Stories by Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. His latest book is "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few." His website is  subscribe to Robert Reich's feed

Posted on: Dec 6, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

As a country, we've rejected the notion that each of us is on his or her own in a competitive contest for survival. Republicans want to bring Social Darwinism back.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Deficit hawks, Republicans, diffident Democrats, well-coiffed lobbyists, and their Wall St. patrons haven't a clue or couldn't care less.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Republican candidates are all calling for major spending cuts starting as soon as possible. What are they smoking?

Posted on: Sep 22, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The double-dip recession is here--and even Wall Street may soon realize the need for the government to spend to save the economy.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The really big fight -- perhaps the defining battle of 2012 -- won't be over Medicare or Obama's jobs program. It will be over whether the rich should pay more taxes.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

And if, as expected, Republicans refuse to go along, take it to the people. Mobilize the public. Use the bully pulpit. That's what you have it for.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

We're slouching toward a double dip, and the stock market is imploding, because consumers – whose spending is 70 percent of the economy – have reached their limit.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2011, Source:

Republicans repeatedly assured the nation that once the debt-limit deal was done, the economy would bounce back. Just the opposite seems to be happening.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The deal's spending cuts increase the odds of a double-dip recession and strengthens the political hand of the radical right.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2011, Source:

Our vicious political cycle is making the vicious economic cycle worse.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2011, Source:

He said the economy continues to be in a deep hole, and he urged Congress to extend the temporary reduction in the employee part of the payroll tax.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2011, Source:

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon says regulating the banks whose antics caused the recession is stalling the economy's recovery.

Posted on: May 31, 2011, Source:

The fundamental economic challenge ahead is to restore the vast American middle class.

Posted on: May 26, 2011, Source:

Polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans -- even a majority of Republican voters -- want to preserve Medicare.

Posted on: May 25, 2011, Source:

Ryan blames Tuesday's upset in New York on Democratic "scare tactics." But senior citizens really should be scared of Ryan's plan to eviscerate Medicare.

Posted on: May 21, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Obama is mulling an executive order to force contractors to disclose details of their political spending. The president should issue it immediately.

Posted on: May 20, 2011, Source:

Over the last four decades, tax rates on the very rich have plummeted while loopholes have gotten bigger.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2011, Source:

Obama has a smart idea for outflanking the GOP but by focusing the public’s attention on the budget deficit, the President is still playing on their field.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2011, Source:

The real problem is the soaring costs of health care that lie beneath Medicare.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2011, Source:

In a few weeks the debt ceiling has to be raised. After that, next year’s budget has to be passed. The President has to take a stand, and the sooner the better.