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How blue states help red states

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress love to demonize government handouts. But their own red-state supporters depend on these handouts. And the handouts are increasingly financed by the inhabitants of blue states.

The federal program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families -- what we used to call "welfare" -- is now tiny. It provides cash ...Read more

America has rejected Trumpism

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism.

No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans.

The real battleground was the House, where Democrats had to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to get the 218 needed for a majority.

They did.

Trump ...Read more

Trump's demagoguery inspired it. Fox News magnified it.

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Demagogues rarely commit violence directly. Instead, they focus blame, ridicule, fear and hate -- and then leave the violence to others. That way, they can always claim, "It wasn't me. I don't have blood on my hands."

Of the tens of millions of Americans whom the Donald Trump/Fox News regime has made fearful, only a small percentage -- say, a ...Read more

Democrats, don't go high or low. Go big and bold.

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump says the midterm elections are a "referendum about me." Of course they are. Everything is about him.

Anyone who still believes the political divide runs between Republicans and Democrats hasn't been paying attention. There's no longer a Republican Party. The ...Read more

The truth about the Trump economy

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

I keep hearing that although Donald Trump is a scoundrel or worse, at least he's presiding over a great economy.

"The single biggest story this year is an economic boom that is durable and lasting," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said recently.

Really? Look closely at the living standards of most Americans, and you get a very ...Read more

It's time to place a check on this most unbalanced of presidents

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they'll vote in the midterm elections should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. Trump.

With the addition of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court is as firmly Republican as are the House and Senate.

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It's time to fight back against America's bullies

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

As a kid I was always a head shorter than other boys, which meant I was bullied -- mocked, threatened, sometimes assaulted.

Childhood bullying has been going on forever. But America has become a culture of bullying -- the wealthier over the poorer, CEOs over workers, those with privilege and pedigree over those without, the white over the brown...Read more

Why I'm betting on millennials this Election Day

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Millennials (and their younger siblings from Generation Z) are the largest, most diverse and progressive group of potential voters in American history, comprising fully 30 percent of the voting-age population.

On Nov. 6, they'll have the power to alter the course of American politics -- flipping Congress, changing the leadership ...Read more

The three big lessons we didn't learn from the economic crisis

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people's money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers.

America should have learned three big lessons from the crisis. We didn't, to our continuing peril.

First unlearned lesson: Banking is a risky ...Read more

Kavanaugh will further divide us

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Yale Law School, from which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got his law degree, issued a statement about him with glowing quotes from professors attesting to his impeccable legal credentials.

Perhaps the Yale Law faculty deemed his credentials impeccable because he graduated from Yale Law ...Read more

Seeds of next crash seen in widening imbalance

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

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Conditions are ripe for another economic crash

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Sept. 15 will mark the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and near meltdown of Wall Street, followed by the Great Recession.

Since hitting bottom in 2009, the economy has grown steadily, the stock market has soared, and corporate profits have ballooned.

But most Americans are still living in the shadow of the ...Read more

Can we get an annulment instead of an impeachment?

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The only way I can see the end of the Donald Trump presidency is if there's overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election -- in which case impeachment isn't an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled.

Let me explain.

Many people are convinced we're already witnessing the beginning of the end of Trump. In their view, bombshell ...Read more

Musk, Trump and the second Gilded Age

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

I've long admired Elon Musk as a technological visionary. But I worry about his sense of responsibility to the public.

Earlier this month, Musk announced on Twitter that he intended to turn Tesla, the electric-car maker he founded, into a private company. He said the funding was "secured" -- a ...Read more


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