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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.


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
 
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