Tag: Robert Reich

The Bigot Party | The Smirking Chimp

People around the world witnessing the fragility of American democracy “want to see whether our democracy is resilient, whether we can rise to the challenge here at home. That will be the foundation for our legitimacy in defending democracy around the world for years to come.” That resilience and legitimacy will depend in large part on whether Republicans or Democrats prevail on voting rights. Not since the years leading up to the Civil War has the clash between the nation’s two major parties so clearly defined the core challenge facing American democracy.

The Bigot Party | The Smirking Chimp

Bessemer and the Power Shift | The Smirking Chimp

The most dramatic change in American capitalism over the last half century has been the emergence of corporate behemoths like Amazon and the simultaneous shrinkage of organized labor. The resulting imbalance has spawned near-record inequalities of income and wealth, corruption of democracy by big money, and the abandonment of the working class.

Bessemer and the Power Shift | The Smirking Chimp

How Bidenomics Unites America | The Smirking Chimp

A quarter century ago, I and other members of Bill Clinton’s cabinet urged him to reject the Republican’s proposal to end welfare. It was too punitive, we said, subjecting poor Americans to deep and abiding poverty. But Clinton’s political advisers warned that unless he went along, he jeopardized his reelection.

How Bidenomics Unites America | The Smirking Chimp

Biden’s no LBJ but he must protect voting rights. What else is the presidency for? | US voting rights | The Guardian

Joe Biden points to his face mask in Atlanta, Georgia in January.

In 1963, when the newly sworn in Lyndon Baines Johnson was advised against using his limited political capital on the controversial issue of civil and voting rights for Black Americans, he responded: “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?”

Biden’s no LBJ but he must protect voting rights. What else is the presidency for? | US voting rights | The Guardian

Why Trump’s Takeover of the GOP is Great for Biden and the Democrats (but a Potential Disaster for America) | The Smirking Chimp

As the Trump Party takes over the GOP, anti-Trump Republicans are abandoning the party in droves – thereby weakening it for general elections while simultaneously strengthening Trump’s hand inside it. It’s great news for Democrats and Joe Biden.

Why Trump’s Takeover of the GOP is Great for Biden and the Democrats (but a Potential Disaster for America) | The Smirking Chimp

The Freedom to Freeze | The Smirking Chimp

Texas’s prevailing social Darwinism was expressed most succinctly last week by the mayor of Colorado City, who accused his constituents – trapped in near sub-zero temperatures and complaining about lack of heat, electricity, and drinkable water – of being the “lazy” products of a “socialist government,” adding “I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout!” and predicting “only the strong will survive and the weak will perish.”

The Freedom to Freeze | The Smirking Chimp

The Monstrous Predicament Trump Left Behind | The Smirking Chimp

This week’s Senate trial is unlikely to convict Donald Trump of inciting sedition against the United States. At least 17 Republican senators are needed for conviction, but only five have signaled they’ll go along.

The Monstrous Predicament Trump Left Behind | The Smirking Chimp

Why Republicans Won’t Agree to Biden’s Big Plans and Why He Should Ignore Them | The Smirking Chimp

If there were ever a time for bold government, it is now. Covid, joblessness, poverty, raging inequality and our last chance to preserve the planet are together creating an existential inflection point.

Why Republicans Won’t Agree to Biden’s Big Plans and Why He Should Ignore Them | The Smirking Chimp

CEOs’ Newfound Concern for Democracy is Bunk | The Smirking Chimp

The sudden lurch from Trump to Biden is generating vertigo all over Washington, including the so-called fourth branch of government – CEOs and their army of lobbyists.

CEOs’ Newfound Concern for Democracy is Bunk | The Smirking Chimp

Biden cannot govern from the center – ending Trumpism means radical action | Joe Biden | The Guardian

Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware.

This Republican party traffics in conspiracy and thuggery – the new president must be bold on healthcare, equality and more

Biden cannot govern from the center – ending Trumpism means radical action | Joe Biden | The Guardian

Accountability for the Attempted Coup | The Smirking Chimp

Call me old-fashioned, but when the president of the United States encourages armed insurgents to breach the Capitol and threaten the physical safety of Congress, in order to remain in power, I call it an attempted coup.

Accountability for the Attempted Coup | The Smirking Chimp

Sedition! | The Smirking Chimp

I’ve been in or around politics for over a half century now, and I never imagined how low and looney the Republican Party would become. Eleven Republican senators and senators-elect said today they will vote to reject President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory next Wednesday when Congress meets to formally certify it.

Sedition! | The Smirking Chimp

Healthcare to the electoral college: seven ways 2020 left America exposed | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Protesters gather in front of the supreme court during the 2020 Women’s March, in October.

Sun 3 Jan 2021 17.00 AEDT Last modified on Mon 4 Jan 2021 06.29 AEDT 3,054 361 If America learns nothing else from these dark times, here are seven lessons it should take from 2020:

Healthcare to the electoral college: seven ways 2020 left America exposed | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Good Riddance to a Terrible Year | The Smirking Chimp

About the only good thing that can be said about 2020 is that it’s over. It was an annus horribilis. COVID took the lives of more than 340,000 Americans, about 1 out of every 1,000 of us. Over 22 million of us lost our jobs in March and April, and unemployment is again surging. The trend of fatal police shootings increased this year, with a total 864 civilians having been shot, 192 of whom were Black (as of December 1, 2020, the latest data available). Climate change has worsened. The U.S. suffered an extraordinary 12 hurricane landfalls in 2020, smashing previous records. California had the worst wildfire season ever, burning a staggering 4.1 million acres. The President of the United States made all these crises worse. He played down and lied about COVID. He condemned Black Lives Matter protesters and encouraged right-wing violence. He made the climate crisis worse than it might have been by rejecting climate science and rolling back environmental protections.

