Tag: Robert Reich

Trump Will Be on the Ballot in 5 Weeks | The Smirking Chimp

As I said, Trump is effectively on the ballot in the midterms. Which means — regardless of whether he decides to run again for president — our democracy is on the ballot. The midterm elections in five weeks will lay the foundation for all future races.

My friends, I cannot say this with more concern: Trump’s anti-democracy movement has been making astounding progress. We must stop it.

Source: Trump Will Be on the Ballot in 5 Weeks | The Smirking Chimp

The US ultra-rich justify their low tax rates with three myths – all of them rubbish | Robert Reich | The Guardian

‘Many of the richest Americans had the advantages that come with wealthy parents. Jeff Bezos’ garage-based start was funded by a quarter-million dollar investment from his parents.’

Australia’s forthcoming tax cut for the rich and Truss announcement in the UK are just as indefensible and even increasing numbers of the current wealthy are against it.

A record share of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of billionaires, who pay a lower tax rate than the average American. This is indefensible

Source: The US ultra-rich justify their low tax rates with three myths – all of them rubbish | Robert Reich | The Guardian

Hurricane Ian Reminds Us We’re in This Together | The Smirking Chimp

America spends very little on social insurance compared to other advanced nations. Almost 30 million Americans still lack health insurance. Nearly 51 million households cannot afford basic monthly expenses including housing, food, childcare, and transportation. We are the only industrialized nation without paid family leave.

Source: Hurricane Ian Reminds Us We’re in This Together | The Smirking Chimp

A Conversation* With Governor DeSantis on His Trafficking-Immigrants-to-Martha’s Vineyard Strategy | The Smirking Chimp

*based on what he has said

I’m told you have presidential ambitions, Governor. If so, you might start acting like a statesman rather than doing stunts that make you a cynical clown.

Source: A Conversation* With Governor DeSantis on His Trafficking-Immigrants-to-Martha’s Vineyard Strategy | The Smirking Chimp

Trump’s Latest Threat Is a Doozy | The Smirking Chimp

The News Most Recent Threads The Blogs Most Recent Threads The Forums Most Recent Threads Home » blogs » Robert Reich’s blog Trump’s Latest Threat Is a Doozy Robert Reich’s picture Robert Reich Article Tools E-mail | Print Comments (0) FB comments (1) Donald Trump by Robert Reich | September 16, 2022 – 7:28am — from Robert Reich’s Blog Yesterday, Donald Trump threatened that if he is indicted on a charge of mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House, there would be “problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before,” adding “I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it.

” These words followed on last month’s threat by Senator Lindsey Graham that if Trump is prosecuted, there would be “riots in the street.” Trump appeared to endorse Graham’s threat, sharing a video link on his Truth Social platform.

Trump’s latest threat requires four responses:

Source: Trump’s Latest Threat Is a Doozy | The Smirking Chimp

Why is mainstream US TV spreading moral panics about affirmative action run amok? | Robert Reich | The Guardian

‘My biggest regret is that the national conversation is in the hands of producers chasing ratings and advertising dollars, with no regard for how they’re distorting the public’s understanding.’

A few days ago, I received an email from an associate producer at the Dr Phil Show. They recently came across my film Inequality for All and wanted to know if I’d be “interested in joining Dr Phil as an expert guest for an upcoming episode”.

Hey, why not? The Dr Phil Show is the No 1 rated daytime TV talkshow in America. It has over 2 million viewers. I have lots to say to those viewers about the perils of widening inequality.

Then I read the rest of the email:

For this conversation we will be asking questions like: do college admissions enroll minorities over prospective Caucasian students? Are Caucasian teachers and professors being laid off to “make up for past discriminations” against minority educators, as seen in Minneapolis?

These were the only questions included in the email. In other words, it would be a show about favoritism to Black people over white people.

Source: Why is mainstream US TV spreading moral panics about affirmative action run amok? | Robert Reich | The Guardian

A Personal Question to Powerful People Who Continue To Deny the Results of the 2020 Election | The Smirking Chimp

I have a serious question for people who have power in America and who continue to deny the outcome of the 2020 election and enable Trump’s Big Lie: What are you saying to yourself in private? How are you justifying yourself in your own mind?

I don’t mean to be snide or snarky. I’m genuinely curious.

Source: A Personal Question to Powerful People Who Continue To Deny the Results of the 2020 Election | The Smirking Chimp

Democracy is under attack – and reporting that isn’t ‘violating journalistic standards’ | Robert Reich | The Guardian

‘It is dangerous to believe that “balanced journalism” gives equal weight to liars and to truth-tellers, to those intent on destroying democracy and those seeking to protect it.’

