Robert Reich
United States Secretary of Labor
Robert Reich
Robert Bernard Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Reich is currently Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was formerly a professor at Harvard University's John F.
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Enjoying President Trump? Then Blame Democrats For Cheating Bernie Sanders
Huffington Post - 16 days
In a recent article, I explain that President Obama either bombed, sanctioned or sent American soldiers to the seven nations on President Trump’s travel ban. Thus, the precedent for Trump’s stance on refugees correlates directly to policies from the Bush and Obama years. These policies helped create the refugee crisis that Trump has so awkwardly addressed with his draconian executive order. From Trump’s travel ban of Muslim majority nations to allegedly belligerent phone calls with world leaders, media and Democrats have reacted with outrage and disbelief. It’s as if the Democratic Party and loyal “lesser evil” voters didn’t think cheating Bernie Sanders would lead to such political turmoil. When Debbie Wasserman Shultz resigned from the DNC and friendly journalists covered-up the crime, it was too late; Bernie was forced out of the primary. The only chance for Democrats to defeat a populist Republican nominee, during an anti-establishment year in American politic ...
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Is Trump backtracking on 'draining the swamp'?
CNN - 2 months
Is president-elect Trump really 'draining the swamp' with his wealthy cabinet choices? Jeffrey Lord and Robert Reich weigh in with Anderson Cooper.
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Robert Reich to Trump: Stop acting 'thin-skinned and vindictive'
CNN - 3 months
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich called out President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday for lashing out at a union leader who criticized the Carrier job deal.
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Portland Could Be The First City To Tackle Outrageous CEO Pay
Huffington Post - 4 months
Portland, Oregon, may soon be the first American city to take a legal stand against outsized CEO pay. In an explicit bid to reduce extreme income inequality, the city government is considering penalizing companies that pay CEOs many times more than average workers. Known for its progressive politics, Portland has already given workers paid sick leave, and the state of Oregon has raised the minimum wage. But this penalty more directly targets a major driver of income inequality that affects more people, said Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick, who called the city’s proposal a “direct assault on extreme inequality.” The draft of the proposed ordinance even cites the research of Thomas Piketty, a French economist who’s drawn attention to the issue of rising income inequality in recent years. Piketty’s bestselling 2014 book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that rising executive pay is a major contributor to the widening ― and destabilizing ― gulf between the rich ...
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Philanthropy Isn't Always Sexy: Why Domestic Violence Organizations Deserve Your Support Anyway
Huffington Post - 4 months
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we need to discuss some numbers. From September 11, 2001, to June 6, 2012, more American women were killed by intimate partners than all of the victims of 9/11 plus all of the American military fatalities due to the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined. The numbers aren't even close. According to the FBI, 11,766 women lost their lives to domestic violence during the years that 6,614 citizens and troops were killed in terror attacks and war. And then there's this: If you already knew this, you are among a small minority of Americans. If you are shocked, you are probably among the majority of Americans who have a rudimentary understanding of the high rates of violence against women in so-called third-world countries, but not of the problem it is here. It's true that many more women are killed halfway around the world and that domestic violence in the U.S. pales by comparison. But it's not a zero-sum game ...
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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Global Trade War, Trump Edition
NYTimes - 5 months
Why Larry Summers, Robert Reich and other economists think the Republican presidential candidate’s trade policies are ‘lunatic.’
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Ex-Wells Fargo Employees Sue, Allege They Were Punished For Not Breaking Law - NPR
Google News - 5 months
NPR Ex-Wells Fargo Employees Sue, Allege They Were Punished For Not Breaking Law NPR Former Wells Fargo employees who say they were fired for following the law have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking $2.6 billion in damages as the fallout continues over the creation of millions of secret, unauthorized bank accounts. Two employees are ... Wells Fargo workers: Fake accounts began years agoCNNMoney Wells Fargo has some explaining to doBusiness Insider Robert Reich: Top Executives Must Be Brought to BookNewsweek Fortune -New York Post -Truth-Out all 210 news articles »
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Robert Reich Is Remarkably Ignorant About Corporate Tax And Tax Amnesties
Forbes - 5 months
True, we're going to have to work hard and search well to find some economic idea or process which Robert Reich is truly familiar with (and no, it's not just me, Paul Krugman has been gloriously rude about him in the past, as we shall get to) but this particular [...]
