AlterNet.org: Robert Reich http://www.alternet.org/authors/robert-reich-0 en Robert Reich: 7 Signs American Democracy Is Sliding into Tyranny http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/robert-reich-7-signs-donald-trumps-presidency-sliding-tyranny <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Consider yourself warned. </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100268897_da3606a8a7_z.jpg?itok=4hoE0BTy" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically do 7 things: </p><p>1. They exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a “landslide” even after losing the popular vote. They criticize any finding that they or co-conspirators stole the election. And they repeatedly claim “massive voter fraud” in the absence of any evidence, in order to have an excuse to restrict voting by opponents in subsequent elections.</p><p>2. They turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “deceitful” and “scum,” and telling the public that the press is a “public enemy.” They hold few, if any, press conferences, and prefer to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements (or what we might now call “tweets”). </p><p>3. They repeatedly lie to the public, even when confronted with the facts.  Repeated enough, these lies cause some of the public to doubt the truth, and to believe fictions that support the tyrants’ goals.</p><p>4. They blame economic stresses on immigrants or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias or even violence against them. They threaten mass deportations, “registries” of religious minorities, and the banning of refugees.</p><p>5. They attack the motives of anyone who opposes them, including judges. They attribute acts of domestic violence to “enemies within,” and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and limit civil liberties.</p><p>6. They appoint family members to high positions of authority. They appoint their own personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to the public. And they put generals into top civilian posts.</p><p>7. They keep their personal finances secret, and draw no distinction between personal property and public property – profiteering from their public office.</p><p>Consider yourself warned.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:18:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1072683 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics donald trump tyranny WATCH: Robert Reich Reveals the 4 Dangerous Syndromes of Coping with Trump http://www.alternet.org/activism/watch-robert-reich-reveals-4-dangerous-syndromes-coping-trump <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Inoculate yourself against apathy, helplessness, and normalization.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100274091_86f335a0d4_z.jpg?itok=tzh-5lzp" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>With Donald Trump as president, some of you may be tempted to succumb to one of the following 4 syndromes. Please don’t.</p><p><strong>1. Normalizer Syndrome.</strong> You want to believe Trump is just another president—more conservative than most, but one who will make rational decisions. You’re under a grave delusion. Trump and his ultra-conservative cabinet pose a clear and present danger to America and the world.</p><p><strong>2. Outrage Numbness Syndrome.</strong> You are no longer outraged by what Trump says or does because you’ve gone numb. You can’t conceive that someone like this is our president so you’ve shut down emotionally. Maybe you’ve even stopped reading the news. Please get back in touch and re-engage with what’s happening.  </p><p><strong>3. Cynical Syndrome.</strong> You’ve become so cynical about the whole system—the Democrats who gave up on the working class, the Republicans who suppressed votes around the country, the media that gave Trump free air time, the establishment that rigged the system—that you say the hell with it. Let Trump do his worst. Well, you need to wake up. It can get a lot worse.</p><p><strong>4. Helpless Syndrome.</strong> You aren’t in denial. You know that nothing about this is normal and you desperately want to do something to prevent what’s about to occur. But you don’t know what to do. You feel utterly helpless, powerless and immobilized.</p><p>Instead of falling prey to one of these syndromes, I urge you to take action—demonstrate, make a ruckus, join with others, demand your members of congress also resist, commit yourself to changing American politics. </p><p>Fighting Trump will empower you. And with that power you will not only to minimize the damage, but also get this nation and the world back on the course it must be on.</p><p>We need you in the peaceful resistance.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/csVkrqxAfhs" width="560"></iframe></p><p> </p> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:42:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1072648 at http://www.alternet.org Activism Activism normalization protest the resistance activism burnout Robert Reich: Why Trumponomics Will Fail Spectacularly http://www.alternet.org/economy/robert-reich-why-trumponomics-will-fail-spectacularly <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">It&#039;s pure fantasy.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/rreich1.jpg?itok=U2DODxQA" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina—unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner”—he congratulated Boeing for building the plane “right here” in South Carolina.</p><p>It’s pure fantasy. I’ll let you know why in a moment.</p><p>Trump also used the occasion to tout his “America First” economics, stating “our goal as a nation must be to rely less on imports and more on products made here in the U.S.A.” and “we want products made by our workers in our factories stamped by those four magnificent words, ‘Made in the U.S.A.’”</p><p>To achieve this goal Trump would impose “a very substantial penalty” on companies that fired their workers and moved to another country to make a product, and then tried to sell it back to America.</p><p>The carrot would be lower taxes and fewer regulations “that send our jobs to those other countries.” </p><p>Trump seems utterly ignorant about global competition—and about what’s really holding back American workers.</p><p>Start with Boeing’s Dreamliner itself. It’s not “made in the U.S.A.” It’s <em>assembled</em> in the United States. But most of its parts come from overseas. Those foreign parts total <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.businessinsider.com%2Fboeing-trump-administration-policies-effects-dreamliner-787-2017-2&amp;t=OGViZGExNWMyNmE3NjA2NjM5MDAxMDAxYTA5YjBjYzZiZmRlMzI5MyxOWnAwT3o5bw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157418350405&amp;m=1">almost a third</a> of the cost of the entire plane.  </p><p>For example:</p><p>The Italian firm Alenia Aeronautica makes the center fuselage and horizontal stabilizers.</p><p>The French firm Messier-Dowty makes the aircraft’s landing gears and doors.</p><p>The German firm Diehl Luftfahrt Elektronik supplies the main cabin lighting.</p><p>The Swedish firm Saab Aerostructures makes the cargo access doors.</p><p>The Japanese company Jamco makes parts for the lavatories, flight deck interiors and galleys.</p><p>The French firm Thales makes its electrical power conversion system.</p><p>Thales selected GS Yuasa, a Japanese firm, in 2005 to supply it with the system’s lithium-ion batteries.</p><p>The British company Rolls Royce makes many of the engines.</p><p>A Canadian firm makes the moveable trailing edge of the wings.</p><p>Notably, these companies don’t pay their workers low wages. In fact, when you add in the value of health and pension benefits—either directly from these companies to their workers, or in the form of public benefits to which the companies contribute—most of these foreign workers get a better deal than do Boeing’s workers. (The average wage for Boeing production and maintenance workers in South Carolina is <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.postandcourier.com%2Fbusiness%2Fboeing-union-in-battle-of-numbers%2Farticle_9d8da681-1aa8-553d-94e8-15d2da805b92.html&amp;t=NWQ4MTExZGUwNjYxYWUyMWZhNWM1YzBjYjgzOGQyMjJiYWM4NzgxNSxOWnAwT3o5bw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157418350405&amp;m=1">$20.59 per hour, or $42,827 a year.</a>) They also get more paid vacation days.</p><p>These nations also provide most young people with <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2014%2F04%2F23%2Fupshot%2Fthe-american-middle-class-is-no-longer-the-worlds-richest.html%3F_r%3D0&amp;t=NmI5Y2NmYWY5ZWZjZTQyYWNjZjA2YTc4Yjc4N2EyYjM4M2YxYjQ4NixOWnAwT3o5bw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157418350405&amp;m=1">excellent educations</a> and technical training. They continuously upgrade the skills of their workers. And they offer <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2014%2F04%2F23%2Fupshot%2Fthe-american-middle-class-is-no-longer-the-worlds-richest.html%3F_r%3D0&amp;t=NmI5Y2NmYWY5ZWZjZTQyYWNjZjA2YTc4Yjc4N2EyYjM4M2YxYjQ4NixOWnAwT3o5bw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157418350405&amp;m=1">universally available health care</a>.</p><p>To pay for all this, these countries also impose higher tax rates on their corporations and wealthy individuals than does the United States. And their health, safety, environmental, and labor regulations are stricter.</p><p>Not incidentally, they have <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2014%2F04%2F23%2Fupshot%2Fthe-american-middle-class-is-no-longer-the-worlds-richest.html%3F_r%3D0&amp;t=NmI5Y2NmYWY5ZWZjZTQyYWNjZjA2YTc4Yjc4N2EyYjM4M2YxYjQ4NixOWnAwT3o5bw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157418350405&amp;m=1">stronger unions</a>.</p><p>So why is so much of Boeing’s Dreamliner coming from these high-wage, high-tax, high-cost places?</p><p>Because the parts made by workers in these countries are better, last longer, and are more reliable than parts made anywhere else.</p><p>There’s a lesson here. </p><p>The way to make the American workforce more competitive isn’t to put economic walls around America. It’s to invest more and invest better in the education and skills of Americans, in on-the-job training, in a health care system that reaches more of us and makes sure we stay healthy. And to give workers a say in their companies through strong unions. </p><p>In other words, we get a first-class workforce by investing in the productive capacities of Americans—and rewarding them with high wages.</p><p>It’s the exact opposite of what Trump is proposing.</p><p>By the way, the first delivery of the Dreamliner is scheduled to take place next year—to Singapore Airlines. Current orders for it include Air France, British Airways, and Mexico’s flag carrier, Aeromexico.</p><p>Boeing is also <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.businessinsider.com%2Fboeing-trump-administration-policies-effects-dreamliner-787-2017-2&amp;t=OGViZGExNWMyNmE3NjA2NjM5MDAxMDAxYTA5YjBjYzZiZmRlMzI5MyxOWnAwT3o5bw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157418350405&amp;m=1">looking to China</a> to buy as much as $1 trillion worth of its commercial airplanes over the next two decades, including wide-body jets like the 787 Dreamliner. China already accounts for a fifth of Boeing’s sales.</p><p>But if Trump succeeds in putting an economic wall around America, these other nation’s airlines may have second thoughts about buying from Boeing. They might choose an airplane from a country more open to their own exports—say, Europe’s Airbus.</p><p>Trump’s “America First” economics is pure demagoguery. Xenophobic grandstanding doesn’t boost the competitiveness of American workers. Nor does it boost American-based companies.</p><p>At most, it boosts Trump.</p>  Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:50:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1072533 at http://www.alternet.org Economy Economy reich trump Robert Reich: Donald Trump's 'America First' Economics is Pure Demagoguery http://www.alternet.org/economy/robert-reich-donald-trumps-america-first-economics-pure-demagoguery <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">We don’t boost the competitiveness of American workers through xenophobic grandstanding.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100794112_6897b79544_z_0.jpg?itok=_F3mR8Ca" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Donald Trump gave a speech Friday at South Carolina’s Boeing facility, where the new 787 “Dreamliner" was unveiled. He said the plane was “built right here” in South Carolina, and that “our goal as a nation must be to rely less on imports and more on products made here in the U.S.A.“ </p><p>That’s pure fantasy. I’ll let you know why in a moment. </p><p>He also called for "a very substantial penalty to be paid when they fire their people and move to another country, make the product, and think that they are going to sell it back.” And said he’ll lower taxes and get rid of regulations that send our jobs to those other countries. "We want products made by our workers in our factories stamped by those four magnificent words, ‘Made in the U.S.A.’”</p><p>Trump doesn’t seem to know anything about global competition, and what’s really holding back American workers. </p><p>In fact, almost a <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.businessinsider.com%2Fboeing-787-dreamliner-structure-suppliers-2013-10&amp;t=NDU1MjkzOWE3ZjAxNTYxOTg3MWNmNzA0OGZlNzcxNTQ1NjEzMTU4ZixXZGg2M3owRw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157365476130&amp;m=1">third of Boeing’s Dreamliner comes from abroad</a>.</p><p>And not from low-wage countries. In fact, the Dreamliner’s components come from countries with high taxes and high regulations, good wages, strong unions, excellent schools including technical education, and universally-available health care. </p><p>For example:</p><p>1.The Italian firm Alenia Aeronautica makes the center fuselage.</p><p>2. French firm Messier-Dowty makes the aircraft’s landing-gear system.</p><p>3. German firm Diehl Luftfahrt Elektronik supplies the main cabin lighting.</p><p>4. Swedish firm Saab Aerostructures manufactures the access doors.</p><p>5. Japanese company Jamco makes parts for the lavatories, flight deck interiors and galleys.</p><p>6. French firm Thales makes its electrical power conversion system.</p><p>7. Thales selected GS Yuasa, a Japanese firm, in 2005 to supply it with the system’s lithium-ion batteries.</p><p>Oh, and the first delivery of the Dreamliner is scheduled to take place next year – to Singapore Airlines. Currently there are 149 orders for it from worldwide customers including British Airways and Air France.</p><p>In other words, contrary to Trump, the Boeing Dreamliner is made all over the world and will be sold all over the world.</p><p>Trump’s “America First” economics is pure demagoguery. We get a first-class workforce by investing in Americans’ education, training, infrastructure, and healthcare – and rewarding them with high union wages. </p><p>We don’t boost the competitiveness of American workers through xenophobic grandstanding.</p> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:03:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1072474 at http://www.alternet.org Economy Economy robert reich donald trump Robert Reich: Trump's Most Shameful Act So Far http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-lies-voter-fraud <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">If anything is fake news, it&#039;s this administration&#039;s voter fraud lies. </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/15534730774_efffd5b844_z_0.jpg?itok=7uuvsZiv" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>On Sunday, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller <a href="https://twitter.com/ABC/status/830787890309369856">claimed</a> 14 percent of non-citizens are registered to vote. “We know for a fact, you have massive numbers of non-citizens registered to vote in this country,” <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fabcnews.go.com%2FPolitics%2Fweek-transcript-12-17-stephen-miller-bob-ferguson%2Fstory%3Fid%3D45426805&amp;t=ODJiMDU1ODFhYTBiODk1ZTYyMmJkMTBmODUyOGI2OGQ2YTczYWU3ZSx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">he said</a>, appearing on ABC’s "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. “The White House has provided enormous evidence with respect to voter fraud.”</p><p>Miller is repeating an assertion Trump continues to make. </p><p>It is absolutely false. </p><p>What do we do when we have a president and White House surrogates, along with enablers in the right-wing media, who continuously lie about something as fundamental to our democracy as whether we’ve got massive voter fraud?</p><p>The answer is we find the truth. We spread the truth. We continue to speak the truth. And we use every chance we have—in op-eds, in letters to editors, in local media, on national media—to state the truth.</p><p>And we demand that big lies like this be corrected.</p><p>A new report on voter fraud from the <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brennancenter.org%2Fblog%2Factual-true-and-provable-facts-about-non-citizen-voting&amp;t=ZTZjZDMyMjU3N2FhNmJmYjAzODkwYWMyOGY2ZjhlYTExNGZlYzBkNSx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">Brennan Center</a> confirms that <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brennancenter.org%2Fanalysis%2Fanalysis-noncitizen-voting-vanishingly-rare&amp;t=ZTY3NTI4MDgzMGE1OWIzZTY5YWU1YTg0MTU3YzQzYjEyNTZlMDM0Yyx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">multiple nationwide studies</a> have uncovered only a handful of incidents of non-citizens voting. </p><p><a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brennancenter.org%2Fanalysis%2Fanalysis-noncitizen-voting-vanishingly-rare&amp;t=ZTY3NTI4MDgzMGE1OWIzZTY5YWU1YTg0MTU3YzQzYjEyNTZlMDM0Yyx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">Based on state prosecution records</a>, votes by non-citizens account for between 0.0003 percent and 0.001 percent of all votes cast.</p><p><a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brennancenter.org%2Fquotes-on-voter-fraud&amp;t=MjI3MzljODQ2Nzg4NTczOWIwMjc2ZmU5YmNlNTIzODY2Y2MxNDM4ZSx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">Election officials agree</a> that non-citizen voting in our elections is not a problem. The National Association of Secretaries of State, whose Republican-majority membership includes the chief elections officers of 40 states, <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nass.org%2Fnews-releases-and-statements%2Frelease-nass-statement-election-integrity-jan17%2F&amp;t=ZGExZjMzNzk5Mzc2MjgwMmVlMjM5MmU3MTliZjY0ZmU4MDMxNGExMSx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">said</a> they “are not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump.”</p><p><a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.law.cornell.edu%2Fuscode%2Ftext%2F18%2F611&amp;t=YmI5NmNkZmIyYzIzOGJiODM4N2M1NmQxYjE3M2Y4NTFlZmQ2ZmIzOSx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">Federal law</a> and the <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncsl.org%2Fresearch%2Felections-and-campaigns%2Fnon-resident-and-non-citizen-voting.aspx&amp;t=YjRjY2IyOTA5NjBiMjA0YmRmMGVjY2VjNWRkM2FmNmUyZWQ0NGJmMSx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">laws of every state</a> bar non-citizens from registering to vote or voting in elections. <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brennancenter.org%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Flegacy%2FThe%2520Truth%2520About%2520Voter%2520Fraud.pdf&amp;t=NWZhNDZkMzBlZTE1MjQ3NDQzNTkxZjkwOTBhMTM5NDM5MjU2NjM2NCx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">Experts</a> <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brennancenter.org%2Fanalysis%2Fadam-skaggs-myth-voter-impersonation-fraud-polls&amp;t=NDFhNmRlMzYzY2JiMTEzMzg4ZTZjYWY0YzNkOGYwMzlkNjAwYmRjYix3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">believe</a> that the severity of the penalties for violating these laws serve as a significant deterrent. Also, it is relatively easy for a non-citizen to get caught.</p><p>Trump’s false assertion of massive voting fraud is intended for one purpose: to legitimate more voter identification laws around the country.</p><p>Voter identification laws are already spreading rapidly. Before 2006, no state required photo identification to vote on Election Day. Now, 10 states have this requirement. All told, a total of 33 states—representing more than half the nation’s population—have some version of voter identification rules on the books.</p><p>The purpose of these laws is to further entrench Republican officials.</p><p>New <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fmonkey-cage%2Fwp%2F2017%2F02%2F15%2Fdo-voter-identification-laws-suppress-minority-voting-yes-we-did-the-research%2F%3Futm_term%3D.9c6c51f59d9b%26wpisrc%3Dnl_cage%26wpmm%3D1&amp;t=ODdkYmU2ZGQwN2JmM2Q5MDQ3YWJlNzIzNmI0YjEyOGZhZjY5M2ZmYyx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">research</a> shows a significant drop in minority participation when and where these laws are implemented—which is what you would expect given that members of racial and ethnic minorities have <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fmattbarreto.com%2Fpapers%2FPS_VoterID.pdf&amp;t=ZGMxY2M2Mzc0OTg5YTk5ZjZmZmZjOGZmZjhmZDRkZTQ3MzYzMjI1NCx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">less access to photo IDs</a>.</p><p>The research also <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fmonkey-cage%2Fwp%2F2017%2F02%2F15%2Fdo-voter-identification-laws-suppress-minority-voting-yes-we-did-the-research%2F%3Futm_term%3D.9c6c51f59d9b%26wpisrc%3Dnl_cage%26wpmm%3D1&amp;t=ODdkYmU2ZGQwN2JmM2Q5MDQ3YWJlNzIzNmI0YjEyOGZhZjY5M2ZmYyx3U2x4ZEJPdQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157320348730&amp;m=1">shows</a> that because minority voters tend to be Democrats, strict voter ID laws tilt the primary electorate dramatically. The turnout gap between Republicans and Democrats in primary contests more than doubles from 4.3 points to 9.8 points.</p><p>The truth: There’s no voter fraud. State ID laws intended to stop voter fraud are really intended to stop Democrats from voting—and that’s been their effect.</p><p>One of the most important common goods in our society is the truth about our democracy. Trump is pulverizing that truth—laying the groundwork for more state restrictions on access to the ballot by American citizens. </p><p>This is beyond shameful.</p><p> </p> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:53:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1072401 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics voting voter suppression voting rights voter fraud Robert Reich: 6 Big Questions About Michael Flynn the Trump Administration Must Answer http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/michael-flynn-russian-interference <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">How much did Trump know?</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100794112_6897b79544_z_0.jpg?itok=_F3mR8Ca" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions, and will then make a judgment on the sixth:</p><p><strong>1. Why didn’t Trump act sooner to fire Flynn?</strong> He knew about Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador at least since January, when then-acting attorney general Sally Yates notified the White House that Flynn had “put himself in a compromising position” with his phone call to the Russian ambassador.</p><p><strong>2. What, if anything, did Trump authorize Michael Flynn to tell the Russians before the inauguration?</strong></p><p><strong>3. What other contacts did Flynn and other Trump aides have with Russia before the election?</strong> U.S. intelligence reports show that Flynn was in touch with Russian ambassador Kislyak during the 2016 campaign, and that communications between the two continued after Nov. 8. The Russian ambassador has even confirmed having contacts with Flynn before and after the election, though he declined to say what was discussed.</p><p><strong>4. Did Flynn or other Trump aides know of or cooperate with Russia in interfering in the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf?