Tag: economy

Robert Reich: Are Trade Deals Good for America?

March 2016

Free trade isn't perfect, but let's not discard it just yet.

Jake Bernstein: Holding the Fed’s Feet to the Fire

February 2015

Sen. Warren and Rep. Cummings press Federal Reserve for details of leak investigation.

The Retail Jungle

January 2015

Working conditions for part time employees is a national disgrace.

Cezary Podkul: How One New York County Fell Into the Tobacco Debt Trap

October 2014

A refinance of Niagara County’s tobacco bonds was good news—but for investors, not taxpayers.

Robert Reich: Work and Worth

August 2014

The problem of low pay in occupations that have significant social worth.

Robert Reich: Real Business Leaders Want to Save Capitalism

June 2014

Even the most avaricious businessmen recognize that they still need someone to buy their product.

Robert Reich: The Practical Choice

May 2014

New data shows that Canada and Europe are pulling ahead of the United States in several ways

Peter Van Buren: Regime Change in America

May 2014

An empire in decline (city by city, town by town).

Aaron Labaree: Capitalizing on Climate Change

April 2014

On McKenzie Funk’s Windfall, The Booming Business of Global Warming.

Robert Reich: The Real Job Killers

March 2014

Why Republicans are wrong on the minimum wage.

Robert Reich: Why The Lousy Jobs Report Boosted Wall Street

February 2014

And why it's folly to believe that what's bad for Main Street is good for Wall Street.

Robert Reich: Why There’s No Outcry

February 2014

At some point, working people, students, and the broad public will have had enough.

Robert Reich: JP Morgan Chase, the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, and the Corruption of America

December 2013

Why hiring China's "princelings" amounts to business by bribery.

Robert Reich: Why Obama and the Democrats Shouldn’t Negotiate with Extortionists

October 2013

"Why Obama and the Democrats must not yield to Republican bullying."

Robert Reich: The Myth of the “Free Market”

September 2013

How to make the economy work for us.

Robert Reich: Before Congress Resumes, a Reminder About What’s at Stake

September 2013

As we prepare for more puerile politics and petty tactics, let’s remember what needs to be done to heal our economy and democracy.

Abigail Sindzinski: A Nation Called to Action

July 2013

"George Packer’s The Unwinding details the bitter realities of a stagnant economy, but leaves no room for malaise."

Robert Reich: Economic Storm Clouds Ahead

June 2013

Low wages are threatening future growth.

Barbara Garson: Down Is a Dangerous Direction

April 2013

How the 40-Year “Long Recession” led to the Great Recession.

Robert Reich: Coming Tuesday (Hopefully)—The State of the Union’s Economy

February 2013

Obama should focus on the predominant concerns of most Americans—joblessness, economic insecurity, and the fall of real wages.

Robert Reich: The Jobs Report, and Why the Recovery Has Stalled

February 2013

Without more customers—public or private—employers can’t hire.

Robert Reich: Why Consumers are Bummed Out

January 2013

Profits are high, wages are low, and the imbalance can’t last.

Paul Kiel: As Foreclosure Crisis Drags On, So Does Flawed Government Response

January 2013

A look at the government's response as the foreclosure crisis enters its seventh year.

Kim Barker: In Montana, Dark Money Helped Democrats Hold a Key Senate Seat

December 2012

With control of the Senate at stake, liberals hit the streets and bought ads for a libertarian candidate who likely siphoned crucial votes away from the Republican challenger.

Rebecca Solnit: The Sky’s the Limit

December 2012

The demanding gifts of 2012.

David Vine: Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

December 2012

How U.S. taxpayers are paying the Pentagon to occupy the planet.

Robert Reich: Today’s Job Numbers Show Why Job-Creation Must Take Precedence Over Deficit Reduction

December 2012

Yes, unemployment is down, but don't believe all the hype coming out of Wall Street.

Robert Reich: Understanding the Fiscal Cliff

December 2012

Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff.

Robert Reich: Organizing McDonalds and Walmart, and Why Austerity Economics Hurts Low-Wage Workers the Most

December 2012

Low-income workers will face even harder times if deficit hawks have their way.

