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Robert Reich

Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written 11 books (including his most recent, “Supercapitalism,” which is now out in paperback).


Stop the austerity train wreck

Debt deal or not, Washington is on the road to making budget cuts that will slow the economy, increase unemployment and impose additional hardship on millions of Americans, writes Robert Reich.


Why we may be in store for a passionless presidential race

At the very time in American history when Americans crave inspiration, Robert Reich asks if we’ll be left with two presidential candidates who don’t inspire.


Greece’s choice and ours: Democracy or finance?

Rule by democracy or by financial markets? Based on what’s happened in America, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich makes a case for the former.


Wall Street is still out of control, and why Obama should call for Glass-Steagall and a breakup of big banks

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich encourages President Obama to distinguish himself from likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney by condemning Wall Street’s antics since the bailout, and pushing for real reform.


The seven biggest economic lies

The president’s jobs bill doesn’t have a chance in Congress — and the Occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere can’t become a national movement for a more equitable society – unless more Americans know the truth about the economy, says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.


Follow the money: Behind Europe’s debt crisis lurks another Wall Street bailout

The United States wants Europe to bail out its deeply indebted nations so they can repay what they owe big European banks. Otherwise, those banks could implode — taking Wall Street with them, writes former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.


A fight worth having

For former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, the defining battle of 2012 won’t be over Medicare or Obama’s jobs program — it will be over whether the rich should pay more taxes.


This Labor Day, we need protests

Labor Day is traditionally a time for picnics and parades. But this year is no picnic for American workers, and a protest march would be more appropriate than a parade, says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.


Slouching toward a double dip, for no good reason

If our lawmakers continue to obsess about the wrong thing and fail to do what must be done, Americans will only become more fearful, insecure and angry, writes former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.