</strong></p><p><strong>5. If so, did Trump know about or encourage such cooperation?</strong></p><p>These questions won’t go away. The FBI and the Senate Intelligence Community are investigating. Hopefully, investigative reporters are also on the case. Eventually, the truth will come out. As Richard Nixon learned, coverups in Washington just make things worse. </p><p>Which leads inevitably to the last question:</p><p><strong>6. If Trump knew or encouraged, will he be impeached?</strong></p><p> </p> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:48:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1072279 at http://www.alternet.org The Right Wing The Right Wing michael flynn russia Russian interference in 2016 election donald trump Robert Reich: The White House Mess Exposes Donald Trump's Long Con http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/robert-reich-white-house-mess-exposes-donald-trumps-long-con <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Trump is the most inept, disorganized, sloppy, incompetent president in recent memory, whose White House is nearly dysfunctional.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/robert_reich_12.png?itok=n6EQJf2g" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Donald Trump sold himself to voters as a successful businessman who knew how to get things done, a no-nonsense manager who’d whip government into shape.</p><p>But he’s showing himself to be about the most inept, disorganized, sloppy, incompetent president in recent memory, whose White House is nearly dysfunctional.</p><p>He allowed Michael Flynn to hang on until the last minute. In any halfway competent administration Flynn would have been gone the moment it became clear he lied to the vice president about his contacts with Russia. </p><p>Sean Spicer is a <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mediapost.com%2Fpublications%2Farticle%2F294701%2Fis-trumps-press-secretary-a-joke-late-night-tv-t.html&amp;t=OWRkZjQ3Y2M5OWNjNzE1OWMwM2UxMjc4NmM0NDU2YTVlOGUxN2QyZSxpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">joke, literally</a>. His vituperative, vindictive press conferences are already rich food for late-night comedy. In a White House that had any idea what it means to be an effective press secretary, Spicer would be out the door.</p><p>The Muslim travel ban was totally <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F02%2F05%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Ftrump-white-house-aides-strategy.html%3F_r%3D0&amp;t=MjgxYTc5MDI3ZTc4MDc5NDZhOTJkYmUwYjdkYTEwZmUyOGI2MjhjNyxpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">bungled</a>—unclear, haphazard, badly thought out. Trump complains that <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fstory%2F2017%2F02%2Ftrump-white-house-staff-234949&amp;t=N2Q2NGIwY2Q5ZTgwMjZhZWU1YTc4YzY0NGE3Y2UyY2IwMmE1OTg1MixpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">“his people didn’t give him good advice,”</a> but the people most directly responsible for it—Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller—have only gained more power in the White House.</p><p>Meanwhile, Trump’s White House has sprung <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fhomenews%2Fadministration%2F318621-trump-white-house-besieged-by-leaks&amp;t=YjRiN2IxMzE2ODI0ZTVmYmZiZTVjODA3YWE0ZWM4YjVjZWIwNGE5YyxpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">more leaks than any in memory.</a> Aides are leaking news about other aides. They’re leaking examples of Trump’s incompetence and weirdness. They’re leaking the contents of telephone calls to other heads of state in which Trump was unprepared, didn’t know basic facts, and berated foreign leaders.</p><p>Chief of Staff Reince Priebus seems to have <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.businessinsider.com%2Freince-priebus-trump-chris-ruddy-2017-2&amp;t=ZWMwYmM2ZjE0MzcyN2UxMWJkYjBlZjYxMTY2MDA4NGE0NzY0YzI2NSxpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">no idea what's</a> going on. A White House official <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fpolitics%2Ffrom-order-to-disorder-how-trumps-immigration-directive-exposed-gop-rifts%2F2017%2F01%2F30%2Fb4e42044-e70f-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html%3Futm_term%3D.da40278174f6&amp;t=NjU0YmFiNTYzMTVmOGZiNGZhM2UxMmNhYWNkYjZhODcyOGRkMjM1YSxpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">complained</a> to <em>The Washington Post</em>, “We have to get Reince to relax into the job and become more competent, because he’s seeing shadows where there are no shadows.” Trump’s buddy Chris Ruddy described Priebus as being “in way over his head.”</p><p>Infighting is wild. <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fstory%2F2017%2F02%2Ftrump-white-house-staff-234949&amp;t=N2Q2NGIwY2Q5ZTgwMjZhZWU1YTc4YzY0NGE3Y2UyY2IwMmE1OTg1MixpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">Rumors are swirling</a> that Kellyanne Conway wants Priebus' job, that Stephen Miller is eyeing Spicer’s job, that no one trusts anyone else.</p><p>The <em>New York Times</em> reports <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F02%2F12%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Fnational-security-council-turmoil.html&amp;t=NWM1OGYxODE0OTJlODAwMmI1YmY2ZTc1NTA2YmYzMjZiM2M5YzE0MyxpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">“chaotic and anxious days inside the White House’s National Security Council.”</a> Council staff read Trump’s tweets, and struggle to make policy to fit them. Most are kept in the dark about what Trump tells foreign leaders in his phone calls.</p><p>Trump himself is remarkably sloppy with sensitive national security information. For example, on Saturday night he discussed North Korea’s latest missile launch on <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2Fwp%2F2017%2F02%2F13%2Ftrump-ran-a-campaign-based-on-intelligence-security-thats-not-how-hes-governing%2F%3Futm_term%3D.35fa7bf22eb0&amp;t=ZmRiODI4NThhMTgyNDc2YTRhM2I3YjQ0Y2YwODQxNGJhNDBkZGRlYyxpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">a mobile phone at his table in the middle of Mar-a-Lago’s private club’s dining</a> area, within earshot of private club members. A guest at the club even posed with the military aide who carries “the football” (the briefcase containing instructions for authorizing a nuclear attack).</p><p>The U.S. intelligence community is so convinced that Trump and his administration have been compromised by Russia that they’re no longer giving the White House all of their most sensitive information, lest it end up in Putin’s hands. </p><p>A senior National Security Agency official says the National Security Agency is <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.motherjones.com%2Fkevin-drum%2F2017%2F02%2Fnsa-may-be-withholding-intel-president-trump&amp;t=MmUyNzk5OWQ5NjE5NTMyYmJmMjdlZmI0NzYxNzUxN2Q5ZTdlZWRlYyxpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">systematically holding back some of the “good stuff” from the White House,</a> fearing Trump and his staff can’t keep secrets. The intelligence community is concerned that <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fobserver.com%2F2017%2F02%2Fdonald-trump-administration-mike-flynn-russian-embassy%2F&amp;t=MWM2MWY3OGEzMTU1ZjNhNGQyZjg1MWY3ZWE3NTVkZjA5ZGQwNTA3NCxpbzRVQXE1eg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157212911060&amp;m=1">even the Situation Room—the room in the West Wing where the president and his top staffers get intelligence briefings—has been compromised by Russia.</a></p><p>The White House mess is Trump’s own fault. He’s supposed to be in charge,but it turns out he’s not a tough manager. He’s not even a good manager. He seems not to have any interest in managing at all.</p><p>Instead of whipping government into shape, he’s whipping it into a cauldron of dysfunction and intrigue. </p><p>Just like his promises to “drain the Washington swamp” and limit the influence of big money, get Wall Street out of policy making, and turn government back to the people, Trump’s promise of an efficient government is another giant bait-and-switch.</p><p> </p> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:11:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1072244 at http://www.alternet.org The Right Wing Economy News & Politics The Right Wing donald trump michael flynn treason sean spicer Robert Reich: The Real Reason Republicans Want to Repeal Obamacare http://www.alternet.org/economy/robert-reich-real-reason-republicans-want-repeal-obamacare <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">If Trump&#039;s working-class voters knew this, they might think twice.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100794112_6897b79544_z_0.jpg?itok=_F3mR8Ca" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Don’t be fooled by Trump’s and Republican promises to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. They could repeal it, but they can’t and won’t replace it. They’ve tried for years to come up with a replacement that keeps at least as many people covered. Their “replacement” never appears. </p><p>So why do Republicans want to repeal Obamacare and leave millions without insurance? Because it would mean a huge tax windfall for the wealthy.</p><p>Repealing Obamacare will put an average of $33,000 of tax cuts in the hands of the richest 1 percent this year alone, and a whopping $197,000 of tax cuts into the hands of the top 0.1 percent. </p><p>The 400 highest-income taxpayers (with incomes averaging more than $300 million each) will each receive an average annual tax cut of about $7 million. </p><p>It would also increase the taxes of families earning between $10,000 and $75,000 – including just about all of Trump’s working-class voters.</p><p>So what do we end up with when Republicans repeal Obamacare?</p><p>– 32 million people losing their health insurance, </p><p>– tens of thousands of Americans dying because they don’t get the medical care they need, </p><p>– Medicare in worse shape, </p><p>– And the rich becoming far richer.  </p><p>This is lunacy. We must stand up to it.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D6efP9u4yAU" width="560"></iframe></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:51:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1072157 at http://www.alternet.org Economy Economy robert reich OBAMACARE REPEAL Robert Reich: 13 Developments That Show Trump's Lack of Respect for the Presidency is Limitless http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/robert-reich-13-developments-show-trumps-lack-respect-presidency-limitless <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The former secretary of labor answers Kellyanne Conway&#039;s charge of media bias.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100794112_6897b79544_z_0.jpg?itok=_F3mR8Ca" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway charges that media coverage of Donald Trump <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.msn.com%2Fen-us%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2Fjake-tapper-and-kellyanne-conway-clashed-will-critics-take-on-tapper%2Far-AAmK9Pt%3Fli%3DAA5a8k%26ocid%3Dspartandhp&amp;t=NzRlZGQ3ZDBkMzkyZjY4MTBkMjg3YzE2OTRmYTJmZThiZmQ0NGRjOSx6blhoNXNJZw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F157089845410&amp;m=1">lacks “respect for and recognition of the dignity for the office of the president.</a>”</p><p>No, Kellyanne, it’s Donald Trump who lacks respect for and recognition of the dignity of the office of the president.</p><p>A small sampling of Trump’s words and actions from recent days:</p><p>1. After being told of a Texas state senator who wants to require convictions before the state can forfeit property, Trump asks for the senator’s name and says “we’ll destroy his career.”</p><p>2. In response to criticism by Senator John McCain that his Yemen operation wasn’t successful, Trump says McCain “only emboldens the enemy! He’s been losing so long he doesn’t know how to win anymore.”</p><p>3. After Senator Richard Blumenthal relates that his Supreme Court nominee finds Trump’s criticisms of the courts “demoralizing,” Trump blasts Blumenthal “who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him.”</p><p>4. Trump tells the press that “daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom,” after Nordstrom dropped her line due to declining sales.</p><p>5. Trump tells military officials that America’s “very dishonest press doesn’t want to report” acts of terrorism.</p><p>6. Trump threatens to “end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths,” when there’s no evidence of “needless deaths” in sanctuary cities.</p><p>7. When his ban on entry to the United States from 7 Muslim countries, which exempts Christians, is stayed by a federal judge, Trump attacks the “so-called judge,” saying “if something happens blame him and court system.”</p><p>8. He tells a meeting of senators that he would have won New Hampshire if “busloads” of people from neighboring Massachusetts hadn’t been brought into the state to vote fraudulently, when there’s not one iota of evidence of such voter fraud.  </p><p>9. In that same meeting he Trump taunts Democrats by telling them "Pocahontas is now the face of your party,” his insult of choice for Senator Elizabeth Warren.</p><p>10. Trump warns Mexican President Pena Nieto that he’s ready to send U.S. troops to Mexico to stop “bad hombres down there” if Mexico’s military can’t control them.</p><p>11. He berates Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for assuming the U.S. would follow through on its deal to take some refugees that had come to Australia.</p><p>12. At a National Prayer Breakfast Trump asks attendees to “pray for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger” (who replaced him as the host of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice) because the show’s ratings haven’t reached the level they did with Trump as the star.</p><p>13. Trump continues to rake in money from his businesses that benefit from his being president.</p><p>Every day that goes by, Trump further disgraces the office he holds. His lack of respect for the presidency apparently knows no bounds. </p> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:45:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1072088 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics donald trump Kellyanne Conway Robert Reich: Is There a Yiannopoulos, Bannon, Trump Plot to Control American Universities? http://www.alternet.org/activism/robert-reich-there-yiannopoulos-bannon-trump-plot-control-american-universities <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">A promotional Breitbart story that ran before the event sounded just a little too similar to Trump&#039;s tweet afterwards.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/robert_reich_berkeley.jpg?itok=UYAHCXTq" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>The events at Berkeley last Wednesday night have been a boon to Milo Yiannopoulos, of Breitbart News, and to Steve Bannon, formerly head of Breitbart News and now Trump’s consigliere. </p><p>As you may know, on Wednesday night, February 1, Berkeley gave Yiannopoulos a major forum to spout his racist and misogynistic vitriol. But police had to cancel the talk because about <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fstory%2F2017%2F02%2Ftrump-uc-berkeley-milo-yiannopoulos&amp;t=YzBjNWZkMGI0NDk4MjgyMDQ4YTU3YjA1NDEwYzc2MDA0ZjUzM2VmOCxGZ25KMzB1UA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156777888615&amp;m=1">150 masked agitators</a> threw Molotov cocktails, smashed windows where Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak, and threw rocks and fireworks at the police—delivering made-for-TV images of a riot. </p><p>According to a promotional Breitbart story that ran <em>before</em> the event, Yiannopoulos was going to “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fpost-politics%2Fwp%2F2017%2F02%2F03%2Fmilo-yiannopoulos-is-returning-to-white-house-briefing-room-in-wake-of-berkeley-riot%2F%3Futm_term%3D.5b6e3c1f8d17%26wpisrc%3Dnl_most-draw10%26wpmm%3D1&amp;t=MzdmODk1Yzg3NDFmM2Y3YzRmOGNkODQ5OGVjNGJhYjI2NGRkZWQ2ZCxGZ25KMzB1UA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156777888615&amp;m=1">call for</a> the withdrawal of federal grants and the prosecution of university officials who endanger their students with their policies.”</p><p>Which is exactly what Trump did via tweet early the next morning: “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”</p><p>Thursday night, Yiannopoulos had a friendly interview on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight”—a show that, <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fpost-politics%2Fwp%2F2017%2F02%2F03%2Fmilo-yiannopoulos-is-returning-to-white-house-briefing-room-in-wake-of-berkeley-riot%2F%3Futm_term%3D.5b6e3c1f8d17%26wpisrc%3Dnl_most-draw10%26wpmm%3D1&amp;t=MzdmODk1Yzg3NDFmM2Y3YzRmOGNkODQ5OGVjNGJhYjI2NGRkZWQ2ZCxGZ25KMzB1UA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156777888615&amp;m=1">according to the Washington Post</a>, has ridden anger at left-wing activism into best-in-class prime time ratings. </p><p>The conversation focused on how Berkeley proved the point that the Left was ceding its right to federal grants by cracking down on free speech.</p><p>Which raises the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Brietbart were in cahoots with the agitators, in order to lay the groundwork for a Trump crackdown on universities and their federal funding.</p><p>Thursday night on CNN, <a href="http://www.alternet.org/investigations/robert-reich-has-chilling-theory-about-those-berkeley-protestors" target="_blank">I said</a> “I wouldn’t bet against” that possibility. Almost immediately an indignant article appeared in Breitbart News, misleadingly headlined “Robert Reich Lies, Claims Breitbart News Organized Berkeley Riots.” </p><p>Hmmm. Connect these dots: </p><p>(1) Yiannopoulos writes for Breitbart News, which Steve Bannon—Trump’s strategy director—ran before joining Trump.</p><p>(2) Before Yiannopoulos speaks at Berkeley, Breitbart publishes an article saying that Yiannopoulos will call for the withdrawal of federal grants and the prosecution of university officials who endanger their students with their policies.</p><p>(3) Berkeley opens its doors to Yiannopoulos, but campus police have to cancel the event because of masked agitators.</p><p>(4) Hours later, Trump issues a misleading tweet, accusing the university of not allowing free speech and promoting violence against innocent people with different views, and threatening to withhold federal funds. </p><p>(5) The next night, Yiannopoulos on Fox News says the incident proves that universities like Berkeley don’t deserve federal grants by cracking down on free speech.</p><p>(6) That same night, on CNN, I raise the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Breitbart could have been collaborating with the agitators—saying “I wouldn’t bet against it.” This generates a belligerent column in Breitbart with a misleading headline calling me a liar for claiming that Breitbart News organized the riots.</p><p>I don’t want to add to the conspiratorial musings of so many about this very conspiratorial administration, but it strikes me there may be something worrying going on here. </p><p>I wouldn’t bet against it. </p> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:41:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1072027 at http://www.alternet.org Activism Activism News & Politics The Right Wing robert reich berkeley protest Breitbart News Milo Yiannopoulos Robert Reich: Trump Is Escalating Attacks on Those With Independent Power http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-trump-war-courts-press-states <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The judiciary, the press, and states like California are major centers of resistance he can’t control.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2017-01-21_at_8.45.56_pm_2.png?itok=Ibof5lG1" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>With congressional Republicans in the majority in Congress and unwilling to cross Donald Trump, the job of containing Trump’s incipient tyranny falls to three centers of independent power: the nation’s courts, its press, and a few state governments.</p><p>Which is why Trump is escalating attacks on all three.</p><p><strong>The Judiciary</strong></p><p>After federal Judge James Robart—an appointee of George W. Bush—stayed Trump’s travel ban last Friday, Trump leveled a personal attack on the judge. “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.</p><p>This was followed by another, late Sunday night: “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system.”</p><p>For a president to personally attack a federal judge who disagrees with him is a dangerous overstepping of presidential power.</p><p>As Alexander Hamilton famously wrote in the <em>Federalist</em> No. 78, the judiciary is the “least dangerous” branch of government because it has “no influence over either the sword or the purse.” It depends for its power and legitimacy on congress and the president.</p><p>Mike Pence tried to defend Trump, saying “the president of the United States has every right to criticize the other two branches of government. And we have a long tradition of that in this country.”</p><p>Wrong. While other presidents have publicly disagreed with court decisions, none before Trump has gone after individual judges with personal invective. None has tried to intimidate individual judges. None has questioned the legitimacy of the courts.</p><p>Trump is on the warpath against Robart because he defied Trump.</p><p><strong>The Press</strong></p><p>Speaking to the U.S. Central Command on Monday, Trump veered off his prepared remarks to make a remarkable claim: The media was intentionally covering up reports of terrorist attacks.</p><p>“You’ve seen what happened in Paris, and Nice,” Trump told the assembled military officers. “It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.”</p><p>Trump thereby elevated his adviser Kellyanne Conway’s “Bowling Green massacre” justification for his travel ban—a massacre that she claimed the press had failed to cover, but which in fact never occurred—to a higher and vaster level of conspiracy.</p><p>What could be the press’s reason for covering up terrorist attacks, in Trump’s mind? What is it that Trump assumed the military officers “understood”?</p><p>The only possible inference is Trump believes that the press—like Judge Robart—seeks to imperil our nation, because it doesn’t kow tow to Donald Trump.</p><p><strong>The States</strong></p><p>State governments pose a third line of defense against Trump. Several state attorneys general have taken Trump’s travel ban to court, and one particularly large Democratic state—California—has defied him on immigration and the environment. So Trump has directed his ire against these states as well.</p><p>In a televised interview Sunday, Trump threatened to take federal dollars away from California. “We give tremendous amounts of money to California … California in many ways is out of control …. We may have to [defund California]. Certainly that would be a weapon,” he told Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly,</p><p>A weapon for what? What could Trump have been talking about? The federal government doesn’t give tremendous amounts of money to California, at least not net dollars. In fact, Californians send more tax dollars to the federal government each year than the state gets back from the federal government.</p><p>Fiscally, California isn’t “out of control.” Since 2013, the state has operated with a budget surplus. That’s more than can be said for the federal government. Or for Trump’s own business, for that matter.</p><p>Trump’s real beef is California is independent of him. It has defied Trump with its high environmental standards and “sanctuary” cities. Even worse, from his standpoint, its citizens voted against him in the 2016 election by 2 to 1, for a total of over 4 million votes. He can’t seem to get this out of his mind.