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Trump has hardly championed the average American worker

By Robert B. Reich, Tribune Content Agency on

Nowadays, the numbers are almost reversed, with 76 percent believing government is run "by a few big interests" and just 19 percent saying government is run "for the benefit of all."

In the early 1960s, most Americans said they had a "great deal of confidence" in the nation's major companies, banks and financial institutions.

Now, just one in 10 has a great deal of confidence in them.

In his first seven months as president, Trump has done nothing for American workers. In fact, his attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act, his retreat from Labor Department regulations boosting overtime pay, and his proposed tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations will make most workers worse off.

But he is in office because of workers' anger and distrust. "The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country," Trump said in his inaugural address. "Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs."

Tragically, Trump was right.

Now, all of us are paying the price.

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(Robert Reich, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few," now available in paperback. His new film, "Inequality for All," is now out on Amazon, DVD and On Demand. His daily blog is at www.facebook.com/RBReich/.)

 

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