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Entries by Robert Reich from 08/2012

Back From Three Weeks Vacation With a Bold Proposal

| Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics

Here's a bold proposal I offer free of charge to Obama or Romney: Every American should get a mandatory minimum of three weeks paid vacation a year.

Erasing W

| Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

As Bill Clinton is resurrected by the Democrats, George W. Bush is being erased by the GOP -- as if an entire eight years of American history hadn't happened.

The Ryan Choice

| Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics

Paul Ryan's views are pure social Darwinism, as reflected in his budget. Is this Mitt Romney's view as well?

Whose Plan Destroys Medicare -- Obama's or Romney-Ryan's?

| Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

The ACA uses its Medicare savings to help children and lower-income Americans afford health care, and to help seniors pay for prescription drugs by filling the so-called "donut hole." The Romney-Ryan plan uses the savings to finance even bigger tax cuts for the very wealthy.

Paul Ryan's Faux Populism

| Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

A much smaller government still dominated by money would continue to do the bidding of billionaires like Sheldon Adelson, the Koch bothers, military contractors, and other high rollers now actively trying to put Ryan and Romney into the White House. It just wouldn't do anything for the rest of us.

5 Reasons Why the Ryan-Romney Economic Plan Would Be A Disaster for America

| Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney hasn't provided details so we should be grateful he's selected as vice president a man with a detailed plan Romney says is "marvelous," "bold and exciting," "excellent," "much needed," and "consistent with" what he's put out. So let's look at the five basic features of this "marvelous" Ryan plan.

Romney's Lying Machine

| Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

Every campaign is guilty of exaggerations, embellishments, distortions, and half-truths. But this is another thing altogether. I've been directly involved in seven presidential campaigns, and I don't recall a presidential candidate lying with such audacity, over and over again.

La machine à mentir de Romney

| Posted 08.27.2012 | France

PRÉSIDENTIELLE AMÉRICAINE - J'ai été impliqué directement dans sept campagnes présidentielles, et je ne me rappelle d'aucun candidat ayant menti avec une telle audace et de façon si obstinée. Pourquoi le fait-il, et comment se fait-il qu'il puisse continuer impunément ?

George W. Bush as Hurricane Isaac

| Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

Hurricane Isaac seems likely to remind Americans of George W. Bush. And the split screen on the TV newscasts -- part GOP convention, part Hurricane Isaac bashing into the Gulf Coast -- will pose a public-relations problem to the GOP of the first order.

George W. Bush et l'ouragan Isaac

| Posted 08.28.2012 | France

ÉLÉECTIONS AMÉRICAINES - Nous vivons encore avec l'héritage de George W. Bush, le dernier Républicain à avoir occupé la Maison Blanche, ce que Romney cherche désespérément à nous faire oublier. Il veut faire endosser à Obama la responsabilité de la crise et de tout le reste.

How Romney Keeps Lying Through His Big White Teeth

| Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics

Presumably the Romney campaign continues its false claims because they're effective. But this raises a more basic question: How can they remain effective when they've been so overwhelmingly discredited by the media?

Labor Day 2012 and the Election of 2012: It's Inequality, Stupid

| Posted 08.31.2012 | Business

Republicans claim the rich are job creators. Nothing could be further from the truth. To create jobs, businesses need customers. But the rich spend only a small fraction of what they earn. The real job creators are the vast middle class, whose spending drives the economy and creates jobs.