</p><p>Trump has repeatedly suggested that millions of those votes were fraudulent. Last week, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer identified California as one of the “bigger states” that merit a federal probe into election fraud, adding, “That’s where I think we’re gonna look.”</p><p>But Trump has no evidence of voter fraud in California, or any other state for that matter.</p><p>For Trump, evidence is irrelevant. California needs to be taught a lesson—just as do Judge Robart and other members of the federal judiciary who defy him, just as do journalists and media outlets that criticize him. And what is that lesson? That they dare not cross Trump.</p><p>The judiciary, the press, and California are major centers of resistance to Trump, because they are independent of him. So he’s escalating his attacks on them.</p><p>Trump doesn’t want any resistance. He wants total control.</p><p> </p> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:39:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1071939 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 supreme court press media donald trump 45th president Robert Reich: The Senate Must Block Neil Gorsuch at All Costs http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/trump-and-gorsuch <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Until we can establish the legitimacy of Trump&#039;s presidency, none of his nominees should be confirmed.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100274091_86f335a0d4_z.jpg?itok=tzh-5lzp" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Don’t get caught up in the predictable brawl over Neil Gorsuch’s credentials or his ideology. That normalizes the Trump presidency.</p><p>Instead, there should be no vote on Gorsuch’s nomination until Trump’s legitimacy as a president is established. </p><p>Which means the Senate intelligence committee and FBI must first conclude that Russian operatives were not responsible for Trump’s electoral victory, Trump must reveal his taxes, and he must put his assets into a blind trust.</p><p>Mitch McConnell wouldn’t even permit a vote on Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, on the ground that Obama’s term would end in 10 months. Here, we have a president whose term itself may not be legitimate. </p><p>A Supreme Court pick is the most important nomination a president can make, affecting how the Constitution and laws are interpreted, and potentially affecting generations to come. There should be no cloud over the legitimacy of the president who makes such a pick.</p><p>Democrats and courageous Republicans must not produce the 60 vote quorum needed to overcome a filibuster. When and if this strategy no longer works, it is imperative that senators continue to vote against consent orders to proceed with the nomination—until and unless Trump’s legitimacy is established.</p><p>Trump is the issue here, as well as the integrity of our democracy. </p><p> </p> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:46:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1071516 at http://www.alternet.org The Right Wing The Right Wing Neil Gorsuch donald trump supreme court scotus Robert Reich: Trump and Bannon Are Putting the World at Real Risk of Nuclear War http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/bannon-national-security-council <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Bannon on the NSC means losing everything we love about our country.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2016-11-14_at_12.13.33_pm.png?itok=e7QBi5n2" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p> </p><p>Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council – elevating his chief political strategist Steve Bannon, and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.</p><p>Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, the top inter-agency group advising the President on national security. </p><p>Meanwhile, the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will now attend meetings only when “issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed,” according to the presidential memorandum issued Saturday. </p><p>Political strategists have never before participated in National Security Council principals meetings because the NSC is supposed to give presidents nonpartisan, factual advice.</p><p>But forget facts. Forget analysis. This is the Trump administration. </p><p>And what does Bannon have to bring to the table? </p><p>In case you forgot, before joining Donald Trump’s inner circle Bannon headed Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories and is a platform for the alt-right movement, which espouses white nationalism.</p><p>This is truly scary. </p><p>Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice calls the move “stone cold crazy.” Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who also served under George W. Bush, says the demotions are a “big mistake.” </p><p>Republican Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told CBS News, "I am worried about the National Security Council. … The appointment of Mr. Bannon is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.” McCain added that the “one person who is indispensable would be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in my view.”</p><p>Here’s the big worry. Trump is unhinged and ignorant. Bannon is nuts and malicious. If not supervised by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, their decisions could endanger the world.</p><p>In Trump’s and Bannon’s view, foreign relations is a zero-sum game. If another nation gains, we lose. As Trump declared at his inaugural: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First.”</p><p>Some of you are old enough to recall John F. Kennedy’s inaugural, when the young president pledged to support any friend and oppose any foe to assure the success of liberty. </p><p>But Trump makes no distinction between friend and foe, and no reference to liberty. As conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer observes, Trump’s view is that all other nations are out to use, exploit and surpass us.</p><p>Not incidentally, “America First” was the name of the pro-Nazi group led by Charles Lindbergh that bitterly fought FDR before U.S. entry into World War II to keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich.</p><p>Trump’s and Bannon’s version of “America First” is no less dangerous. It is alienating America from the rest of the world, destroying our nation’s moral authority abroad, and risking everything we love about our country.</p><p>Unsupervised by people who know what they’re doing. Trump and Bannon could also bring the world closer to a nuclear holocaust.</p> <p> </p> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:02:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1071370 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics World Steve Bannon donald trump national security council director of national intelligence Reich: Trump's Infrastructure Scam http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trump-scam-infrastructure <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Don&#039;t be fooled; it&#039;s nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2017-01-24_at_4.53.21_pm.png?itok=H1DlGraB" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Our country is in dire need of massive investments in infrastructure, but what Donald Trump is proposing is nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich.</p><p><strong>1. It’s a giant public subsidy to developers and investors.</strong> Rather than taxing the wealthy and then using the money to fix our dangerously outdated roads, bridges, airports and water systems, Trump wants to give rich developers and Wall Street investors tax credits to encourage them to do it. That means that for every dollar they put into a project, they’d actually pay only 18 cents and we would contribute the other 82 cents through our tax dollars. </p><p><strong>2. We’d be turning over public roads and bridges to private corporations who will charge us expensive tolls and earn big profits.</strong> These tolls will be set high in order to satisfy the profit margins demanded by elite Wall Street investors. So—essentially—we pay twice—once when we subsidize the developers and investors with our tax dollars, and then secondly when we pay the tolls and user fees that also go into their pockets. </p><p><strong>3. We get the wrong kind of infrastructure.</strong> Projects that will be most attractive to Wall Street investors are those whose tolls and fees bring in the biggest bucks—giant mega-projects like major new throughways and new bridges. Not the thousands of smaller bridges, airports, pipes, and water treatment facilities most in need of repair. Not the needs of rural communities and smaller cities and towns too small to generate the tolls and other user fees equity investors want. Not clean energy. </p><p>To really make America great again we need more and better infrastructure that’s for the <em>public</em>—not for big developers and investors. And the only way we get that is if corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ibtiwa6TxWQ" width="560"></iframe></p><p> </p> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:56:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1071063 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Economy Election 2016 The Right Wing infrastructure building developers finance the 1% Robert Reich: Trump's Two-Step Strategy to Take Over the Truth http://www.alternet.org/media/robert-reich-trumps-two-step-strategy-take-over-truth <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The new president has this all figured out.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100268897_da3606a8a7_z.jpg?itok=4hoE0BTy" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming days and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press – finding the truth, reporting it, and holding Trump accountable for his lies.</p><p>But Trump’s strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press in the public’s mind – seeking to convince the public that the press is engaged in a conspiracy against him. And he wants to use his tweets, rallies, and videos to make himself the only credible source of public information about what is happening and what he’s doing.</p><p>It is the two-step strategy of despots. And it’s already started. It was officially launched the first full day of the Trump administration. </p><p>Step 1: Disparage the press and lie about them: At a televised speech at the CIA, Trump declared himself to be in a “running war” with the news media, and described reporters as “the most dishonest human beings on earth.”</p><p>Trump then issued a stream of lies about what the press had reported. </p><p>Some were seemingly small. For example, Trump claimed that the crowd for his swearing-in stretched down the National Mall to the Washington Monument and totaled more than 1 million people, and he accused the media of reporting falsely underreporting the number. “It’s a lie,” he said. “We caught [the media]. We caught them in a beauty.” </p><p>Trump is wrong. Even independent observers reported that attendance was sparse, far smaller than the outpouring of people who attended the first Obama inauguration. </p><p>More importantly, Trump told CIA employees that agency has been losing the battle against the Islamic State and other terror groups. This assertion runs counter to every intelligence report that has been publicly issued over the last six months.</p><p>Trump insisted that he has always valued the CIA. “They sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community,” Trump said, continuing to criticize the press for its “dishonest” reporting. </p><p>In fact, Trump has repeatedly vilified the CIA and the entire intelligence community for what he claimed were politically charged conclusions about Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election in order to help Trump. At a Jan. 11 news conference, Trump even accused intelligence officials of being behind a “Nazi-like smear campaign” against him. And in his tweets he put quotation marks around the word “intelligence” in referring to the CIA and other intelligence agencies. </p><p>The weekend before his inauguration he even attacked CIA Director John Brennan (who resigned at the conclusion of President Obama’s term), suggesting he was “the leaker of Fake News.”</p><p>In his talk at the CIA Trump also claimed, as he’s done before, that the United States bungled its exit from Iraq by not taking Iraq’s oil. “If we kept the oil, we wouldn’t have had ISIS in the first place,” Trump said, asserting that this is how the Islamic State terrorist group made its money. </p><p>Rubbish. As has been well established and as the media has fully reported, taking Iraq’s oil would have violated international law (both the 1949 Geneva Convention and the 1907 Hague Convention).</p><p>Step 2: Threaten to circumvent the press and take the “truth” directly to the people. At Trump press secretary Sean Spicer’s first televised news conference, Spicer castigated the press for its “dishonest” and “shameful” reporting, lied about the inauguration day events and numbers, and took no questions. (When confronted with Spicer’s outright lies, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told NBC that Spicer had merely given “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fthe-fix%2Fwp%2F2017%2F01%2F22%2Fkellyanne-conway-says-donald-trumps-team-has-alternate-facts-which-pretty-much-says-it-all%2F%3Futm_term%3D.b7fa6f2316a6&amp;t=MzY2ZDkzZjEyZDA4NjU0NGM3ZGViZDdiYWQ2N2Q2YTFhZTZjODhmOCx5blozUjJYYw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156219604785&amp;m=1">alternative facts.</a>”)</p><p>Then Spicer issued a dire warning: “The American people deserve better,” he said. “As long as [Trump] serves as the messenger for this incredible movement, he will take his message directly to the American people.”</p><p>We’re not talking Roosevelt-like “fireside chats” here. Trump’s tweets have already been firestorms of invective directed at critics, some of whom have been threatened by Trump followers stirred up by the tweets. And CEOs pray their companies aren’t targets, because stock prices of the companies he’s already vilified have dropped immediately after his diatribes.</p><p>Trump and his advisors – Steven Bannon, formerly of “Breitbart News” as well as Spicer and others – understand that if a significant portion of the public trusts Trump’s own words more than they do the media’s, Trump can get away with saying – and doing – whatever he wants. When that happens, our democracy ends. </p><p> </p> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:53:00 -0800 Robert Reich, Robert Reich&#039;s Blog 1070967 at http://www.alternet.org Media Election 2016 Media robert reich trump Reich: 7 Hard Truths for Democrats—The Future Is Bleak Without Radical Reforms http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/reich-7-hard-truths-democrats-future-bleak-without-radical-reforms <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Democrats have to stop squabbling and understand the dire future ahead of us.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/2277233668_6d2da4b88c_z.jpg?itok=tT7xMnxB" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party continues to divide Democrats. It’s urgent Democrats stop squabbling and recognize seven basic truths:</p><p><strong>1. The Party is on life support</strong>. Democrats are in the minority in both the House and Senate, with no end in sight. Since the start of the Obama Administration they’ve <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fmagazine%2Fstory%2F2017%2F01%2Fdemocrats-trump-administration-wilderness-comeback-revival-214650&amp;t=YmI3MjQ1NTUwYWQ3ZmE1ZDZiZDZhZTI3YjRlNjljMGY5N2I5NmMxZCxmczhld2F3Nw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156133931835&amp;m=1">lost 1,034 state and federal seats</a>. They hold only <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fmagazine%2Fstory%2F2017%2F01%2Fdemocrats-trump-administration-wilderness-comeback-revival-214650&amp;t=YmI3MjQ1NTUwYWQ3ZmE1ZDZiZDZhZTI3YjRlNjljMGY5N2I5NmMxZCxmczhld2F3Nw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156133931835&amp;m=1">governorships</a>, and face <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fmagazine%2Fstory%2F2017%2F01%2Fdemocrats-trump-administration-wilderness-comeback-revival-214650&amp;t=YmI3MjQ1NTUwYWQ3ZmE1ZDZiZDZhZTI3YjRlNjljMGY5N2I5NmMxZCxmczhld2F3Nw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156133931835&amp;m=1">32 state legislatures fully under GOP control</a>. No one speaks for the party as a whole. The Party’s top leaders are aging, and the back bench is thin.</p><p>The future is bleak unless the Party radically reforms itself. If Republicans do well in the 2018 midterms, they’ll control Congress and the Supreme Court for years. If they continue to hold most statehouses, they could entrench themselves for a generation.</p><p><strong>2. We are now in a populist era.</strong> The strongest and most powerful force in American politics is a rejection of the status quo, a repudiation of politics as usual, and a deep and profound distrust of elites, including the current power structure of America.</p><p>That force propelled Donald Trump into the White House. He represents the authoritarian side of populism. Bernie Sanders’s primary campaign represented the progressive side.</p><p>The question hovering over America’s future is which form of populism will ultimately prevail. At some point, hopefully, Trump voters will discover they’ve been hoodwinked. Even in its purist form, authoritarian populism doesn’t work because it destroys democracy. Democrats must offer the alternative.</p><p><strong>3. The economy is not working for most Americans</strong>. The economic data show lower unemployment and higher wages than eight years ago, but the typical family is still poorer today than it was in 2000, adjusted for inflation; median weekly earning are <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.economist.com%2Fnews%2Funited-states%2F21713849-far-ignoring-middle-earners-americas-government-spends-freely-them-inequality-or&amp;t=MTVlMzY4YjhjNzNlY2I3OGZmYjJkMWJlMmQxMjlhYTUyZTI2MGYyMSxmczhld2F3Nw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156133931835&amp;m=1">no higher than in 2000</a>; a large number of working-age people—mostly men—have dropped out of the labor force altogether; and job insecurity is endemic.</p><p>Inequality is wider and its consequences more savage in America than in any other advanced nation.</p><p><strong>4. The Party’s moneyed establishment—big donors, major lobbyists, retired members of Congress who have become bundlers and lobbyists—are part of the problem</strong>. Even though many consider themselves “liberal” and don’t recoil from an active government, their preferred remedies spare corporations and the wealthiest from making any sacrifices.</p><p>The moneyed interests in the Party allowed the deregulation of Wall Street and then encouraged the bailout of the Street. They’re barely concerned about the growth of tax havens, inside trading, increasing market power in major industries (pharmaceuticals, telecom, airlines, private health insurers, food processors, finance, even high tech), and widening inequality.</p><p>Meanwhile, they’ve allowed labor unions to shrink to near irrelevance. Unionized workers used to be the ground troops of the Democratic Party. In the 1950s, <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2011%2F01%2F22%2Fbusiness%2F22union.html&amp;t=MGIxZjM2YTIzYmIxMGEzYzFlZTk5MmZlY2U1MmY3MjBiYmEyMzYwNSxmczhld2F3Nw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156133931835&amp;m=1">more than a third</a> of all private-sector workers were unionized; today, fewer than <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2011%2F01%2F22%2Fbusiness%2F22union.html&amp;t=MGIxZjM2YTIzYmIxMGEzYzFlZTk5MmZlY2U1MmY3MjBiYmEyMzYwNSxmczhld2F3Nw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156133931835&amp;m=1">7 percent</a> are.</p><p><strong>5. It’s not enough for Democrats to be “against Trump,” and defend the status quo.</strong> Democrats have to fight like hell against regressive policies Trump wants to put in place, but Democrats also need to fight <em>for</em> a bold vision of what the nation must achieve—like expanding Social Security, and financing the expansion by raising the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes; Medicare for all; and world-class free public education for all.</p><p>And Democrats must diligently seek to establish countervailing power—stronger trade unions, community banks, more incentives for employee ownership and small businesses, and electoral reforms that get big money out of politics and expand the right to vote.</p><p><strong>6. The life of the Party—its enthusiasm, passion, youth, principles, and ideals—was elicited by Bernie Sanders’s campaign.</strong> This isn’t to denigrate what Hillary Clinton accomplished—she did, after all, win the popular vote in the presidential election by almost 3 million people. It’s only to recognize what all of us witnessed: the huge outpouring of excitement that Bernie’s campaign inspired, especially from the young. This is the future of the Democratic Party.</p><p><strong>7. The Party must change from being a giant fundraising machine to a movement.</strong>It needs to unite the poor, working class, and middle class, black and white—who haven’t had a raise in 30 years, and who feel angry, powerless, and disenfranchised.</p><p>If the Party doesn’t understand these seven truths and fails to do what’s needed, a third party will emerge to fill the void.</p><p>Third parties usually fail because they tend to draw votes away from the dominant party closest to them, ideologically. But if the Democratic Party creates a large enough void, a third party won’t draw away votes. It will pull people into politics.</p><p>And drawing more people into politics is the only hope going forward.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:33:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1070866 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics democrats Robert Reich: 4 Takeaways From Trump's Latest Twitter Tantrum http://www.alternet.org/robert-reich-4-takeaways-trumps-latest-twitter-tantrum <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Trump consistently misuses the term &quot;fake news&quot; and takes credit for things he had nothing to do with.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/reich_44.png?itok=2hR4C8jr" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Wednesday morning Donald Trump bashed NBC, tweeting: “Totally biased NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed &amp; others that jobs are coming back to the U.S., but had nothing to do with TRUMP, is more FAKE NEWS. Ask top CEO’s of those companies for real facts. Came back because of me!”</p><p>Here are four takeaways from Trump’s latest tantrum: </p><p>1. As usual, Trump has his facts wrong. <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.goupstate.com%2Fnews%2F20170111%2Ffact-checking-president-elect-trumps-news-conference&amp;t=N2ViNzYzZWM5YTUzNWM3ZTRhMzkxZDljZGI1MDExOGY0OTg5MWM3MSxxOXgzNHdTUg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156044792625&amp;m=1">Analysts say</a> Ford’s decision to expand in Michigan rather than in Mexico had mostly to do with the company’s long-term plans to invest in electric vehicles. It’s easier for companies to find highly skilled workers to build new products, such as electric cars, in the United States than in Mexico. </p><p>GM <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nbcnews.com%2Fbusiness%2Feconomy%2Fcompanies-are-recycling-their-old-news-avoid-being-blasted-trump-n707921&amp;t=MjEyNTVmZjRjNzIyZjRhYjJlMzI0MzM3ZmMyODViNGE5N2IwZmY4OCxxOXgzNHdTUg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156044792625&amp;m=1">said</a> its plan was approved before the election, but it was “accelerated” under pressure from Trump. Relatedly, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler chief executive, <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.goupstate.com%2Fnews%2F20170111%2Ffact-checking-president-elect-trumps-news-conference&amp;t=N2ViNzYzZWM5YTUzNWM3ZTRhMzkxZDljZGI1MDExOGY0OTg5MWM3MSxxOXgzNHdTUg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156044792625&amp;m=1">said </a>Chrysler’s plan to build some cars in the U.S. had been in the works for more than a year and had nothing to do with Trump. Marchionne credited the decision to talks with the United Auto Workers. </p><p>2. Once again, the tweet reveals Trump’s pathological narcissism. All Trump can think of about is “TRUMP,” which he capitalizes, then insists that the jobs “Came back because of me!” This is the rant of a child wanting attention and praise, not someone who will shortly be President of the United States.