Democracy cannot thrive where big lies are systematically and repeatedly exploited for commercial gain. Share on Facebook. In this hermetically sealed cosmos, most Republicans believe Black Lives Matter protesters are violent, immigrants are dangerous and climate change doesn’t pose a threat. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Robert Reich - May 16, 2019. Reich and Kornbluth have produced more than 90 videos of two minutes each about the economy and current events, that have been watched by more than 50 million people. 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. It is to move a vast swath of America back into a fact-based pro-democracy society and away from the Trump-based authoritarian one. In 2013, with Jacob Kornbluth, Reich founded Inequality Media, which produces videos, live interviews on Facebook, portions of his undergraduate class at Berkeley, and long-form videos. Give me a break. If they were truly committed to democracy, CEOs would permanently cease corporate donations to all candidates, close their PACs, stop giving to secretive “dark money” groups and discourage donations by their executives. The moment calls for public investment on a scale far greater than necessary for Covid relief or “stimulus” – large enough to begin the restructuring of the economy. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t think someone with that record should receive millions in taxpayer-funded benefits at all, let alone every single year for the rest of his life. Consumers should boycott products advertised on these lie factories and advertisers should shun them. Trumpian Republicans in Congress have an even more diabolical motive for blocking Biden. America needs to create a vast number of new jobs leading to higher wages, reversing racial exclusion as well as the downward trajectory of Americans whose anger and resentment Trump cynically exploited. First, prevent Trump from running for president in 2024. That the attempted coup failed shouldn’t blind us to its significance or the stain it has left on America. It requires a recognition that there is no longer a “center” but a future based either on lies, violence and authoritarianism or on unyielding truth, unshakeable civility and radical inclusion. Wall Street’s charge against stricter bank regulation, opening bipartisan doors in the Capitol with generous gifts from the Street. He lit the flame,” said Rep. Elizabeth Cheney, the third-highest ranking Republican in the House. These would make the economy grow even faster over the long term – further reducing the debt’s share. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Michael Pence finally broke with Trump, but only after remaining mute as Trump lied and bullied his way through the last eight weeks, thereby signaling agreement with his preposterous claims. [58], In late January 2020, Reich and Inequality Media launched a new YouTube weekly talk show called The Common Good. 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. House and Senate Republicans are failing the test of moral integrity: Robert Reich Gage Skidmore Robert Reich. The crux of the problem is Americans now occupy two separate worlds – a fact-based pro-democracy world and a Trump-based authoritarian one. The sudden lurch from Trump to Biden is generating vertigo all over Washington, including the so-called fourth branch of government – CEOs and their army of lobbyists. They figure if Americans remain in perpetual crises and ever-deepening fear, they’ll lose faith in democracy itself. At most, they’re answerable to big shareholders and institutional investors who don’t give a fig as long as profits keep rolling in. There is no reason that someone this dangerous should be privy to the highest levels of intelligence as a private citizen – especially given his looming legal and financial entanglements with foreign entities. Most of today’s GOP live in a parallel universe. At Yale, he was classmates with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Clarence Thomas, Michael Medved, and Richard Blumenthal.[22]. Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Reich is a political commentator on programs including Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN Tonight, Anderson Cooper's AC360, Hardball with Chris Matthews, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNBC's Kudlow & Company, and APM's Marketplace. Biden’s success would put into sharp relief Trump and Republicans’ utter failures on COVID and jobs. So why not a temporary emergency COVID wealth tax? 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. No national security briefings. 