Stories by Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President Obama's transition advisory board. His latest book is "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future." His homepage is subscribe to Robert Reich's feed

Posted on: Jan 17, 2014, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The usual explanation is that economic issues are trumped by social and cultural issues like guns, abortion and race. But there's something else.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2013, Source:

. . . Now that we're second only to Romania for child poverty.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2013, Source:

The wealthy aren't donating to food shelters. They're giving to Yale and fancy theaters for a tax deduction.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

In fact, the only good thing about it is that right-wingers hate it.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The U.S. economy will continue to dangerously erode the futures of America's burgeoning low-wage workforce without spreading the wealth.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2013, Source:

With the growth of online retailing, fewer Americans will have jobs in bricks-and-mortar retail stores.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2013, Source:

A large portion of Walmart’s customers are lower-wage workers who are working at places like … Walmart. No wonder sales are dropping as people struggle to make ends meet.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2013, Source:

We need the Democrats to show a little backbone for a change.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2013, Source:

It's easy to forget amidst all of the conservative handwringing that this is the kind of plan GOP has always wanted.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2013, Source:

Unfortunately, extremists, threats and possible shutdowns are still very much with us.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2013, Source:

Republicans are desperately looking for way out of the hole they dug. Will they ever learn?

Posted on: Sep 16, 2013, Source:

There has never been and never will be a "free" market. All markets have rules.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2013, Source:

We are more unequal than at any time since the 1920s.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2013, Source:

Corporate lobbyists are readying their arguments for Congress' return from recess. All of them are specious.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

40 years ago, most cities (including Detroit) had a mixture of wealthy, middle-class, and poor residents. Now, each income group tends to lives separately, in its own city.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2013, Source:

That's right, the tax code makes it so ordinary Americans help pay Lloyd Blankfein's ridiculous salary.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Like countless first responders before them, they put themselves in harm's way because they wanted to serve.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Not since the real Civil War have we witnessed such a clear divide between the states on central issues affecting Americans.

Posted on: May 20, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

International corporations have no national allegiance, they care only for profit. Meanwhile, people all over the world are becoming increasingly nationalistic and xenophobic.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The former secretary of labor explains why Social Security cuts could prove disastrous.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2013, Source:

The public wants nothing to do with Obama's idea of bipartisanship.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2013, Source:

It’s not the first time Democrats have led with a compromise, but these particular pre-concessions are especially unwise.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The Republicans’ austerity economics and trickle-down economics are dangerous, bald-faced lies.

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

Obama is advancing the founding ideals of America in such way that the Republican Party is incapable of opposing yet also incapable of uniting behind it.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2013, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The battle over the fiscal cliff is over but the trench warfare will continue.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

A weakened national party and more intense competition in primaries is making the Republican Party impervious to national opinion.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

We do not protect them from poverty, disease, or guns.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

They may lose a battle here and there but their assault on the middle class and takeover of our politics is part of a much longer war.

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

Three crises America would tackle if we had a functioning government that served popular interests.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2012, Source:

Some advice for Democrats.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2012, Source:

Obama needs to remind us why we liked him in the first place.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The absurd effort to repackage Romney as a compassionate conservative.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2012, Source:

Republicans are failing the central test of electability ... targeting a non-majority part of the population.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Romney’s alleged 13 percent tax rate is lower than that of most middle class Americans who earn a tiny fraction of what he earns.

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

Workers who take time off are more productive after their batteries are recharged. They have higher morale, and are less likely to mentally check out on the job.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Regardless of the Roberts' decision, over the next four months the Act will be a political football.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Considering the absurd logic that if corporations are people, they must be capable of feeling harassed and intimidated.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The energies of the new right and the money of big corporations and Wall Street is formidable.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2012, Source:

Friday’s jobs report is a stunning reminder of how anemic the recovery has been – and how perilously close the nation is to falling into another recession.

Posted on: May 11, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

What just happened at J.P. Morgan – along with its leader’s cavalier dismissal – reveals how fragile, opaque and dangerous the banking system continues to be