</p><p>3. It’s also dangerous. Although Trump’s outrage at NBC – like his condemnation of other specific media outlets that don’t report what he wants – is harmless now,  it could threaten press freedom when Trump has power over regulators at the FCC and antitrust division who could make life difficult for targeted media outlets.</p><p>4. It’s intended to divert attention from the big stuff. Trump’s specific deals with particular companies diverts attention from his larger initiatives that will hurt working Americans. </p><p>Repealing the Affordable Care Act, for example, will leave at least 18 million Americans without health insurance next year. </p><p>Trump’s cabinet picks are overwhelmingly anti-worker. Andrew Puzder, Trump’s nominee for the Labor Department, wants to get rid of Obama’s overtime rule, which, if implemented, is expected to add <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fget-there%2Fwp%2F2016%2F05%2F17%2Fmillions-more-workers-would-be-eligible-for-overtime-pay-under-new-federal-rule%2F%3Futm_term%3D.47e1572d2d44&amp;t=Mjk2MDA4M2FkY2ZiNWYxMzEwYTQ3MGQ1N2JiNjdkMDE2YjAzZWM3YixxOXgzNHdTUg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F156044792625&amp;m=1">$12 billion</a> to workers’ wallets over the next decade. And Puzder is against the minimum wage. </p><p>And the huge corporate tax cuts and military buildup Trump is pushing will give congressional Republicans a rationale to cut Medicare and Social Security, in order to avoid bigger budget deficits. </p><p>A few jobs “saved” is nothing compared to these and other hardships Trump will be imposing on working Americans.</p><p>All told, Trump’s tweet tantrum reveals a great deal about the man who’s soon to be president of the United States. None of it inspires confidence. </p> <p> </p> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:23:00 -0800 Robert Reich, Robert Reich&#039;s Blog 1070781 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 News & Politics trump twitter Robert Reich: Trump’s Plan to Neuter the White House Press Corps Is an Attack on Our Democracy http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trumps-plan-neuter-white-house-press-corps-and-neuter-our-democracy <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">We’re in a new era, the reign of King Trump.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/reich_43.png?itok=eabnSyBQ" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control.</p><p>That’s why, <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=denied%3A%255Bhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fnews-politics%2Fnews%2Fa52301%2Ftrump-evict-press-white-house%2F&amp;t=ZjhmYjM4MDcwMTY1YzM3MWNmNWEyZDUwYmJhZmQ3YTQyZmRhYTAzNCxhV1RGNlB3QQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155923849570&amp;m=1">according to three senior officials</a> on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White House and moving them – and news conferences – to a conference center or to the Old Executive Office Building.</p><p>This may sound like a small logistic matter. It’s not. The White House “press room” contains work stations and broadcast booths, and the briefing area for presidential news conferences. Reporters have had workspace at the White House since Teddy Roosevelt was president, in 1901. </p><p>But we’re in a new era, the reign of King Trump.</p><p>Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, acknowledges “there has been some discussion about how” to move the press out of the White House. Spicer <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=denied%3A%255Bhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fnews-politics%2Fnews%2Fa52301%2Ftrump-evict-press-white-house%2F&amp;t=ZjhmYjM4MDcwMTY1YzM3MWNmNWEyZDUwYmJhZmQ3YTQyZmRhYTAzNCxhV1RGNlB3QQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155923849570&amp;m=1">says </a>it’s because the new administration would like a larger room to allow more members of the press to attend press conferences.</p><p>Rubbish. It’s because a larger room would allow the administration to fill seats with “alt-right” fringe journalists, rightwing social media, Trump supporters and paid staffers. They’d be there to ask the questions Trump wants to answer, and to jeer at reporters who ask critical questions and applaud Trump’s answers.</p><p>The move would allow Trump to play the crowd.</p><p>That’s exactly what happened at Trump’s so-called “news conference” on January 11 – the first he’s held in six months.</p><p>It wasn’t really a press conference at all, and shouldn’t have been characterized as one. It was a fake news conference that took place in a large auditorium. </p><p>In the audience were paid staffers who jeered and snickered when reporters asked critical questions, and cheered every time Trump delivered one of his campaign zingers. It could easily have been one of his rallies.  </p><p>In this carnival atmosphere it was easy for Trump to refuse to answer questions from reporters who have run stories he doesn’t like, and from news outlets that have criticized him.</p><p>He slammed CNN for dispensing “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F01%2F11%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Ftrump-press-conference-transcript.html&amp;t=NzJhYzBlMTYxMmQ4MGEzYTg0MDAxY2NlY2E4YjZhMzczOTVhNzc3ZSxhV1RGNlB3QQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155923849570&amp;m=1">fake news</a>,” called Buzzfeed “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F01%2F11%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Ftrump-press-conference-transcript.html&amp;t=NzJhYzBlMTYxMmQ4MGEzYTg0MDAxY2NlY2E4YjZhMzczOTVhNzc3ZSxhV1RGNlB3QQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155923849570&amp;m=1">a pile of garbage,</a>” and sarcastically called the BBC “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F01%2F11%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Ftrump-press-conference-transcript.html&amp;t=NzJhYzBlMTYxMmQ4MGEzYTg0MDAxY2NlY2E4YjZhMzczOTVhNzc3ZSxhV1RGNlB3QQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155923849570&amp;m=1">another beauty</a>.” The audience loved it. </p><p>Just as he did in his rallies, Trump continued calling the press “dishonest” – part of his ongoing effort to discredit the press and to reduce public confidence in it. </p><p>And he repeatedly lied. But the media in attendance weren’t allowed to follow up or to question him on his lies.</p><p>For example, Trump wrongly <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2FIt%2520could%2520have%2520been%2520one%2520of%2520his%2520rallies.&amp;t=ZGE1MWQ4MzIxNjgyZDQ0N2IyNzIwYWVhM2M3Yzg2Njg4MzVkYmNkZCxhV1RGNlB3QQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155923849570&amp;m=1">stated</a> that “the Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job. … And they tried to hack the Republican National Committee, and they were unable to break through.” </p><p>Baloney.FBI Director James B. Comey <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F01%2F10%2Fpolitics%2Fcomey-republicans-hacked-russia%2F&amp;t=M2FjMTQ5ODUwOGMxNWY0NWZkNzEyNWFkMTFlZjUwZDQ1MWI2NzIxYSxWYUl4aFhYVg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155767441025&amp;m=1">said</a> there was evidence that Republican National Committee computers were also targeted. The critical difference, according to Comey, was that none of the information obtained from the RNC was leaked. Also, according to Comey, the Russians “got far deeper and wider into the [DNC] than the RNC,” adding that “similar techniques were used in both cases.”</p><p>Trump further asserted at his fake news conference that “I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away. And I have no loans with Russia.”</p><p>Wrong again. Trump repeatedly sought deals in Russia. In a <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Ftime.com%2F4433880%2Fdonald-trump-ties-to-russia%2F&amp;t=MTczZjczY2I4NWRhMWEwNjYzODhkMjNhMzU1NjcyNjk3ZDIwYTMxMCxhV1RGNlB3QQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155923849570&amp;m=1">2008 speech</a>, Donald Trump Jr. said “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” and “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”</p><p>Trump’s statements at his fake news conference were, and are, big lies. They influence public understanding and opinion about two critically important issues: Did the Russians help Trump win the election, and, if so, why might they have done so?</p><p>At the very least, they should have been followed up with questions from the White House press corps. That would have happened at a real news conference in the White House press room, holding 45 correspondents from major media outlets who are assigned full-time to report on the president.  </p><p>Which is the danger of evicting the press from the White House and putting press conferences into a large auditorium: Trump won’t be called on his lies, and the White House press corps will lose the leverage they have by being together in one rather small room.  </p><p>And that’s precisely why Trump wants to evict the press from the White House. </p><p>A senior official admitted the move was a reaction to hostile press coverage. The view at the highest reaches of the incoming administration is that the press is the enemy. "They are the opposition party,” <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=denied%3A%255Bhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fnews-politics%2Fnews%2Fa52301%2Ftrump-evict-press-white-house%2F&amp;t=ZjhmYjM4MDcwMTY1YzM3MWNmNWEyZDUwYmJhZmQ3YTQyZmRhYTAzNCxhV1RGNlB3QQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155923849570&amp;m=1">said </a>the senior official. “I want ‘em out of the building. We are taking back the press room.”</p><p>The incoming Trump administration is intent on neutering the White House press corps. If it happens it will be another step toward neutering our  democracy.</p> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1070594 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics Election 2016 Media News & Politics trump Robert Reich: 6 Reasons the Border Wall Is One of Trump's Dumbest Proposals http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/robert-reich-6-reasons-border-wall-one-trumps-dumbest-proposals <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">It would cost American taxpayers billions and serves no practical purpose.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/robert_reich_0.jpg?itok=5BbH0VcZ" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>At his turbulent news event last Wednesday (I won’t dignify it by calling it a news conference), Trump reiterated that he will build a wall along the Mexican border. “It’s not a fence. It’s a wall,” he said, and “Mexico will pay for the wall.”</p><p>Here are 6 reasons why Trump’s wall is an even dumber idea than most of his others.</p><p>1. <strong>The U.S.-Mexican border is already well defended, and a wall won’t improve the defenses.</strong> The United States now <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dhs.gov%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fpublications%2FFY_2016_DHS_Budget_in_Brief.pdf&amp;t=ZTZkOTYwN2MwNTliYTEzMmNkMDllZmI1ZDQzZWVmYzJmYTE4NTdmMCxQOEE3djFlZQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155823098030&amp;m=1">spends</a> $3.7 billion per year to keep some 21,000 Border Patrol agents on guard and another $3.2 billion on 23,000 inspectors at ports of entry along the border, a third of which is already  <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.globalsecurity.org%2Fsecurity%2Fsystems%2Fmexico-wall.htm&amp;t=MWU4OWQ2NzdjZGM0MWMxNTYyNjFkYjIyOTA0MzljODNhZTNlZWY0NSxQOEE3djFlZQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155823098030&amp;m=1">walled or fenced off</a>.</p><p>2.  <strong>The cost of Trump’s fence would be a whopping $25 billion on top of this. </strong>That’s the best estimate I’ve seen by a <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Ffact-checker%2Fwp%2F2016%2F02%2F11%2Ftrumps-dubious-claim-that-his-border-wall-would-cost-8-billion%2F&amp;t=MGI0OTE1M2U3MTA2MTYyMGU5MzE5YWUzZGI2ZjAxMjQ0YTk5YzBiMixQOEE3djFlZQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155823098030&amp;m=1">Washington Post fact checker</a>. (When Trump discussed the cost last February he put it at $8 billion, then a few weeks later upped the cost to $10 to 12 billion.)</p><p>3.  <strong>There’s no way Mexico will pay for it.</strong> On January 11, Mexican President Enrique Peña <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F01%2F11%2Fpolitics%2Fpena-nieto-donald-trump-mexico-wall%2F&amp;t=ZmM5ZGM0YTY0YjBmNDlhYjQ2NmY0YzA3ZDIxZDRmODg2ZTg3MjE1ZSxQOEE3djFlZQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155823098030&amp;m=1">assured Mexicans</a> they would not be footing the bill. “It is evident that we have some differences with the new government of the United States,” he said, “like the topic of the wall, that Mexico of course will not pay.”</p><p>4. <strong>There’s no reason for the wall anyway because undocumented migration from Mexico has sharply declined.</strong> The Department of Homeland Security <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pewhispanic.org%2F2012%2F04%2F23%2Fnet-migration-from-mexico-falls-to-zero-and-perhaps-less%2F&amp;t=MTA5MjFjY2UzMjhhOGM3NDc3YmYzZTNkOWI4NzU1NWQ2MzcyMGNmNixQOEE3djFlZQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155823098030&amp;m=1">estimates</a> that the total undocumented population peaked at 12 million in 2008, and has fallen since then. According to the <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pewhispanic.org%2F2015%2F11%2F19%2Fmore-mexicans-leaving-than-coming-to-the-u-s%2F&amp;t=MjRjNTdmYWYyMjE4NTI1NjQ0Njk2OTU0N2VhMGU2Njc2NzQ3OTY4YyxQOEE3djFlZQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155823098030&amp;m=1">Pew Research Center,</a> the overall flow of Mexican immigrants between the two countries is at its smallest since the 1990s. The number of apprehensions at the border is at its lowest since 1973.</p><p>5. <strong>The decline isn’t because of rising border enforcement but because Mexico is producing fewer young people</strong> and therefore less demographic pressure to migrate to the U.S. In 1965, Mexico’s fertility rate was 7.2 children per woman; by 2000 it had fallen to 2.4; today, it’s at 2.3 children per woman, just above replacement level.</p><p>6. <strong>There’s little or no evidence undocumented immigrants take jobs away from native-born Americans, anyway.</strong> A <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.urban.org%2Furban-wire%2Fimmigrant-and-native-workers-compete-different-low-skilled-jobs&amp;t=OWRlOWYwZjlkOTQxYzI5OGU4ZWEzZDI5YTI1NTQyYjgyMDQ4MGRiNyxQOEE3djFlZQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155823098030&amp;m=1">new analysis </a>of Census data finds that immigrants take very different jobs than Americans. In fact, the United States already allows a significant amount of legal immigration from Mexico under the “guest-worker” program—1.6 million entries by legal immigrants and 3.9 million by temporary workers from Mexico over the last 10 years—because farmers can’t find enough native-born Americans to pick crops.</p><p>Of course, Trump lives in a fact-free universe designed merely to enhance his power and fuel his demagoguery. But you don’t have to, and nor does anyone else. </p> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:07:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1070513 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics mexico border wall donald trump washington post Robert Reich: 5 Ways Trump's Press Conference Wasn't a Press Conference http://www.alternet.org/media/robert-reich-5-ways-trumps-press-conference-wasnt-press-conference <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Trump isn&#039;t even president yet and he&#039;s already eroding our democracy.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/reich_42.png?itok=ojn-YZTR" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why Trump’s so-called “news conference” on January 11—the first he’s held in six months—wasn’t really a news conference at all. </p><p>Consider:</p><p><strong>1. </strong>Trump refused to answer questions from reporters who have run stories he doesn’t like or from news outlets that have criticized him. This is a blatant attempt to control the news media by making them reluctant to run negative stories about Trump for fear they’ll be frozen out. </p><p><strong>2. </strong>He loaded the audience with paid staffers who cheered his statements and jeered at reporters. Never before has a president-elect or president held a news conference larded with paid staffers, designed to give the impression that the media are divided between those who support him and those who criticize him. </p><p><strong>3. </strong>He continued calling the media 'dishonest.' This is part of Trump’s continuing effort to discredit the press and to reduce public confidence in it. </p><p><strong>4. </strong>He condemned individual news outlets. Trump criticized CNN for dispensing “fake news,” called Buzzfeed “a pile of garbage” and sarcastically called the BBC “another beauty.”</p><p><strong>5. </strong>He repeatedly lied, and the media in attendance weren’t allowed to question him on his lies. Here's a sampling of Trump lies from his “news conference”:</p><p>Lie #1. “It’s very familiar territory, news conferences, because we used to give them on an almost daily basis.”</p><p>Wrong. His last news conference was July 27.</p><p><em>Lie #2. </em><em>T</em>rump claimed credit for Chrysler and Ford announcing more production in the U.S. </p><p>Wrong. Sergio Marchionne, the Fiat Chrysler chief executive, <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fstory%2Fmoney%2Fcars%2F2017%2F01%2F09%2Ftrump-lauds-fiat-chrysler-but-ceo-seeks-policy-clarity%2F96361424%2F&amp;t=YWIyNjNkODYxNWU2MWFhN2Y0MDY0NjcwNjNkMDA3YmMzOGI4M2ExNyxWYUl4aFhYVg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155767441025&amp;m=1">said</a> Chrysler’s plan had been in the works for more than a year and had nothing to do with Trump. Marchionne credited the decision to talks with the United Auto Workers. </p><p>Analysts <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Ffact-checker%2Fwp%2F2017%2F01%2F06%2Fwhat-trump-got-wrong-on-twitter-this-week%2F%3Futm_term%3D.4363aae2ae3d&amp;t=ZTRlM2I1OGVjNWNkZDg0N2VjNWExYzI2MTc5YzAzZmJjYmM1ZTM4ZSxWYUl4aFhYVg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155767441025&amp;m=1">say</a> Ford’s decision to expand in Michigan rather than in Mexico had mostly to do with the company’s long-term plans to invest in electric vehicles. It’s easier for companies to find highly skilled workers to build new products, such as electric cars, in the United States than in Mexico.</p><p>Lie #3. “When we lost 22 million names and everything else that was hacked recently, [the press] didn’t make a big deal out of that.” </p><p>Wrong. The Chinese hack of 22 million accounts at the Office of Personnel Management was <a href="https://twitter.com/markberman/status/819220351955718144">front-page news</a>.</p><p>Lie #4. “The Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job....And they tried to hack the Republican National Committee, and they were unable to break through.” </p><p>Wrong. FBI Director James B. Comey <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F01%2F10%2Fpolitics%2Fcomey-republicans-hacked-russia%2F&amp;t=M2FjMTQ5ODUwOGMxNWY0NWZkNzEyNWFkMTFlZjUwZDQ1MWI2NzIxYSxWYUl4aFhYVg%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155767441025&amp;m=1">said</a> there was evidence that Republican National Committee domains were also targeted but none of the information that may have been obtained was leaked. Comey said that the Russians “got far deeper and wider into the [DNC] than the RNC,” adding that “similar techniques were used in both cases.”</p><p><em>Lie #5. </em>“I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away. And I have no loans with Russia.”</p><p>Wrong. Trump repeatedly sought deals in Russia. In a 2008 speech, Donald Trump Jr. said “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” and “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”</p><p>In short, Trump’s first news conference as president-elect, wasn’t a news conference at all, and shouldn’t be called one. It was another example of Trump’s attempt to control the media. Trump isn’t even president yet, and he’s already eroding our democracy.</p><p> </p> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:12:00 -0800 Robert Reich, Robert Reich&#039;s Blog 1070458 at http://www.alternet.org Media Economy Election 2016 Media trump Trump's News Conference fake news Robert Reich: The Two Biggest Reasons Trump Must Be Resisted http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/robert-reich-two-biggest-reasons-trump-must-be-resisted <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Fighting tyranny is not a partisan issue.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_453281794.jpg?itok=DoG1fqWL" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>It’s important to distinguish two lines of resistance to Trump:</p><p>1. Resistance to Trump’s regressiveness: repealing Obamacare, turning Medicare into vouchers (that will leave many elderly worse off) and Medicaid into state block grants (depriving the poor of health care); attacking Social Security; giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy and to large corporations; eviscerating environmental laws, regulations and treaties; defunding Planned Parenthood; putting people in charge of departments who are intent on doing the opposite of what the departments are set up to do (DeVos at Education, Puzder at Labor; Pruitt at EPA); putting a right-winger on the Supreme Court; and so on.</p><p>2. Resistance to Trump’s tyranny: repeatedly telling big lies; demeaning government scientists and intelligence officials; undermining the freedom and independence of the press; threatening critics; creating “registries” of Muslim-Americans and a religious test for entering the United States; cozying up to foreign dictators; blaming economic stresses on immigrants and fomenting public bias and even violence against them; attributing acts of domestic violence to “enemies within,” and using such events as excuses to beef up internal security and limit civil liberties; creating a personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to the public; and personally profiting from public office.</p><p>Both resistances are critical. But the second has nothing to do with partisanship or the age-old fight between Republicans and Democrats over the reach or role of government. </p><p>Resistance to tyranny must not be seen in partisan terms. We need Republicans to join in resistance to Trump’s tyranny. Conservative Republicans have traditionally been vigilant against tyranny, and they must be invited to the cause and become part of the coalition.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:19:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1070202 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics robert reich trump Robert Reich: 12 Ways to Disrupt Trump's First 100 Days http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/robert-reich-12-ways-disrupt-trumps-first-100-days <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Here&#039;s a detailed plan to resist the new administration&#039;s most draconian policy proposals.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/reich_41.png?itok=Ta-bZZ0X" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich and big corporations a huge tax cut, and putting in place a cabinet that doesn’t believe in the Voting Rights Act or public schools or Medicare or the Fair Housing Act.  </p><p>Our 100 days of resistance begins a sustained and powerful opposition. Here’s what you can do (it will take about an hour of your time each day):</p><p>1. <i>Get your senators and representatives to pledge to oppose Trump’s agenda.</i> Reject his nominees, prolong the process of approving them, draw out hearings on legislation. Call your senator and your representative and don’t stop calling.</p><p>2. <i>March and demonstrate</i>. The Women’s March on Washington will be the day after the Inauguration. There should be “sister” marches around the country. And then monthly marches against hate. Keep the momentum alive and keep the message going.</p><p>3. <i>Make your city and state sanctuaries</i> that won’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities in deporting undocumented immigrants, especially people who have been here since they were very young.</p><p>4. <i>Boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything</i>. And then boycott all stores (like Nordstrom) that carry merchandise from Trump family brands.</p><p>5. <i>Write letters to the editor of your newspaper and op-eds</i>, with a steady flow of arguments about the fallacies and dangers of Trump’s First 100 Day policies and initiatives.</p><p>6. <i>Contribute to social media with up-to-date daily bulletins</i> on what Trump is up to, and actions in your region in opposition.</p><p>7. <i>Contribute to the most effective opposition groups</i>. The American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Economic Policy Institute, Inequality Media, MoveOn, and others.  </p><p>8. <i>Make the resistance visible</i> with bumper stickers, lapel pins, wrist bands.</p><p>9. <i>Push progressive causes at your state and local level</i> – environmental reform, progressive taxes, a higher minimum wage, ending gerrymandering, stopping mass incarceration. Make your state a model of what the federal government should do.</p><p>10. <i>Start a move in your state to abolish the electoral college</i> by committing your state’s electors to vote for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.</p><p>11. <i>Reach out to independents and even Trump supporters who agree with this agenda</i>, and get them involved.</p><p>12. <i>Your idea goes here</i>. Meet with family and friends this weekend, and decide what you’ll contribute.  </p><p>The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda. An hour a day. Send a powerful message. We aren’t going away. </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Sueka7aZLsg" width="560"></iframe></p> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:25:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1070056 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics donald trump obamacare voting rights act fair housing act Robert Reich: 15 Signs of Impending Tyranny Under President Trump http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/robert-reich-15-signs-impending-tyranny-under-president-trump <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Consider yourself warned.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/reich_40.png?itok=g0WOZPST" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically:</p><p>1.  Exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2F2016%2F12%2F11%2F505182622%2Ffact-check-trump-claims-a-massive-landslide-victory-but-history-differs&amp;t=OTViYzEzN2Q4N2EzZmNhNGFmOTEyOTViY2RiMDRhYTFiODM1MmUwMSw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">landslide </a>even after losing the popular vote.</p><p>2.  Repeatedly claim <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fstory%2F2016%2F11%2Ftrump-illegal-voting-clinton-231860&amp;t=MGE5M2VkODE0YTA4NzQ3ZTE3ZDMyMTcwNTY2NTE5ZjBjNzZlYjUxZSw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">massive voter</a> fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections.</p><p>3.  Call anyone who opposes them “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicususa.com%2F2016%2F12%2F31%2Ftrump-calls-majority-voted-enemies-losers-years-message.html&amp;t=MDEwN2RiNmJlMzM2ZWU0N2ZjZTYxMGRkZTI4Y2U0OGU1MGY2YTYzMiw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">enemies</a>.”</p><p>4.  Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F2016%2F05%2F31%2Fpolitics%2Fdonald-trump-veterans-announcement%2F&amp;t=Y2YyNGRlNDYzNWQ3MWZlNTcwYmZiYmI4MGIwNzExMjIwNTc0Y2I2NSw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">deceitful</a>” and “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F2016%2F05%2F31%2Fpolitics%2Fdonald-trump-veterans-announcement%2F&amp;t=Y2YyNGRlNDYzNWQ3MWZlNTcwYmZiYmI4MGIwNzExMjIwNTc0Y2I2NSw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">scum</a>.” </p><p>5.  Hold <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2F2016%2F12%2F15%2F505557146%2Fpresident-elect-trump-breaks-with-long-history-of-press-conferences&amp;t=ZDA4YTBkYzkxMTc1NTUzYTIyYTg5ZDI4YzA2ODhhNDQxMjQ3Y2I5NSw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">few if any press conferences</a>, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F2016%2F12%2F13%2Fpolitics%2Fdonald-trump-tweets-as-president-elect%2F&amp;t=MjQzNzFhZGYxNjE1MzMxMGFlYjg0ZDRjNTc3OWYxOGMzY2E5YzM4Niw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">unfiltered statements</a>. </p><p>6.  Tell the public <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politifact.com%2Fpersonalities%2Fdonald-trump%2Fstatements%2Fbyruling%2Fpants-fire%2F&amp;t=ZTM5ZmZlMDBhOTg2ZjM1ODdkMWMyMDg5OGI2OWUyNWY4NjdjYTgwZCw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">big lies</a>, causing them to doubt the truth and to believe fictions that support the tyrants’ goals.</p><p>7.  Blame economic stresses on <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Ftime.com%2F4386240%2Fdonald-trump-immigration-arguments%2F&amp;t=NjJiZmUwMTVjN2ZiNWViNzljZjY4MGFjOTQ4MDU3NmFmOWYwYzU4OSw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">immigrants</a> or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fthinkprogress.org%2Fhow-trump-has-inspired-violence-across-the-country-in-one-map-6ab5e096a627%23.wbwd4ut8f&amp;t=YjViZGVkMDBiNzhkN2UxNmZlNWY3ZWM3MTFiNWVkZDQ2ZDdkYjhhOSw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">violence</a> against them.</p><p>8.  Attribute acts of domestic violence to “enemies within,” and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fblogs%2Fcongress-blog%2Fpresidential-campaign%2F291258-donald-trump-is-the-enemy-of-liberty-his-words-are&amp;t=YzIxMDIxNDc0Y2E5ZTkyYzljZmY3YTIyZjA3YzBkMDdhNjliNTVhMiw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">limit civil liberties</a>.</p><p>9.  Threaten <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcontent%2F1a6e37e8-a7b8-11e6-8b69-02899e8bd9d1&amp;t=OTRkMDM2ZjlmMjA5ZGYxNjY3ZjM2YzRkZjU2ZWQyMTlhNThmYTgzNyw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">mass deportations</a>, <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcontent%2F1a6e37e8-a7b8-11e6-8b69-02899e8bd9d1&amp;t=OTRkMDM2ZjlmMjA5ZGYxNjY3ZjM2YzRkZjU2ZWQyMTlhNThmYTgzNyw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">registries</a> of religious minorities, and the banning of refugees.</p><p>10. Seek to eliminate or reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as labor <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fstory%2F2016%2F12%2Ftrump-unions-war-232382&amp;t=MTAzYWIyMjJhYjQ3YzVlYWFjNmNiZGUwYjc2YmZjNDk1ODg4YzJkNyw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">unions</a> and opposition parties.</p><p>11. Appoint <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fthe-fix%2Fwp%2F2016%2F11%2F18%2Fwhy-donald-trumps-family-being-in-the-white-house-is-problematic-explained%2F%3Futm_term%3D.48a709c635dd&amp;t=MTEyMTk4MWE3ZTM1ZTU4ZTU1NDRlOWRkYzEzOTEzMzA5NWMyNWEyOSw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">family members</a> to high positions of authority.</p><p>12. Surround themselves with their <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fstory%2F2016%2F12%2Fdonald-trump-security-force-232797&amp;t=ZjY1YWQ1MWY2MzE1YzVlZDI0MDYyOTQ2MmFhMjA1ZmEyYzY4ZmQ5NSw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">own personal security force</a> rather than a security detail accountable to the public.</p><p>13. Put <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fopinions%2Ftrump-is-surrounding-himself-with-generals-thats-dangerous%2F2016%2F11%2F30%2Fe6a0a972-b190-11e6-840f-e3ebab6bcdd3_story.html%3Futm_term%3D.ad9a81b2a78e&amp;t=NmNiY2M2N2QwZDAzNTk3YTVmM2MzY2NjZGY4ZDU2ZjY0OThjMTA4ZSw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">generals</a> into top civilian posts.           </p><p>14. Make <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fworldviews%2Fwp%2F2016%2F12%2F14%2Fputin-trump-and-the-wests-new-ideological-alliance%2F%3Futm_term%3D.a0c1f499d2c1&amp;t=NWZmMTZiYzdjMmE0ZmVjZDA3MDhhOGM2ZjkxNmUyZDUwZDc3YzAyZiw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">personal alliances with foreign dictators</a>.</p><p>15. Draw no distinction between personal property and public property, <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theatlantic.com%2Fbusiness%2Farchive%2F2016%2F12%2Fdonald-trump-conflicts-of-interests%2F508382%2F&amp;t=YmJkN2JiMGE2NzkzMmQxOWQ0MmJmNDEwZjgzM2UwZGVhZGE4MWJhNCw1S1gzYkRSNQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155319264160&amp;m=1">profiteering from their public office</a>.</p><p>Consider yourself warned.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:36:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1069855 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics Economy Election 2016 News & Politics robert reich tyranny Robert Reich: My New Year’s Wish for Donald Trump http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-my-new-years-wish-donald-trump <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Trump sees the world in terms of personal wins or losses, enemies or friends, supporters or critics.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/29664778321_ae02ca5dc6_c_for_web.jpg?itok=9xfZgSRB" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Donald Trump issued the following<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F12%2F31%2Fus%2Ftrump-twitter-new-year-enemies.html&amp;t=MjBmNTM4ZmE0NTU3N2NkZmM0NDAxMjM1ZGI5NTdiM2M2MDkzOTdjYyxsUHYwbFAxSQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155228476140&amp;m=1"> tweet </a>on the last day of 2016: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”</p><p>The man who is about to become President of the United States continues to exhibit a mean-spirited, thin-skinned, narcissistic and vindictive character.</p><p>Trump sees the world in terms of personal wins or losses, enemies or friends, supporters or critics.</p><p>He hasn’t yet figured out that a president holds a position of public trust that transcends personal animus. A president is supposed to represent all Americans, including those who voted against him and may continue to oppose him. </p><p>In a democracy, those who fight against a president’s policies are not his personal enemies; they are political opponents and critics. A democracy depends on the freedom to oppose those in power, without fear of reprisal, without being denigrated or labeled an enemy.</p><p> </p><p>Happy New Year, Mr. Trump. You have 20 days in which to learn how to act as a president. All of us – even those who oppose your policies and worry about your character – sincerely hope you do.  </p> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:53:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1069802 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 trump Robert Reich: 7 Things Obama Should Do Before Trump Walks into the White House http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-7-things-obama-should-do-trump-walks-white-house <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Obama could and should take these last stands.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/reich_39.png?itok=AcBxG6QG" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>President-elect Donald Trump is accusing President Obama of putting up “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fpost-politics%2Fwp%2F2016%2F12%2F28%2Ftrump-accuses-obama-of-putting-up-roadblocks-to-a-smooth-transition%2F%3Futm_term%3D.c357a3706e5a&amp;t=YTFlZWE3NjU5MDI4Njk1NmE3MjFlZGYxODlmNzc4YTMwN2I1NGFjMCx3R3Fma3gwbQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F155078617750&amp;m=1">roadblocks</a>” to a smooth transition. </p><p>In reality, I think President Obama has been too cooperative with Trump. </p><p>In the waning days of his administration, I’d recommend Obama take the following last stands:</p><p>1. Name Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution gives the President power to fill any vacancy during the recess of the Senate. The Supreme Court is no exception: Justice William Brennan began his Court tenure with a recess appointment in 1956. Any appointments made this way expire at the end of the next Senate session. So if Obama appointed Garland on January 3, the appointment would last until December 2017, the end of the first session of the 115th Congress.</p><p>2. Use his pardoning authority to forgive “Dreamers.” With a flick of his pen, Obama could forgive the past and future civil immigration offenses of the nearly 750,000 young people granted legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Without an immigration offense on their records, they could more easily apply for legal status.</p><p>3. Impose economic sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election – including blocking all loans or investments by Russian nationals in all real estate ventures in the United States.</p><p>4. Protect the civil service from the Trump transition. Instruct all cabinet departments and agencies not to respond to any Trump transition team inquiry that might intimidate any individual members of the civil service.</p><p>5. Issue an executive order protecting the independence of all government fact-finding agencies: Included would be the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Energy Information. (Trump could repeal the order, but that would be politically costly.)</p><p>6. Issue an executive order protecting the independence of all Inspectors General in every cabinet department and agency. (Ditto.)</p><p>7. Issue a report on possible tax and benefit cuts, showing which state’s citizens will most benefit from tax cuts going to the richest Americans and largest corporations (overwhelmingly the citizens of blue states), and which will lose the most from cuts in Medicaid and repeal of Obamacare (overwhelmingly red states), along with estimates of such gains.</p> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 05:49:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1069647 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 robert reich trump obama Robert Reich's Tips for Dealing With Right-Wing Relatives http://www.alternet.org/economy/robert-reichs-tips-dealing-right-wing-relatives <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Making holiday meals just a little bit more satisfying.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2016-12-25_at_3.08.17_pm.png?itok=FJhofpX7" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>How can you deal with your right-wing Uncle Bob over the holiday? Watch this video for some pointers.</p><p> </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FRBReich%2Fvideos%2F1405065582839367%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" width="560"></iframe></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/videos/1405065582839367/" target="_blank">This video</a> originally appeared on Robert Reich's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 12:02:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1069449 at http://www.alternet.org Economy Economy Election 2016 robert reich Robert Reich Lays Bare Trump's Four Techniques for Manipulating the Media http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-lays-bare-trumps-four-techniques-manipulating-media <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">This is how a tweeting wannabe tyrant plays.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2016-12-22_at_9.01.02_pm.png?itok=uOstX2yA" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Historically, tyrants have tried to control the press using 4 techniques that, worryingly, Donald Trump is already using.</p><p><strong>1. Berate the media and turn the public against it.</strong> Trump refers to journalists as “dishonest,” “disgusting” and “scum.” When Trump lies—claiming, for example, “massive voter fraud” in the election, and that he “won in a landslide”—and the media call him on those lies, Trump claims the media is lying. Even televised satires he labels “unfunny, one-sided, and pathetic.”</p><p><strong>2. Limit media access.</strong> Trump hasn’t had a news conference since July. (His two predecessors had news conferences within days of being declared president.) He’s blocked the media from traveling with him, and even from knowing with whom he’s meeting. His phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which occurred shortly after the election, was first reported by the Kremlin.</p><p><strong>3. Threaten the media.</strong> During the campaign, Trump threatened to sue the <em>New York Times</em> for libel in response to an article about two women who accused him of touching them inappropriately years ago, and then another that revealed part of his 1995 tax returns. He says he plans to “open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”</p><p><strong>4. Bypass the media and communicate with the public directly.</strong> Trump tweets incessantly, issues videos, and holds large rallies—all of which further enable him to lie directly to the public with impunity.</p><p>The word “media” comes from “intermediate” between the powerful and the public. The media hold the powerful accountable by correcting their misstatements, asking them hard questions, and reporting on what they do. Apparently Trump wants to eliminate such intermediaries.</p><p>Historically, these 4 techniques have been used by demagogues to erode the freedom and independence of the press. Donald Trump seems intent on doing exactly this. </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/W_anu-feuKE" width="560"></iframe></p><p> </p> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:55:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1069318 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 Media Video reich video Robert Reich: Why President Trump Will Continue Holding Rallies http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-why-president-trump-will-continue-holding-rallies <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Trump&#039;s bizarre thank-you tours may continue beyond Inauguration Day.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/31711669385_3d9e8323aa_c.jpg?itok=FXKXdw5t" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? Why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president?</p><p>One clue is Trump conducted them only in the states he won. And most attendees appeared to be people who had voted for him – overwhelmingly white, many wearing Trump hats and T-shirts. When warm-up speakers asked how many had previously attended a Trump rally, most hands went up.</p><p>A second clue is that rather than urge followers to bury the hatchet, Trump wound them up. “It’s a movement,” he <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Ftime.com%2F4605647%2Fdonald-trump-vicious-violent-supporters%2F&amp;t=OGZmYmYzMzI4YzI0YTM1OWZmMGM1ZjUyODIzYTYxMjBlYzViM2ZkYyxoa1Ewem1YeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F154643782110&amp;m=1">said in Mobile</a>, playfully telling the crowd that in the run-up to the election, “You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall?’ ‘We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison!’ ‘Prison!’ ‘Lock her up!’ I mean, you were going crazy. You were nasty and mean and vicious.” He called his followers “wild beasts.”</p><p>A third clue: Rather than shift from campaigning to governing, Trump’s post-election rallies were almost identical to the rallies he held when he was a candidate – the same format, same condemnations of the “dishonest” media, identical pledges (“We will build a great wall!”). They also elicited many of the same audience responses, such as “Lock her up! Lock her up!”</p><p>And rather than use the rallies to forgive those who criticized him during the campaign, he’s used them to settle scores — criticizing politicians who opposed his candidacy, like Ohio Governor John Kasich; blasting media personalities who predicted he would lose, such as CNN’s John King; and mocking opponents, such as Evan McMullin, the Republican who campaigned against him as an independent in Utah.</p><p>Trump vows to continue these rallies after he becomes president. As he <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagotribune.com%2Fnews%2Fnationworld%2Fpolitics%2Fct-trump-alabama-rally-20161217-story.html&amp;t=ZDM3OTlmYWYxZmRmN2ExMzc4MTlkMTU0ZDIzNjhiZWMzNDM1OTlhNCxoa1Ewem1YeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F154643782110&amp;m=1">told the crowd in Mobile</a>, “They’re saying, ‘As president, he shouldn’t be doing rallies.’ But I think we should, right? We’ve done everything else the opposite. This is the way you get an honest word out.”</p><p>“Get an honest word out?” That’s the real tipoff.</p><p>Like his non-stop tweets, Trump’s purpose in holding these rallies is to connect directly with a large and enthusiastic base of followers who believe what he says – and thereby reject facts from mainstream media, policy analysts, government agencies that collect data, and the scientific community.  </p><p>During the rallies Trump repeatedly claimed, for example, that the murder rate in the United States is the largest it’s been in 45 years. <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.factcheck.org%2F2016%2F10%2Ftrump-wrong-on-murder-rate%2F&amp;t=OTc2NDJmNjlkNTZlMTc0ZmFiM2Q0ODM2YTZlYzVjOWUwOThhMGJkZSxoa1Ewem1YeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F154643782110&amp;m=1">In fact, it’s near a 50-year low</a>, according to the FBI.</p><p>A democracy depends on truth. Trump’s repeated claims that the murder rate is soaring may elicit support for policies such as harsher policing and sentencing – the opposite of what we need.</p><p>Trump also repeatedly said he won the election by a “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.democracynow.org%2F2016%2F12%2F2%2Fheadlines%2Fat_rally_in_cincinnati_trump_repeatedly_attacks_media&amp;t=ZjVlODlhMjgxYjY3ZGQ5NmEyMWIwMWZjYmZhNWMwODAxNGI0MjFiNyxoa1Ewem1YeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F154643782110&amp;m=1">landslide</a>,” when in fact he lost the popular vote by 2.8 million votes – over five times Al Gore’s margin over George W. Bush in 2000.</p><p>And he repeatedly asserted that the election was marred by “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2016%2F11%2F27%2Fpolitics%2Fdonald-trump-voter-fraud-popular-vote%2F&amp;t=OTgzOTY2NThiZDllOWQ1OGNkNjRmZTI1YmU3MWQ0NzcwODgyMzkyNyxoa1Ewem1YeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;p=http%3A%2F%2Frobertreich.org%2Fpost%2F154643782110&amp;m=1">massive voting fraud</a>,” when in fact there has been no evidence of voting fraud at all (unless you consider the possibility that Russia hacked into our voting systems – which Trump dismisses).</p><p>Here again, the biggest potential loser is democracy. When continuously told by Trump that he won by a landslide, the public may give him a mandate he doesn’t deserve. If told of “massive voter fraud,” the public may support further efforts to suppress votes through rigid ID and other requirements.</p><p>If repeatedly told Muslims are the enemy, the public may support efforts to monitor them and their places of worship inside America, or even to confine them. If told that tide of undocumented immigrants is rising (in fact, it’s been falling), the public could get behind draconian policies to keep them out.