But the media treated the speech as if it were just another in an endless series of partisan vollies instead of what it was – a declaration by the president of the United States that America must choose between democracy and authoritarianism.

The major networks didn’t broadcast the speech.

Why must we wait until some of America’s ablest journalists are sacked before they are willing and able to tell America the truth?

It is not “partisan” to explain what Trump and his anti-democracy movement are seeking.

It is not “taking sides” to point out that the Trump Republicans are trying to establish an authoritarian government in America.

It is not “violating journalistic standards” to tell the unvarnished truth about what America is facing today.

In fact, a failure to call out the Trump Republicans for what they are – liars, enablers, and accessories to crimes against the constitution – itself violates the most basic canons of journalistic ethics.

“Balanced journalism” does not exist halfway between facts and lies.

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Source: Democracy is under attack – and reporting that isn’t ‘violating journalistic standards’ | Robert Reich | The Guardian

What Must We Expect of Journalism in This Crisis? | The Smirking Chimp

Why do the LNP, IPA, and Murdoch want us Americanised?

Why must we wait until some of our ablest journalists are sacked before they are willing and able to tell America the truth?

It is not “partisan” to explain what Trump and his anti-democracy movement are seeking. It is not “taking sides” to point out that the Trump Republicans are trying to establish an authoritarian government in America. It is not “violating journalistic standards” to tell the unvarnished truth about what we are facing today.

In fact, a failure to call out the Trump Republicans for what they are — liars, enablers, and accessories to crimes against the Constitution — itself violates the most basic canons of journalistic ethics.

Source: What Must We Expect of Journalism in This Crisis? | The Smirking Chimp

The Most Important Battle of Our Lifetimes | The Smirking Chimp

Indeed, the two threats – one, from an increasingly authoritarian-fascist Republican Party; the second, from ever-larger amounts of corporate and billionaire money in our campaigns and elections – are two sides of the same coin. Americans who know the system is rigged against them and in favor of the moneyed interests, are more likely to give up on democracy and embrace an authoritarian fascist demagogue who pretends to be on “their side.”The battle to preserve and protect American democracy is the most important battle of our lifetimes. If we win, there is nothing we cannot achieve. If we lose, there is nothing we can achieve

The Most Important Battle of Our Lifetimes | The Smirking Chimp

Maybe US mainstream media should begin using the term ‘fascism’ | Robert Reich | The Guardian

‘If you’re seeking a presidential nomination in today’s GOP, there’s nothing like an accusation of fascism to rally Trump supporters.’

My tweet about Ron DeSantis provoked outrage in rightwing media – perhaps it hit the nerve of the fascism now taking root in the Republican party?

Source: Maybe US mainstream media should begin using the term ‘fascism’ | Robert Reich | The Guardian

How Republicans Could Steal The Next Presidential Election | The Smirking Chimp

First, expand the Supreme Court to add balance to a branch of government that has been stolen by radicalized Republicans. This is not a far-fetched idea. The Constitution doesn’t specify how many justices there should be — and we’ve already changed the size of the Court seven times in American history.

Second, impose term limits on Supreme Court justices, and have them rotate with judges on the U.S. courts of appeals.

Third, Congress must restore federal voting rights protections and expand access to the ballot box. We need national minimum standards for voting in our democracy.

But these congressional reforms can only happen if Democrats retain control of the House in the midterm elections and add at least two more senators willing to reform or abolish the filibuster.

Your vote is important, and not just in federal elections. Make sure you also vote for state legislators who understand what’s at stake and will preserve our democracy.

Because, as this Supreme Court case shows, the future of our democracy is not guaranteed.

How Republicans Could Steal The Next Presidential Election | The Smirking Chimp

The Trump-Republican Violence Machine | The Smirking Chimp

Robert Pape, a professor at the University of Chicago who studies political violence, has conducted half a dozen nationwide polls since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and repeatedly found that between 15 million and 20 million American adults believe that violence would be justified to return Trump to office.

Trump’s claim that America has become more violent and dangerous over the last year and a half is true. But this is not because of Biden and the Democrats. It is largely because of Trump — and the Republican violence machine he has created.

