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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 Republicans Want to Tax Students and Not Polluters

A basic economic principle is government ought to tax what we want to discourage, and not tax what we want to encourage. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, congressional Republicans are intent on doing exactly the opposite.

 

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The GOP’s Endless War on Obamacare, and the White House Delay

The official reason given by the administration for delaying, by one year, the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employers with more than 50 full-time workers provide insurance coverage or face fines, is that employers need more time to implement it. The unofficial reason has more to do with the Republicans’ incessant efforts to bulldoze the law.

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The Republicans of the Supreme Court

In order to fully understand what the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court have been up to when they make decisions that affect our democracy, as they did last week on voting rights, you need to understand what the Republican Party has been up to.

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Debunking Myths: The Truth About Immigration Reform and the Economy (Video)

The battle over immigration reform is often about economic fear — fear that immigrants are hurting the economy for native born Americans. But that fear is based on several economic myths.

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Why the GOP Can’t Learn

It’s as if they didn’t learn a thing from the 2012 elections. Republicans are on the same suicide mission as before—trying to block immigration reform, roll back the clock on abortion rights and stop gay marriage wherever possible. Why can’t Republicans learn?

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The Two Centers of Unaccountable Power in America and Their Consequences

There are two great centers of unaccountable power in the American political-economic system today—places where decisions that significantly affect large numbers of Americans are made in secret, and are unchecked either by effective democratic oversight or by market competition.

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What We Need Now: A National Economic Strategy for Better Jobs

Economic determinists—fatalists, really—assume that globalization and technological change must now condemn a large portion of the American workforce to under-unemployment and stagnant wages, while rewarding those with the best eductions and connections with ever higher wages and wealth.

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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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