Author Archives: Robert Reich

Trump’s cruel and deviant budget

For years, conservatives warned that liberals were “defining deviancy downward.” They said that by tolerating bad social behavior, liberals in effect lowered what was deemed acceptable behavior overall—allowing social norms to decline. Continue reading

Europe’s view of Trump

European governments, preparing for a round of major summits with Donald Trump, are wary. Continue reading

The end of Trump

The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Continue reading

Are there 22 patriotic House Republicans?

Trump warning to former FBI Director James Comey against leaking anything negative about him—tweeting “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”—is deeply troubling. Continue reading

The moral travesty of Trumpcare

Shame on every one of the 217 Republicans who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, and substitute basically nothing. Continue reading

Trump’s banksters and the rollback of Dodd-Frank

Donald Trump has ordered a rollback of regulations over Wall Street, including the Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2010 to prevent another too-big-to-fail banking crisis. Continue reading

The authoritarian president

After more than 100 days into his presidency, it seems fair to ask: What is Donald Trump’s governing philosophy? Continue reading

Trump’s unconstitutional assault on the judiciary

One way dictators take over democracies is by threatening the independence of a nation’s courts. Donald Trump is doing just this. Continue reading

5 reasons why Trump’s corporate tax cut is appallingly dumb

Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, in order to “make the United States more competitive.” Continue reading

First 100 days: Trump and the degradation of the presidency

Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his first 100 days is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time—especially his degradation of the presidency. Continue reading

The Trump Doctrine

What’s the “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy? At first glance, foreign policy under Trump seems inconsistent, arbitrary, and devoid of principle. Continue reading

The truth about Trumponomics

When Donald Trump spoke at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina—unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner”—he congratulated Boeing for building the plane “right here in the great state of South Carolina.“ Continue reading

Trump’s incredibly dumb bet on coal

When Donald Trump was running for president, he talked a lot about putting people back to work. And one of the industries he focused on most was the coal industry. He even put on a hard hat and waved around a pick axe to show how much he loved coal. Continue reading

Trump’s business of government

The White House has announced that Trump will name his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to run a new Office of American Innovation—described as a SWAT team of strategic consultants staffed by former business executives, designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington and help make government work more like a business. Continue reading

No, Paul, it wasn’t because of ‘growing pains’

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” Continue reading

Gorsuch shouldn’t be confirmed until we know the person who picked him is cleared of wrongdoing

Neil Gorsuch shouldn’t be confirmed until Trump comes clean. Continue reading

An orgy of unnecessary cruelty

The theme that unites all of Trump’s initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. Continue reading

Trump’s bonkers budget

Donald Trump ran for president as a man of the people, who was going to fight for those who were left behind—but everything we’re hearing about his forthcoming federal budget says exactly the opposite: Spending that’s a great deal for big corporations that have hired armies of lobbyists, and great for the wealthiest few like himself. But leaving everyone else a lot worse off. Continue reading

Trump’s war on the truth tellers

A normal president and a normal White House respond to facts or arguments they disagree with with other verifiable facts and arguments that make their case. Continue reading

Trump’s 10 steps for turning lies into half-truths

Earlier this year the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief insisted that the Wall Street Journal wouldn’t label Trump’s false statements as “lies.” Lying, said the editor, requires a deliberate intention to mislead, which couldn’t be proven in Trump’s case. Continue reading

3 terrifying reasons for Trump’s latest rant

Early Saturday morning, March 4, the 45th president of the United States alleged in a series of tweets that former president Barack Obama orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election. Trump concluded that the former president is a “Bad (or sick) guy!” Continue reading

7 signs of tyranny

As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically do 7 things. Continue reading

Why Trumponomics fails

When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina—unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner”—he congratulated Boeing for building the plane “right here” in South Carolina. Continue reading

Michael Flynn and the 6 big questions

The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions, and will then make a judgment on the sixth. Continue reading

The White House mess

Donald Trump sold himself to voters as a successful businessman who knew how to get things done, a no-nonsense manager who’d whip government into shape. Continue reading

Who lacks respect for the office of the president?

Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway charges that media coverage of Donald Trump lacks “respect for and recognition of the dignity for the office of the president.” Continue reading

Trump and Bannon’s ‘America First’

Trump and Bannon putting world at risk of nuclear war

Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council—elevating his chief political strategist Steve Bannon, and demoting the director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Continue reading

Trump’s infrastructure scam

Our country is in dire need of massive investments in infrastructure, but what Donald Trump is proposing is nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich. Continue reading

Trump’s two-step strategy to take over the truth

Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming days and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press—finding the truth, reporting it, and holding Trump accountable for his lies. Continue reading

Trump’s plan to neuter the White House press corps, and neuter our democracy

Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. Continue reading

The endgame of 2016′s anti-establishment politics

Will Bernie Sanders’s supporters rally behind Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination? Likewise, if Donald Trump is denied the Republican nomination, will his supporters back whoever gets the Republican nod? Continue reading