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Even after sentencing, America still has a Shkreli problem

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Last Friday, Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison. What, if anything, does Shkreli's downfall tell us about modern America?

Shkreli's early life exemplified the rags-to-riches American success story. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1983, to parents who emigrated from Montenegro and worked as janitors in New York apartment...Read more

The unconscionable conflicts of Jared Kushner

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Before I turn to Jared Kushner, let me ask: Do you believe the U.S. government does the right thing all or most of the time?

The Gallup organization started asking this question in 1963, when more than 70 percent of Americans said they did. Since then, the percentage has steadily declined. By 2016, before Donald Trump became president, only 16 ...Read more

The moral movement against violence is gaining steam

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

For years, big corporations had welcomed the opportunity to accumulate more customers by giving discounts to NRA members. Yet in the aftermath of the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and the activism of high school students, corporations are bailing out of their deals with the NRA.

As we've seen with the corporate firings of sleazebag movie ...Read more

Has the real meaning of America been lost?

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

When Donald Trump and his followers refer to "America," what do they mean?

Some see a country of white, English-speaking Christians.

Others want a land inhabited by self-seeking individuals free to accumulate as much money and power as possible, who pay taxes only to protect their assets from criminals and foreign aggressors.

Others think ...Read more

Trump's tax cut is fueling stock buybacks, not wage increases

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump's promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers' wages is proving to be about as truthful as his promise to release his tax returns.

The results are coming in, and guess what? Almost all the extra money is going into stock buybacks. Since the tax cut became law, buy-backs have ...Read more

Trump's divide-and-conquer strategy is working

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

If special counsel Robert Mueller finds that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 election, or even if Trump fires Mueller before he makes such a finding, Trump's supporters will protect him from any political fallout.

Trump's base will stand by him not because they believe Trump is on their side, but because they define themselves...Read more

Trump's America: Open to global capital, not people

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Trump to global CEOs and financiers in Davos, Switzerland, last week: "America is open for business." We're now a great place for you to make money. We've slashed taxes and regulations so you can make a bundle here.

Trump to ambitious young immigrants around the world, including those brought here as children: America is closed. We don't want ...Read more

How Trump is destroying the GOP

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

America has never before had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn't good news for the Republican Party this November or in the future, because the GOP has sold its ...Read more

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


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