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ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton...

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Why Is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?

It was the centerpiece of the president’s re-election campaign. Every time Republicans complained about trillion-dollar deficits, he and other Democrats would talk jobs. That’s what Americans care about—jobs with good wages. So why, exactly, is Washington back to obsessing about budget deficits?

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE


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Why the Fed’s Jobs Program Will Fail

For the first time, the Federal Reserve has explicitly linked interest rates to unemployment. Rates will remain near zero “at least as long” as unemployment remains above 6.5 percent and if inflation is projected to be no more than 2.5 percent.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


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The Billionaires’ Long Game

I keep hearing that the billionaires and big corporations that poured all that money into the 2012 election learned their lesson. They lost their shirts and won’t do it again. Don’t believe that for an instant.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


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Where the Real Battle Over Inequality Is Happening

Washington has a way of focusing the nation’s attention on tactical games over partisan maneuvers that are symptoms of a few really big problems. But we almost never get to debate or even discuss the big problems because the tactical games overwhelm everything else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE


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Latest Job Numbers Show Why Job Creation Must Take Precedence Over Deficit Reduction

Friday’s jobs report demonstrates an economy that’s still moving in the right direction but way too slowly, which is why Washington’s continuing obsession with the federal budget deficit is insane. Jobs and growth must come first.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE


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Cliff Notes on the Three Real Perils Ahead

If we had a functional government America would address three “cliffs” posing far larger dangers to us than the fiscal one.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE


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Understanding the Fiscal Cliff (in 2 Minutes 30 Seconds)

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

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE


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ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the
University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the
Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most
effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written
thirteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock” and “The Work
of Nations.” His latest, “Beyond Outrage,” is now out in paperback. He
is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and
chairman of Common Cause.

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