reversing climate change will mean fewer jobs, especially for the poor and working class the very people who are bearing the biggest burden from climate change. But it's not true. Clean energy powered by wind, or solar cells, or water is growing fast, even as the old fossil-fuel industries decline, and generate fewer jobs.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Packing the Supreme Court
Immigrant and the states they're in would have fewer representatives in Congress. The Census count determines the distribution of congressional seats among states. Under the Constitution, these seats depend on the total number of people residing in the state, not just citizens. Which is the real reason for this move by the Trump administration.
(3 comments) Wednesday, April 24, 2019 America Has Already Fired Trump!
Departments and agencies are being run by lobbyists and insiders busily carving out loopholes, cutting taxes, and slashing regulations on behalf of the wealthy and big corporations. Isolated in the White House, distrustful of aides, at odds with intelligence agencies, distant from his Cabinet heads, Trump has no system to make or implement decisions.
His tweets don't create headlines as before.
(5 comments) Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Trump Has Been Exposed as a Thug
Trump treats his subordinates horribly. He hides things from them. He lies to them. He yells at them. He instructs them to lie. He orders them to carry out illegal acts. He's a thug. He regrets his lawyers are not as good at protecting him as was his early mentor Roy Cohn, a mob lawyer. When reports surface about the now infamous Trump Tower meeting of June 2016, Trump directs the cover-up.
(10 comments) Sunday, April 21, 2019 Trump's moral squalor, not impeachment, will remove him from power
Let's be real. Trump will not be removed by impeachment. No president has been. With a Republican Senate controlled by the most irresponsible political hack ever to be majority leader, the chances are nil. Which means Trump will have to be removed the old-fashioned way by voters in an election 19 months away.
(6 comments) Wednesday, April 17, 2019 The 12 Biggest Myths about Raising Taxes on the Rich
Some politicians are calling for higher taxes on the rich. Naturally, these proposals have unleashed a torrent of opposition - mostly from"the rich. Here are the 12 biggest myths they're propounding...
(1 comments) Monday, April 15, 2019 How McConnell is Killing the Senate
Recently McConnell used his Republican majority to cut the time for debating Trump's court appointees from 30 hours to two, thereby enabling Republicans to ram through even more Trump judges. In truth, McConnell doesn't give a fig about the Senate, or about democracy. He cares only about partisan wins.
(1 comments) Saturday, April 13, 2019 Trump's immigration moves are straight from the dictator's playbook
When he's not accusing Democrats of being socialists, Trump is rallying his followers around the supposed mob at the gates. At a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he claimed migrants are coached by lawyers to say "I'm very afraid for my life" although they look as strong as "the heavyweight champion of the world."
(6 comments) Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Rest
To the conservative mind, the specter of socialism conjures up a society in which no one is held accountable, and no one has to work for what they receive. Yet, that's exactly the society Trump and the Republicans are promoting for the rich. Meanwhile, most Americans are subject to an increasingly harsh and arbitrary capitalism.
(3 comments) Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Wall Street loves socialism for bankers -- but not for ordinary people
Jamie Dimon chose London as the place to make highly risky derivatives trades that lost the firm some $6bn in 2012 -- proof that unless the overseas operations of Wall Street banks are covered by US regulations, giant banks like his will move more of their betting abroad, hiding their wildly-risky bets overseas so U.S. regulators can't see them.
Sunday, April 7, 2019 The Myth of Meritocracy
A prestigious college packed with the children of wealthy and well-connected parents is now the launching pad into the stratosphere of big money. Elite colleges are doing their parts to accelerate the trend. Inequality is lurking behind all this, and not just because the wealthy can afford it. Elite colleges are doing their parts to accelerate the trend.