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Entries by Robert Reich from 09/2011

Obama's Jobs Plan: Will He Offer Policy Miniatures or Give 'em Hell?

| Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics

The winner of the 2012 presidential election will be the person who comes off as the toughest fighter for average Americans. Earth to Obama: Remember Harry (Give 'em Hell) Truman.

The Zero Economy

| Posted 09.02.2011 | Business

Every time you hear anyone say we're "broke" or "can't afford to spend more," tell them we'll be in worse shape if we don't. If the economy remains dead in the water, the ratio of public debt to GDP balloons.

Tonight's Republican Debate: The 19th Century or the Stone Age?

| Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

Listen tonight, if you can bear it, for anything other than standard Republican boilerplate since the 1920s -- a wistful desire to return to the era of William McKinley, when the federal government was small, the Fed and the IRS had yet to be invented.

Two Cheers and One Jeer for the American Jobs Act

| Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics

Two cheers -- for both the president's style and his words Thursday night before Congress. And one jeer: He failed on substance and strategy.

The Oddness of the President's Upcoming Deficit-Reduction Plan

| Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

In proposing a huge deficit reduction package, the president continues to reinforce the canard that the budget deficit is our biggest challenge -- indeed, that we're in the fix we're in because government has become too big.

How to Create More Jobs By Lowering Wages: Texas and America

| Posted 09.14.2011 | Business

While Texas leads the nation in job growth, a majority of Texas's workforce is paid hourly wages rather than salaries and are condemned to lower and lower living standards. That's nothing to crow about.

The Republican Weapon of Mass Cynicism

| Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics

The Weapon of Mass Cynicism has convinced most Americans they can't rely on government to help with anything. But if we can't trust government at a time like this, whom can we trust? Corporations? Wall Street? Warren Buffett? Or is each of us now simply on our own?

Taxing the Rich, the Obama Way

| Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

Apparently Obama will propose that people earning more than $1 million a year pay at least the same tax rate as middle-class earners. That's aiming mighty low.

A Good Fight

| Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

The president has vowed to veto any plan to tame the debt that doesn't increase taxes on the rich. The Republicans have vowed to oppose any tax increases on the rich. It's a good fight to have.

The Republicans' Latest Ploy to Keep the Economy Lousy through Election Day

| Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics

Top Republicans believe they can block all or most of Obama's jobs bill. That leaves only the Fed as the last potential player to boost the economy. So the GOP will do what it can to stop the Fed, too.

When Will Wall Street Call for More Federal Spending?

| Posted 09.22.2011 | Business

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped another 3 percent today as Wall Street metabolized the truth most Americans already know: We're in a recession. The "double dip" has arrived.

Why This Is Exactly the Time to Rebuild America's Infrastructure

| Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

Anyone with half a brain will see this is the ideal time to borrow money from the rest of the world to put Americans to work rebuilding the nation's infrastructure. Problem is, too many in Washington have less than half a brain.

The Moral Question

| Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics
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When charged with promoting "class warfare," Obama recently answered it was "just math." But it's more than math. It's a matter of morality. Republicans have posed the deepest moral question of any society: whether we're all in it together. Their answer is we're not.