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Entries by Robert Reich from 03/2011

How Democrats Can Become Relevant Again (And Rescue the Nation While They're At It)

| Posted 03.02.2011 | Politics

Democrats have become irrelevant. If they want to be relevant again they have to connect the dots. The American middle class is shrinking because nobody is fighting for it in Washington.

The Real News on Jobs

| Posted 03.04.2011 | Business

On our current trajectory, the unemployment rate will continue to decline. But so will the pay and benefits of most Americans. The real story isn't about jobs, it's about the ever decreasing standard of living for the middle class.

Why the Democrats Should Never Have Started Paying Ransom to Avoid a Shutdown

| Posted 03.08.2011 | Politics

The problem with paying political ransom is that when you pay it once, you're almost begging to pay it again. And that's exactly the pickle the Obama administration and Democrats are finding themselves in.

Why Wall Street's Euphoric Birthday Has Almost Nothing to Do with a Buoyant Economy

| Posted 03.09.2011 | Business

In theory an extraordinary bull market should be making Americans feel far wealthier than they felt two years ago. But in reality, the vast majority of Americans don't feel wealthier because they hold few if any shares of stock.

Governor Walker's Coup D'Etat

| Posted 03.10.2011 | Politics

Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans have now made it crystal clear that their goal all along had nothing whatever to do with the state budget and everything to do with busting unions.

Why Obama Isn't Fighting the Budget Battle

| Posted 03.11.2011 | Politics

Obama's challenge in 2012 has nothing to do with Bill Clinton's in 1996. He must fight the Republican plans to cut the budget deficit this year and next, and explain to the public why he's doing so.

Safety on the Cheap

| Posted 03.15.2011 | Green

Profit-making corporations have every incentive to underestimate the probabilities of potential disasters and lowball the likely externalized harms. This is why it's necessary to have such things as government regulators.

As the Global Economy Trembles, Our Nation's Capitol Fiddles

| Posted 03.17.2011 | Politics

The world's third largest economy suffers a giant earthquake. A civil war in Libya and tumult in the Middle East cause crude-oil prices to climb. Poor harvests around the world make food prices soar. And Washington is doing nothing.

The Republicans' Big Lies About Jobs (And Why Obama Must Repudiate Them)

| Posted 03.22.2011 | Politics

What worries me almost as much as the Republican's repeated big lies about jobs is the silence of President Obama and Democratic leaders in the face of them. Obama has the bully pulpit. Republicans don't.

Why Maine's Governor LePage Can't Erase History, and Why We Need a Fighter in the White House

| Posted 03.24.2011 | Politics

Maine Governor Paul LePage has ordered state workers to remove from the state labor department a 36-foot mural depicting the state's labor history because it doesn't agree with his "pro-business goals."

The Economic Truth That Nobody Will Admit: We're Heading Back Toward a Double-Dip

| Posted 03.31.2011 | Business

Why aren't Americans being told the truth about the economy? We're heading in the direction of a double dip -- but you'd never know it if you listened to the upbeat messages coming out of Wall Street and Washington.