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Is Trump unraveling?

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Last week, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview with the New York Times that Donald Trump was treating his office like "a reality show," with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation "on the path to World War III."

Corker said he was concerned about ...Read more

A memo to Rex Tillerson about the 'moron'

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

To: Rex Tillerson

From: Robert Reich

Subject: The Moron

I can understand why you feel Washington is a place of "petty nonsense," as you said last week when you called a news conference to rebut charges that you called Donald Trump a moron last summer at a meeting of national security officials at the Pentagon.

I'm also reasonably sure you ...Read more

Trump's presidency is becoming increasingly irrelevant

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Announcement: Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States.

Oh, sure, he has the title and he has the bully pulpit -- from which he's bullying everyone from NBA players to people protesting white supremacists to DACA kids.

But he's not actively governing the United States. That work is ...Read more

Trump has hardly championed the average American worker

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

This will be the first Labor Day of the presidency of Donald J. Trump, who came to office riding a wave of anti-establishment anger from average working people. No one can say they didn't see it coming.

By the time Trump was elected, the typical American household had a net worth 14 percent lower than the typical household in ...Read more

What ever happened to the deficit hawks?

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

When Barack Obama was president, congressional Republicans were deficit hawks. They opposed almost everything Obama wanted to do by arguing that it would increase the federal budget deficit.

But now that Republicans are planning giant tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, they've stopped worrying about fiscal responsibility.

Senate ...Read more

The danger of dynastic wealth

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that "only morons pay the estate tax."

I'm reminded of Donald Trump's comment that he didn't pay federal income taxes because he was "smart." And billionaire Leona Helmsley's comment that "only the little people pay taxes."

What Cohn was getting at ...Read more

Trump focuses on nonexistent problems, worsens actual problems

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

It's easy to get caught up in the deeply flawed character of Donald Trump. We also need to recognize the policy catastrophe of his presidency.

Compare the trumped-up problems he's been focusing on with the real problems facing this country. Last week, for example, Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shielded around 800,...Read more

Google, Trump and the arrogance of power

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Google's search engine runs about two-thirds of all searches in the United States and 90 percent in Europe. "Platform monopolies" like this can squelch innovation. Google could favor its own services, such as politics/fromtheleft/robertbreich/s-1994515">Read more

Making America hate again

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump's unwillingness to denounce the white supremacists who came to Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend bent on violence has been part of his political strategy from the start.

Remember, weeks after he began his campaign by alleging that Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists, two brothers in Boston beat up and urinated on a ...Read more

Making America hate again

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Two days late, Donald Trump finally condemned violent white supremacists. He was pushed into it by a storm of outrage over his initial failure to do so in the wake of deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But the damage has already been done. Trump's unwillingness to denounce hateful violence has been part of his political strategy from...Read more

Night thoughts on Trump and America

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

With Donald Trump vacationing at one of his golf resorts, the rest of us may have a chance to relax. But in truth, it's more like a short break in a continuing nightmare, with just enough time to turn on the light, look at the clock and ponder where we are before the nightmare envelopes us again.

What can we ponder that will make all of this a ...Read more

Trump reeling from loss on Affordable Care Act

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The demise of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is hardly the end of the story. Donald Trump will not let this loss stand.

Since its inception in 2010, Republicans have made the Affordable Care Act a symbol of Obama-Clinton overreach -- part of a supposed plot by liberal elites to expand government, burden the white ...Read more

A dozen ways in which Trump has let down supporters

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

You had your reasons for voting for Donald Trump. For some of you he seemed the lesser of two evils, because you hated Hillary. Some of you just wanted to shake up the Washington establishment and end politics as usual.

But many of you were attracted by what he promised. So after six months, it's fair to consider whether he's delivered on those...Read more

A dozen ways in which Trump has let down supporters

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

You had your reasons for voting for Donald Trump. For some of you he seemed the lesser of two evils, because you hated Hillary. Some of you just wanted to shake up the Washington establishment and end politics as usual.

But many of you were attracted by what he promised. So after six months, it's fair to consider whether he's delivered on those...Read more

 
 

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