</p><p>If told to disregard scientific evidence of climate change, the public may reject efforts to reverse it. If told to disregard CIA reports of Russian tampering with our elections, the public could become less vigilant about future tampering.</p><p>The rallies and tweets give Trump an unprecedented platform for telling Big Lies without fear of contradiction – and therefore for advancing whatever agenda he wishes. It’s no coincidence that Trump continues to denigrate the media and hasn’t held a news conference since July.</p><p>A president intent on developing a base of enthusiastic supporters who believe baldfaced lies poses a clear threat to American democracy. This is how tyranny begins.</p><p> </p> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:04:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1069044 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 robert reich Robert Reich: 4 Signs You May Have Lost Your Will to Fight the Coming Tyranny of Trump http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-4-signs-you-may-have-lost-your-will-fight-coming-tyranny-trump <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Watch out for these symptoms of passivity.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_39122689.jpg?itok=CjEHAvlz" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>As the era of Trump approaches, some of you are succumbing to the follow four syndromes:</p><p><strong>1. Normalizer Syndrome.</strong> You want to believe Trump will be just another president—more conservative and pompous than most, but one who will make rational decisions once in office.</p><p>You are under a grave delusion. Trump has a serious personality disorder and will pose a clear and present danger to America and the world.</p><p><strong>2. Outrage Numbness Syndrome.</strong> You are no longer outraged by what Trump says or does—his incessant lies, his cabinet picks, his bullying, his hatefulness—because you’ve gone numb. You can’t conceive that someone like this is becoming president of the United States, so you’ve shut down emotionally. Maybe you’ve even stopped reading the news.</p><p>You need to get back in touch with your emotions and reengage with what’s happening.</p><p><strong>3. Cynical Syndrome.</strong> You’ve become so cynical about the whole system—the Democrats who gave up on the working class and thereby opened the way for Trump, the Republicans who suppressed votes around the country, the media that gave Trump all the free time he wanted, the establishment that rigged the system—that you say the hell with it. Let Trump do his worst. How much worse can it get?</p><p>You need to wake up. It can get a lot worse.</p><p><strong>4. Helpless Syndrome.</strong> You aren’t in denial. You know that nothing about this is normal; you haven’t become numb or stopped reading the news; you haven’t succumbed to cynicism. You desperately want to do something to prevent what’s about to occur.</p><p>But you don’t know what to do. You feel utterly powerless and immobilized.</p><p>Millions of others feel equally powerless. But taking action—demonstrating, resisting, objecting, demanding, speaking truth, joining with others, making a ruckus, and never ceasing to fight Trump’s pending tyranny—will empower you. And with that power you will not only minimize the damage that is about to occur, but also get this nation and the world back on the course it must be on.</p><p>If you find yourself falling into one or more of these syndromes, that’s understandable. Normalizing, numbing, becoming cynical, and feeling powerless are natural human responses to the gross absurdity and genuine peril posed by Trump.</p><p>But I urge you to pull yourself out. We need you in the peaceful resistance army, starting January 20.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:36:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1068930 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 The Right Wing reich Robert Reich: Trump Has a Dark Cloud of Illegitimacy Hanging Over Him and It's Mostly Russia http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-6-big-reasons-why-its-hard-believe-trump-was-fairly-elected <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">How can electors be expected to submit their ballots with this dark cloud hanging overhead?</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/robert_reich_1.jpg?itok=Sa0OEeLM" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>A dark cloud of illegitimacy hangs over the pending presidency of Donald Trump. Consider:</p><p>1. The CIA has <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fworld%2Fnational-security%2Fobama-orders-review-of-russian-hacking-during-presidential-campaign%2F2016%2F12%2F09%2F31d6b300-be2a-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html%3Futm_term%3D.7bafbb1dfb77&amp;t=MmVkYmE1OTFhYmQ1YzZlNzI4NTQ1NGM3NGYwMDk1ZjAzY2YwNzg4Nyx4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">concluded</a> that Russia intervened in the election in order to help Trump become president. The secret CIA assessment found that Russian operatives covertly interfered in the election campaign in an attempt to ensure the Republican candidate’s victory.</p><p>2. Trump has <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.slate.com%2Farticles%2Fnews_and_politics%2Fcover_story%2F2016%2F07%2Fvladimir_putin_has_a_plan_for_destroying_the_west_and_it_looks_a_lot_like.html&amp;t=MjA1YTY0ODgyYjM3NDdjZTk1N2FhMWVjMGIwZmFjYmJmMTkyZTI5MCx4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">close business ties</a> to Russian oligarchs, friends of Putin, who have <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F04%2F06%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Fdonald-trump-soho-settlement.html%3F_r%3D1&amp;t=NDMxMmQ0ZjYwYTk5ZjhkMzI0ZjE3ZDI5MjE5NzA2ZjFmNTVjZjQyMyx4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">financed his projects</a> and, presumably, also lent billions of dollars to Trump’s enterprises—which may explain why Trump won’t disclose his tax returns, which would show evidence of these deals.</p><p>3. Several of Trump’s<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Ftime.com%2F4433880%2Fdonald-trump-ties-to-russia%2F&amp;t=ZmI2ODFmNWY4NzdmOTkyNDQwMjcxZjUxYzcyZjNjMGFkNWVjZWI4OCx4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1"> key campaign aides</a>—including his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort—have close ties to Russia. Manafort was a longtime consultant to Viktor Yanukovich, the Russian-backed president of Ukraine who was overthrown in 2014 and who has done <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Ftime.com%2F4433880%2Fdonald-trump-ties-to-russia%2F&amp;t=ZmI2ODFmNWY4NzdmOTkyNDQwMjcxZjUxYzcyZjNjMGFkNWVjZWI4OCx4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">multimillion-dollar business deals with Russian oligarchs</a>. Between 2007 and 2012, Manafort received some $12.7 million in cash payments from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. Trump’s foreign policy advisor, <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Ftime.com%2F4433880%2Fdonald-trump-ties-to-russia%2F&amp;t=ZmI2ODFmNWY4NzdmOTkyNDQwMjcxZjUxYzcyZjNjMGFkNWVjZWI4OCx4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">Michael Flynn</a>, flew to Moscow last year to attend a gala banquet celebrating Russia Today, the Kremlin’s propaganda channel, and was seated at the head table near Putin.</p><p>4. During the campaign, Trump said he <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fmagazine%2Fstory%2F2016%2F07%2F2016-trump-putin-russia-gop-platform-214074&amp;t=N2Y1M2U2MGI1MzRlNDk5NTcwZjhhODY3NWZkNzE2NWIzMDRjMmM1Nix4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">admired Putin</a>, questioned whether the U.S. <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fmagazine%2Fstory%2F2016%2F07%2F2016-trump-putin-russia-gop-platform-214074&amp;t=N2Y1M2U2MGI1MzRlNDk5NTcwZjhhODY3NWZkNzE2NWIzMDRjMmM1Nix4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">should continue to support NATO</a>, and <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fmagazine%2Fstory%2F2016%2F07%2F2016-trump-putin-russia-gop-platform-214074&amp;t=N2Y1M2U2MGI1MzRlNDk5NTcwZjhhODY3NWZkNzE2NWIzMDRjMmM1Nix4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">argued</a> that Putin was justified in moving into Crimea.</p><p>5. Trump is expected to pick as his Secretary of State ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who is also <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomberg.com%2Fpolitics%2Fvideos%2F2016-12-12%2Fwhat-s-the-history-of-rex-tillerson-s-russia-connections&amp;t=ZmY5YTRjMDFkMmY1NWVjZjczYzkwY2EwZDFjMTYzOGJkY2VkNDQ4ZCx4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">close to Putin</a>. In 2013, Putin awarded Tillerson the <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomberg.com%2Fpolitics%2Fvideos%2F2016-12-12%2Fwhat-s-the-history-of-rex-tillerson-s-russia-connections&amp;t=ZmY5YTRjMDFkMmY1NWVjZjczYzkwY2EwZDFjMTYzOGJkY2VkNDQ4ZCx4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">Order of Friendship</a>, one of the highest honors Russia gives to foreign citizens. Tillerson came up through the ranks at Exxon by managing the company’s <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomberg.com%2Fpolitics%2Fvideos%2F2016-12-12%2Fwhat-s-the-history-of-rex-tillerson-s-russia-connections&amp;t=ZmY5YTRjMDFkMmY1NWVjZjczYzkwY2EwZDFjMTYzOGJkY2VkNDQ4ZCx4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">Russia account</a>. After becoming CEO, Exxon bet billions on Russia’s vast oil resources through a partnership with <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomberg.com%2Fpolitics%2Fvideos%2F2016-12-12%2Fwhat-s-the-history-of-rex-tillerson-s-russia-connections&amp;t=ZmY5YTRjMDFkMmY1NWVjZjczYzkwY2EwZDFjMTYzOGJkY2VkNDQ4ZCx4WXQ0cU1KZA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">Russian oil giant Rosneft,</a> owned partly by the Kremlin. Putin himself attended the 2011 signing ceremony for the deal. Russia has already indicated it would welcome Tillerson being named America’s top diplomat.</p><p>6. Trump was defeated in the actual voting by a startling—and still growing—2,676,670 votes. Clinton’s popular vote victory margin is now 2 percent, thus handing Trump the largest defeat suffered by a candidate elevated to the presidency by the Electoral College in modern history.</p><p>The dark cloud of illegitimacy continues to grow darker. </p><p>Before the Electors submit their ballots for president next week, Trump must release his tax returns and the CIA must make public its report on Russia’s intervention in the U.S. elections in support of Trump.</p><p> </p> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:34:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1068761 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 The Right Wing World robert reich Inequality Media Video: Robert Reich Explains How Conservatives Have Economics All Wrong http://www.alternet.org/economy/inequality-media-video-robert-reich-explains-how-conservatives-have-economics-all-wrong <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Fewer taxes and regulation don&#039;t lead to increased growth. Just the opposite.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/reich_37.png?itok=vFDwcg_K" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Why is the conservative economic formula backwards? Watch our latest video to find out—and share!<iframe allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FRBReich%2Fvideos%2F1395336673812258%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" width="560"></iframe></p><p> </p> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:58:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1068578 at http://www.alternet.org Economy Economy economics taxes regulations texas kansas california Robert Reich: Donald Trump Is Already Behaving Like a Tyrant http://www.alternet.org/robert-reich-donald-trump-already-behaving-tyrant <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Our democracy and our civil liberties could be in grave jeopardy. </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/robert_reich_0.jpg?itok=5BbH0VcZ" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>On the evening of December 7, minutes after a local Indiana union leader, Chuck Jones, criticized Trump on CNN for falsely promising to keep Carrier jobs in the U.S., Trump <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-blasts-carrier-union-leader-1481169666" target="_blank">tweeted</a>, “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!”</p><p>Since that tweet went out, Chuck Jones<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/08/union-leader-who-called-out-donald-trump-says-hes-getting-threats-from-trump-supporters.html?__source=newsletter%7Ceveningbrief" target="_blank"> says</a> “I’m getting threats and everything else from some of his supporters.”</p><p>A few days before, Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenberg was<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-boeing-china-trump-robert-reed-1206-biz-20161205-column.html" target="_blank"> quoted</a> in the Chicago Tribune gently chiding Trump for being against trade. Muilenberg noted that trade is essential to the U.S. economy, as reflected in the “large and growing percentage of our business” coming from international sales, including commercial jet orders from China.</p><p>Moments later, Trump <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailykos.com%2Fstory%2F2016%2F12%2F6%2F1607952%2F-Trump-s-Air-Force-One-tweet-appears-to-be-retaliation-against-Boeing-for-hurting-his-fee-fees&amp;t=MzAyNjRhMGY4OTQ1OGMxM2NmYmEzZjg1NGFlZGE2YWNmMTczODc1NSxpV0F2aUtSeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">tweeted</a>: “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”</p><p>Boeing shares immediately took a hit. As it turns out, Boeing <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theblaze.com%2Fnews%2F2016%2F12%2F06%2Fready-boeing-responds-to-trumps-4-billion-air-force-one-claim%2F&amp;t=NTlhYzE2MDg1MDcwZjU0MGViZjI0ZTUwY2MxYzNlMjVmNTEwODQ2ZixpV0F2aUtSeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">doesn’t even have a $4 billion order</a> to make Air Force One planes.</p><p>Trump doesn’t take kindly to anyone criticizing him – not journalists (whom he refers to as “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fblogs%2Fballot-box%2Fpresidential-races%2F262400-trump-media-is-scum&amp;t=NzhmMjgyNDY2ZDE3NDAxYTZmMTVhMGEyOWRkN2Q3MWY3ZWY0YTAzYSxpV0F2aUtSeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">dishonest</a>,” “disgusting” and “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fblogs%2Fballot-box%2Fpresidential-races%2F262400-trump-media-is-scum&amp;t=NzhmMjgyNDY2ZDE3NDAxYTZmMTVhMGEyOWRkN2Q3MWY3ZWY0YTAzYSxpV0F2aUtSeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">scum</a>” when they take him on), not corporate executives, not <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.today.com%2Fpopculture%2Fdonald-trump-criticizes-alec-baldwin-s-impression-him-calls-snl-t105694&amp;t=ZDU0ZDAwYTIyMDhkMjA4MjczM2M5ZWM2NzNmNTY5ZGRiZjMxYmMwNixpV0F2aUtSeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">entertainers who satirize him</a>, not local labor leaders, no one.</p><p>The President-elect’s tendency to go after people who criticize him by sending false and provocative statements to his 16 million twitter followers not only imperils those people and their organizations.</p><p>It also poses a clear and present danger to our democracy.</p><p>Democracy depends on the freedom to criticize those in power without fear of retribution.</p><p>No President or President-elect in history has ever before publicly condemned individual citizens for criticizing him. That occurs in two-bit dictatorships intent on stamping out dissent.</p><p>No President or President-elect has ever before bypassed the media and spoken directly to large numbers of his followers in order to disparage individual citizens who criticize him. That occurred in the fascist rallies of the 1930s.</p><p>America came closest to this in the 1950s when Senator Joseph McCarthy wrecked the lives of thousands of American citizens whom he arbitrarily and carelessly claimed were communists.</p><p>McCarthy’s reign of terror ended when a single man asked him publicly, during the televised hearings McCarthy was conducting, “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DK1eA5bUzVjA&amp;t=ZjRiM2YwZGIzYzE5MTcxM2EzMmMzMzMwOGNjNmY1NTY1N2UzYjY4YSxpV0F2aUtSeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">have you no decency, sir</a>?” In that moment, Americans began to see McCarthy for the tyrant he was.</p><p>McCarthy’s assistant was Roy Cohn, an attorney who perfected the art of character assassination. <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F06%2F21%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Fdonald-trump-roy-cohn.html%3F_r%3D0&amp;t=ZjM2ZmEzZmU1Mzc2ZTZlMjYyNjBhZWFmNTIzMjRiNThiYzM1ZmVlYSxpV0F2aUtSeA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">Roy Cohn was also one of Donald J. Trump’s mentors.</a></p><p>Trump’s capricious use of power to denigrate and even endanger his critics must end. He is not yet our President. When he becomes so, he will have far greater power. Our freedom and our democracy could be gravely jeopardized.</p><p>We must join together to condemn these acts. Has Trump no decency?</p> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:59:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1068549 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics donald trump carrier chuck jones cnn boeing Robert Reich: Trump Wants Everyone in America to Kiss His Despotic Derriere http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trumps-new-kleptocracy <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;Don’t be fooled into thinking Trump is being guided by anything other than his own random, autocratic whims.&quot;</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/5440390625_feab8a9520_z_1.jpg?itok=nRSc-fMP" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Last week, Trump made a deal with Carrier (and its parent, United Technologies) to keep 800 jobs in Indiana rather than sending them to Mexico. Indiana agreed to give Carrier $7 million in tax breaks, and Trump assured United Technologies that its $6 billion a year in military contracts would be secure. </p><p>Then Tuesday morning Trump attacked aerospace giant Boeing – tweeting: “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Later he added “We want Boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money.” </p><p>Boeing shares immediately took a hit (but recovered by early afternoon as the company began to explain itself).</p><p>After which Trump turned Mr. nice guy. “Masa (SoftBank) of Japan has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. toward businesses and 50,000 new jobs,” he tweeted shortly after Masayoshi Son, CEO of the company, arrived at Trump Tower in New York. “Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!,” Trump added. </p><p>I wonder what Trump promised Masa. </p><p>The art of the Trump deal is to use sticks (public criticism) and carrots (public commendation plus government sweeteners) to get big corporations to do what Trump wants them to do.</p><p>This isn’t public policy making. It’s not about changing market incentives. It has nothing to do with lawmaking. It’s a drop in the bucket in terms of jobs.</p><p>In reality, it’s the arbitrary and capricious use of personal power – hitting stock prices and turning public opinion against companies Trump doesn’t like, and raising stock prices and public opinion toward companies Trump does like.</p><p>Don’t be fooled into thinking Trump is being guided by anything other than his own random, autocratic whims. He could have attacked or lauded any one of thousands of big companies that are creating American jobs, or creating jobs abroad, or charging the government too much for their products. </p><p>This is the work of a despot who wants corporate America (and everyone else) to kiss his derriere.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:19:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1068432 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 The Right Wing donald trump carrier economy autocracy kleptocracy Robert Reich: Are We Really Going to Let Trump Con Us on the Economy? http://www.alternet.org/economy/robert-reich-are-we-really-going-let-trump-con-us-economy <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The Carrier deal is &quot;trickle-down economics dressed in populist garb.&quot;</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/reich_36.png?itok=IQOIRpmS" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p></p><p>Last Thursday President-elect Donald Trump triumphantly celebrated Carrier’s decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to Mexico. Some 800 jobs will remain in Indianapolis.</p><p>“Corporate America is going to have to understand that we have to take care of our workers,” Trump<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F12%2F01%2Fbusiness%2Feconomy%2Ftrump-carrier-pence-jobs.html&amp;t=MTUyNzNjMDgxMTNmMjFhMDdkMjBlMWU4OTI5YTY4MDg5NGUwZGM2OSwza0txNnRXSQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1"> told</a> The New York Times. “The free market has been sorting it out and America’s been losing,” Vice President-elect Michael Pence added, as Trump interjected, “Every time, every time.”</p><p>The “free market” is really a collection of rules about how the economic game is played. Trump says he wants to renegotiate trade treaties that he believes causes America to “lose.”</p><p>But Trump has shown no interest in changing the rules that for over three decades have imposed unrelenting pressure on American companies to cut their payrolls by shipping jobs abroad or replacing them with automated machinery.</p><p>Carrier’s move to Mexico would save the company $65 million a year in wages, which would have boosted the profits of Carrier and its parent, United Technologies. The company relented because, once Trump was elected, the stakes for United Technologies grew much larger.</p><p>“Every penny counts, but if we step back and I’m looking at earnings of $6.60 per share this year, 2 cents is an easy concession if the president-elect listens to some of the company’s bigger concerns,” <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F12%2F01%2Fbusiness%2Feconomy%2Ftrump-carrier-pence-jobs.html%3F_r%3D0&amp;t=NzQ5YmQ3ZjExNTU0MjVhNzc2OWY4ODc3MjlhYjk4ZmQxYTliOGQ2NCwza0txNnRXSQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">said</a> Howard Rubel, a senior equity analyst with Jefferies, an investment banking firm in New York.</p><p>Those bigger concerns include United Technology’s military contracts, which last year generated <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnbc.com%2F2016%2F12%2F01%2Ftrumps-carrier-deal-aside-heres-why-most-us-factory-jobs-arent-coming-back.html%3F__source%3Dnewsletter%257Ceveningbrief&amp;t=ODY1NDA5MmRlYjEzY2I0MWQyMTg3NGUyMzNiNWEyYTBiNDJjMGYyZiwza0txNnRXSQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">$6.8 billion of its $57 billion</a>in revenue – creating a yuge Trump card that made $65 million look like peanuts. The President-elect could harm the corporation’s bottom line, or, if he comes through with the big military buildup he’s promising, generate a bonanza.</p><p>Another bigger concern is taxes. United Technologies has more than $6 billion parked abroad where tax rates are low. It will make a bundle if Trump follows through with a plan to allow global corporations to bring that money home and pay a rock-bottom tax rate.</p><p>This is how Trump aims get corporate America to take care of “our workers” – bribe firms with big tax cuts, government contracts, and relief from regulations.</p><p>It’s “trickle-down” economics dressed in populist garb.</p><p>But as long Wall Street pushes corporations to maximize shareholder returns, American workers will continue to lose good-paying jobs to foreign workers or to homegrown robots. Payrolls are the biggest single cost on most companies’ balance sheets, so squeezing them is the easiest way to boost profits and share prices.