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Entries by Robert Reich from 09/2009

The Guns of August: How the Republican Right Fired on Health Care

| Posted 09.01.2009 | Politics

The most important difference between America's Democratic left and Republican right is that the left has ideas and the right has discipline.

What Obama Must Demand from Congress on Health Care

| Posted 09.03.2009 | Politics

Addressing Congress is a good idea, but Obama can't rely solely on his exceptional rhetorical skills. He'll need to twist arms, cajole, force recalcitrant members to join him, and threaten retribution if they don't come along.

The Real News About Jobs and Wages -- An Ode to Labor Day

| Posted 09.05.2009 | Business

I keep hearing that the economic meltdown has taken a huge toll on the stock portfolios of the rich. That's true. But the rich haven't lost nearly as much of their assets, proportionately, as everyone else.

A Short Guide to the Public Option Fight, and the 75-Year Battle Over Universal Health Care

| Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

With Congress returning from recess to consider health care legislation and the President set to deliver a major address on the subject to both houses of Congress tomorrow, a bit of history may be in order.

The Snowe Job, and Why a "Trigger" for a Public Option is Nonsense

| Posted 09.09.2009 | Politics

When the mainstream media start naming something as "centrist" the game is almost over because just about everyone with any authority in our nation's capital wants to be at the "center."

The Final Sprint for Health Care Has Now Begun

| Posted 09.11.2009 | Politics

The real political race for health care has just begun. Obama's speech should be seen as the starting gate of a two-month sprint between two competitors -- and they're not Democrats and Republicans.

The Continuing Disaster of Wall Street, One Year Later

| Posted 09.14.2009 | Business

Let's be clear: Wall Street today is up to the same tricks it was playing before its near-death experience. The only difference now is that its biggest banks know for sure they'll be bailed out if their bets turn sour.

Why Olympia Snowe Should Vote Against the Baucus Plan

| Posted 09.17.2009 | Politics

Here's what's likely to happen if Snowe signs on to the Baucus bill, and if she doesn't. The next few weeks are crucial.

Why the Dow is Hitting 10,000 While Everyone Else is Cutting Back

| Posted 09.22.2009 | Business

Regardless of what you call it -- Keynesianism, socialism, or just pragmatism -- government's expansion is doing wonders for business, especially big business and Wall Street.

The Public Option Lives On

| Posted 09.28.2009 | Politics

The public option lives on. It's still in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension bill. It still headlines the House bills, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's still committed to it.