Robert Reich: Why We Should Stop Obsessing About the Federal Budget Deficit

November 2012

Focusing on the federal deficit only distracts from creating growing economy.

Robert Reich: The Upcoming Mini-Deal on the “Fiscal Cliff”

November 2012

For those newly in office, the easiest route is that of least resistance.

Robert Reich: The Next Game of Economic Chicken

November 2012

The election hasn't put an end to the wrangling over taxes and spending in Washington.

Robert Reich: Obama’s Next Economy: Why He Must Take This Opportunity to Reframe the Economic Debate

November 2012

With the fiscal cliff approaching, it's time for Obama to make some big decisions. Here's what he should do.

Robert Reich: How January’s Fiscal Cliff Turns Into a Gentle Hill by February

October 2012

The so-called fiscal cliff might not turn out as dramatic as we imagine.

Jay Walljasper: The Surprise Behind Detroit’s Emerging Comeback

October 2012

Young people are making a difference in the cities they call home.

Michael T. Klare: The New “Golden Age of Oil” That Wasn’t

October 2012

Forecasts of oil abundance collide with planetary realities.

Mattea Kramer: Tough Talk for America

October 2012

A guide to the presidential debates you won't be hearing.

Alex Marshall: Hidden Issues in This Year’s Campaign

September 2012

Can the free market exist without the government's imposition?

Tom Engelhardt: Obama Against the World

September 2012

Forget Mitt Romney, can the president make it to November 7?

Robert Reich: Four Reasons Romney Might Still Win

September 2012

The election's not over yet, and rumors of Romney's demise are premature.

Harry Boyte: The President and the Citizen

September 2012

A vision of citizenship expressed in Obama's convention speech might signal a new direction for his administration--and the country.

Robert Reich: The Real Mitt Revealed

September 2012

What Mitt Romney's 47-percent comment means.

Robert Reich: Why Romney and Ryan are Going Down

September 2012

Unemployment, immigration, women's rights—the list of Romney-Ryan's failings goes on and on.

Robert Reich: Moody’s in a Mood

September 2012

After warning the U.S. about the deficit, rating agencies are now concerned that "fiscal cliff" cuts will be too steep.

Robert Reich: The Jobs Report and the Election

September 2012

Obama's speech was missing the one thing it needed most: an economic plan.

David Morris: Corporate Crime Does Pay

September 2012

With penalties laughably low, what should we expect but continued criminal activity on the part of corporations?

Robert Reich: Romney’s Lying Machine

August 2012

Every campaign is guilty of exaggerations, but Romney's lies are another thing altogether.

Robert Reich: The Five Reasons Why the Ryan-Romney Economic Plan Would Be A Disaster for America

August 2012

Introducing the so-called bold, marvelous, and much-needed Ryan-Romney economic plan.

Robert Reich: Mitt’s 13-Percent Tax

August 2012

Romney’s alleged 13% tax rate violates the core principles of tax fairness and equal sacrifice.

David Morris: For Good Customer Service Go to Government, Not Corporations

August 2012

Received wisdom aside, good customer service is easier to come by at government agencies than many private businesses.

The Five-Star Occupation

August 2012

Is Ramallah’s economic boom a sign of progress or surrender?

Aaron Labaree: Postcard from Tar-Sands Country

August 2012

The rush to mine Canada’s bitumen deposits has created modern-day boomtowns. This summer one of them lost its oldest bar.

Closing the China Gap

August 2012

China’s voracious appetite for resources isn’t something to be feared—it should be emulated.

Robert Reich: The Terrible Economy and the Anti-Election of 2012

July 2012

Facing the worst economy in at least a generation, both presidential candidates are hamstrung by the machines that would elect them

Robert Reich: The Man Who Invented “Too Big to Fail” Recants

July 2012

Sanford Weill brought about banks that were too big to fail, but now he's changed his tune.

Robert Reich: The Problem isn’t Outsourcing

July 2012

Outsourcing isn't our problem, it's that the needs of American businesses are disconnected from the needs of Americans.

