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Robert Reich

America's Mobility Problem

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The truth is, we've become a nation of narcissists. For many Americans -- particularly Republicans -- the core value is not "E pluribus unum" but rather, "What's in it for me?"

What I Want From Candidate Obama: Action, Not Promises

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

Why rely on the commitments of someone who received our wholehearted support in the election of 2008 and then tabled them upon moving into White House? Our support for 2012 should not require blind faith.

An Offer to the President

Robert Reich | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

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.

Washington Disconnect Perpetuates Wealth Shift Upward

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Instead of presenting a grand vision for job creation and economic stimulus, President Obama has consistently capitulated to Republicans' faux deficit narrative.

Stop the Austerity Train Wreck!

Robert Reich | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

2011-11-18-supercommitte.jpgThe biggest question right now on Planet Washington is whether the congressional supercommittee will reach an agreement. That's the wrong question.

PHOTOS: 10,000 Crowd Sproul Plaza At Occupy Cal

AP/The Huffington Post | Garance Burke and Terry Collins | Posted 11.16.2011 | San Francisco

By Garance Burke and Terry Collins, Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Anti-Wall Street activists began rebuilding their tent encampment on ...

The Corporate Pledge of Allegiance

Robert Reich | Posted 01.08.2012 | Business
Robert Reich

If the Supreme Court and the GOP insist big corporations are people and want to treat them as American citizens, then why not demand big corporations take a pledge of allegiance to the United States? Here is what it might look like.

Washington Pre-Occupied

Robert Reich | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Until we reverse the trend toward inequality, the economy can't be revived. But the biggest question in our nation's capital right now has nothing to do with any of this.

The Occupiers' Responsive Chord

Robert Reich | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The old view was anyone could make it in America with enough guts and gumption. As Herman Cain still says "if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself." But Cain's line isn't hitting a responsive chord.

Who Is Elizabeth Warren?

Harlan Green | Posted 12.20.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

Let us listen to Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts Senator in her campaign to reoccupy Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. The principles she espouses to restore the middle class will actually restore economic growth as well, if carried out.

The Krugman/Stiglitz Army Is on the March (and It's Too Late for Michael Bloomberg to Stop It)

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Whether or not the the #Occupy Wall Street protesters explicitly adopt policy proposals or only generate political energy for the spirit of them, the Krugman/Stiglitz Army is at last on the march.

Zach Carter

WATCH: Occupy Wall Street Protests Ignite Progressive Political Fire In Washington | Zach Carter | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations inspiring scores of similar protests nationwide, a progressive conference in the nation's cap...

Six Reasons Why Both Political Parties Are "Econitwits"

Jane White | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Jane White

How are we going to get unemployed Americans back to work? The GOP wants to lower taxes and decrease regulation because it thinks we're stifling innovation. The Dems want to spend tax dollars on infrastructure and other public works projects.

Widening Income Inequality Bad For Economic Growth: IMF Report

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

The widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else in the United States may be hindering a broader economic recovery, according to a new study. ...

Robert Reich: Obama Must Be More Aggressive With Republicans

AP | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich says President Barack Obama needs to be more aggressive in confronting Republicans and shou...

The Zero Economy

Robert Reich | Posted 11.02.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

Every time you hear anyone say we're "broke" or "can't afford to spend more," tell them we'll be in worse shape if we don't. If the economy remains dead in the water, the ratio of public debt to GDP balloons.

Rick Perry's Secret Plan to Save Blue States from the Red States

Robert Reich | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Rick Perry's fight to save America from Washington would really save blue states from subsidizing red states. Perry, it turns out, is a closet liberal.

This Labor Day We Need Protest Marches Rather Than Parades

Robert Reich | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Let's bag the picnics and parades this Labor Day. American workers should march in protest. They're getting the worst deal they've had since before Labor Day was invented -- and the economy is suffering as a result.

Friday Talking Points -- Phony Vacation Outrage

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama is on vacation. This fact is being subject to ridicule from Republicans, and their enablers in the media. Which has prompted me to -- in the fashion of Bill Maher -- come up with a New Rule.

WATCH: Understanding The Credit Downgrade

Posted 10.19.2011 | Comedy

After the United States' credit was downgraded from AAA to AA+ by Standard and Poor's, many of us had the same question: "So, um, what does that mean ...

Now Obama Must Lead Democrats and the Nation

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Yes, President Obama inherited a mess. But it is unacceptable that in the third year of his presidency he still blames his predecessor and does bus tours to promote jobs programs that do not exist.

How Austerity Is Ushering in a Global Recession

Robert Reich | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

Not only is the U.S. slouching toward a double-dip, but so is Europe. New data out Tuesday show even Europe's strongest core economies slowing to a crawl. We're on the cusp of a global recession. Policymakers be warned: Austerity is the wrong medicine.

Dick Durbin: Sacrificing Social Security, Recovery?

Curtis Black | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Now that the debt ceiling crisis is behind us, it's time to take a look at Senator Durbin's role in shifting the debate away from the jobs crisis and legitimizing attacks on Social Security.

"JOBS FIRST" -- Starting 'Labor' Day, Obama Can Turn Tables on GOP

Mark Green | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

On Labor Day, President Obama should announce a "Jobs First" program. Namely, spend $300 billion more starting now to spur consumer demand in exchange for $300 billion in reduced spending in 2014. Jobs first. Cuts later.

The Hostage Crisis Continues: Why Obama Can't Pivot to Jobs and Growth

Robert Reich | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

What precisely will Obama fight for now that the debt deal has tied his hands? He says he wants to extend tax cuts for middle class families and make sure the jobless get unemployment benefits. Fine, but the new deal won't let him.