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 23, 2012, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Without bold government action on behalf of our workforce, good American jobs will continue to disappear.

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

The GOP's radicalism is dangerous for America. We need two political parties solidly grounded in the realities of governing.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The industry's effort to overturn new regulations could push public anger past the point of no return.

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.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2011, Source:

Although the budget plan has no chance of passage, it could be a blueprint for America's future when and if right-wing Republicans take charge.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2011, Source:

America's wealthiest are paying a pittance in taxes, while the country is chipping away at its central foundations to meet budget shortfalls.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2011, Source:

The economy is slowing ominously, and the booster rockets are disappearing.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2011, Source:

Maine Governor Paul LePage thinks the mural depicting the state's labor history is "not in keeping with the [Labor Department's] pro-business goals."

Posted on: Mar 23, 2011, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Republicans figure if their big lies are repeated often enough, people will start to believe them.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2011, Source:

We can't let the Republicans try to set the working middle class against itself.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2011, Source:

GOP forces are trying to deflect attention from the growing wealth transfer to the richest 1 percent while the jobs and wages of everyone else languish.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2011, Source:

Obama's budget proposal hinges on major cuts that ensure that Republicans get to control the conversation on spending.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2011, Source:

The American economy isn’t back. While Wall Street’s bull market is making America’s rich even richer, most Americans continue to be mired in the housing crisis.

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

We can't let the conservatives pit private-sector workers against public servants -- it's a distraction from the ongoing huge wealth transfer to the richest Americans.

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

Only the President has the bully pulpit. But will he use it to tell the Big Truth that government is the only way we're going to get out of this mess?

Posted on: Dec 15, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The Big Money corporations are raking it in, and top pay is soaring as well. But the money isn't going into anyone else's pockets.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Could it be that Republicans want to keep the economy struggling through Election Day, 2012?

Posted on: Oct 19, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The top one-tenth of one percent of Americans now earn as much as the bottom 120 million of us.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The economic policies Republicans promote could come from the mouths of heartless 19th century industrialists.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

I am continuously amazed at the GOP's ability to snatch defeat out of the jaws of potential victory. It is the gift that keeps giving.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Policies that generate more widely shared prosperity lead to stronger and more sustainable economic growth -- and that's good for everyone.