Robert Reich: “The real world we’re living in” right now won’t allow fundamental change of the sort we need. It takes a movement.
Robert Reich: Tthe Washington Post charged that Bernie Sanders’s health-care plan rests on “unbelievable assumptions” about how much it would slash health-care costs without affecting the care ordinary Americans receive.
Robert Reich: Bernie Sanders is the most qualified candidate to create the political system we should have, because he’s leading a political movement for change.
Robert Reich: Democrats have done nothing to change the vicious cycle of wealth and power that has rigged the economy for the benefit of those at the top, and undermined the working class. In some respects, Democrats have been complicit in it.
Robert Reich: The movie shows why Bernie Sanders’s plan to bust up Wall Street and reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act (separating investment from commercial banking) is necessary – and why Hillary Clinton’s more modest plan is inadequate.
Robert Reich: I’d feel more optimistic if I thought government was ready to spring into action to stimulate demand, but the opposite is true.
Robert Reich: The result of this vicious cycle is a disenfranchisement of most Americans, and a giant upward distribution of income from the middle class and poor to the wealthy and powerful.
Robert Reich: Rather than lower corporate tax rates, an easier fix would be to take away the benefits of corporate citizenship from any company that deserts America.
Robert Reich: It’s estimated that in five years over 40 percent of the American labor force will be in such uncertain work; in a decade, most of us.
Robert Reich: If you’re sufficiently outlandish, outrageous, and outspoken, a lot of your publicity will be free. Since he announced his candidacy last June, Trump hasn’t spent any money at all on television advertising.
Robert Reich: Something odd happened. It turned out that many of the conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers I met agreed with much of what I had to say, and I agreed with them.
Robert Reich: I wanted my Republican friend’s take on the Republican candidates because I felt I needed a reality check. Was I becoming excessively crotchety and partisan, or are these people really as weird as they seem?
Robert Reich: The only way to contain the Street’s excesses is with reforms so big, bold, and public they can’t be watered down – busting up the biggest banks and resurrecting Glass-Steagall.