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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.


Family values and the economy
By Robert Reich

My mother went into paid work soon after my father’s clothing store was flooded out in a hurricane, almost wiping him out. She had no choice. We needed the money.

This was some two decades before a tidal wave of wives and mothers went into paid work.

For the relatively few women with four-year college degrees, this change was the consequence of wider educational opportunity and new laws against gender discrimination that opened professions to well-educated women.

But the vast majority of women entered the paid workforce

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:59 PM
 
The xenophobes find new targets

By Robert Reich

THE BOSTON Marathon bombing has brought out the xenophobes.

Often when America suffers some large, inexplicable tragedy, we want to blame foreigners and look for ways to fortify ourselves against them. It’s more reassuring to believe that an evil lies outside our borders — in them — than to face the possibility that it’s randomly among us.

And like the communist scare before it, the so-called war on terror — a war without end — offers a convenient means of targeting the source as a foreign menace bent on destroying us.

Let’s blame immigrants, say the xenophobes. Sen.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:08 PM
 
A widening inequality

By Robert Reich

FOUR YEARS INTO a so-called recovery and we’re still below recession levels in every important respect except the stock market.

A measly 88,000 jobs were created in March, and total employment remains some 3 million below its prerecession level. Labor-force participation is at its lowest level since 1979.

The recovery isn’t just losing steam. It never had much steam to begin with.

That’s because so much of our debate over economic

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 4:00 PM
 
Stealth sequester hasn’t hit home

By Robert Reich

SO FAR, the much-dreaded “sequester” — some $85 billion in federal spending cuts between March and September 30 — hasn’t been evident to most Americans.

The dire warnings that had been issued from the White House beforehand — threatening that Social Security checks would be delayed, airport security checks would be clogged and other federal facilities closed — seem to have been overblown.

Sure, March’s employment report was a big disappointment. But it’s hard to see any direct connection between those poor job numbers and the sequester. The government has been shedding jobs for years. Most of the losses in March were from the Postal Service.

Take a closer look,

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:26 PM
 
Morality brigade battles marriage

By Robert Reich

WE’RE STILL legislating and regulating private morality, while at the same time ignoring the much larger crisis of public morality in America.

In recent weeks, Republican state legislators have decided to thwart the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which gave women the right to have an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy.

Legislators in North Dakota passed a bill banning abortions

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:08 PM
 
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