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Entries by Robert Reich from 01/2012

The GOP Ticket in 2012: Romney-Rubio

| Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

For his running mate, Mitt Romney will choose Marco Rubio. Romney will need a right-winger to calm and woo the Republican right. Tea Partiers are attracted to Rubio -- an evangelical Christian committed to reducing taxes and shrinking government.

The Decline of Public Good

| Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

Meryl Streep's eery reincarnation of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady brings to mind Thatcher's most famous quip, "there is no such thing as 'society.'" The GOP hasn't quoted her yet, but they might as well.

Mitt, Son of Citizens United

| Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

Romney and Citizens United were made for each other. Other candidates have quietly set up Super PACs of their own, but Mitt's unique ties to the biggest money pits enable him to take unique advantage of the Court's scurrilous invitation. He personifies the 1 percent.

How a Little Bit of Good Economic News Can Be Bad for the President

| Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

The little bit of good news about employment is likely to raise the hopes of the great army of the discouraged -- many of whom will now start looking for work they weren't looking for before, thus driving the rate back up.

The Bain of Capitalism

| Posted 01.10.2012 | Business

It's one thing to criticize Mitt Romney for being a businessman with the wrong values. It's quite another to accuse him and his former company, Bain Capital, of doing bad things.

The Youthful Magic of Ron Paul

| Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

If Republicans -- or Democrats, for that matter -- want to win over much of the nation's young next November, they'd do well to listen carefully to Paul's positions on national defense and civil liberties.

The Romney Tax Loophole

| Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

A loophole in the tax laws allows private-equity managers like Romney to treat their compensation as capital gains. It's legal but it's a scandal. Income from employment is employment income, period.

The State of Our Disunion: A Globalized Private Sector, A Corporate-Dominated Public Sector

| Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics

Who should have the primary strategic responsibility for making American workers globally competitive -- the private sector or government? This will be a defining issue in the 2012 campaign.

Why No Responsible Democrat Should Want Newt Gingrich To Get The GOP Nomination

| Posted 01.26.2012 | Politics

Republicans are worried sick about Newt Gingrich's ascendance, while Democrats are tickled pink. Yet no responsible Democrat should be pleased at the prospect that Gingrich could get the GOP nomination.

The Biggest Risk to the Economy in 2012, and What's the Economy for Anyway?

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Business

Tim Geithner recently said the "critical risks" facing the American economy this year were a worsening of Europe's chronic sovereign debt crisis and a rise in tensions with Iran that could stoke global oil prices. What about jobs and wages here at home?