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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.


Non-voters vital in this election

 

By Robert Reich

HOWEVER YOU READ the polls, the 2012 presidential election is turning into a nail-biter. Former Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are just about tied among likely voters.

The bump Romney got from the first debate seems to have been matched by the bump the president got from the good jobs report for September. (We won’t know the real results of Tuesday night’s matchup for another week.)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:03 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:19 PM )
 
Structure change will help economy

 

By Robert Reich

THE WHITE HOUSE is breathing a bit easier. The president’s awful debate performance was bad enough. If it had been followed by a bad jobs report, the president’s chances for re-election might have plummeted.

But the report showed September’s unemployment rate dropping to 7.8% — the first time it’s been under 8% in 43 months.

Look more closely, though, and the employment picture is murkier.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:06 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:20 PM )
 
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
 
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