Robert Reich: Trump refused to answer questions from reporters who have run stories he doesn’t like, or from news outlets that have criticized him.
Robert Reich: Republicans can’t come up with a replacement. Revoking the tax increases in Obamacare – a key part of the repeal – would make it impossible to finance these subsidies.
Robert Reich: Hold few if any press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements.
Robert Reich: The man who is about to become President of the United States continues to exhibit a mean-spirited, thin-skinned, narcissistic and vindictive character.
Robert Reich: If Obama appointed Garland on January 3, the appointment would last until December 2017, the end of the first session of the 115th Congress.
Robert Reich: When Trump lies – claiming, for example, “massive voter fraud” in the election, and that he “won in a landslide” – and the media call him on those lies, Trump claims the media is lying. Even televised satires he labels “unfunny, one-sided, and pathetic.”
Robert Reich: Like his non-stop tweets, Trump’s purpose in holding these rallies is to connect directly with a large and enthusiastic base of followers who will believe what he says.
Robert Reich: Trump hasn’t had a news conference since July. He has blocked the media from traveling with him, or even knowing whom he’s meeting with.
Robert Reich: We’re now in the Second Gilded Age, and American capitalism is again off track. It takes about three generations for Americans to forget how our system, unattended, goes wrong. And then to right it.
Robert Reich: After Newt Gingrich took over as Speaker of the House in 1995, compromise was replaced by brinksmanship, and normal legislative maneuvering was supplanted by threats to close down the government – which occurred at the end of that year.
Robert Reich: The ascendance of Ryan and Clinton will mark a win for big business and Wall Street over the strongest anti-establishment surge America has witnessed since Great Depression.
Robert Reich: Shaming before congressional committees tends to reassure the public Congress is taking action. But – especially with Republicans in charge – Congress is doing nothing to prevent the wrongdoing from recurring.
Robert Reich: My colleagues weren’t exactly enthusiastic about the new president’s campaign promise. “Maybe there’s some way we can do this without actually limiting executive pay,” one said.