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Entries by Robert Reich from 02/2012

The Republican Myth of Obama's "Entitlement Society"

| Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

Regressive Republicans pretend they're about opportunity. In reality they're back at what they've been doing for years -- promoting Social Darwinism.

America's Jobs Deficit, and Why It's Still More Important Than the Budget Deficit

| Posted 02.03.2012 | Business

The most significant aspect of January's jobs report is political. The fact that America's labor market continues to improve is good news for the White House. But as a practical matter the improvement is less significant for the American work force.

The Downward Mobility of the American Middle Class, and Why Mitt Romney Doesn't Know

| Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney says he's not concerned about the very poor because they have safety nets to protect them. He says he's concerned about the middle class. Romney doesn't seem to realize how much of the middle class is becoming poor.

The Sad Spectacle of Obama's Super PAC

| Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

So now a relative handful of super-rich Democrats want to fight a relative handful of super-rich Republicans. And we call this a democracy.

Manufacturing Illusions

| Posted 02.17.2012 | Business

Suddenly, manufacturing is back -- at least on the election trail. But don't be fooled. The real issue isn't how to get manufacturing back. It's how to get good jobs and good wages back. They aren't at all the same thing.

The Gas Wars

| Posted 02.21.2012 | Business

Funny, I don't hear Republicans rail against speculators -- the leading cause of rising gas prices. Could that have anything to do with the fact that hedge funds and money managers are bankrolling the GOP as never before?

The GOP's Big Investors

| Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

Whoever emerges as the GOP standard-bearer will be deeply indebted to a handful of people, each of whom will expect a good return on their investment. And this is just the beginning. We haven't even come to the general election.

Corporations Don't Need a Tax Cut, So Why Is Obama Proposing One?

| Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

Why isn't the White House just proposing to close the loopholes without reducing overall corporate tax rates? That would generate more tax revenue that could be used for, say, public schools.

As Santorum and Romney Battle for the Loony Right, the Rest of Us Should Not Gloat

| Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics

A party of birthers, creationists, theocrats, climate-change deniers, nativists, gay-bashers and anti-abortionists cannot govern America. Yet even if they lose the presidency on Election Day they're still likely to be in charge of at least one house of Congress.

Stop Starving Public Universities and Shrinking the Middle Class

| Posted 02.29.2012 | College

Santorum needn't worry. America is already making it harder for young people of modest means to attend college. Public higher education is being starved, and the middle class will shrink even more as a result.