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If Clinton Is Elected, What Should She Do With Bill?
NYTimes - 7 months
Bill Clinton spoke as a loving and devoted husband Tuesday night at the Democratic convention. But if Hillary Clinton is elected in November, he will not just be the nation's first first gentleman, he will enter the White House having spent eight years in the job his wife will be starting. How should a second President Clinton deal with the first one? What role should he play? Responses: A Second Co-Presidency, Without So Much Controversy Carl Bernstein, author of "A Woman In Charge:The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Clinton Would Be an Ideal Middle East Envoy Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Writer and peace activist An Opportunity to Model Ideal Male Supportive Behavior Andra Gillespie, political science professor Listen, Cookie, the First Spouse Has Better Things to Do Jennifer Gilmore, novelist ...
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Supporting Bernie Sanders Does Not Excuse Misogyny
Huffington Post - 9 months
If Donald Trump's campaign has exposed America's "racist underbelly," then the Bernie Sanders campaign has exposed the progressive movement's misogynist underbelly. Some Sanders supporters seem to think that supporting a socialist justifies misogynist vitriol. It doesn't. I repeat: It does not matter how progressive your chosen presidential candidate is. There is no excuse for calling a woman a cunt. The last few weeks have been telling for leftists who were under the impression that this side of the political spectrum doesn't have a problem with women. At the Nevada State Democratic Convention on Sat. May 14 in Las Vegas, 64 potential Sanders delegates were denied. Sanders supporters were demonstrably outraged at this -- according to the Nevada State Democratic Party, "event security no longer had the capacity to control the unruly and unpredictable crowd," and it had to be shut down.  In response, party chair Roberta Lange had her phone number and address leaked, and re ...
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Full Episode: This Week: 04/17/16: Presidential Candidates Set for New York Primary Contest
ABC News - 10 months
Guests: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Paul Manafort, Ken Cuccinelli, Matt Dowd, Robert Reich, Roland Martin, Mary Matalin
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Biggest ingrate? Clintons gave him the biggest boost in his career…and now?
Fox News - 11 months
President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor was Robert Reich.  Being named Secretary of Labor was a huge boost to Reich’s career.  Reich (in January) endorsed Secretary Clinton’s competitor Senator Bernie Sanders. Why am I just posting this now?  Because I ran across Reich’s name and every time I read it I think: ingrate.  If he didn’t like Secretary Clinton, he should have remained mute – not endorsed against her. But that is Washington…   The post Biggest ingrate? Clintons gave him the biggest boost in his career…and now? appeared first on Gretawire.
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The Bob & Chez Show Podcast: Donald Trump vs Fox News, Plus We Say Goodbye to Tarp Man
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Today's topics include: Farewell to the Tarp Man; The Oregon Militia Takes Its First Casualties; Oregon Militia Doofus Screams About the Cops; Trump vs Fox News Channel; Trump Fans Tweet Sexist Slurs at Megyn Kelly; Sarah Palin Defends Trump Against Fox News; Robert Reich's Bernie Sanders Video; and much more. Download the mp3 (60 minutes, 43mb) Listen and subscribe on iTunes (it's FREE!) Support the show at Patreon The Bob & Chez Show is a funny, fast-paced political podcast that doesn't take itself too seriously. The twice-weekly podcast is hosted by Bob Cesca (, The Huffington Post, The Daily Banter, The Stephanie Miller Show), and CNN/MSNBC producer turned writer Chez Pazienza. Follow the show at with special thanks to Kerri Castellini. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Weekend Roundup: 5 Million Jobs Lost to Robots and Inequality Too Vast to Last
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As global elites gathered in Davos this week, the World Economic Forum released a daunting survey that estimates that 5 million jobs will be lost across the world in coming years to robotic automation. Oxfam also reported this week that 62 ultra-rich individuals held as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet -- inequality too vast to last. While globalization and rapid technological advance empower some with unprecedented possibilities, they dispossess others, causing growing gaps in power and wealth that lead in turn to fear, resentment and violence. In this one world a race is on between the two consequences of change. As Jo Confino writes from Davos, "rapid advances in technology are pulling the world in opposite directions." The fearful and fearsome reaction against growing inequality, social dislocation and loss of identity in the midst of vast wealth creation, unprecedented mobility and ubiquitous connectivity is a mutiny, really, against globalization ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Reich
  • 2016
    Age 69
    Reich also supports an unconditional and universal basic income. On the eve of a June 2016 popular vote in Switzerland on basic income, he declared that countries will have to introduce this instrument sooner or later.
