Author Archives: Robert Reich

The stock buyback boondoggle is beggaring America

Trump and Republicans branded their huge corporate tax cut as a way to make American corporations more profitable so they’d invest in more and better jobs. Continue reading

The mad King Donald

Trump is moving into a new and more dangerous phase. Continue reading

6 ways millennials will clean up the mess boomers left them

Baby Boomers—my generation, born between 1946 and 1964—dominated politics and the economy for years. There were just more Boomers than people of any other generation. But that’s no longer the case. Now, the biggest generation is the Millennials, born between 1983 and 2000. Continue reading

America’s Shkreli problem

On Friday, Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison. What if anything does Shkreli’s fall tell us about America? Continue reading

Trump’s brand is Ayn Rand

Donald Trump once said he identified with Ayn Rand’s character Howard Roark in “The Fountainhead,” an architect so upset that a housing project he designed didn’t meet specifications he had it dynamited. Continue reading

Kushner’s unconscionable conflicts

Before I turn to Jared Kushner, let me ask: Do you believe the U.S. government does the right thing all or most of the time? Continue reading

Why we need rise-up economics, not trickle-down

How to build the economy? Not through trickle-down economics. Tax cuts to the rich and big corporations don’t lead to more investment and jobs. Continue reading

The moral movement against violence

Join the Ku Klux Klan and get 10 percent off on your next Fed Ex shipment! Continue reading

Why the common good disappeared (and how we get it back)

In 1963 over 70 percent of Americans trusted government to do the right thing all or most of the time; nowadays only 16 percent do. Continue reading

The 3 choices when it comes to Trump

First, you can complain. Yell. Bang on the dinner table. Tell your family and friends the man is a dangerous fool. Explode every time you read something about him. Swear every time you see him on TV. Go ballistic when you listen to him or about him on the radio. Continue reading

Trump’s big buyback bamboozle

Trump’s promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers’ wages is proving to be about as truthful as his promise to release his tax returns. Continue reading

Trump’s divide-and-conquer strategy

If Robert Mueller finds that Trump colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 election, or even if Trump fires Mueller before he makes such a finding, Trump’s supporters will protect Trump from any political fallout. Continue reading

The next big fight

Fresh off passing massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Trump and congressional Republicans want to use the deficit they’ve created to justify huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Continue reading

Trump’s America: Open to global capital, not people

Trump to global CEOs and financiers in Davos, Switzerland: “America is open for business.” We’re now a great place for you to make money. We’ve slashed taxes and regulations so you can make a bundle here. Continue reading

How Trump is destroying the GOP

America has never had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn’t good news for the Republican Party this November or in the future, because the GOP has sold its soul to Trump. Continue reading

Trump’s shareholder bonanza

The evidence is in: The biggest beneficiaries of the Trump-Republican tax plan are shareholders. Continue reading

Describing Trump: 6 euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president

Now that Trump has been president for almost a year, it’s time the media called his behavior for what it is rather than try to normalize it. Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president . . . Continue reading

Seriously, how dumb is Trump?

For more than a year now, I’ve been hearing from people in the inner circles of official Washington—GOP lobbyists, Republican pundits, even a few Republican members of Congress—that Donald Trump is remarkably stupid. Continue reading

New Year’s update for Trump voters

Almost one year in, it’s time for another update for Trump voters on his election promises. Continue reading

A year with Trump

Last week, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch stood on the White House lawn, opining that Donald Trump’s presidency could be “the greatest presidency that we’ve seen, not only in generations, but maybe ever.” Continue reading

The triumph of the oligarchs

“The American people have waited 31 long years to see our broken tax code overhauled,” the leaders of the Koch’s political network insisted in a letter to members of Congress recently, urging swift approval of the Republican tax plan. Continue reading

A guide to why the Trump-Republican tax plan is a disgrace (for when you confront your Republican Uncle Bob during the holidays)

Here are the 3 main Republican arguments in favor of the Republican tax plan, followed by the truth. Continue reading

Why making American corporations more competitive doesn’t help most Americans

Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order “to restore our competitive edge,” as Trump says. Continue reading

The true path to prosperity

It’s often thought that Democrats care about fairness and not economic growth, while Republicans care about growth even at the cost of some fairness. Continue reading

Fools or knaves?

One of the most dangerous consequences of this awful period in American life is the denigration of the truth, and of institutions and people who tell it. Continue reading

The new poll tax

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are being denied the right to vote because they are poor. Continue reading

Patriotism, taxes, and Trump

Selling the Trump-Republican tax plan should be awkward for an administration that has made patriotism its central theme. Continue reading

A year without a president

It seems like forever, but it was just one year ago that Donald Trump was elected president. So what have we learned about the presidency and who is running the country? Continue reading

Trump’s most damning legacy

In a radio interview on Thursday, Trump said “the saddest thing is, because I am the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing.” Continue reading

Trump’s Trojan horse tax cut

The goal of Trump and the Republican leaders is to pull off a giant redistribution of over $1 trillion from the middle-class, working-class, and poor to the rich, who are already richer than ever. Continue reading

The huge tax heist

You know the plot: The bank robbers set off a bomb down the street from the bank, and while everyone’s distracted they get away with the loot. Continue reading

America now has 6 political parties

The old Democratic and Republican parties are exploding. When you take a closer look, America actually has six political parties right now. Continue reading