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Corrupt State a greater concern than the Deep State

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump has been ramping up his "Deep State" rhetoric again. He's back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and "enemies of the people" in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office in order to allow the denizens of foreign "s***holes" to overrun America.

But with each passing day it's ...Read more

Warren's plan is a better form of economic nationalism

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Trumpian economic nationalism is a zero-sum game in which the industries of the future are dominated either by China or by the United States. We win or they win.

The loudest opposition so far has come from multinational American corporations and their Republican shills in Congress who don't want tariffs stopping them from making bundles of ...Read more

The gig is up

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although the company lost $1 billion, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining.

Uber drivers, on the other hand, aren't doing well. According to a recent study, about half of New York's Uber drivers are supporting families with children, yet 40...Read more

How to deal with the American dictator

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Americans have sharply different views about what government should do, whether on abortion, guns, immigration or any number of hot-button issues. But we broadly agree about how government should go about resolving our differences.

This distinction -- between what we disagree about and how we settle those disagreements -- is crucial. As long as...Read more

Trump administration is willing to ignore corporate wrongdoing

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Why didn't Boeing do it right? Why isn't Facebook protecting user passwords? Why is Phillip Morris allowed to promote vaping? Why hasn't Wells Fargo reformed itself? Why hasn't Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) recalled its Roundup weed killer?

Answer: corporate greed coupled with inept and corrupt regulators.

These are just a few of the examples ...Read more

The Trump economy isn't good for everyone

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The award for this year's Biggest Backhanded Compliment to Donald Trump from a Trump Toadie goes to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who recently predicted a Trump victory in 2020 because "people will vote for somebody they don't like if they think it's good for them."

Mulvaney knows most Americans don't like Trump. But Mulvaney...Read more

The House now has a constitutional duty to impeach

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump is causing a constitutional crisis with his blanket refusal to respond to any subpoenas.

So what happens now? An impeachment inquiry in the House won't send him packing before Election Day 2020 because Senate Republicans won't convict him of impeachment.

So the practical political question is whether a House ...Read more

Vaccination is a social responsibility

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

I remember having measles as a kid. Believe me, it was no fun. Also, measles could cause birth defects if a pregnant women were to be infected. If you were elderly, measles could be fatal.

Eventually, after vaccinations became nearly universal in America, measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000.

But now the measles are back, ...Read more

Congress can't let Trump win his fight against oversight

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

On Sunday, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), threatened to subpoena Attorney General William Barr if he refuses to testify this week about the Mueller report.

But a subpoena is unlikely to elicit Barr's cooperation. "We're fighting all the subpoenas," says the president of the United States.

In other words, ...Read more

Mueller report sheds light on Trump's character

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Democrats in Congress and talking heads on television will be consumed in the coming weeks by whether the evidence in the Mueller report, especially of obstruction of justice, merits impeachment.

Meanwhile, the question of "wink-wink" cooperation with Russia still looms. Mueller's quote of Trump, when first learning a special counsel had been ...Read more

How Mitch McConnell killed the Senate

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't want to anger Donald Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn't want.

America used to have a Senate. But under McConnell, what was once known as the...Read more

Wall Street only favors one kind of socialism

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon took aim at socialism in his annual letter to shareholders, distributed last week, warning that it would be "a disaster for our country," because it produces "stagnation, corruption and often worse."

Dimon should know. He was at the helm when JPMorgan received a $25 billion socialist-like bailout in 2008, after it...Read more

Trump administration is willing to ignore corporate wrongdoing

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Why didn't Boeing do it right? Why isn't Facebook protecting user passwords? Why is Phillip Morris allowed to promote vaping? Why hasn't Wells Fargo reformed itself? Why hasn't Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) recalled its Roundup weed killer?

Answer: corporate greed coupled with inept and corrupt regulators.

These are just a few of the examples ...Read more

Trump administration is willing to ignore corporate wrongdoing

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Why didn't Boeing do it right? Why isn't Facebook protecting user passwords? Why is Phillip Morris allowed to promote vaping? Why hasn't Wells Fargo reformed itself? Why hasn't Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) recalled its Roundup weed killer?

Answer: corporate greed coupled with inept and corrupt regulators.

These are just a few of the examples ...Read more

The real scandal of Donald Trump's presidency

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

We may never know for sure whether Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to obtain Russia's help in the 2016 election, in return for, say, Trump's help in weakening NATO and not interfering against Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Trump and his propaganda machine at Fox News have repeatedly conjured up a "witch hunt" and maintained a drumbeat...Read more

 

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