Marissa Landrigan: Catch and Release

July 2012

When confronted with homelessness, it's much too easy to look the other way.

Mattea Kramer: Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World

July 2012

How the deficit obsession has been distracting us from our country's most pressing issues.

Robert Reich: The Truth About Obama’s Tax Proposal

July 2012

There's the media portraying President Obama's tax proposal, and then there's the real thing.

Robert Reich: The Wall Street Scandal of All Scandals

July 2012

Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, here's the insider-trading Libor scandal.

Robert Reich: Ponderings on the New Politics of Extremism

June 2012

Washington feels under siege. Who's outside the walls?

Richard Falk: Political Europe Can Save Economic Europe

June 2012

Europe's economic woes seem endless, but there is a way forward.

Robert Reich: Why the Economy Can’t Get Out of First Gear

June 2012

The problem isn't taxes or Wall Street. It's that we just don't have enough money.

David Morris: Business Can’t Win the Privatization Game Without a Handicap

June 2012

Competition between the public and private sectors is rigged—and in not the way you might think.

Robert Reich: Why We Have To Raise Taxes on the Rich

June 2012

President Clinton's recent comments on the Bush tax cuts have set off another fight over taxes and spending.

David Morris: A Phony Crisis

June 2012

The U.S. Postal Service is scaling back in the face of a massive budget deficit. Did it bring this on itself, or is someone else to blame?

Robert Reich: The Job Stall

June 2012

What's behind the lackluster new jobs report?

Robert Reich: U.S. Wages and European Austerity

May 2012

We may be about to enter the worse of both worlds.

Robert Reich: Romney-Trump in 2012

May 2012

The Romney campaign is getting very close to Donald Trump, but why?

Robert Reich: The Dog that Didn’t Bark

May 2012

President Obama could differentiate himself in an election year by coming out strong against the excesses of Wall Street.

Barbara Ehrenreich: Preying on the Poor

May 2012

The government spends a great deal of money on programs and services for the benefit of the poor. So why is it also, in tandem with corporations, robbing them blind?

Robert Reich: How J.P. Morgan Chase Made the Case for Breaking Up Big Banks and Resurrecting Glass-Steagall

May 2012

J.P. Morgan's mounting losses and poor monitoring reveal the ongoing fragility of the U.S. banking system.

Robert Reich: We Don’t Need Socialism

May 2012

What America needs isn't socialism, but a revitalized, more equitable brand of capitalism.

Robert Reich: Why the Economy is Heading for a Stall

May 2012

It's a bad idea to enact cuts in government spending right when consumers can't spend more.

Robert Reich: The Tinder-Box Society

May 2012

Austerity economics is wreaking havoc on world economies, despite gains on Wall Street.

Robert Reich: How Europe’s Double Dip Could Become America’s

April 2012

The danger here for the United States is clear, but there’s also a clear lesson.

Richard Falk: Choosing a President for the World Bank

April 2012

Why the international search for the new head of the World Bank was a charade.

Anthony Kammer: After Me, The Flood

April 2012

Our economy’s death cycle has a very famous historical parallel: the lead-up to the French revolution.

Robert Reich: Thoughts on Tax Day 2012

April 2012

Robert Reich on why being a class worrier is nothing to be ashamed of.

Robert Reich: Why a Fair Economy Is Not Incompatible with Growth but Essential to It

April 2012

Robert Reich on how economic fairness encourages growth, not stifles it.

Robert Reich: Why the Buffett Rule Sets the Bar Too Low

April 2012

Robert Reich on three reasons why Obama's plan to reduce income equality will not do enough.

William D. Hartung: Throwing Money at the Pentagon

March 2012

A lesson in Republican math.

On the Fly: Robert Reich

April 2011 The former Secretary of Labor on the Great Recession, class warfare, and why President Obama must challenge right-wing distortions with a counter-narrative.

Economics for the Rest of Us

May 2010 Columbia professor Moshe Adler on why Main Street needs to take economics back from Wall Street.