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Robert Reich: The State of Our Disunion

Feb. 4, 2019 – Donald Trump says his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening will be about “unification”. But Trump discussing the state of the union is like pyromaniac discussing lighter fluids. His goal is, and has always been, disunion. The man thrives on divisiveness. It’s how he keeps himself the center of […]

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Robert Reich: The Trump Dictatorship

Jan. 14, 2019 – The only redeeming aspect to Trump’s presidency is he brings us back to basics. And what could be more basic than the difference between democracy and dictatorship? Democracy is about means, not ends. If we all agreed on the ends (such as whether to build a wall along the Mexican border) there’d […]

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Robert Reich: The Megalomaniac and the Stock Market

Dec. 24, 2018 – Trump doesn’t want the public to think the stock market has tanked because of Trump’s government shutdown, his trade war with China, and the $1.9 trillion increase in the nation’s debt caused by his tax cut for corporations and the wealthy. (Actually, these are the major reasons for the market’s drop.) […]

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Robert Reich: Trump Takes on General Motors (And Guess Who Wins?)

December 6, 2018 – Donald Trump’s “America first” economic nationalism is finally crashing into the reality of America’s shareholder-first global capitalism. Last week, General Motors announced it would cut about 14,000 jobs, most of them in the politically vital swing states of Michigan and Ohio. This doesn’t quite square with the giant $1.5 trillion tax […]

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Robert Reich: Hate Unbound

Oct. 30, 2018 – Demagogues rarely commit violence directly. Instead, they use blame, ridicule, fear and hate – and then leave the violence to others. That way, they can always claim “it wasn’t me. I don’t have blood on my hands.” Of the tens of millions of Americans that the Trump-Fox News regime has made […]

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Robert Reich: Trump Is America’s Most Dangerous Export (VIDEO)

Oct. 16, 2018 – Donald Trump is not only undermining democracy here at home, but he’s also emboldening dangerous authoritarian movements around the world. Trump’s presidency has become America’s most dangerous export. FIRST: Trump has provided cover for authoritarian leaders around the world who are actively attacking the media and suppressing the truth to entrench […]

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Robert Reich: Living in a New Gilded Age

Oct. 12, 2018 – The Trump Justice Department has approved a $69 billion merger between CVS, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, and insurance giant Aetna. It’s the largest health insurance deal in history. Executives say the combination will make their companies more efficient, allowing them to gain economies of scale and squeeze waste out of the system. […]

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Robert Reich: America’s Bullies

October 1, 2018 – As a kid I was always a head shorter than other boys, which meant I was bullied – mocked, threatened, sometimes assaulted. Childhood bullying has been going on forever. But in recent years America has become a culture of bullying – the wealthier over the poorer, CEOs over workers, those with privilege […]

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Robert Reich: The Next Crash

Sept. 3, 2018 – September 15 will mark the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and near meltdown of Wall Street, followed by the Great Recession. Since hitting bottom in 2009, the economy has grown steadily, the stock market has soared, and corporate profits have ballooned. But most Americans are still living in […]

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Robert Reich: How Trump’s War on Regulation is Trickle-Down Economics

Aug. 13, 2018  – When Trump’s not blaming foreigners for everything that ails America, he’s blaming regulations. Last week he even blamed regulations for the wildfires now ravaging California. They’re “made so much worse,” he tweeted, “by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount[s] of readily available water to be properly utilized.” I […]

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Robert Reich: 7 Truths About Immigration (VIDEO)

July 16, 2018 – 1. A record high of 75 percent of Americans now say immigration is a “good thing” for the country. 2. America needs more immigrants, not fewer, because our population is rapidly aging. 3. Historically, new immigrants have contributed more to society in taxes than they have taken from society in terms […]