The Trump-Republican Violence Machine | The Smirking Chimp

The 6 Secrets to Becoming a Fabulously Rich Con Artist | The Smirking Chimp

As the saying goes, in America everyone is entitled to a second chance — especially con artists. Herewith the 6 rules for getting a second (or third or fourth) chance to sell a giant con:

An estimated 5.2 million Americans couldn’t vote in the last presidential election because of felony “convictions,” including one in every 13 Black adults, according to the Sentencing Project. Last Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis touted the arrests of 20 people on charges of “voter fraud,” who had voted in 2020 but had been convicted of crimes for which Florida made them ineligible to vote. (Many said they would not have voted had they known they were ineligible.)

Many millions more can’t get jobs because employers don’t want to consider people who have broken the law. (Unlike Marc Andreesen, most employers don’t “love seeing people grow from lessons learned.”) Although some states and localities now prohibit employers and landlords from considering conviction or arrest records in their initial screening of applicants, it’s still the case that one big mistake on the part of someone who’s poor or of color can end their careers and perhaps their freedom.

But if you’re not poor or a person of color, you can get away with the giant cons Adam Neumann and Donald Trump have gotten away with. Just follow the steps enumerated above. Hell, you might even become President.

The 6 Secrets to Becoming a Fabulously Rich Con Artist | The Smirking Chimp

America used to regulate business. Now government subsidises it | Robert Reich | The Guardian

America used to regulate business. Now government subsidises it | Robert Reich | The Guardian

I argued that the government was already engaged in a hidden industrial policy, disguised, for example, as grants to the aerospace and telecom industries by the Department of Defense and to the pharmaceutical industry by the National Institutes of Health. It would be far better to do industrial policy in the open, so that the public could assess what it was paying for and what it was getting in return.

Opponents, which included just about every Republican, were indignant at the very idea that government ought to be “intruding” on their blessed free market.

America used to regulate business. Now government subsidises it | Robert Reich | The Guardian

Why Republican Candidates Can’t Escape Trump | The Smirking Chimp

Republican Elise Stefanik to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have issued statements brimming with outrage and accusation. Last night, the RNC sent out a fundraising text: “THIS IS NOT A DRILL: UNPRECEDENTED move Biden’s FBI RAIDS Pres. Trump’s home. Time to take back Congress.

”Rubbish. There’s no evidence that the FBI search was motivated by anything other than concerns (and, under a court order, probable cause) that Trump made off with documents rightfully belonging to the United States. That’s a criminal offense. If anyone has been undermining the rule of law, it’s Trump. Recall that Trump himself appointed the current director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, after firing former director James Comey for investigating the ties of Trump’s 2016 campaign to Russia.

Why Republican Candidates Can’t Escape Trump | The Smirking Chimp

Biden can still stop Trump, and Trumpism – if he can find a bold plan and moral vision | Robert Reich | The Guardian

Will Joe Biden be re-elected in 2024? With his current approval rating in the cellar, most pundits assume he will be toast by the next presidential election. At 81, he would also be the oldest person ever elected president, slightly exceeding the typical American’s lifespan.

So, the conventional thinking goes, Biden will be demolished by Donald Trump (or a Trump surrogate such as the Texas senator Ted Cruz or the Florida governor Ron DeSantis), thereby subjecting the US and the world to an even crazier authoritarian than Trump 1.0.

Biden can still stop Trump, and Trumpism – if he can find a bold plan and moral vision | Robert Reich | The Guardian

How To Stop Rightwing Media Lies? | The Smirking Chimp

Sue the bastards

Defamation law may turn out to be America’s most important weapon against rightwing media lies.

On Friday, Infowars star Alex Jones’ parent media company, Free Speech Systems, filed for bankruptcy in the midst of a defamation damages trial underway in Austin, Texas.

How To Stop Rightwing Media Lies? | The Smirking Chimp

What’s the Biggest Trump Oxymoron of All? | The Smirking Chimp

Trump in Washington preaching Law and Order

Sane people don’t give Trump credit for having a policy vision at all. In the annals of political oxymorons, a “Trump policy vision” must rank very high.

Source: What’s the Biggest Trump Oxymoron of All? | The Smirking Chimp

The Most Dangerous Upcoming Supreme Court Decision You Never Heard Of | The Smirking Chimp

Democracy allows Autocracy but Autocracy doesn’t allow for Democracy. There’s no Second Chance. Rapists are Trumpists and say ” I’ll put it in a little if it hurts I’ll take it out”

So your vote is critical, and not just in federal elections. Make sure you also vote for state legislators who understand what’s at stake to preserve our democracy. Because, as this Supreme Court shows, the future of our democracy is not guaranteed.