</p><p>It doesn’t have to be this way. For more than three decades – from the end of World War II through the early 1980s – large corporations were responsible to their workers and communities as well as to their shareholders. They treated workers as assets to be developed – retraining them with higher skills as the companies moved to higher value-added production, or for new jobs as the companies expanded, and resorting to layoffs only as a last resort.  </p><p>This was partly due to strong trade unions, and also a government that had become a central player in the economy during the preceding years of depression and war. These two national emergencies required CEOs be “industrial statesmen” rather than relentless profit-seekers.</p><p>But a radically different vision of the corporation erupted in the 1980s when corporate raiders mounted hostile takeovers – using high-yield junk bonds, leveraged buyouts, and proxy fights against the industrial statesmen, who, in their view, were depriving shareholders of the wealth that properly belonged to them.</p><p>During the whole of the 1970s there had been only<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F1996%2F06%2F30%2Fbusiness%2Fwhere-oh-where-have-all-the-corporate-raiders-gone.html&amp;t=MmQ4MTE1NzBmNThmYjAxMjg4MjFkMjI3Y2NkNGI1NjRhYzk1ODY5NSwza0txNnRXSQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1"> 13 hostile takeovers</a> of large companies. During the 1980s, there were <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F1996%2F06%2F30%2Fbusiness%2Fwhere-oh-where-have-all-the-corporate-raiders-gone.html&amp;t=MmQ4MTE1NzBmNThmYjAxMjg4MjFkMjI3Y2NkNGI1NjRhYzk1ODY5NSwza0txNnRXSQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">150</a>. Raiders mounted more than<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F1996%2F06%2F30%2Fbusiness%2Fwhere-oh-where-have-all-the-corporate-raiders-gone.html&amp;t=MmQ4MTE1NzBmNThmYjAxMjg4MjFkMjI3Y2NkNGI1NjRhYzk1ODY5NSwza0txNnRXSQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1"> 2,000 </a>leveraged buyouts.</p><p>Now, workers were costs to be cut. Since American manufacturing employment peaked in 1979 at nearly 20 million jobs, about 8 million of those jobs have been lost to cheaper foreign labor or to automation. <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ddorn.net%2Fpapers%2FAADHP-GreatSag.pdf&amp;t=ZTUzMDA4ZTIxMTI5YTAwZTgwM2UzNzRiZjk1OWNjMThjYTVkMTA4OSwza0txNnRXSQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" title="http://www.ddorn.net/papers/AADHP-GreatSag.pdf">According to MIT researchers</a>, those losses accelerated after the 2001 recession, when competition from China surged.</p><p>If Donald Trump is serious about reviving good jobs in America, he’d give workers more bargaining power by strengthening trade unions, upgrading lifelong education and training, and simultaneously making it harder for Wall Street investors to take over “underperforming” companies.</p><p>But Trump won’t do any of this, as is evident by his cabinet choices for key economic posts. Steven Mnuckin, his Treasury pick, is a former Goldman Sachs partner who made billions over the past decades buying up companies and slashing payrolls. Wilbur L. Ross Jr., Trump’s pick for Commerce Secretary, made his billions using bankruptcy to protect wealthy owners while leaving workers and communities holding the bag. (Example in point: the collapse of Trump’s casino empire.)</p><p>These men exemplify the financialization of the American economy that’s focused only on high profits and rising share prices. But as we’ve painfully learned over three decades, these don’t lead to good jobs.  </p><p>Trickle-down economics dressed in populist garb is still trickle-down economics.</p> <p> </p> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:14:00 -0800 Robert Reich, Robert Reich&#039;s Blog 1068242 at http://www.alternet.org Economy Economy robert reich carrier trump trickle down economics Wilbur Ross Robert Reich: Trump's 7 Techniques to Control the Media http://www.alternet.org/media/robert-reich-trumps-7-techniques-control-media <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Make no mistake, there is a real campaign to control the media going on here.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100794112_6897b79544_z_0.jpg?itok=_F3mR8Ca" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.</p><p>1. Berate the media. Last week, Trump summoned two-dozen TV news anchors and executives to the twenty-fifth floor of Trump Tower to berate them for their reporting about him during the election. For twenty minutes he railed at what he called their “outrageous” and “dishonest” coverage. <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newyorker.com%2Fnews%2Fnews-desk%2Fdonald-trump-personally-blasts-the-press&amp;t=MjA1MzFjMDc0YjhmNTJkMjcyMDU1ODJmMjY3MzhiYTgzNThiNTVhYyxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">According to an attendee</a>, “Trump kept saying, ‘we’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong,’” and he called CNN a “network of liars.” He accused NBC of using unflattering pictures of him, demanding to know why they didn’t use “nicer” pictures.</p><p>Another person who attended the meeting <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newyorker.com%2Fnews%2Fnews-desk%2Fdonald-trump-personally-blasts-the-press&amp;t=MjA1MzFjMDc0YjhmNTJkMjcyMDU1ODJmMjY3MzhiYTgzNThiNTVhYyxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">said</a> Trump “truly doesn’t seem to understand the First Amendment. He thinks we are supposed to say what he says and that’s it.”</p><p>2. Blacklist critical media. During the campaign, Trump blacklisted news outlets whose coverage he didn’t approve of. In June he pulled The Washington Post’s credentials. “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record-setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post,” read a <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Flifestyle%2Fstyle%2Ftrump-revokes-post-press-credentials-calling-the-paper-dishonest-and-phony%2F2016%2F06%2F13%2Ff9a61a72-31aa-11e6-95c0-2a6873031302_story.html&amp;t=NzlkMDAzMjcyMGVlYjFkM2E5NWQ2MWNhMTAwNTQ2MjY0YjJjMDJhNyxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">post</a> on Trump’s Facebook page.</p><p>After the election Trump agreed to meet with the New York Times and then suddenly <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F11%2F23%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Ftrump-new-york-times-interview-transcript.html%3Faction%3Dclick%26contentCollection%3DMedia%26module%3DRelatedCoverage%26region%3DEndOfArticle%26pgtype%3Darticle&amp;t=OGE0ZTJiMTc0MGQ1ZDI1MGEwNTZmNGEyZGY0Y2VhMzdjYWY0NDI3YixYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">cancelled</a> the meeting when he didn’t like the terms, tweeting “Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the @nytimes. In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!” (He then reversed himself again and met with the Times.) </p><p>3. Turn the public against the media. Trump refers to journalists as “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mlive.com%2Fnews%2Fgrand-rapids%2Findex.ssf%2F2015%2F12%2Fdonald_trump_calls_media_disgu.html&amp;t=YzAxNjllOWUwZGVkNGE3OTVlYjM0NjllYTY3ZDFmMjE2MDZiYmQyMSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">lying</a>,” “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mlive.com%2Fnews%2Fgrand-rapids%2Findex.ssf%2F2015%2F12%2Fdonald_trump_calls_media_disgu.html&amp;t=YzAxNjllOWUwZGVkNGE3OTVlYjM0NjllYTY3ZDFmMjE2MDZiYmQyMSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">dishonest,</a>” “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mlive.com%2Fnews%2Fgrand-rapids%2Findex.ssf%2F2015%2F12%2Fdonald_trump_calls_media_disgu.html&amp;t=YzAxNjllOWUwZGVkNGE3OTVlYjM0NjllYTY3ZDFmMjE2MDZiYmQyMSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">disgusting</a>” and “<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mlive.com%2Fnews%2Fgrand-rapids%2Findex.ssf%2F2015%2F12%2Fdonald_trump_calls_media_disgu.html&amp;t=YzAxNjllOWUwZGVkNGE3OTVlYjM0NjllYTY3ZDFmMjE2MDZiYmQyMSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">scum</a>.” Referring to the journalists at his rallies, Trump <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mlive.com%2Fnews%2Fgrand-rapids%2Findex.ssf%2F2015%2F12%2Fdonald_trump_calls_media_disgu.html&amp;t=YzAxNjllOWUwZGVkNGE3OTVlYjM0NjllYTY3ZDFmMjE2MDZiYmQyMSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">said</a>, “I hate some of these people,” adding (presumably in response to allegations of Vladimir Putin’s treatment of dissident journalists), “but I’d never kill ‘em." </p><p>He questions the press’s motives, <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fthe-fix%2Fwp%2F2016%2F05%2F13%2Fdonald-trumps-antitrust-attack-on-jeff-bezos-doesnt-make-much-sense%2F&amp;t=NzA5NjQzYzI3NTMxYWUwN2JkNzM0ZDkyYTZmOTFmOTQwNjRlMzE5NixYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">claiming</a>, for example, that the Washington Post wrote negative things about him because its publisher, Jeffrey Bezos, a founder of Amazon, “thinks I would go after him for antitrust.” When the New York Times wrote that his transition team was in disarray, Trump tweeted that the newspaper was  "just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me” during the presidential campaign.</p><p>4. Condemn satirical or critical comments. Trump continues to condemn the coverage he’s received from NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” In response to Alec Baldwin’s recent portrayal of him as overwhelmed by the prospect of being president, Trump <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fexpress%2Fwp%2F2016%2F11%2F20%2Fblog-log-trump-and-baldwin-twitter-fued-over-snl-people-make-up-musicals-for-mike-pence%2F&amp;t=ZmRhODNhNDA3MzVmYWExYzFjYmZjZWNhNWQ0NjEzNWJkYjhiNzJlOSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">tweeted</a> that it was a “totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?”</p><p>When Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Farts-and-entertainment%2Fwp%2F2016%2F11%2F20%2Fpence-says-he-wasnt-offended-by-hamilton-as-trump-continues-to-demand-an-apology%2F%3Ftid%3Dpm_lifestyle_pop&amp;t=ODk0MjU5ZDI3OWUzMjE2MjEzZmMwMzdiZWM2NzVkNGY0YmJkMWRiZSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">read from the stage</a> a message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience – expressing fears about the pending Trump administration for the “diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations” on the cast – Trump responded angrily. He <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fexpress%2Fwp%2F2016%2F11%2F20%2Fblog-log-trump-and-baldwin-twitter-fued-over-snl-people-make-up-musicals-for-mike-pence%2F&amp;t=ZmRhODNhNDA3MzVmYWExYzFjYmZjZWNhNWQ0NjEzNWJkYjhiNzJlOSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">tweeted</a> that Pence had been “harassed,” and insisted that the cast and producers of the show, “which I hear is highly overrated,” apologize.</p><p>5. Threaten the media directly. Trump said he <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Fblogs%2Fon-media%2F2016%2F02%2Fdonald-trump-libel-laws-219866&amp;t=MDdiMjRlNmRmYmIwOWI3ZjVlMGE0OGVkMDY3OWUyMGMyZThmMTk2OCxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">plans to change libel laws</a> in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations. “One of the things I’m going to do if I win … I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”</p><p>During the campaign, Trump specifically <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F10%2F14%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Fdonald-trump-lawsuit-threat.html&amp;t=MTI2ZmI5MGFlZmNjYzk2OTY5MGVkYmEwMmE0ZDY4YTg2OWQzYTkzMSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">threatened to sue</a> the Times for libel in response to an article that featured two women <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F10%2F13%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Fdonald-trump-women.html%3Fhp%26action%3Dclick%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26clickSource%3Dstory-heading%26module%3Dfirst-column-region%26region%3Dtop-news%26WT.nav%3Dtop-news%26_r%3D0&amp;t=NzFjODM0NjZiN2E3ZjRjOGQ0NGUzMmE4ZmNiMzBhNjA5MjQzODkzOSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">accusing him of touching them</a> inappropriately years ago. Trump claimed the allegations were false, and his lawyer demanded that the newspaper retract the story and issue an apology. Trump also threatened legal action after the Times published and wrote about part of his 1995 tax return.</p><p>6. Limit media access. Trump hasn’t had a news conference since July. He has blocked the media from traveling with him, or even knowing whom he’s meeting with. His phone call with Vladimir Putin, which occurred shortly after the election, was first reported by the Kremlin.</p><p>This is highly unusual. In 2000, President-elect George W. Bush called a press conference three days after the Supreme Court determined the outcome of the election. In 2008, President-elect Obama also meet with the press three days after being elected. </p><p>7. Bypass the media and communicate with the public directly. The American public learns what Trump thinks through his tweets. Shortly after the election, Trump released a video message outlining some of the executive actions he plans to take on his first day in office.</p><p>Aides say Trump has also <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F11%2F12%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Ftrump-president.html&amp;t=OTM3MWE0YWNkNmQzZjc0MzFhNWY1NWI3NjYxYjRlOWE4ZGFhYmRkOSxYODQ0RHY3OQ%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">expressed interest</a> in continuing to hold the large rallies that became a staple of his candidacy. They say he likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide.</p><p>The word “media” comes from “intermediate” between newsmakers and the public. Responsible media hold the powerful accountable by asking them hard questions and reporting on what they do. Apparently Trump wants to eliminate such intermediaries.</p><p>Historically, these seven techniques have been used by demagogues to erode the freedom and independence of the press. Even before he’s sworn in, Trump seems intent on doing exactly this.  </p><p> </p> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:08:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1067936 at http://www.alternet.org Media Economy Election 2016 Media robert reich trump mainstream media media control Robert Reich: California Is the Opposite of Trumpland—That's Why It Is Thriving http://www.alternet.org/economy/robert-reich-california-opposite-trumpland-thats-why-it-thriving <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Contrast California&#039;s fortunes with places like Kansas and Texas.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/robert_reich_10.png?itok=fVd-1E7Y" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>California is now the capital of liberal America. Along with its neighbors Oregon and Washington, it will be a nation within the nation starting in January when the federal government goes dark.</p><p>In sharp contrast to much of the rest of the nation, Californians preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. They also voted to extend a state tax surcharge on the wealthy, and adopt local housing and transportation measures along with a slew of local tax increases and bond proposals.</p><p>In other words, California is the opposite of Trumpland.</p><p>The differences go even deeper. For years, conservatives have been saying that a healthy economy depends on low taxes, few regulations, and low wages.</p><p>Are conservatives right? At the one end of the scale are Kansas and Texas, with among the nation’s lowest taxes, least regulations, and lowest wages.</p><p>At the other end is California, with among the nation’s highest taxes, especially on the wealthy; toughest regulations, particularly when it comes to the environment; most ambitious healthcare system, that insures more than 12 million poor Californians, in partnership with Medicaid; and high wages.</p><p>So according to conservative doctrine, Kansas and Texas ought to be booming, and California ought to be in the pits.</p><p>Actually, it’s just the opposite.</p><p>For several years, Kansas’s rate of economic growth has been the worst in the nation. Last year its economy actually shrank.  </p><p>Texas hasn’t been doing all that much better. Its rate of job growth has been below the national average. Retail sales are way down. The value of Texas exports has been dropping.</p><p>But what about so-called over-taxed, over-regulated, high-wage California?</p><p>California leads the nation in the rate of economic growth — more than twice the national average. If it were a separate nation it would now be the sixth largest economy in the world. Its population has surged to 39 million (up 5 percent since 2010).</p><p>California is home to the nation’s fastest-growing and most innovative industries – entertainment and high tech. It incubates more startups than anywhere else in the world.  </p><p>In other words, conservatives have it exactly backwards.</p><p>Why are Kansas and Texas doing so badly, and California so well?</p><p>For one thing, taxes enable states to invest their people. The University of California is the best system of public higher education in America. Add in the state’s network of community colleges, state colleges, research institutions, and you have an unparalleled source of research, and powerful engine of upward mobility.</p><p>Kansas and Texas haven’t been investing nearly to the same extent.</p><p>California also provides services to a diverse population, including a large percentage of immigrants. Donald Trump to the contrary, such diversity is a huge plus. Both Hollywood and Silicon Valley have thrived on the ideas and energies of new immigrants.</p><p>Meanwhile, California’s regulations protect the public health and the state’s natural beauty, which also draws people to the state – including talented people who could settle anywhere.</p><p>Wages are high in California because the economy is growing so fast employers have to pay more for workers. That’s not a bad thing. After all, the goal isn’t just growth. It’s a high standard of living.</p><p>In fairness, Texas’s problems are also linked to the oil bust. But that’s really no excuse because Texas has failed to diversify its economy. Here again, it hasn’t made adequate investments.</p><p>California is far from perfect. A housing shortage has driven rents and home prices into the stratosphere. Roads are clogged. Its public schools used to be the best in the nation but are now among the worst – largely because of a proposition approved by voters in 1978 that’s strangled local school financing. Much more needs to be done.</p><p>But overall, the contrast is clear. Economic success depends on tax revenues that go into public investments, and regulations that protect the environment and public health. And true economic success results in high wages.</p><p>I’m not sure how Trumpland and California will coexist in coming years. I’m already hearing murmurs of secession by Golden Staters, and of federal intrusions by the incipient Trump administration.</p><p>But so far, California gives lie to the conservative dictum that low taxes, few regulations, and low wages are the keys economic success. Trumpland should take note.  </p> <p> </p> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:19:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1067633 at http://www.alternet.org Economy Economy Election 2016 robert reich california election 2016 kansas texas Robert Reich's First 100 Days Resistance Agenda http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reichs-first-100-days-resistance-agenda <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Covering the bases in the resistance against Trump, the alt-right, and the GOP&#039;s inauguration.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/30801810341_8869dfdade_k.jpg?itok=GXvQt9uJ" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Here’s the First 100 Days resistance agenda [with thanks to Alan Webber]:</p><p>1. Get Democrats in the Congress and across the country to pledge to oppose Trump’s agenda. Prolong the process of approving choices, draw out hearings, stand up as sanctuary cities and states. Take a stand. Call your senator and your representative (phone calls are always better than writing). Your senator’s number: <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.senate.gov%2Fsenators%2Fcontact%2F&amp;t=NzJlNjE5YWRmMTk2YzY3MTkwODc3ODg0MGRmMGY2ZTdjYWY0Njg0NyxmNzhkSVg4NA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/</a>. Your representative’s number: <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.house.gov%2Frepresentatives%2F&amp;t=ZmRmZTUyZjczNDZkNjA5NWMwN2I1ODFkYThmYTFjZjc3OGEzMjJkOSxmNzhkSVg4NA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">http://www.house.gov/representatives/</a>.</p><p>2. March and demonstrate—in a coordinated, well-managed way. The “1 Million Women March” is already scheduled for the Inauguration—and will be executed with real skill. See: <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.commondreams.org%2Fnews%2F2016%2F11%2F15%2Fcounter-trump-women-are-mobilizing-massive-march-washington&amp;t=NmI5MzRkMjUzNjVlZDE1MmZiMzU4MDU0OWRkYmE2OGE0MGJmYjExYyxmNzhkSVg4NA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/11/15/counter-trump-women-are-mobilizing-massive-march-washington</a>. There will be “sister” marches around the country—in LA and elsewhere. They need to be coordinated and orchestrated. And then? 1 Million Muslims? 1 Million Latinos? What would keep the momentum alive and keep the message going?</p><p>3. Boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything. And then boycott all stores (like Nordstrom) that carry merchandise from Trump family brands. See: <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.racked.com%2F2016%2F11%2F14%2F13623970%2Fgrabyourwallet-trump-boycott&amp;t=MmI1MTlhYjM3YTg3MDJmNDAzYTg3Mjk2OGY3MTZjZGU4ODZjNWVlNyxmNzhkSVg4NA%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1" target="_blank">http://www.racked.com/…/136239…/grabyourwallet-trump-boycott</a>. See also this <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vu0Y0HvadMgG_LN7dF8W7M66oPCcx_nmSARQWirV7iY/htmlview?usp=drivesdk&amp;sle=true" target="_blank">Google document</a> on boycotting.</p><p>4. Letters to Editors: A national letter-writing campaign, from people all over the country, every walk of life and every level of society, from celebrities to sports heroes to grassroots Americans. In most papers, the Letters to the Editor section is the most-read part of the paper.</p><p>5. Op-Eds: A steady flow of arguments about the fallacies and dangers of Trump’s First 100 Day policies and initiatives, from name-brand thinkers and doers to ordinary folk writing for their city’s or community’s newspaper.</p><p>6. Social media: What about a new YouTube channel devoted to video testimonials about resisting Trump’s First 100 Day Agenda? Crowd-sourced ideas, themes and memes. Who wants to start it?</p><p>7. Website containing up-to-date daily bulletins on what actions people are planning around the country, and where, so others can join in. Techies, get organized.</p><p>8. Investigative journalism: We need investigative journalists to dig into the backgrounds of all of Trump’s appointees, in the White House, the Cabinet, ambassadors and judges.</p><p>9. Lawsuits: Our version of “Drill, baby, drill” is “Sue, baby, sue.” Throw sand in the gears. Lawyers, get organized.</p><p>10. Coordinated fund-raising: Rather than having every public-interest group appeal on their own, have a coordinated fund-raising program to fill the coffers of the most endangered and effective opposition groups. Is there a way to do a televised fund-raiser with celebrities raising money for the resistance?</p><p>11. Symbolic opposition: Safety pins are already appearing. What else? What more? Make the resistance visible with bumper stickers, a label pin, a branding campaign that has great language, great logo, great wristband (remember the Lance Armstrong “Livestrong” yellow wristband—it sold millions!).