Extortion Politics: Why Won’t American Business Stop the GOP From Threatening to Blow Up The Economy?


| By Robert Reich |

As the government approaches its borrowing limit of $14.3 trillion, Republicans are seeking political advantage over what conditions should be attached to raising that limit.

This is a scandal — or should be. Raising the debt limit shouldn’t be subject to party politics. Economic extortion should be out of bounds.

It’s bad enough government shutdowns have become an accepted part of political negotiation. [...]

President Obama’s Real Proposal (And Why It’s Risky)


By Robert Reich |

Paul Ryan says his budget plan will cut $4.4 trillion over ten years. The President says his new plan will cut $4 trillion over twelve years.

Let’s get real. Ten or twelve-year budgets are baloney. It’s hard enough to forecast budgets a year or two into the future. Between now and 2022 or 2024 the economy will probably have gone through a recovery (I’ll [...]

Mr. President: Why Medicare Isn’t the Problem, It’s the Solution


By Robert Reich |

I hope when he tells America how he aims to tame future budget deficits the President doesn’t accept conventional Wasington wisdom that the biggest problem in the federal budget is Medicare (and its poor cousin Medicaid).

Medicare isn’t the problem. It’s the solution.

The real problem is the soaring costs of health care that lie beneath Medicare. They’re costs all of us are bearing in [...]

Affirmative Action for Women?


“They had applied their standard as impartially as they knew how, but it was a male standard.” (Robert Reich, Former Secretary of Labor)

Affirmative action is an attempt to create equal opportunity for those that have been historically disenfranchised or excluded.  In this essay, I will attempt to explain both how and why affirmative action in hiring and promotion should be extended to women. The denial of tenure [...]

Paul Ryan’s Plan, the Coming Shutdown, and What’s Really at Stake — By Robert Reich


I was there in 1995 when the government closed because of a budget stalemate. I had to tell most of the Labor Department’s 15,600 employees to go home and not return the next day. I also had to tell them I didn’t know when they’d next get a paycheck.

There were two shutdowns, actually, rolling across the government in close succession, like thunder storms.

It’s not the way [...]