Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich, one of the nation’s leading experts on work and the economy, is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. Time Magazine has named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including his latest best-seller, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future; The Work of Nations; Locked in the Cabinet; Supercapitalism; and his newest, Beyond Outrage. His syndicated columns, television appearances, and public radio commentaries reach millions of people each week. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, and Chairman of the citizen’s group Common Cause. His widely-read blog can be found at www.robertreich.org.

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Monday, November 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the Media
Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs. 1. Berate the media. Last week, Trump summoned two-dozen TV news anchors and executives to the twenty-fifth floor...
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Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:45pm
The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda
Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut, and much worse. Here’s the First 100 Day resistance agenda [with thanks to Alan Webber]: 1. Get Democrats in the Congress and across the country to pledge to...
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Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:45am
Why We Need a New Democratic Party
It is time for a New Democratic Party. The old Democratic Party has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests. It has been taken over by Washington-based fundraisers, bundlers, analysts, and pollsters who have focused on raising campaign...
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Monday, November 7, 2016 - 9:00am
Trump's Three Enablers: The GOP, the Media, and... The Establishment Democrats
Even if he loses (and I believe he will), Donald Trump has done incalculable damage to America – eroding the trust and social cohesion the nation depends on. But he couldn’t have accomplished this without three sets of enablers. They must he held accountable, too. The first is the Republican Party...
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Monday, October 17, 2016 - 11:00am
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 9, 2016 - 10:00am
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 3, 2016 - 8:15am
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 - 9:45pm
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 - 10:45am
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 - 11:30am
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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