</p><p>12. Intellectual opposition: Take Trump on where he’s weakest—with serious ideas. I’ll try to do my part. You do yours, too.</p><p>13. Serious accountability: Establish performance metrics to evaluate his delivery on his campaign promises. An updated website of promises made and not kept. This is one especially suited to public policy students.</p><p>14. Your idea goes here. Call a meeting of family and friends this weekend. Come up with to-dos.</p><p>The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda. We’re not going away.</p><p> </p> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:42:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1067506 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Activism Election 2016 robert reich Robert Reich: How the Democratic Party Can Win Back Its Soul http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-how-democratic-party-can-win-back-its-soul <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;To tell you the truth, I haven’t cared. And that’s part of the problem,&quot; says Reich on DNC leadership.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100274091_86f335a0d4_z.jpg?itok=tzh-5lzp" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Who will become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee? This leadership contest has significant implications for the future of American politics. The choice will help determine how the Democratic party responds to its extraordinary defeats in recent years, ending with the election of Donald Trump. </p><p>You might think this overwhelming drubbing would cause the Democratic party to reorganize itself into a very different party from the one it’s become – which is essentially a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests that make up the bulk of its funding. </p><p>Don’t bet on it.</p><p>For one thing, many vested interests don’t want the Democratic party to change. Most of the money it raises ends up in the pockets of political consultants, pollsters, strategists, lawyers, advertising consultants and advertisers themselves, many of whom have become rich off the current arrangement. They naturally want to keep it.</p><p>For another, the Democratic party apparatus is ingrown and entrenched. Like any old bureaucracy, it only knows how to do what it has done for years. Its state and quadrennial national conventions are opportunities for insiders to meet old friends and for aspiring politicians to make contacts among the rich and powerful. Insiders and the rich aren’t going to happily relinquish their power and perquisites, and hand them to outsiders and the non-rich. </p><p>Most Americans who call themselves Democrats never hear from the Democratic party except when it asks for money, typically through mass mailings and recorded telephone calls in the months leading up to an election. The vast majority of Democrats don’t know the name of the chair of the Democratic National Committee or of their state committee. Almost no registered <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Fus-news%2Fdemocrats&amp;t=OWU0M2Y4OGQ0MGZiYjM2ODQ1YmYzMmFkZDllY2Y3OWI1M2FjN2YzYyw4STg5M1czdw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">Democrats</a> have any idea how to go about electing their state Democratic chair or vice-chair, and, hence, almost none have any influence over whom the next chair of the Democratic National Committee may be. </p><p>I have been a Democrat for 50 years – I have even served in two Democratic administrations in Washington, including a stint in the cabinet and have run for the Democratic nomination for governor in one state – yet I have never voted for the chair or vice-chair of my state Democratic party. That means I, too, have had absolutely no say over who the chair of the Democratic National Committee will be. To tell you the truth, I haven’t cared. And that’s part of the problem. </p><p>Nor, for that matter, has Barack Obama cared. He basically ignored the Democratic National Committee during his presidency, starting his own organization called Organizing for America. It was originally intended to marshal grass-roots support for the major initiatives he sought to achieve during his presidency, but morphed into a fund-raising machine of its own.</p><p>Finally, the party chairmanship has become a part-time sinecure for politicians on their way up or down, not a full-time position for a professional organizer. In 2011, Tim Kaine (who subsequently became Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 election) left the chairmanship to run, successfully, for the Senate from Virginia. </p><p>The chair then went to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a Florida congresswoman who had co-chaired Clinton’s bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008. This generated allegations in the 2016 race that the Democratic National Committee was siding with Clinton against Bernie Sanders – allegations substantiated by leaks of emails from the DNC.</p><p>So what we now have is a Democratic party that has been repudiated at the polls, headed by a Democratic National Committee that has become irrelevant at best, run part-time by a series of insider politicians. It has no deep or broad-based grass-roots, no capacity for mobilizing vast numbers of people to take any action other than donate money, no visibility between elections, no ongoing activism. </p><p>If it is to be relevant to the future, the Democratic party must be capable of organizing and mobilizing Americans in opposition to Donald Trump’s Republican party – turning millions of people into an activist army to peacefully resist what is about to happen by providing them with daily explanations of what is occurring in Trump’s administration, along with tasks that individuals and groups can do to stop or mitigate their harmful effects.</p><p>It must harness the energies and idealism of young people across the nation who were drawn to Bernie Sanders’s campaign because of its promise to get big money out of politics; reverse widening inequality; turn the nation’s wildly expensive and baroque healthcare complex into a single-payer system; reverse climate change; end the militarization of our police and the mass incarceration of our people and stop interminable and open-ended warfare. </p><p>And it must create a multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition of working-class, middle-class, and poor white and black Americans and Latinos determined to wrest control of the economy back from an oligarchy of Wall Street moguls, corporate titans and billionaires who have used it for their own gain – starting with the president-elect. </p><p>That means helping working-class white people understand they’ve been conned by Trump into believing he’s a populist, and that their economic insecurities are due to a rigged game rather than to immigrants, black people, Latinos and Muslims.</p><p>In other words, to become a credible force that wins elections and addresses what ails America, the Democratic party must no longer represent America’s ruling class. It must be the voice of the dispossessed – now the majority of Americans. </p><p>The Democratic party will choose its new chair soon after the start of the year. So far the contestants include Howard Dean, a former DNC chair, Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison, Naral Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and South Carolina Democratic party chair Jaime Harrison.</p><p>Between now and then, there will be a fierce behind-the-scenes struggle among the handful of contenders. I don’t know who will win, but I do know this: the party must transform itself from a fund-raising machine into a movement. That will be difficult, but not impossible. The times demand it. If the Democratic party fails in this mission, it will be supplanted by another organization capable of doing so.</p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:21:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1067474 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 reich Robert Reich: Why We Need a New Democratic Party http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-why-we-need-new-democratic-party-0 <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The election of 2016 has repudiated the old Democratic Party. </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/6100268897_da3606a8a7_z.jpg?itok=4hoE0BTy" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>It is time for a New Democratic Party.</p><p>The old Democratic Party has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests.</p><p>It has been taken over by Washington-based fundraisers, bundlers, analysts, and pollsters who have focused on raising campaign money from corporate and Wall Street executives and getting votes from upper middle-class households in “swing” suburbs.</p><p>The election of 2016 has repudiated the old Democratic Party.  </p><p>We need a New Democratic Party capable of organizing and mobilizing Americans in opposition to Donald Trump’s Republican party, which is about to take over all three branches of the U.S. government.</p><p>A New Democratic Party that will turn millions of people into an activist army to peacefully resist what is about to happen – providing them with daily explanations of what is occurring in Trump’s administration, along with tasks that individuals and groups can do to stop or mitigate their harmful effects.</p><p>A party that will protect vulnerable populations from harassment and exclusion – including undocumented young people, recent immigrants, people of color, and women.</p><p>A party that will recruit a new generation of progressive candidates to run at the local, state, and national levels in 2018 and beyond, including a leader to take on Trump in 2020.</p><p>A party that will do everything possible to advance the progressive agenda at state and local levels – getting big money out of politics, reversing widening inequality, expanding health care, reversing climate change, ending the militarization of our police and the mass incarceration of our people, and stopping interminable and open-ended warfare.</p><p>What happened in America on Election Day should not be seen as a victory for hatefulness over decency. It is more accurately understood as a repudiation of the American power structure, including the old Democratic Party.</p><p>That power structure wrote off Bernie Sanders as an aberration, and, until recently, didn’t take Trump seriously.</p><p>And it doesn’t have a clue about what was happening to most Americans. A respected Democratic political insider recently told me most people were largely content with the status quo. “The economy is in good shape,” he said. “Most Americans are better off than they’ve been in years.”</p><p>Wrong. Recent economic indicators may be up, but those indicators don’t reflect the insecurity most Americans continue to feel, nor the seeming arbitrariness and unfairness they experience.</p><p>Nor do the major indicators show the linkages many Americans see between wealth and power, stagnant or declining real wages, soaring CEO pay, and the undermining of democracy by big money.</p><p>Median family income is <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.advisorperspectives.com%2Fdshort%2Fupdates%2FMedian-Household-Income-Update&amp;t=Y2I5NDQ3NzJkZTlkNTQxMzQ0MmZiYTk4NWFiYzM5MDljNmIzZDU2ZSxBT1lHbHhiUw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">lower</a> now than it was 16 years ago, adjusted for inflation. Workers without college degrees – the old working class – have fallen furthest.</p><p><a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F01%2F28%2Fupshot%2Fgains-from-economic-recovery-still-limited-to-top-one-percent.html%3F_r%3D1&amp;t=ZmE3MjBlN2I3YjIwNzhkMWJkMTJiNWQzODkxYjc2NTBjMDllOWM2NCxBT1lHbHhiUw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">Most</a> economic gains, meanwhile, have gone to top. These gains have translated into political power to elicit bank bailouts, corporate subsidies, special tax loopholes, favorable trade deals and increasing market power without interference by anti-monopoly enforcement – all of which have further reduced wages and pulled up profits.</p><p>Wealth, power and crony capitalism fit together. Americans know a takeover has occurred, and they blame the establishment for it.</p><p>The Democratic Party once represented the working class. But over the last three decades the party stood by as corporations hammered trade unions, the backbone of the white working class – failing to reform labor laws to impose meaningful penalties on companies that violate them, or help workers form unions with simple up-or-down votes.</p><p>Partly as a result, union membership sank from <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bls.gov%2Fnews.release%2Funion2.nr0.htm&amp;t=MzkwZTMyZjNkNGViZDAyNWZhNDk0YWIwZTZlMTQxOWQ3MDBkMzIxZixFdTBacFMxcA%3D%3D">22%</a> of all workers when Bill Clinton was elected president to less than <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bls.gov%2Fnews.release%2Funion2.nr0.htm&amp;t=MzkwZTMyZjNkNGViZDAyNWZhNDk0YWIwZTZlMTQxOWQ3MDBkMzIxZixFdTBacFMxcA%3D%3D">12%</a>today, and the working class lost bargaining leverage to get a share of the economy’s gains.</p><p>Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama ardently pushed for free trade agreements without providing millions of blue-collar workers who thereby lost their jobs means of getting new ones that paid at least as well.</p><p>Democrats also allowed antitrust enforcement to ossify – with the result that large corporations have grown far <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitehouse.gov%2F...%2F20151016_firm_level_persp...&amp;t=Njc1MTBlNWFhNGQzNjZhZjYwOTRhNzllNzhlZTE3YzMyYmZhMjkwMixFdTBacFMxcA%3D%3D">larger</a>, and major industries more concentrated.</p><p>The power structure understandably fears that Trump’s isolationism will stymie economic growth. But most Americans couldn’t care less about growth because for years they have received few of its benefits, while suffering most of its burdens in the forms of lost jobs and lower wages.</p><p>The power structure is shocked by the outcome of the 2016 election because it has cut itself off from the lives of most Americans. Perhaps it also doesn’t wish to understand, because that would mean acknowledging its role in enabling the presidency of Donald Trump.</p><p>We need a New Democratic Party that will help Americans resist what is about to occur, and rebuild our future.</p> <p></p> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:01:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1067088 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 dems democratic party reich Robert Reich: What Donald Trump's Election Really Means http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-what-donald-trumps-election-really-means <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The election was a repudiation of the American power structure.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/robert_reich_8.png?itok=XCOiA1l_" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>As a first step, I believe it necessary for the members and leadership of the Democratic National Committee to step down and be replaced by people who are determined to create a party that represents America—including all those who feel powerless and disenfranchised, and who have been left out of our politics and left behind in our economy.</p><p>The Democratic Party as it is now constituted has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests. This must change. The election of 2016 has repudiated it. We need a people’s party—a party capable of organizing and mobilizing Americans in opposition to Donald Trump’s Republican party, which is about to take over all three branches of the U.S. government. We need a New Democratic Party that will fight against intolerance and widening inequality.</p><p>What happened in America Tuesday should not be seen as a victory for hatefulness over decency. It is more accurately understood as a repudiation of the American power structure.</p><p>At the core of that structure are the political leaders of both parties, their political operatives, and fundraisers; the major media, centered in New York and Washington, D.C.; the country’s biggest corporations, their top executives, and Washington lobbyists and trade associations; the biggest Wall Street banks, their top officers, traders, hedge-fund and private-equity managers, and their lackeys in Washington; and the wealthy individuals who invest directly in politics.</p><p>At the start of the 2016 election cycle, this power structure proclaimed Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush shoo-ins for the nominations of the Democratic and Republican parties. After all, both of these individuals had deep bases of funders, well-established networks of political insiders, experienced political advisers and all the political name recognition any candidate could possibly want.</p><p>But a funny thing happened on the way to the White House. The presidency was won by Donald Trump, who made his fortune marketing office towers and casinos, and, more recently, starring in a popular reality-television program, and who has never held elective office or had anything to do with the Republican party. Hillary Clinton narrowly won the popular vote, but not enough of the states and their electors to secure a victory.</p><p>Hillary Clinton’s defeat is all the more remarkable in that her campaign vastly outspent the Trump campaign on television and radio advertisements, and get-out-the-vote efforts. Moreover, her campaign had the support in the general election not of only the kingpins of the Democratic party but also many leading Republicans, including most of the politically active denizens of Wall Street and the top executives of America’s largest corporations, and even former Republican president George HW Bush. Her campaign team was run by seasoned professionals who knew the ropes. She had the visible and forceful backing of Barack Obama, whose popularity has soared in recent months, and his popular wife. And, of course, she had her husband.</p><p>Trump, by contrast, was shunned by the power structure. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, actively worked against Trump’s nomination. Many senior Republicans refused to endorse him, or even give him their support. The Republican National Committee did not raise money for Trump to the extent it had for other Republican candidates for president.</p><p>What happened?</p><p>There had been hints of the political earthquake to come. Trump had won the Republican primaries, after all. More tellingly, Clinton had been challenged in the Democratic primaries by the unlikeliest of candidates—a 74-year-old Jewish senator from Vermont who described himself as a democratic socialist and who was not even a Democrat. Bernie Sanders went on to win 22 states and 47 percent of the vote in those primaries. Sanders’ major theme was that the country’s political and economic system was rigged in favor of big corporations, Wall Street and the very wealthy.</p><p>The power structure of America wrote off Sanders as an aberration, and, until recently, didn’t take Trump seriously. A respected political insider recently told me most Americans were largely content with the status quo. “The economy is in good shape,” he said. “Most Americans are better off than they’ve been in years.”</p><p>Recent economic indicators may be up, but those indicators don’t reflect the insecurity most Americans continue to feel, nor the seeming arbitrariness and unfairness they experience. Nor do the major indicators show the linkages many Americans see between wealth and power, stagnant or declining real wages, soaring CEO pay, and the undermining of democracy by big money.</p><p>Median family income is <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.advisorperspectives.com%2Fdshort%2Fupdates%2FMedian-Household-Income-Update&amp;t=Y2I5NDQ3NzJkZTlkNTQxMzQ0MmZiYTk4NWFiYzM5MDljNmIzZDU2ZSxBT1lHbHhiUw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">lower</a> now than it was 16 years ago, adjusted for inflation. Workers without college degrees—the old working class—have fallen furthest. <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F01%2F28%2Fupshot%2Fgains-from-economic-recovery-still-limited-to-top-one-percent.html%3F_r%3D1&amp;t=ZmE3MjBlN2I3YjIwNzhkMWJkMTJiNWQzODkxYjc2NTBjMDllOWM2NCxBT1lHbHhiUw%3D%3D&amp;b=t%3AhQ9Ds4P3Iv6D7mgEr8WMqg&amp;m=1">Most</a> economic gains, meanwhile, have gone to top. These gains have translated into political power to elicit bank bailouts, corporate subsidies, special tax loopholes, favorable trade deals and increasing market power without interference by anti-monopoly enforcement—all of which have further reduced wages and pulled up profits.</p><p>Wealth, power and crony capitalism fit together. Americans know a takeover has occurred, and they blame the establishment for it.</p><p>The Democratic party once represented the working class. But over the last three decades the party has been taken over by Washington-based fundraisers, bundlers, analysts, and pollsters who have focused instead on raising campaign money from corporate and Wall Street executives and getting votes from upper middle-class households in “swing” suburbs.</p><p>Democrats have occupied the White House for 16 of the last 24 years, and for four of those years had control of both houses of Congress. But in that time they failed to reverse the decline in working-class wages and economic security. Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama ardently pushed for free trade agreements without providing millions of blue-collar workers who thereby lost their jobs means of getting new ones that paid at least as well.</p><p>They stood by as corporations hammered trade unions, the backbone of the white working class—failing to reform labor laws to impose meaningful penalties on companies that violate them, or help workers form unions with simple up-or-down votes. Partly as a result, union membership sank from <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bls.gov%2Fnews.release%2Funion2.nr0.htm&amp;t=MzkwZTMyZjNkNGViZDAyNWZhNDk0YWIwZTZlMTQxOWQ3MDBkMzIxZixFdTBacFMxcA%3D%3D">22 percent</a> of all workers when Bill Clinton was elected president to less than <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bls.gov%2Fnews.release%2Funion2.nr0.htm&amp;t=MzkwZTMyZjNkNGViZDAyNWZhNDk0YWIwZTZlMTQxOWQ3MDBkMzIxZixFdTBacFMxcA%3D%3D">12 percent</a> today, and the working class lost bargaining leverage to get a share of the economy’s gains.</p><p>Bill Clinton and Obama also allowed antitrust enforcement to ossify—with the result that large corporations have grown far <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitehouse.gov%2F...%2F20151016_firm_level_persp...&amp;t=Njc1MTBlNWFhNGQzNjZhZjYwOTRhNzllNzhlZTE3YzMyYmZhMjkwMixFdTBacFMxcA%3D%3D">larger</a>, and major industries more concentrated. The unsurprising result of this combination—more trade, declining unionization and more industry concentration—has been to shift political and economic power to big corporations and the wealthy, and to shaft the working class. This created an opening for Donald Trump’s authoritarian demagoguery, and his presidency.</p><p>Now Americans have rebelled by supporting someone who wants to fortify America against foreigners as well as foreign-made goods. The power structure understandably fears that Trump’s isolationism will stymie economic growth. But most Americans couldn’t care less about growth because for years they have received few of its benefits, while suffering most of its burdens in the forms of lost jobs and lower wages.</p><p>The power structure is shocked by the outcome of the 2016 election because it has cut itself off from the lives of most Americans. Perhaps it also doesn’t wish to understand, because that would mean acknowledging its role in enabling the presidency of Donald Trump.</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:03:00 -0800 Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 1066934 at http://www.alternet.org Election 2016 Election 2016 robert reich election 2016