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    On February 26, 2016, he endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with The New York Times, he explained that "I don't believe in redistribution of wealth for the sake of redistributing wealth. But I am concerned about how we can afford to pay for what we as a nation need to do should pay for what we need in order to be safe and productive. As Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote, 'taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.'" In response to a question as to what to recommend to the incoming president regarding a fair and sustainable income and wealth distribution, Reich said: "Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit—a wage supplement for lower-income people, and finance it with a higher marginal income tax on the top five percent. For the longer term, invest in education for lower income communities, starting with early-childhood education and extending all the way up to better access to post-secondary education."
  • 2015
    Age 68
    In September 2015, his book Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few was published.
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  • 2012
    Age 65
    In April 2012, his book Beyond Outrage was published as an e-book.
    More Details Hide Details In Beyond Outrage Reich focused on why an increasing portion of the public felt the game was rigged in favor of those with wealth and power, why the "regressive right" was nonetheless able to persuade many that taxes should be lowered even further on corporations and the wealthy while many public services should be cut, and what average people could do to take back the economy and reclaim democracy.
    Until 2012, he was married to British-born lawyer Clare Dalton, with whom he has two sons, Sam and Adam.
    More Details Hide Details He has published 14 books, including the best-sellers The Work of Nations, Reason, Supercapitalism, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, and a best-selling e-book, Beyond Outrage. He is also chairman of Common Cause and writes his own blog about the political economy at The Robert Reich–Jacob Kornbluth film Inequality for All won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Reich was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the son of Mildred Dorf (née Freshman) and Edwin Saul Reich (1914–2016), who owned a women's clothing store. As a child, he was diagnosed with multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, also known as Fairbanks disease.
  • 2010
    Age 63
    In September 2010, his book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future was published.
    More Details Hide Details In it, Reich explained how America's widening inequality had contributed to the great recession and made it difficult for the economy to recover, by undermining the purchasing power of the middle class relative to the nation's productive capacity.
  • 2009
    Age 62
    On April 3, 2009, Reich commented that published U6 employment figures indicate that the United States is in a depression.
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  • 2008
    Age 61
    On April 18, 2008, Reich endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.
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    During the 2008 primaries, Reich published an article that was extremely critical of the Clintons, referring to Bill Clinton's attacks on Barack Obama as "ill-tempered and ill-founded," and accusing the Clintons of waging "a smear campaign against Obama that employs some of the worst aspects of the old politics."
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  • 2007
    Age 60
    In 2007 his book Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life was published.
    More Details Hide Details In it he argued turbo-charged corporate competition, fueled by consumers and investors seeking the best possible deals from anywhere in the world, was generating severe social problems. But governments were failing to address them because big corporations and Wall Street firms were also seeking competitive advantage over one another through politics, thereby drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens. The answer was to keep corporations focused on making better products and services and keep them out of politics. "Corporate Social Responsibility" is essentially forbearance from activities that undermine democracy.
  • 2006
    Age 59
    On January 1, 2006 Reich joined the faculty of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.
    More Details Hide Details Since then, he has taught a popular course called Wealth and Poverty, which he developed during his tenure at Brandeis. In addition to his professorship, Reich is also a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley. The Center is focused on finding solutions to address the crisis of extreme poverty and disease in the developing world.
  • 2005
    Age 58
    In September 2005 Reich testified against John Roberts at his confirmation hearings for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
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    In early 2005, there was speculation that Reich would once again seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details He instead endorsed the then-little-known candidacy of Deval Patrick, who had previously served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration. Patrick won the party's endorsement, a three-way primary with nearly 50% of the vote, and the general election in November 2006.
  • 2004
    Age 57
    In 2004, he published Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America, a book on how liberals can forcefully argue for their position in a country increasingly dominated by what he calls "radcons", or radical conservatives.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to his professorial role, he is a weekly contributor to the American Public Media public radio program Marketplace, and a regular columnist for the American Prospect, which he co-founded in 1990. He is also a frequent contributor to CNBC's Kudlow & Company and On the Money.
