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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What Are We to Do About Trump's Escalating Lies?

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AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster President Donald Trump waves during a rally at the Four Seasons Arena at Montana ExpoPark, in Great Falls, Montana A s the political season heats up, Trump is ramping up his lies through his three amplifiers: Fox News, rallies, and Twitter. According to The Fact Checker’s database , the average daily rate of Trump’s false or misleading claims is climbing. The problem isn’t just the number or flagrancy of the lies—for example, that Putin and the Russians didn’t intervene in the 2016 election on behalf of Trump, or that the Mueller investigation is part of a Democratic plot to remove him. And it’s not just that the lies are about big, important public issues—for example, that immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans, or trade wars are harmless. The biggest problem is his lies aren’t subject to the filters traditionally applied to presidential statements—a skeptical press, experts who debunk falsehoods, and respected politicians who publicly...

Trump’s Art of the No Deal

One of the biggest cons from the biggest conman to occupy the Oval Office is that he’s a dealmaker.

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(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Trump waves during a rally at the Four Seasons Arena at Montana ExpoPark on July 5, 2018, in Great Falls, Montana, in support of Representative Greg Gianforte and Senate candidate Matt Rosendale. T rump promised to be America’s dealmaker in chief. “We need a leader that wrote The Art of the Deal ,” he said in the speech announcing his candidacy. “I’m a negotiator. I’ve done very well over the years through negotiation,” he said during a Republican debate. “That’s what I do, is deals,” he said in May. “I know deals, I think, better than anybody knows deals.” Rubbish. So far, Trump has made no deals at all, and the ones he thinks he’s made have unraveled. He has no deal with North Korea. Following his June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un, Trump declared on Twitter that “there is no longer a nuclear threat” from North Korea. In fact, recent satellite images show that North Korea has upgraded a nuclear facility. It also appears to be finalizing the expansion...

What We Must Do Now

AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump walks off after speaking at a Foxconn facility in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin M y friends, this is a dark hour. Intolerance, cruelty, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and environmental destruction have been let loose across the land. Trump controls the Republican Party, the Republican Party controls the House and Senate, and Trump may soon control the Supreme Court. But here’s the thing. Only 27 percent of Americans are Republican, according to the Gallup poll. Moreover, the vast majority of Americans disapprove of Trump. He lost the popular vote in 2016 by 2.8 million. Since then, his approval ratings haven’t exceeded 45 percent. The GOP itself is no longer a political party, anyway. It is now little more than Donald Trump, Fox News, a handful of billionaire funders, and rightwing Christians who oppose a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage, and the Constitution’s separation of church and state. Yet Trump is about to make the second Supreme Court...

Trump's Fourth of July

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta President Donald Trump gestures upon arrival at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. O n this coming Fourth of July, it’s worth pondering the true meaning of American patriotism—as opposed to the malignant, distorted view of it propounded by Donald J. Trump. For Trump, the central challenge of American patriotism is to secure our borders. “Without borders, there can be no nation,” he says. But excluding foreigners has never been a dominant part of American patriotism. For most of its existence America has been relatively open to people from the rest of the world, especially those fleeing tyranny and violence. America’s core struggle has been one of inclusion, not exclusion. We have strived to extend equal citizenship to Native Americans, African Americans, women, and LGBTQs. The poems of Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes, and the songs of Woody Guthrie, expressed loving devotion to America while turning that love into a demand for justice. “This...

The Military-Industrial Drain

President Trump's call for ramping up military spending leaves most Americans behind. 

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office after a news conference A s Trump stokes tensions around the world, he’s adding fuel to the fire by demanding even more Pentagon spending. It’s a dangerous military buildup intended to underwrite endless wars and enrich defense contractors, while draining money from investment in the American people. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once noted, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." Eisenhower was a Republican and a former general who helped win World War II for the allies, yet he understood America’s true priorities. But Washington—and especially Trump—have lost sight of these basic tradeoffs. Since 2001, the Pentagon budget has soared from $456 billion—in today’s dollars—to $700 billion, including the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other national security...

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