Patrolling the Boundaries Inside America

Protecting School Districts

*+-Robert Reich: Education is no longer just a gateway into the American middle class. Getting a better education than almost everyone else is the gateway into the American elite.

And Now the Richest .01 Percent

Richest Americans Grow Richer

*+-Robert Reich: The richest Americans hold more of the nation’s wealth than they have in almost a century. What do they spend it on? As you might expect, personal jets, giant yachts, works of art, and luxury penthouses.

The Choice of the Century

Way Ahead for Democrats

*+-Robert Reich: If you want a single reason for why Democrats lost big on Election Day 2014 it’s this: Median household income continues to drop.

Empathy Deficit Disorder

Empathy Deficit Disorder

*+-Robert Reich: Most Americans aren’t suicidal, and most don’t work at the minimum wage. But many are deeply anxious about their jobs and panicked about how they’re going to pay next month’s bills.

Getting a Grip on Ebola

Ebola Hysteria Grows

*+-Robert Reich: The real crisis is the hysteria over Ebola that’s being fed by media outlets seeking sensationalism and politicians posturing for the midterm elections.

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?