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Entries by Robert Reich from 11/2010

Why Obama Should Learn the Lesson of 1936, not 1996

| Posted 11.02.2010 | Politics

For the next two years Republicans will try to paint Obama as a big-government liberal out of touch with America, who's responsible for the continuing bad economy. Obama won't be able to win this argument by moving to the center.

The Republican Recipe for an Anemic Economy Through Election Day 2012

| Posted 11.04.2010 | Politics

The real message from voters was "Fix this stinking economy." But Republicans have no intention of doing so. Could it be that they want to keep the economy this way through Election Day, 2012?

America's Two Economies, and Why One Is Recovering and the Other Isn't

| Posted 11.06.2010 | Business

Next time you hear an economist or denizen of Wall Street talk about how the "American economy" is doing these days, watch your wallet. There are two American economies. One is on the mend. The other is still coming apart.

Obama's First Stand

| Posted 11.10.2010 | Politics

The politics now are clear. Over the next two years, Obama must clarify for the nation whose side he's on and whose side his Republican opponents are on. What better issue to begin with than taxes?

The Failure of the G-20 Summit

| Posted 11.14.2010 | Business

China and the U.S. are the only big players in the currency game. And with neither of them stepping up to bat, the game is in dangerous territory. Sweet talk and photos ops aren't nearly enough.

Why the Lame Duck Congress Must Extend Jobless Benefits For Hard-hit Families But Not Tax Cuts For the Rich

| Posted 11.17.2010 | Politics

Republicans and many blue-dog Democrats say we can't afford another unemployment benefits extension. But these are many of the same people who say we should extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy for at least another two years.

Sarah Palin's Presidential Strategy, and the Economy She Depends On

| Posted 11.24.2010 | Politics

The Palin Strategy is to circumvent the Republican establishment. That's why her path to the Republican nomination isn't the usual insider game. It's a celebrity game -- a snark-fest with the nation's entire white working class.

National Fiscal Hypocrisy Week

| Posted 11.29.2010 | Business

This week will likely see a number of measures to stimulate the economy and help struggling families shot down in the name of fiscal responsibility, while measures that help the rich and add to the debt will pass.

The Showdown on Tax Cuts for the Rich

| Posted 11.30.2010 | Politics

No decision has been reached yet on how to deal with the expiring Bush tax cuts, but this is the first test of the president's resolve with the new Congress -- and he should be tough as nails. The economics and politics both dictate it.