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Entries by Robert Reich from 12/2011

The Rebirth of Social Darwinism

| Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

Listen to today's Republican debates and you hear a continuous regurgitation of William Graham Sumner, the nineteenth century academic who brought Social Darwinism to America.

The Jobs Report: Don't Break Out the Champagne

| Posted 12.02.2011 | Business

What does the new jobs report mean? We're not out of the woods but we might be seeing some daylight. Maybe. Here's what you need to worry about.

How to Avoid Being a Principled Republican on Taxes

| Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

For years, the GOP has been telling us tax cuts pay for themselves by promoting growth. If they believe what they say, why should they worry about paying for a one-year extension of the payroll tax holiday? Surely it will pay for itself.

The Most Important Economic Speech of His Presidency

| Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama finally sounds like the candidate many of us thought we had elected in 2008. Hopefully his second term will promise to take on the growing inequities and game-rigging practices that have been undermining America for years.

The Remarkable Political Stupidity of the Street

| Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

Wall Street is its own worst enemy. It should have welcomed new financial regulation as a means of restoring public trust. Instead, it's busily shredding new regulations and making the public more distrustful than ever.

Are Mitt and Newt Channeling Their Inner Progressives?

| Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Two important reforms are stopping the revolving door between Washington and the nation's financial giants. Remarkably, the frontrunners for the GOP nomination for president seem to agree.

Newt's Tax Plan, and Why His Polls Rise the More Outrageous He Becomes

| Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

Newt Gingrich has done it again. With his new tax plan he has raised the bar from irresponsibility to recklessness.

An Offer to the President

| Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

We heard what you said last week about the dangers of the increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top. We agree. And many of us are prepared to work our hearts out to get you reelected -- as long as you commit to doing what needs to be done in your second term.

The Defining Issue: Not Government's Size, But Who It's For

| Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

"Big government" isn't the problem. The problem is big money is taking over government.

Why the Republican Crackup is Bad For America

| Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

Stop-at-nothing radicalism is dangerous for the GOP because most Americans recoil from it. It's also dangerous for America. We need two political parties solidly grounded in the realities of governing. Our democracy can't work any other way.

My Political Prediction for 2012: It's Obama-Clinton

| Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

My political prediction for 2012 (based on absolutely no inside information): Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden swap places. Biden becomes Secretary of State -- a position he's apparently coveted for years. And Hillary Clinton, Vice President.