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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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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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 4:00pm
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 1, 2016 - 2:00pm
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 - 11:15am
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 - 3:15pm
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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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 8:15am
Aetna Shows Why We Need a Single Payer
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 insurer, and Humana, one of the...
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Monday, August 15, 2016 - 1:15pm
Why President Hillary Clinton Will Need Bernie’s "Political Revolution" to Get Anything Done
It looks increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton, a self-described “progressive who likes to get things done,” will have her chance starting next January. But how much that’s progressive will she actually be able to get done? The Senate may flip to the Democrats but there’s almost no way Democrats...
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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 2:15pm
Why a Tax on Wall Street Trades is an Even Better Idea Than You Know
One of Bernie Sanders’s most important proposals didn’t receive enough attention and should become a law even without a president Sanders. Hillary Clinton should adopt it for her campaign. It’s a tax on financial transactions. Putting a small tax on financial transactions would: 1. reduce...
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 8:45am
Why the Shake-up at the Democratic National Committee Is Doomed
The shake-up at the Democratic National Committee after an embarrassing breach of its email system continued Tuesday with the departure of three senior officials. But purging the DNC of top officials won’t remedy the DNC’s problems. Those problems aren’t attributable to individuals who didn’t do...
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