Source: The Most Dangerous Upcoming Supreme Court Decision You Never Heard Of | The Smirking Chimp

Why the January 6 Hearings Aren’t Just About January 6 | The Smirking Chimp

I have no idea whether the hearings will lead to criminal indictments and convictions of Trump and his enablers, but I do believe the hearings are finding their way into the public’s consciousness. This may prove to be as — if not more — valuable than a criminal proceeding. Not even a criminal conviction will change the minds of those who believe Trump’s Big Lie; to the contrary, it may make them even more suspicious or paranoid, possibly leading to further violence. But the hearings may begin to convince Trump supporters that he’s a dangerous charlatan.

Source: Why the January 6 Hearings Aren’t Just About January 6 | The Smirking Chimp

How To Handle Radical Republicans | The Smirking Chimp

It is time to stop using the term “conservative” to describe them and their agenda.

And it is time it to fight back: Enlarge the size of the Supreme Court and limit the terms of justices. Abolish the filibuster and then pass laws most Americans want — protecting voting rights and reproductive rights, and controlling guns. Criminally prosecute Trump and his insurgents.

These are conservative measures. They are necessary to conserve and protect our governing institutions from the radicals now bent on destroying them.

How To Handle Radical Republicans | The Smirking Chimp

How To Handle Radical Republicans | The Smirking Chimp

The Republican party is terrible. So why may Democrats lose to them this year? | Robert Reich | The Guardian

President Biden Discusses Protecting Reproductive Health Care Services At The White House
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 08: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on reproductive rights during an event at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on July 8, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Biden signed an executive order on access to reproductive health care services. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Much of today’s Republican party is treacherous and treasonous. So why are Democrats facing midterm elections that, according to most political observers, they’re likely to lose?

Source: The Republican party is terrible. So why may Democrats lose to them this year? | Robert Reich | The Guardian

Robert Reich reveals the 3 things Joe Biden can do to lower gas prices and save Democrats in the midterms – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism

Robert Reich reveals the 3 things Joe Biden can do to lower gas prices and save Democrats in the midterms – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism

Robert Reich reveals the 3 things Joe Biden can do to lower gas prices and save Democrats in the midterms – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism

Bezos’s Inflation Idiocy | The Smirking Chimp

That’s rich. Bezos of all people should know that a major reason prices are rising is hugely profitable corporations like his Amazon have been using inflation as cover to raise price even further.

Source: Bezos’s Inflation Idiocy | The Smirking ChimpInflation, Corporate driven,

On This July 4: The True Meaning of Patriotism | The Smirking Chimp

America is in trouble. But that’s not because too many foreigners are crossing our borders, or we’re losing our whiteness or our dominant religion, or we’re not standing for the national anthem or celebrating our history. We’re not in trouble because of voter fraud. We’re in trouble because we are losing the true understanding of what patriotism requires from all of us.

Source: On This July 4: The True Meaning of Patriotism | The Smirking Chimp

The Beginning of the End of Regulation | The Smirking Chimp

A final implication of today’s ruling is that the filibuster has to go. If the Supreme Court is going to require that Congress be more active and specific in protecting the environment or anything else, such a goal is implausible when 60 senators are necessary to enact it. Senate Democrats now have it in their power to abolish the filibuster. Today’s case should convince them they must.

Source: The Beginning of the End of Regulation | The Smirking Chimp

Trumpism and the Myth of the “Free Market” | The Smirking Chimp

The Progressive Era, as it was called, welled up because millions of Americans saw that wealth and power concentrated at the top was undermining American democracy and stacking the economic deck. Millions of Americans overcame their cynicism and began to mobilize.

The central question is whether we can do so again. To answer that, though, we need to examine what has happened to the Democratic Party over the last four decades — and why it has so far failed to mobilize a new progressivism. That’s to come.

Source: Trumpism and the Myth of the “Free Market” | The Smirking Chimp

How To End Corporate Welfare | The Smirking Chimp

This week, Congress is putting final touches on the CHIPS Act, which will provide more than $52 billion to companies that design and make semiconductor chips. The subsidy is demanded by the biggest chip makers as a condition for making more chips here.

Source: How To End Corporate Welfare | The Smirking Chimp

Why the January 6 Committee Is Failing To Slow Trump’s Attempted Coup | The Smirking Chimp

By not divesting itself of the Big Lie and not embracing the truth of what the January 6 committee is revealing, the Republican Party is losing its last shred of moral authority to function as one of America’s two governing parties.

