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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.


Frugal economics not helping U.S.

By Robert Reich

WE ARE IN the most anemic recovery in modern history. The president is talking about boosting the economy and rebuilding the middle class, but Washington isn’t doing squat.

In fact, apart from the Fed — which continues to hold down interest rates in the quixotic hope that banks will begin lending again to average people — the government is heading in exactly the wrong direction: raising taxes on the middle class and cutting public spending. It’s called austerity economics.

Washington is still

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:56 PM
 
GOP showing inconsistencies

By Robert Reich

SOON AFTER President Obama’s second inaugural address, Speaker of the House John Boehner said the White House would try “to annihilate the Republican Party” and “shove us into the dustbin of history.”

Actually, the GOP is doing a pretty good job annihilating itself. As Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal put it, Republicans need to “stop being the stupid party.”

The GOP crack-up was probably inevitable. Inconsistencies and tensions within the GOP have been growing for years — ever since Ronald Reagan put together the coalition that became the modern Republican Party.

All President Obama has done is finally find ways to exploit these

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 5:33 PM
 
Some entitlements due to economy

By Robert Reich

IT HAS BECOME accepted economic wisdom that the only way to get control over America’s looming budget deficits is to “reform entitlements.”

The accepted wisdom is wrong.

Republicans trot out federal budget data showing a 32% increase in direct payments to individuals since the start of 2009, including food stamps, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation and subsidized housing.

But these expenditures are temporary. They’ve resulted from the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, which forced many families to turn

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:24 PM
 
Fiscal cliff deal won’t end battle

By Robert Reich

“IT’S NOT ALL I would have liked,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, speaking of the deal on the fiscal cliff, “so on to the debt ceiling.”

For Republicans, the battle over the fiscal cliff is only a prelude to the coming battle over raising the debt

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:27 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:27 PM )
 
Let's take care of our children

America’s children seem to be shortchanged on almost every issue we face as a society.
Not only are we failing to protect our children from deranged people wielding semi-automatic guns, we’re not protecting them from poverty. The rate of child poverty keeps rising, even faster than the rate of adult poverty. We now have the highest rate of child poverty in the developed world.

Monday, December 24, 2012 4:49 PM
 
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