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Let's not use euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Now that Donald Trump has been president for almost a year, it's time the media call his behavior what it is rather than try to normalize it. Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president.

1. Calling Trump's tweets "presidential "statements" or "press releases."

Wrong. Trump's tweets are mostly rants off ...Read more

Trump may be dumb, but he's a talented con man

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

For more than a year now, I've been hearing from people in the inner circles of official Washington -- GOP lobbyists, Republican pundits, even a few Republican members of Congress -- that Donald Trump is remarkably stupid.

I figured they couldn't be right because really stupid people don't become...Read more

Trump making little progress on promises to voters

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Almost one year in, it's time for another update for Trump voters on his election promises:

1. He told you he'd cut your taxes, and that the super-rich like him would pay more. You bought it. But his new tax law does the opposite. By 2027, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the richest 1 percent will have gotten 83 percent of the ...Read more

A year with Trump

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Last week, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch stood on the White House lawn, opining that Donald Trump's presidency could be "the greatest presidency that we've seen, not only in generations, but maybe ever."

I beg to differ.

America has had its share of crooks (Warren G. Harding, Richard Nixon), bigots (Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan) and incompetents ...Read more

The triumph of the American oligarchs

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The Republican tax plan to be voted on this week is likely to pass.

"The American people have waited 31 long years to see our broken tax code overhauled," the leaders of the Koch brothers' political network insisted in a letter to members of Congress that urged swift approval. They added that the time has come to put "more money in the pockets ...Read more

Why making American corporations more competitive doesn't help most Americans

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order "to restore our competitive edge," as Trump says.

Our competitive edge? Who's us?

Most American corporations -- especially big ones that would get most of the planned corporate tax cuts -- have no particular allegiance to America. Their...Read more

The true path to prosperity

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

It's often thought that Democrats care about fairness and not economic growth, while Republicans care about growth even at the cost of some fairness.

Rubbish. Growth and fairness aren't opposites. In reality, Democrats have been the party of economic growth and fairness. Republicans are the party of neither.

The only way to grow the economy is...Read more

Is Mnuchin a fool or a knave?

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

One of the most dangerous consequences of this awful period in American life is the denigration of the truth, and of the institutions and people who tell it.

There are two kinds of liars -- fools and knaves. Fools lie because they don't know the truth. Knaves lie because they intend to mislead.

Donald Trump is both, because he doesn't even ...Read more

We're now seeing a backlash against the bullies

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Why are so many women now speaking out about the sexual abuses they've experienced for years? Is there anything unique about the time we're now living through that has encouraged them to end their silence?

I can't help but think that their decisions are part of something that's happening throughout much of American society right now -- a ...Read more

Patriotism, taxes and Trump

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Selling the Donald Trump/Republican tax plan should be awkward for an administration that has made patriotism its central theme. That's because patriotism isn't mostly about saluting the flag and standing during the national anthem.

It's about taking a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.

But the tax plan gives American ...Read more

Trump's most damning legacy

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

In a radio interview last week, Donald Trump said that "the saddest thing is, because I am the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I'm not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I'm not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing ..."

Trump then asked, referring to ...Read more

Trump's most damning legacy

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

In a radio interview last week, Donald Trump said that "the saddest thing is, because I am the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I'm not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I'm not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing ..."

Trump then asked, referring to ...Read more

The huge tax heist

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

You know the plot: The bank robbers set off a bomb down the street from the bank, and while everyone's distracted, they get away with the loot.

In the reality TV show we're now suffering through, Donald Trump is the bomb.

The robbers are the American oligarchs who bankroll the Republican Party, ...Read more

How to end crony capitalism

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The largest corporations and the richest people in America -- who donated billions of dollars to Republican candidates for the House and Senate in the 2016 election -- appear on the way to getting what they paid for: a giant tax cut.

The New York Times reports that business groups are meeting frequently with key Republicans in order to shape ...Read more

 

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