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  • Robert B. Reich: Detroit and the American social contract

    One way to view Detroit's bankruptcy -- the largest bankruptcy of any American city in history -- is as a failure of political negotiations over how financial sacrifices should be divided among the city's creditors, city workers and municipal retirees,...
  • Robert B. Reich: Why we should stop subsidizing executive pay

    Almost everyone knows CEO pay is out of control. It surged 16 percent at big companies last year, according to the New York Times, and the typical CEO raked in $15.1 million. Meanwhile, the median wage continued to drop, adjusted for inflation. What's...
  • Robert B. Reich: What we haven't learned about Wall Street over the past five years

    While attention is focused on Syria, the gambling addiction of Wall Street's biggest banks is more dangerous than ever. Five years ago this month, Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, and the Street hurtled toward the worst financial crisis in 80 years. Yet...
  • Robert B. Reich: The political uses of the 'free market' myth

    One of the most deceptive ideas continuously sounded by the right (and its fathomless think tanks and media outlets) is that the "free market" is natural and inevitable, existing outside and beyond government. So whatever inequality or insecurity it...
  • Robert B. Reich: Washington bullies

    As a child I was bullied by bigger boys who threatened to beat me up if I didn't give them what they wanted. But every time I gave in to their demands, their subsequent demands grew larger. First they wanted the change in my pocket. Next it was the...
  • Robert B. Reich: Republicans are setting a cynicism trap

    An old friend who has been active in politics for more than 30 years tells me he's giving up. "I can't stomach what's going on in Washington anymore," he says. "The hell with all of them. I have better things to do with my life." My friend is falling...
  • Robert B. Reich: Drama in Washington has been a dangerous distraction

    First came the drama over the government shutdown. Then the showdown over the debt ceiling. Now another round of negotiations on the budget deficit. Pardon me for asking, but when exactly will Washington begin to deal with the crisis of jobs, wages and...
  • Robert B. Reich: The triumph of the Right

    Conservative Republicans have lost their fight over the shutdown and debt ceiling, and they probably won't get major spending cuts in upcoming negotiations over the budget. But they're winning the big one: How the nation understands our biggest...
  • Robert B. Reich: The deep irony of Republican disapproval of Obamacare

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says Republicans will seek to delay a requirement of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that all Americans obtain health insurance or face a tax penalty. "With so many unanswered questions and the problems arising around...
  • Robert B. Reich: Washington turns its back on Great Recession victims

    How to explain this paradox? Starting Nov. 1, more than 47 million Americans lost some or all of their food stamp benefits. House Republicans are pushing for further cuts. If the sequester isn't stopped, everything else poor and working-class Americans...
  • Robert B. Reich: Pragmatism, ideology and inequality in America

    The Washington Post called Chris Christie's huge gubernatorial victory a "clear signal in favor of pragmatic, as opposed to ideological, governance." But the mainstream media used a different adjective to describe Bill de Blasio, Election Day's other...
  • Robert B. Reich: What Walmart could learn from Henry Ford

    Walmart just reported shrinking sales for a third straight quarter. What's going on? Explained William S. Simon, the CEO of Walmart, referring to the company's customers, "Their income is going down while food costs are not. Gas and energy prices, while...