Source: Why the January 6 Committee Is Failing To Slow Trump’s Attempted Coup | The Smirking Chimp

Is the US heading for a recession? Here’s what you need to know | Robert Reich | The Guardian

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Is the US heading for a recession? Many signs point in that direction. New home construction slowed in April. Mortgage demand continues to decline. Some of the country’s largest and most influential retailers are reporting disappointing sales and profits. The stock market is in bear territory. Futures markets are signaling trouble ahead.

Source: Is the US heading for a recession? Here’s what you need to know | Robert Reich | The Guardian

A Final Thought on the Hearings: How Trump Will Be Held Accountable | The Smirking Chimp

In other words, even if he avoids prosecution, even if he is never formally deemed a criminal under the law, Trump will be accountable to history. That is not as satisfying a form of accountability as a criminal judgment, to be sure. But it is a form of accountability that is inescapable. If the committee does its work properly — and I have every confidence it will — it will create a clear record. Which means that for our children and our children’s children — for as far as future generations will know of our recorded history — Donald Trump will live in infamy.

Source: A Final Thought on the Hearings: How Trump Will Be Held Accountable | The Smirking Chimp

The Two Biggest Questions About Last Night’s Hearings on Trump’s Attempted Coup | The Smirking Chimp

Last night, we learned several things from the first hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol:

Source: The Two Biggest Questions About Last Night’s Hearings on Trump’s Attempted Coup | The Smirking Chimp

Why the televised hearings on the January 6 insurrection will be historic | Robert Reich | The Guardian

‘No president in history has staged an attempted coup to change the outcome of an election.’

They will mark a milestone in the battle between democracy and autocracy. Everyone should tune in and watch them

Those who claim that a president cannot be criminally liable for acts committed while in office apparently forget that Richard Nixon avoided prosecution only because he was pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.

Those who argue that Trump should not be criminally liable because no president in American history has been criminally liable, overlook the fact that no president in history has staged an attempted coup to change the outcome of an election.

Without accountability for these acts, Trump’s criminality opens wide the door to future presidents and candidates disputing election outcomes and seeking to change them – along with ensuing public distrust, paranoia and divisiveness.

Source: Why the televised hearings on the January 6 insurrection will be historic | Robert Reich | The Guardian

Empathy and Activism | The Smirking Chimp

Peter Dutton claims to have a softer side. 1) We know he’s a Lib activist and strategist 2) We’ve seen the level of his empathy on show in the treatment he handed down to Biloela family in particular their Australian-born children. Coupled with the cry from the town. His “empathy”, an alternative fact, compared with that of the ALP’s. 3) We saw Dutton’s power, and were certain of his ability to use it. He arrogantly allowed two opere’s, illegal overstay, to be extended for a favor to a mate. 4) Yes. he now claims he has a softer side unseen for over 20 years because he presented out of necessity as the role model of a Liberal Politician. 5) Compare him to Albo or any ALP for that matter and Peter Dutton stands alone and not needed by anyone. 6) Dickson sent him that message with a slide of 2.6%

My wish for you in these trying times is that you not become immobilized or numb or selectively empathic — that you continue to respond to the suffering of others with concern and activism. In my experience, taking action – even a small effort to alleviate the suffering of others — is one of the most important means of remaining fully human at a time when the world’s pain can otherwise be overwhelming.

Source: Empathy and Activism | The Smirking Chimp

Educating for the Common Good | The Smirking Chimp

We owe to one another our time and energies to improve our communities and our nation, and to protect and strengthen our democracy. There’s no guarantee that civic education will heal our wounds or make us more able to enact sensible measures the nation needs — such as reducing gun violence, as well as slowing and reversing climate change, and protecting the right to vote — but I can think of no better way to get to where we need to be.

Source: Educating for the Common Good | The Smirking Chimp

Bombardment by the Billionaires | The Smirking Chimp

This is what News Corpse tried to convince Australia of in the last election. That the ALP, TEAL, and GREENS were divisive and hate parties. Look what happened to them.

The richest person in America tweeted last week that Democrats have “become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.” Hello? Democrats are the party of division and hate? What planet has Elon been living on?

Source: Bombardment by the Billionaires | The Smirking Chimp

How Russian Oligarchs, the Saudis, and China Are Swaying American Elections | The Smirking Chimp

Democrats should make this an issue in the run-up to the 2022 midterms. While Republicans rail against the utterly fake danger to the United States of undocumented immigrants voting in American elections, Democrats should rail against the real danger to American democracy of foreign money affecting American elections through foreign investments in American corporations.

Source: How Russian Oligarchs, the Saudis, and China Are Swaying American Elections | The Smirking Chimp