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 www.robertreich.org. subscribe to Robert Reich's feed

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

Mitt Romney is the most credible of all the likely Republican presidential candidates. He’s right to focus on the economy, but his specifics are loony.

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

We aren't in this mess because of budget deficits. In fact, the only way to jump-start our economy is for the government to create jobs.

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

Many of the President's successes have been large enough to fuel opposition, but not big enough to strengthen his support.

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

Big American companies may never rehire large numbers of workers, even as their bottom lines keep growing.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

When virtually all the gains from growth go to a small minority at the top, the result is deep-seated anxiety and frustration.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2010, Source: The Nation

Our economy can't thrive when the richest 1% get an ever larger share of the nation's income and wealth, and everyone else's share shrinks.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Right now BP's first responsibility is to its creditors and shareholders, not to the American public: Here's a better idea.

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

We need a new New Deal that will bolster America’s floundering middle class.

Posted on: May 31, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

BP continues to be responsible primarily to its shareholders, not to the American public. It's time for Obama to put them under temporary receivership.

Posted on: May 26, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Wall Street tycoons get taxed at lower rates the the people who clean their buildings. Congress might be about to change that.

Posted on: May 9, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The questions of the day are: What happened? And what does it mean?

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

After 30 years of deregulation, it's no wonder everything from oil production to banking is screwed up.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Dems are making a final push for Wall Street reform -- this is what citizens should be asking for.

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

Can we call this a recovery? More Americans will be working, but for pay they consider inadequate.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

If the big banks stay big, their political lpower will stay big. That power will put taxpayers on the hook for the next banking mess.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

While financial reform is needed, there's no reason to wait for it. The laws are already on the books.

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

Why the continuing bad job numbers make it harder (but even more important) to push through a health care bill.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Why haven't the President and Senate Democrats pulled the reconciliation trigger before now? Here are the theories. None of them justifies waiting any longer.

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

Republicans, Tea Partiers, deficit vultures, and Raging-Dog Democrats, all see Obamanomics as more taxes and more spending. That’s nonsense.

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

Lobbyists aren't the only people working against financial reform. The lawmakers who accept their campaign cash deserve the same blame.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

"It seems as if more and more decisions that should be made democratically are being shunted off somewhere to a few people who make them in back rooms."

Posted on: Jan 29, 2010, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Tax cuts for big corporations can boost profits, and also give ammunition to the same discredited right-wing economists who got us in this mess.

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

His three-year freeze on a large portion of discretionary spending will make it impossible for him to do much of anything for the middle class that's important.

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

If unemployment is 10 percent or more next November, the Dems are in danger of losing the House and will almost certainly be short of the 60 votes they need in the Senate.

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

Unless you work on Wall Street, you've probably had a hard year. Don't expect 2010 to be any better.

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

Harry Reid will do anything to get sixty votes -- which means Lieberman, Nelson, and Snowe can use extortion on behalf of Big Insurance, Big Pharma, the AMA, and abortion foes.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

If you think an expanded Medicare makes up for the lack of a public option in the Senate bill, you're smoking medical marijuana.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Has Obama spent too much political capital on health-care reform, and not enough on keeping families afloat in a flailing economy?

Posted on: Oct 19, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The former labor secretary says that by buying off Big Pharma in return for its support on health-care reform, the president has succumbed to blackmail.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The federal government should be spending even more than it already is. This is the only way to put Americans back to work. We did it during the Depression. It was called the WPA.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Will the White House bet on its Dem base or Big Pharma and insurance companies in its health-care push? It's up to you, says the author.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

To get anything meaningful through this session of Congress, the president will have to give congressional Democrats far more leadership and more cover.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

When an industry gets secret concessions in return for a promise to lend its support to a key piece of legislation, we're in big trouble.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Without the government as competition, the private sector has little incentive to improve.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Momentum for universal health care is slowing dramatically on Capitol Hill.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

This is one of those battles that define the state of American democracy.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The government has to create larger deficits if the economy is to get anywhere near full capacity again.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2009, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

The hedge-fund honchos will come out ahead no matter what. The same thing can't be said for taxpayers.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2008, Source: Robert Reich's Blog

Bill Clinton’s ill-tempered and ill-founded attacks on Barack Obama are doing no credit to the former President, his legacy, or his wife’s campaign.

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