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Entries by Robert Reich from 10/2012

Questions That Are Unlikely to Be Asked Wednesday Night

| Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

You championed a small version of the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. Does that mean you believe it's more efficient for each state to have its own system for insuring the uninsured?

The First Presidential Debate

| Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

In Wednesday night's debate, Romney won on style while Obama won on substance. Romney sounded as if he had conviction, which means he's either convinced himself that the lies he tells are true or he's a fabulous actor.

The Politics of the Jobs Report

| Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

In political terms, headlines are everything -- and most major media are leading with the drop in the unemployment rate. Look more closely, though, and the picture is murkier.

The Politics of Fear and the Party of Non-Voters

| Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

Republicans are well practiced in the politics of fear and the logistics of the big lie. The challenge for Obama and Biden and for the rest of us over the next four weeks is to counter their fearsome lies with the truth.

Memo to Joe, Re: Debate

| Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

Beware Joe Biden: Paul Ryan will appear affable. He's less polished and aggressive than Romney, even soft-spoken. And he acts as if he's saying reasonable things. But under the surface he's a right-wing zealot.

Why Biden Won

| Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

Biden not only trounced Ryan, but also, in the process, trounced Romney.

Memo to the President: Your Next Debate

| Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

Although the "town meeting"-style debate isn't conducive to sharp give-and-take with Romney, look for every opportunity to nail him. Indignance doesn't come naturally to you, but you have every reason to be indignant on behalf of the American people.

Obama Is Back

| Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

Tuesday night our president was articulate and forceful -- in sharp contrast to his performance in the first presidential debate. He stated his beliefs. He defended his record. He told America where he wanted to take the nation in his second term.

How Obama Can Smoke Out Mitt: Call for Breaking Up the Biggest Banks, and Resurrecting Glass-Steagall

| Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

President Obama should propose that the nation's biggest banks be broken up and their size capped, and that the Glass-Steagall Act be resurrected. It's good policy, and it would smoke out Mitt Romney as being of, by, and for Wall Street -- and not on the side of average Americans.

Obama as Commander-in-Chief, Romney as Dithering Bully

| Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Although Monday night's topic was foreign policy, I hope Americans understood it was also about every other major challenge we face. Mitt Romney is not only a cold warrior; he's also a class warrior. And the two are closely related.

Mitt Romney's Question-Mark Economy

| Posted 10.24.2012 | Business

Not a day goes by that we don't hear Mitt Romney claim that businesses aren't creating more jobs because they're uncertain about the future. In fact, Romney has created far more uncertainty than anyone else. He offers a virtual question mark of an economy.

If You Succumb to Cynicism, the Regressives Win It All

| Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

This is for those of you who consider yourself to be progressive but have given up on politics because it seems rotten to the core. You may prefer Obama to Romney but don't think there's a huge difference between the two, so you may not even vote. Your cynicism is understandable, but it's a self-fulfilling prophesy.

The Final Days, the Biggest Issue, and the Clearest Choice

| Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics

As we go into the final days of a dismal presidential campaign where too many issues have been fudged or eluded -- and the media only want to talk about is who's up and who's down -- the biggest issue on which the candidates have given us the clearest choice is whether the rich should pay more in taxes.

My Plane Out of NYC in Advance of Sandy, and Mitt Romney's America

| Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

Leaving JFK today, I couldn't help think it was a miniature version of the America we'll have if Mitt Romney is elected president. Rational and efficient in terms of supply and demand, guaranteed to maximize profits, but fundamentally unfair.

Derniers jours avant le scrutin: la plus grande question et le choix le plus évident

| Posted 10.30.2012 | France

ÉLECTIONS AMÉRICAINES - Alors que nous approchons des derniers jours d'une campagne présidentielle lamentable, la plus grande question sur laquelle les candidats nous ont donné le choix le plus clair est de savoir si les riches devraient payer plus d'impôts.

Romney's Latest Lie, His Former Lies, and Why We Must Not Put Liars in the White House

| Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics

Lies like the latest from Mitt Romney, financed by deep pockets, are hard to refute, but they must be refuted. Otherwise, there is no accountability in our democracy.