Why Do We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off?

Big Phara Ripoffs

Robert Reich: While other nations set wholesale drug prices, the law prohibits the U.S. government from using its considerable bargaining power under Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.

Raising Most People’s Wages

Raising Most Wages

Robert Reich: The real job creators are members of America’s vast middle class and the poor, whose purchases cause businesses to expand and invest.

Berkeley vs. Big Soda

Berkeley Soda Tax

Robert Reich: If a soda tax can’t pass in the most progressive city in America, it can’t pass anywhere. Big Soda knows that, which is why it’s determined to kill it here.

Train Technicians for the New Economy

graduating latino student

Robert Reich: Millions of young people head to college and universities to get a four-year liberal arts degree assuming it to be the only gateway to the middle class. It shouldn’t be.

The Disease of American Democracy

Broken Democracy

Robert Reich: The monied interests are doing what they do best – making money. The rest of us need to do what we can do best – use our voices, our vigor, and our votes.

The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism?

The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism? by Robert Reich

Robert Reich: 27 states have passed laws allowing companies to incorporate as “benefit corporations.” This gives directors legal protection to consider the interests of all stakeholders rather than just the shareholders.

Work and Worth

Work and Worth

Robert Reich: Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

Rise of the Non-Working Rich

inherited wealth

Robert Reich: The “self-made” man or woman, the symbol of American meritocracy, is disappearing. Six of today’s ten wealthiest Americans are heirs to prominent fortunes.

Rescue The Middle Class: Save Capitalism

Saving Capitalism

Robert Reich: Business leaders know the U.S. economy can’t get out of first gear as long as wages are declining. And their own businesses can’t succeed over the long term without a buoyant and growing middle class.

3 Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Poverty

Lies About Poverty

Robert Reich: So why do so many right-wing Republicans tell these three lies? Because they make it almost impossible to focus on what the poor really need – good-paying jobs, adequate safety nets, and excellent schools.

Seattle Got It Right

Seattle Raises Minimum Wage

Robert Reich: The gains from a higher minimum wage extend beyond those who receive it. More money in the pockets of low-wage workers means more sales, especially in the locales they live in – which in turn creates faster growth and more jobs.

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