Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich, a co-founder of The American Prospect, is a Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. His website can be found here and his blog can be found here.

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Trump Cornered

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin President Donald Trump is silhouetted in a ray of light during a meeting with American manufacturers in the Oval Office of the White House. W hat does a megalomaniacal president of the United States do when he’s cornered? We’ll soon find out. House Democrats are beginning a series of investigations and hearings into Donald Trump . Senate Republicans have begun to desert him: Twelve defected on the wall; seven refused to back Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. In the House, Republicans joined Democrats in a 420-0 vote on a resolution to make Robert Mueller’s report public. That report, not incidentally, appears imminent. Trump cannot abide losing. His ego can’t contain humiliation. He is incapable of shame. So what does a cornered Trump do? For starters, he raises the specter of violence against his political opponents. In an interview with Breitbart News published on Wednesday , Trump noted: “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the...

America Has Already Fired Trump

AP Photo/ Evan Vucci President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi. S pecial counsel Robert Mueller’s soon-to-be-delivered report will trigger months of congressional investigations, subpoenas, court challenges, partisan slugfests, media revelations and more desperate conspiracy claims by Donald Trump, all against the backdrop of the burning questions: Will he be impeached by the House? Will he be convicted by the Senate? Will he pull a Richard Nixon and resign? In other words, will America fire Trump? I have news for you. America has already fired him. When the public fires a president before Election Day—as it did with Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Herbert Hoover—they don’t send him a letter telling him he’s fired. They just make him irrelevant. Politics happens around him, despite him. He’s not literally gone, but he might as well be. It’s happened to Trump. The courts and House Democrats are moving against...

Howard's End

Much like Trump, Schultz isn't running because he wants to improve the country. He's running because he thinks it will be fun. 

AP Photo/Michael Conroy Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A merica is the only place in the world where any citizen over the age of 35 can run for president. No experience in government necessary. No support from a political party necessary. You don’t even have to have any ideas or policy proposals. Take Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, whose most notable achievement to date has been the Mocha Frappucinno. Last Tuesday, CNN made Schultz a Serious Presidential Candidate by giving him an hour-long “town hall” in which he fielded questions from an audience. Why did CNN do this? Because Schultz is worth over $3.6 billion. In today’s America, someone with this much money can buy so much advertising and self-promotion that he automatically becomes a SPC just by virtue of wanting the job and having the capacity to self-finance a campaign. Ironically, CNN and other major media are giving Schultz free media now because he...

Dictator Trump

AP Photo/Susan Walsh The shadow of President Donald Trump is cast on the wall as he speaks in the East Room of the White House. A president who claims he has an absolute right to declare a national emergency and spend government funds that Congress has explicitly refused to appropriate for the ends he seeks, is assuming the role of a dictator. A president who shuts down government in order to get his way on a controversial issue, such as building a wall along the border with Mexico, and offers to reopen it as a concession when and if his opponents give in, is treating the government of the United States as a bargaining chip. This, too, is the behavior of a dictator. As is spouting lies over what Trump terms an “undeniable crisis” at the southern U.S. border, which is in fact no crisis at all. Donald Trump is violating the Constitution. He is negating our system of government based on the rule of law. He is violating a president’s core responsibility to protect American democracy. But...

Trump Wants Socialism for the Rich, Harsh Capitalism for the Rest

AP Photo/Richard Drew, File The logo for Wells Fargo appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. “ America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should alert Trump that America is now a hotbed of socialism. But it is socialism for the rich. Everyone else is treated to harsh capitalism. In the conservative mind, socialism means getting something for doing nothing. That pretty much describes the $21 billion saved by the nation’s largest banks last year thanks to Trump’s tax cuts, some of which went into massive bonuses for bank executives. On the other hand, more than 4,000 lower-level bank employees got a big dose of harsh capitalism. They lost their jobs. Banks that are too big to fail—courtesy of the 2008 bank bailout—enjoy a hidden subsidy of some $83 billion a year, because creditors facing less risk accept lower interest on deposits and loans. Last year, Wall Street’s bonus pool was $31.4...

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