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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

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

 

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