Robert Reich: Outsiders and mavericks are often attractive to an American electorate chronically suspicious of political insiders, but the anti-establishment sentiments unleashed this election year of a different magnitude. The Trump and Sanders candidacies are both dramatic repudiations of politics as usual.
Robert Reich: Given the gargantuan size of the financial market and the huge volume of trading occurring within it every day, this tiny tax would generate lots of revenue.
Robert Reich: The recent kerfluffle about Bernie Sanders purportedly not knowing how to bust up the big banks says far more about the threat Sanders poses to the Democratic establishment and its Wall Street wing than it does about the candidate himself.
Robert Reich: The real reason the major media can’t see what’s happening is because the national media exist inside the bubble of establishment politics, centered in Washington, and the bubble of establishment power, centered in New York.
Robert Reich: Millions who called themselves conservatives and Tea Partiers joined with millions who called themselves liberals and progressives against a political establishment that had shown itself incapable of hearing what they had been demanding for years.
Robert Reich: By making it easier for American corporations to make things abroad, the deals have reduced the bargaining power of American workers to get better wages here.
Robert Reich: Trump has finally reached a point where parallels between his presidential campaign and the fascists of the first half of the 20th century – lurid figures such as Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Oswald Mosley, and Francisco Franco – are too evident to overlook.
Robert Reich: Most of the economic gains have gone to you and others like you who spend only a small fraction of what they rake in. That spells trouble for the economy – and for you.
Robert Reich: Failure to take action on the biggest banks, a single-payer plan, widening inequality, and discrimination will almost certainly harm the economy.
Robert Reich: I, for one, regret its passing. Our nation needs political parties to connect up different groups of Americans, sift through prospective candidates, deliberate over priorities, identify common principles, and forge a platform. Republican Party Died
Robert Reich: Progressives, there’s no way to reform the system without rocking the boat. There’s no way to get to where America should be without aiming high. Robert Reich: There’s no way to reform the system without rocking the boat. There’s no way to get to where America should be without aiming high.
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.