  • 2003
    Age 56
    In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Prize, by the former Czech President, for his writings in economics and politics.
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    Reich became a professor at Brandeis University, teaching courses for undergraduates as well as in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. In 2003, he was elected the Professor of the Year by the undergraduate student body.
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  • 2002
    Age 55
    In 2002, he ran for Governor of Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details He also published an associated campaign book, I'll Be Short. Reich was the first Democratic candidate for a major political office to support same-sex marriage. He also pledged support for abortion rights and strongly condemned capital punishment. His campaign staff was largely made up of his Brandeis students. Although his campaign had little funding, he surprised many and came in a close second out of six candidates in the Democratic primary with 25% of the vote.
  • 1996
    Age 49
    In 1996, between Clinton's re-election and second inauguration, Reich decided to leave the department to spend more time with his sons, then in their teen years.
    More Details Hide Details He published his experiences working for the Clinton administration in Locked in the Cabinet. After publication of the book, Reich received criticism for embellishing events with invented dialogue. The paperback release of the memoir revised or omitted the inventions.
  • 1993
    Age 46
    He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Reich is currently Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was formerly a professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and professor of social and economic policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management of Brandeis University. He has also been a contributing editor of The New Republic, The American Prospect (also chairman and founding editor), Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Reich is a political commentator on programs including Hardball with Chris Matthews, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNBC's Kudlow & Company, and APM's Marketplace. In 2008, Time magazine named him one of the Ten Best Cabinet Members of the century, and The Wall Street Journal in 2008 placed him sixth on its list of the "Most Influential Business Thinkers". He was appointed a member of President-elect Barack Obama's economic transition advisory board.
  • 1992
    Age 45
    Bill Clinton incorporated Reich's thinking into his 1992 campaign platform, "Putting People First," and after being elected, invited Reich to head his economic transition team.
    More Details Hide Details Reich later joined the administration as Secretary of Labor. During his tenure, he implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), successfully promoted increasing the minimum wage, successfully lobbied to pass the School-to-Work Jobs Act, and launched a number of job training programs. In addition, Reich used the office as a platform for focusing national attention on the need for American workers to adapt to the new economy. He advocated that the country provide more opportunities for workers to learn more technology. Reich stands at.
  • 1980
    Age 33
    From 1980 until 1992, Reich taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he wrote a series of influential books and articles, including The Next American Frontier and The Work of Nations.
    More Details Hide Details In The Next American Frontier he blamed the nation's lagging economic growth on "paper entrepreneurialism"—financial and legal gamesmanship that drained the economy of resources needed for better products and services. In The Work of Nations, he argues that a nation's competitiveness depends on the education and skills of its people and the infrastructure that connects them—rather than on the profitability of companies headquartered within it. Private capital, he says, is increasingly global and footloose—while a nation's people—its human capital—constitutes the one resource on which a nation's future standard of living uniquely depends. He urges policy makers to make such public investments the cornerstone of economic policy.
  • 1973
    Age 26
    From 1973 to 1974 he served as law clerk to Judge Frank M. Coffin, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and from 1974 to 1976 was Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, Robert Bork. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed him Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Federal Trade Commission.
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  • 1968
    Age 21
    He attended John Jay High School in Cross River, New York, and Dartmouth College, graduating with an A.B. summa cum laude in 1968 and winning a Rhodes Scholarship to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford.
    More Details Hide Details While at Dartmouth, Reich went on a date with Hillary Rodham, the future Hillary Clinton, then an undergraduate at Wellesley College. While a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Reich first met Bill Clinton, also a Rhodes Scholar. Although he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam war, he did not pass the physical as he was under the required minimum height of five feet. Reich subsequently earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. At Yale, he was classmates with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Clarence Thomas, Michael Medved and Richard Blumenthal.
  • 1964
    Age 17
    This made him a target for bullies and he sought out the protection of older boys; one of them was Michael Schwerner, who would be murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 for registration of African-American voters.
    More Details Hide Details Reich cites this event as an inspiration to "fight the bullies, to protect the powerless, to make sure that the people without a voice have a voice."
  • 1946
    Born on June 24, 1946.
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