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Entries by Robert Reich from 01/2011

The Big Lie

| Posted 01.03.2011 | Politics

Republicans are telling Americans a big lie, and Obama and the Democrats are letting them. The Big Lie is that our economic problems are due to a government that's too large, and therefore the solution is to shrink it.

The Shameful Attack on Public Employees

| Posted 01.05.2011 | Politics

The GOP version of class warfare is to pit private-sector middle and low income workers against public servants. They'd rather set average working people against one another than have Americans see who's really raking it all in.

The Real Economic Lesson China Could Teach Us

| Posted 01.19.2011 | Business

China is eating our lunch. Why? It has a national economic strategy designed to create more and better jobs. We have global corporations designed to make money for shareholders, regardless of where they reside.

American Competitiveness, and the President's New Relationship with American Business

| Posted 01.22.2011 | Business

It's politically important for President Obama to avoid the moniker of being "anti-business." But the president must not be seduced into believing that the well-being of American business is synonymous with the well-being of Americans.

The State of the Union: What the President Should Say

| Posted 01.23.2011 | Politics

The president will have to devote a big part of his State of the Union speech to the economy, but which economy? Corporate profits are up but jobs and wages remain in the doldrums.

The State of the Union and the Federal Budget: Investing in America's Future

| Posted 01.24.2011 | Politics

In the global economy, the only "asset" that's unique to any nation -- and that determines its living standard -- is the people who comprise it. Hopefully the president will touch on this Tuesday night.

The President Ignored the Elephant in the Room

| Posted 01.26.2011 | Politics

The president's failure to address the decoupling of American corporate profits from American jobs makes reviving the nation's "competitiveness" seem somewhat beside the point but also cedes to Republicans the dominant narrative.