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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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The Minimum Wage, Guns, Health Care and the Meaning of a Decent Society

Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 should be a no-brainer. Republicans say it will cause employers to shed jobs, but that’s baloney.

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The Biggest Republican Lie

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that chamber’s Republicans will unanimously support a balanced-budget amendment, to be unveiled Wednesday as the core of the GOP’s fiscal agenda.There’s no chance of passage so why are Republicans pushing it now?

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Why We Need an Investment Budget

Part of the president’s State of the Union message and a portion of his second term agenda apparently will focus on public investments in education, infrastructure and basic R&D. That’s good news. But how do we fund these investments when discretionary spending is being cut to the bone in order to reduce the budget deficit?

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

The President should make it clear that any Republican effort to hold the nation hostage to the GOP’s ideological fixation on the budget deficit and a smaller government will slow the economy, likely pushing us into another recession. And that those most imperiled are the middle class and the poor.

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The Economic Challenge Ahead: More Jobs and Growth, Not Deficit Reduction

Can we just keep things in perspective? On Tuesday, the president asked Republicans to join him in finding more spending cuts and revenues before the next fiscal cliff whacks the economy at the end of the month. Yet that same day, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal budget deficit will drop to 5.3 percent of the nation’s total output by the end of this year.

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The Real Debate Over American Citizenship

On one side are those who think of citizenship as a matter of exclusion and privilege—of protecting the nation by keeping out those who are undesirable, and putting strict limits on who is allowed to exercise the full rights of citizenship. On the other are those who think of citizenship inclusively—as an ongoing process of helping people become full participants in America.

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An Anniversary of America’s First Progressive Revolution

Exactly a century ago, on Feb. 3, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, authorizing a federal income tax. Congress turned it into a graduated tax, based on “capacity to pay.” It was among the signal victories of the progressive movement.

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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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