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Entries by Robert Reich from 02/2010

Our Incredible Shrinking Democracy

| Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Commissions are a default, undemocratic mechanism for handing off difficult issues to "experts." But reducing the long-term budget deficit has little to do with expertise. It's about our nations' values and priorities.

Who's Killing Financial Reform?

| Posted 02.05.2010 | Business

Congress isn't doing a thing about Wall Street because it's in the pocket of Wall Street. Chris Dodd's outburst at bankers this week was like the alcoholic who screams at the bartender.

Obamanomics One Year Out

| Posted 02.09.2010 | Business

If you want to understand Obamanomics one year out, look at the demand-side hole we're still in, the gargantuan boomer deficit we're heading for, and the mad-as-hell party these bad times have spawned.

One Free Market System for Wall Street, Another Free Market System for Main Street

| Posted 02.11.2010 | Business

Rather than defending the outsized paychecks of Dimon, Blankfein, and the rest of Wall Street as part of the free market system, the President needs to demand that Wall Street help homeowners on Main Street.

A Thought on Evan Bayh and Partisan America

| Posted 02.16.2010 | Politics

Anger makes good television, but it's fake and it teaches Americans the wrong lessons. Anger also can win elections, but partisan anger is just as fake, and it undermines the functionality of our democracy.

It's Time to Enact Health Care Reform With 51 Senate Votes

| Posted 02.21.2010 | Politics

President Obama needs to explain to the American people that he understands their impatience. The Constitution does not require 60 votes in the Senate to pass legislation. A majority will do. That's called democracy.

The Enthusiasm Gap

| Posted 02.28.2010 | Politics

Democrats are heading toward next fall's mid-term elections with a serious enthusiasm gap: The Republican base is fired up. The Democratic base is packing up. The reasons why are obvious enough.