Author Archives: Robert Reich

How Trump’s war on regulation is trickle-down economics

When Trump’s not blaming foreigners for everything that ails America, he’s blaming regulations. Continue reading

Trump and the art of the no deal

Donald Trump promised to be America’s dealmaker-in-chief, touting his “extraordinary” ability to negotiate. But so far, Trump has shown he can’t make a deal. Continue reading

The roadblock to common sense pension reform

Fifty-five million Americans—about half of the entire private-sector workforce—have no employer-sponsored retirement plan at all. Many work for small businesses in the low-wage service and hospitality sectors. If they don’t save money independently, they will have nothing when they stop working. Continue reading

Why wages are going nowhere

The official rate of unemployment in America has plunged to a remarkably low 3.8%. The Federal Reserve forecasts that the unemployment rate will reach 3.5% by the end of the year. Continue reading

We’re living a constitutional crisis

I keep hearing that if Trump fires Mueller, we’ll face a “constitutional crisis.” Or if Mueller subpoenas Trump to testify and Trump defies the subpoena, it’s a “constitutional crisis.” Or if Mueller delivers substantial evidence that Trump is guilty of colluding with Russia or of obstructing justice, and the House does nothing to impeach him, we have a “constitutional crisis.” Continue reading

The fog of Trump

Trump uses 5 tactics to create a fog of confusion and bewilderment, so we don’t pay attention to the real damage he’s doing—undermining our democracy; rewarding the rich and hurting the working class, middle class, and the poor; stoking hatefulness; and undercutting America’s standing in the world. Continue reading

What we can do about Trump’s escalating lies

As the political season heats up, Trump is ramping up his lies through his three amplifiers: Fox News, rallies, and Twitter. Continue reading

How to prevent future Trumps

Why did so many working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? Continue reading

Trump’s art of the no deal

Trump promised to be America’s dealmaker in chief, touting his “extraordinary” ability to negotiate. But so far—whether he’s dealing with foreign governments or with Congress—Trump has shown that he can’t make a deal. Continue reading

The Trump takeover of the courts

Trump’s most lasting legacy might be his impact on the federal court system. It must be stopped. Continue reading

The military-industrial drain

As Trump stokes tensions around the world, he’s adding fuel to the fire by demanding even more Pentagon spending. It’s a dangerous military buildup intended to underwrite endless wars and enrich defense contractors, while draining money from investment in the American people. Continue reading

The constitutional crisis is now

I keep hearing that if Trump fires Mueller we’ll face a constitutional crisis. Continue reading

A second American civil war?

Imagine that an impeachment resolution against Trump passes the House. Trump claims it’s the work of the “deep state.” Fox News’s Sean Hannity demands every honest patriot take to the streets. Rightwing social media call for war. As insurrection spreads, Trump commands the armed forces to side with the “patriots.” Continue reading

America’s megalomaniac

I spent last week at a conference in South Korea, during which time Trump went from seeking a meeting with Kim Jong-un to cancelling it, then suggesting it might be back on. Continue reading

How to stop Trump

Why did working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? Continue reading

The shameful silence of the CEOs

Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Trump if their major financial backers—big business and Wall Street—had more backbone. Continue reading

A third party? How not to settle for the lesser of two evils

Are you happy with the electoral choices provided you by the two major parties? If not, should you vote for a third party candidate? Continue reading

While China picks winners, Trump picks losers

“It’s nonsense that there’s a beautiful free market in the power industry,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said last week as he pushed for a government bailout of coal-fired power plants. Continue reading

The truth about an untethered Trump

The petulant adolescent in the White House—who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog—lacks adequate supervision. Continue reading

Dollars for decency

Last week, Laura Ingraham, Fox News’s queen of snark, tweeted that David Hogg—a 17-year-old who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has been among the eloquent advocates for gun control—“whines about” being rejected by four universities he applied to. She linked to an article from the Daily Wire calling him a “gun rights provocateur.” Continue reading

The real danger of Trump’s fanatics

What’s worrying isn’t that Trump is now getting advice about public policy from fanatics like John Bolton and Lawrence Kudlow. Trump has never cared about public policy. Continue reading

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