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Inequality Media is a nonprofit co-founded by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and Director Jacob Kornbluth following the success of their documentary film, Inequality For All. FIFTH: He can empower the Labor Department to aggressively monitor and penalize companies that engage in wage theft and unpaid overtime, and who misclassify employees as independent contractors – as Uber and Lyft do. Patrick won the party's endorsement, a three-way primary with nearly 50% of the vote, and the general election in November 2006. [16][17] As a child, he was diagnosed with multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, also known as Fairbank's disease, a bone disorder that results in short stature among other symptoms. [61] During their marriage, the couple had two sons: Sam, an American producer, director, writer, actor, and performer; and Adam, a sociology professor at Columbia University. We did it. Prior to the raid, several Republican members of Congress repeated those lies on television and Twitter and at “Stop the Steal” events. Following protests on the Berkeley Campus Reich stated that although he didn't "want to add to the conspiratorial musings"[44] he wouldn't rule out the possibility the "agitators" were a right-wing false flag for Trump to strip universities of federal funding. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed him director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Federal Trade Commission. [51] 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. These benefits were created under the Former Presidents’ Act of 1958, which was drawn up after Harry Truman told the House Majority Leader that he was going broke. That ecosystem is still in place. A shocking three out of four Republican voters don’t think Joe Biden won legitimately. [30] He has also frequently contributed to CNBC's Kudlow & Company and On the Money. When pressured to remove Trump’s fabrications about the election, they labeled them “disputed.”. The New York Times praises business leaders for seeking “stability and national unity.” Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, says “our voice is seen as more important than ever.” A recent study by Edelman finds the public now trusts business more than nonprofit organizations, the government or the media. Rubbish. It was rarely used for most of the nation’s history. But I am concerned about how we can afford to pay for what we as a nation need to do [...] [Taxes should pay] for what we need in order to be safe and productive. He published his experiences working for the Clinton administration in Locked in the Cabinet. ", "Profile: Small guy, big deal: Robert Reich: Can this man get the West to work again? Born on 24 June 1946, Robert is also popular as a best-selling author. I keep hearing that Joe Biden will govern from the “center.” He has no choice, they say, because he’ll have razor-thin majorities in Congress and the Republican party has moved to the right. [52], While affordable housing has been a central issue in Reich's activism, in July 2020 Reich opposed a high-density development project in his own neighborhood in Berkeley. Yet Dimon has been a leader of the more insidious form of sedition. In the documentary, Reich posits that large corporations began in the late 1960s to use financial power to purchase influence among the political class and consolidate political power, highlighting in particular the influence of the 2010 Citizens United ruling that allowed corporations to contribute to election campaigns. After publication of the book, Reich received criticism for embellishing events with invented dialogue. Robert Reich, a left-wing professor at the University of California Berkeley who served as secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration, is very concerned about income inequality. How should the nation respond to an ex-president who has incited an insurrection, brought our democracy to the brink of destruction, and left so much pain and suffering in his wake? ROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Ten Senate Republican have proposed a COVID relief bill of about $600 billion. [40][41] In 2020, he again endorsed Bernie Sanders for President. ", Fire, pestilence, and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over, "Robert Reich Answers Your Labor Questions", "Reich's Call for Unionization is 'a 1930s Solution to a 2009 Problem,' Economists Say", "Why We Need Stronger Unions and How to Get Them", "Why The Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised To $15 An Hour", "Robert Reich: Universal Basic Income In The US 'Almost Inevitable, "Ohne Grundeinkommen wird es nicht gehen", "Landmarking fails for 130-year-old Berkeley house in passionate debate over housing, history", "Zoning Project Application for 1915 Berryman St", "Former US secretary: Netanyahu speech 'poisoning' ties", "Will You Help My Parents Get Divorced on Google? On January 1, 2006, Reich joined the faculty of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. Let’s be honest. Refusing to compromise with violent Trumpism means renouncing the lawlessness of Trump and his enablers and punishing all who looted the public trust. NINTH: He can address the cruelty of capital punishment by granting clemency to everyone on federal death row, effectively ending the death penalty with the stroke of a pen. At least 17 Republican senators are needed for conviction, but only five have signaled they’ll go along. This would be the Republican’s worst nightmare: All the anti-government claptrap they’ve been selling since Ronald Reagan will be revealed as nonsense. January 2021. In 2008, Time magazine named him one of the Ten Best Cabinet Members of the century,[8] and in the same year The Wall Street Journal placed him sixth on its list of Most Influential Business Thinkers.