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Robert Reich


Robert Reich


Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future." He blogs at robertreich.org.


Four reasons why Romney might win

By Robert Reich

CAN MITT ROMNEY possibly recover? Pundits and pollsters are beginning to doubt it. A survey conducted between Sept. 12 and Sept. 16 by the Pew Research Center — before the “47% of Americans are victims” video came to light — showed Obama ahead of Romney 51% to 43% among likely voters.

That’s the biggest margin in the September survey prior to a presidential election since Bill Clinton led Bob Dole, 50% to 38%, in 1996.

And, remember, this poll was done before America watched Romney belittle almost half the nation.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 4:17 PM
 
Recovery hinges on ‘basic bargain’

By Robert Reich

THE QUESTION at the core of America’s upcoming presidential election isn’t merely whose story most voting Americans believe to be true — Mitt Romney’s claim that the economy is in a stall and Obama’s policies haven’t worked, or Barack Obama’s claim that it’s slowly mending and his approach is working.

If that were all there was to it, last Friday’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the economy added only 96,000 jobs in August — below what’s needed merely to keep up with the growth in the number of eligible workers — would seem to bolster Romney’s claim.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 5:28 PM
 
More vacation would be benefit
By Robert Reich

HERE’S A MODEST proposal I offer free of charge to President Obama and Mitt Romney:
Every American should get a mandatory minimum of three weeks’ paid vacation a year.
Most Americans only get two weeks off right now. But many don’t even take the full two weeks out of fear of losing their jobs. One in four gets no paid vacation at all, not even

Tuesday, September 04, 2012 3:27 PM
 
The Ryan choice
By Robert Reich

MITT ROMNEY’S chosen running mate, Paul Ryan, is the reverse of Sarah Palin. She was all right-wing flash without much substance. He’s all right-wing substance without much flash.

Ryan is not a firebrand. He’s not smarmy. He doesn’t ooze contempt for opponents or ridicule those who disagree with him. In style and tone, he doesn’t even sound like an ideologue — until you listen to what he has to say.
It’s here — in Ryan’s views and policy judgments — we find the true ideologue. More than any other politician today, Ryan exemplifies the social Darwinism at the core of today’s Republican Party: Reward the rich, penalize the poor, let everyone else fend for themselves.

 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:54 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:25 PM )
 
Candidates weak on economy pitch
By Robert Reich

THE WORST ECONOMY since the Great Depression and you might think at least one of the candidates would come up with a few big ideas for how to get us out of it.

But you’d be wrong. Neither candidate wants to take any chances by offering any large, serious proposals. Both are banking instead on negative campaigns that convince voters the other guy would be worse.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 5:49 PM
 
Telling the truth about Obama
By Robert Reich

TO HEAR THE media report it, President Obama is proposing a tax increase on wealthy Americans. That’s misleading at best. He’s proposing that everyone — including the rich — receive a continuation of the Bush tax cuts on the first $250,000 of their incomes. (If they’re filing singly, the first $200,000.) Any dollars they earn in excess of $250,000 will be taxed at the old Clinton-era rates.
Get it? Everyone is treated exactly the same. Everyone gets a one-year extension of the Bush tax cut on the first $250,000 of income. No “class warfare.”

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:19 PM
 
The true meaning of patriotism
By Robert Reich

RECENTLY I PUBLICLY debated someone who said Arizona and every other state should use whatever means necessary to keep out illegal immigrants. He wants English to be spoken in every classroom in the nation, and the Pledge of Allegiance recited every morning. And he wants to restore every dollar of the $500 billion in defense cuts scheduled to start in January. “We have to preserve and protect America,” he said. “That’s the meaning of patriotism.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:53 PM
 
Economy stuck in first gear
By Robert Reich

RARELY IN HISTORY has the cause of a major economic problem been so clear yet have so few been willing to see it.
The major reason this recovery has been so anemic is not Europe’s debt crisis. It’s not, as right-wing economists tell us, because taxes are too high on corporations and the rich, safety nets are too generous to the needy, and regulations on business are too onerous. It’s not even, as some liberals contend, because the Obama administration hasn’t spent enough on a temporary Keynesian stimulus.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:17 PM
 
The job stall
By Robert Reich

HOWEVER?ONE looks at last Friday’s jobs report, it’s a stunning reminder of how anemic the recovery has been — and how perilously close America is to falling into another recession.
Not only has the unemployment rate risen for the first time in almost a year, to 8.2%, but, more ominously, May’s payroll survey showed that employers created only 69,000 net new jobs. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised its March and April reports downward. Only 96,000 new jobs have been created, on average, over the last three months.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:39 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:32 PM )
 
It’s a tough road for new graduates
By Robert Reich
Members of the Class of 2012,

As a former secretary of Labor and current professor, I feel I owe it to you to tell you the truth about the pieces of parchment you’re picking up today.
You’re screwed.
Well, not exactly. But you won’t have it easy.
First, you’re going to have a hell of a hard time finding a job. The job market you’re heading into is still bad. Fewer than half of the graduates from last year’s class have as yet found full-time jobs. Most are still looking.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:25 PM
 
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