Stories by Robert B. Reich

Robert Reich is professor of public policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was secretary of labor in the Clinton administration. subscribe to Robert B. Reich's feed

Posted on: Jul 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Six of today’s 10 wealthiest Americans are heirs to prominent fortunes.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2014, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Divide-and-conquer isn't working out so well these days.

Posted on: May 25, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Dems are helping financiers roll back crucial reforms.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

What's more dangerous, women controlling their own bodies or a too-big-to-fail bank?

Posted on: Feb 11, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Let's talk about jobs, falling wages, economic insecurity, and inequality.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The drop in the unemployment rate is good news, but we're far from having a normal economy.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Rarely in the history has the monthly employment numbers carried so much political significance.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

In case you needed another reason to Occupy Wall Street.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2012, Source:

Posted on: Mar 5, 2012, Source:

Spending on public higher education is down, tuition is skyrocketing and student debt levels are unmatched in history. The result? Goodbye middle class.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2012, Source:

Even if the odds that Gingrich as GOP presidential candidate would win the general election are 10 percent, that’s too much of a risk to the nation.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Gingrich and Perry rail against Mitt's corporate behavior, but they have no plans to change Wall Street's rules.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Citizens United invites the worst corruption our democracy has witnessed since the Gilded Age. Mitt Romney is one of its biggest beneficiaries.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

President Obama is promising to fight for a jobs bill this September. Here are ten suggestions for that bill from the former Labor Secretary.

Posted on: May 5, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The McCaskill/Corker spending cap would also make it impossible for government to boost the economy in recessions, meaning even higher unemployment that lasts longer.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

What the public wants means nothing if our democracy is secretly corrupted by big money.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Only twice before in American history has so much been held by so few, yet they're going to keep their fat tax cuts.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

After three decades of flat wages the middle class has exhausted all coping mechanisms. It can’t send more spouses into paid work or work more hours or borrow any more.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

"National security is a cover for job security. This is nuts."

Posted on: Mar 30, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

We need $300 billion for jobs, and we need it now.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Nobody said this would be easy. But passing the health reform that America deserves involves a little political muscle.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

How can the Dow be so far up when every business and Wall Street executive is screaming about government crushing the economy?

Posted on: Jul 10, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Are green shoots emerging? Not until people feel more secure economically.

Posted on: May 13, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Reports of Social Security's demise are greatly exaggerated.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Even with a new administration dedicated to doing it all differently, Americans still have little say over what is happening with our money.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2008, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Most Americans can no longer maintain their standard of living. And the core problem isn't the housing crisis or rising oil and food prices.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2008, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Hillary has said that McCain would be a better president than Obama -- this kind of cynical approach turns people away from politics.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2007, Source: Alfred A. Knopf

The awkward truth is that most of us are two minds: As consumers and investors we want the great deals. As citizens we don't like many of the social consequences that flow from them.

Posted on: May 17, 2007, Source:

America's largest corporations' overseas subsidiaries are booming even as their American operations stagnate. General Electric expects more than half its revenue this year to come from outside the U.S. for the first time.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2007, Source: The American Prospect

A new NASA report on killer asteroids ought to spook people into action.

Posted on: May 11, 2006, Source:

The House is preparing to vote on an Orwellian act of government that would severely limit democracy on the internet as we know it.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2006, Source: The American Prospect

The Bay State's new universal healthcare plan marks an improvement -- but a single payer system would have been even better.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2005, Source:

When the tax cut battle is between the wealthy and super wealthy, it looks like both groups win. So, guess who's going to foot the bill.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2004, Source:

With the dollar dropping to an all-new low against the euro, the nicest and safest gift you can give a friend or loved one this holiday season is ... gold.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2004, Source:

The Republicans are selling their vision of an "Ownership Society" to a nation of debtors.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2001, Source: AlterNet

America and other advanced nations have stepped back from globalization. Why? Because of the added risks of a world threatened by terrorism.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2001, Source: The American Prospect

The political debate about terrorism is stuck. The patriot's blind insistence on American right no matter what, clashes with the left's insistence on blaming the U.S.'s bad historical judgement. Robert Reich says both positions are inadequate and offers another way.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The American economy is certainly in recession now, but the good news is that the underlying structures of the economy are very strong.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Despite being asked in the name of patriotism to spend, consumers are holding back. Perhaps Americans are realizing the economy exists to support us and the standard of living we choose, not the other way around.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Alan Greenspan is pushing on a wet noodle. Instead of interest rate cuts or corporate tax cuts, he should cut payroll taxes by $100 billion over the next 12 months.