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Robert Reich: Straight Talk About Trump

Jan. 16, 2018 – Now that Trump has been president for almost a year, it’s time the media called his behavior for what it is rather than try to normalize it. Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president: 1. Calling Trump’s tweets “presidential “statements” or “press releases.” “The President […]

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Robert Reich: Corporation and Nation

Dec. 7, 2017 – Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order “to restore our competitive edge,” as Trump says. Our competitive edge? Who’s us? Most American corporations – especially big ones that would get most of the planned corporate tax cuts – have no particular allegiance to […]

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Robert Reich: The True Path to Prosperity

Dec. 5, 2017 – It’s often thought that Democrats care about fairness and not economic growth, while Republicans care about growth even at the cost of some fairness. Rubbish. Growth and fairness aren’t opposites. In reality, Democrats are the party of economic growth and fairness. Republicans are the party of neither. The only way to […]

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Robert Reich: Fools or Knaves?

November 29, 2017 – One of the most dangerous consequences of this awful period in American life is the denigration of the truth, and of institutions and people who tell it. There are two kinds of liars – fools and knaves. Fools lie because they don’t know the truth. Knaves lie because they intend to […]

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Robert Reich: A Year Without a President

Nov. 8, 2017 – It seems like forever, but it was just one year ago that Donald Trump was elected president. So what have we learned about the presidency and who is running the country? 1. The first big thing we’ve learned is that Trump is not really the president of the United States – […]

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Robert Reich: Trump’s Most Damning Legacy

Nov. 4, 2017 – In a radio interview on Thursday, Trump said “the saddest thing is, because I am the President of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things […]

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Robert Reich: The Huge Tax Heist

Oct. 29, 2017 – You know the plot: The bank robbers set off a bomb down the street from the bank, and while everyone’s distracted they get away with the loot. In the reality TV show we’re now suffering through, Donald Trump is the bomb. The robbers are the American oligarchs who bankroll the Republican […]

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Robert Reich: How to End Crony Capitalism

Oct. 25, 2017 – The largest corporations and richest people in America – who donated billions of dollars to Republican candidates the House and Senate in the 2106 election – appear on the way to getting what they paid for: a giant tax cut. The New York Times reports that business groups are meeting frequently with key […]

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Robert Reich: Memo to Tillerson about the Moron

Oct. 6, 2017 – To: Rex Tillerson From: Robert Reich Subject: The Moron I can understand why you feel Washington is a place of “petty nonsense,” as you said Wednesday when you called a news conference to rebut charges that you called Trump a moron last summer after a meeting of national security officials at […]

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Robert Reich: It’s Now Time for Medicare for All

Sept. 13, 2017 –  Senator Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Jeff Merkley, are introducing a Medicare For All bill in the Senate. It’s a model for where this nation needs to be headed. Some background: American spending on health care per person is more than twice the average in the world’s 35 advanced […]

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Robert Reich: Trump’s Policy Catastrophe

Sept. 9, 2017 – It’s easy to get caught up in the deeply flawed character of Donald Trump. We also need to recognize the policy catastrophe of his presidency. Compare the things he’s been focusing on with the real problems facing this country. This past week, for example, Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era executive […]

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Robert Reich: Hill Republicans: Trump is Fritzing Out

July 31, 2017 – This morning I phoned my friend, a former Republican member of Congress. Me: What’s going on? Seems like the White House is imploding and Republicans are going down with the ship. Him (chuckling): We’re officially a banana republic. Me: Seriously, what are you hearing from your former colleagues on the Hill? […]

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Robert Reich: The Trump Standard

July 15, 2017 – What did Trump say when confronted with proof that his son jumped at the prospect of meeting with a “Russian government attorney” offering to dish dirt on Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support” for his candidacy? Trump said: “many people would have held that meeting.” The next […]

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Robert Reich: Government By and For Trump

June 16, 2017 – Last Monday, the White House invited reporters in to watch what was billed as a meeting of Trump’s Cabinet. After Trump spoke, he asked each of the Cabinet members around the table to briefly comment. Their statements were what you might expect from toadies surrounding a two-bit dictator. “We thank you […]

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Robert Reich: The Art of the Putin-Trump Deal

June 1, 2017 – Say you’re Vladimir Putin, and you did a deal with Trump last year. I’m not suggesting there was any such deal, mind you. But if you are Putin and you did do a deal, what did Trump agree to do? 1. Repudiate NATO. NATO is the biggest thorn in your side […]