Good Riddance to a Terrible Year | The Smirking Chimp

Trump’s Vilest Legacy | The Smirking Chimp

Most of the 74,222,957 Americans who voted to reelect Donald Trump – 46.8 percent of the votes cast in the 2020 presidential election – don’t hold Trump accountable for what he’s done to America. Their acceptance of Trump’s behavior will be his vilest legacy.

Trump’s Vilest Legacy | The Smirking Chimp

How the Richest 1 Percent Came Out Big Winners in the Covid Relief Bill | The Smirking Chimp

Hidden in the bill combining Covid relief and government spending is a cool $200 billion in tax breaks. An estimated $120 billion of those tax breaks will go to the richest 1 percent of Americans. Those giveaways include:

How the Richest 1 Percent Came Out Big Winners in the Covid Relief Bill | The Smirking Chimp

Trickle-down economics doesn’t work but build-up does – is Biden listening? | US economy | The Guardian

The development and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines shows public investment works.

A new study confirms tax cuts for the rich do not benefit the rest. Recovery from the pandemic is a chance to change course

Trickle-down economics doesn’t work but build-up does – is Biden listening? | US economy | The Guardian

To reverse inequality, we need to expose the myth of the ‘free market’ | Opinion | The Guardian

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person. The wealth of the world’s billionaires has risen by more then $10t since the start of the pandemic.

We need an informed public that sees through the poisonous myth billionaires want us to believe: that income is a measure of your market worth

To reverse inequality, we need to expose the myth of the ‘free market’ | Opinion | The Guardian

Profiles in Cowardice | The Smirking Chimp

Now America is being subject to a stress test to see if it has enough strength to withstand Trump’s treacherous campaign to discredit the 2020 presidential election. Trump will lose because there’s no evidence of fraud. But the integrity of thousands of people responsible for maintaining American democracy is being tested as never before.

Profiles in Cowardice | The Smirking Chimp

Who Wins from Trump’s Final Travesty? | The Smirking Chimp

A low-income American earning $35,000 this year would be earning $61,000. A college-educated worker now earning $72,000 would be earning $120,000. Overall, the grotesque surge in inequality that began 40 years ago is costing the median American worker $42,000 per year. The upward redistribution of $47 trillion wasn’t due to natural forces. It was contrived. As wealth accumulated at the top, so did political power to siphon off even more wealth and shaft everyone else.

Who Wins from Trump’s Final Travesty? | The Smirking Chimp

Can Biden Heal America when Trump and his Allies Don’t Want it Healed? | The Smirking Chimp

In other words, despite zero evidence of voter fraud, the GOP should attack the outcome of the election because a Democrat was elected president

Can Biden Heal America when Trump and his Allies Don’t Want it Healed? | The Smirking Chimp

FAQs About What’s Ahead | The Smirking Chimp

You’ve been in or around politics for more than 50 years. How are you feeling about Tuesday’s election? I’m more frightened for my country than I’ve ever been. Another four years of Donald Trump would be devastating. Nonetheless, I suspect Biden will win.

FAQs About What’s Ahead | The Smirking Chimp

USA OK? My FAQs about Trump, Biden, the election and what happens next | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

Joe Biden pauses while speaking to supporters in front of an Arizona state flag, in Phoenix this month.

I think the Democratic nominee will win the White House on Tuesday. Here’s how and why – and what the president will do

USA OK? My FAQs about Trump, Biden, the election and what happens next | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump assaulted American democracy – here’s how Democrats can save it | Amy Coney Barrett | The Guardian

The US Capitol, under threatening clouds

Amy Coney Barrett is heading for confirmation but supreme court and Senate reform is possible if Biden wins and acts fast

Trump assaulted American democracy – here’s how Democrats can save it | Amy Coney Barrett | The Guardian

The 4 Biggest Takeaways from The Final Debate | The Smirking Chimp

Biden was more passionate and forceful than he’s been in any debate so far – including in the primary debates. But Trump’s lies and bizarre outbursts were no less toxic. Here are the 4 biggest takeaways.

The 4 Biggest Takeaways from The Final Debate | The Smirking Chimp

The Public, the Personal, and the Utter Hypocrisy of the GOP | The Smirking Chimp

Trump and many Republicans insist that the decisions whether to wear a mask, go to a bar or gym, or work or attend school during a pandemic should be personal. Government should play no role. Yet they also insist that what a woman does with her own body or whether same-sex couples can marry should be decided by government.

The Public, the Personal, and the Utter Hypocrisy of the GOP | The Smirking Chimp

Trump said he could kill and win – Covid and cheating may prove it | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Trump’s Fifth Avenue principle has kept him in power for almost four years of death and mayhem that would have doomed the presidencies of anyone else.’

I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Donald Trump boasted in 2016. He thought his almost unlimited bravado, bombast and dominance of any situation allowed him to get away with figurative murder.

Trump said he could kill and win – Covid and cheating may prove it | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian