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Entries by Robert Reich from 05/2011

The Republican Plan With Lipstick

| Posted 05.03.2011 | Politics

Republicans figure that if they can't sell the pig, they'll just put lipstick on it and find some suckers who will think it's something else. That's the proposal emerging in the Senate from Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee and also Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Why Washington Should Pay Attention to the Economy Here and Now

| Posted 05.06.2011 | Politics

The real truth in the latest job numbers is that the percent of working-age Americans actually working hasn't improved. It's as low as it was in the depths of the recession. 13.7 million people remain out of work. Hello Washington?

The Battle for the Soul of the GOP

| Posted 05.10.2011 | Politics

Wall Street and big business want to tame the budget deficit but they don't want to play games with the debt ceiling like others in the Republican camp. It looks like this could be the long-awaited battle for the GOP's soul.

The Battle Is Squared, and Why We Need Budget Jujitsu

| Posted 05.17.2011 | Politics

Now that the debt ceiling is in play, there's no end to what the radical right will demand in the budget negotiations. Which leads to a more basic question: Are voters ready and willing to mount primary challenges to incumbent Democrats who cave?

Why We Need to Rein in Government Contractors That Use Taxpayer Money for Political Advantage

| Posted 05.20.2011 | Politics

The president needs to ban Lockheed Martin and all other government contractors that get more than half their revenues from government from engaging in any political activities at all. Taxpayers shouldn't be paying for this lobbying.

Paul Ryan Still Doesn't Get It

| Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Paul Ryan still doesn't get it. He blames Tuesday's upset victory of Democrat Kathy Hochul over Republican Jane Corwin to represent NY-26 on Democratic scare tactics. Scare tactics? Seniors have every right to be scared of Ryan's plan.

The Republican Death Wish

| Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics

Now it's official. The 2012 campaign will be about the future of Medicare. This spells trouble for the GOP. Polls show an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans want to preserve Medicare. They don't want to turn it over to private insurers.

The Truth About the American Economy

| Posted 05.31.2011 | Business

It's vital that we understand the truth about the American economy. How did we go from the Great Depression to 30 years of Great Prosperity? And from there, to 30 years of stagnant incomes and widening inequality, culminating in the Great Recession?