December 17, 2011 |
Robert Reich has worked in a lot of big white buildings -- in the Senate, as an intern to Robert F. Kennedy; in the office of then-Solicitor General Robert Bork; in the Ford and Carter administrations; and as labor secretary to President Clinton. Now the political economist works in another set of big white buildings, teaching at UC Berkeley, where his "Wealth and Poverty" class is as overbooked as a bargain flight to Paris, and where he dotes on his 3-year-old granddaughter, to whom he dedicated his latest book, "Aftershock": "To Ella Reich-Sharpe, and her generation.
August 10, 2011 |
You knew it would be a rough week for President Obama when one of the sharpest attacks began, not in the familiar precincts on the right, but in the New York Times' Sunday Review section, where an extra-long cover piece bemoaned the president's lack of leadership, fire and philosophical core. Psychologist and Democratic advisor Drew Westen railed about our economic crisis and how Obama allegedly has tried to appease his way to a solution. The 3,000-word essay depicted the president as a rudderless politician who "seems … compelled to take both sides of every issue.
March 6, 2011 |
The gig: Reich, who was Labor secretary under President Clinton, is a nationally known economist and political commentator. Much of his work focuses on America's rising income inequality. Reich's belief that too much of the nation's wealth is going to the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor has made him a bestselling author while inflaming his critics. Reich, 64, now teaches public policy at UC Berkeley. Not short on ambition: Reich grew up in South Salem, N.Y., near the working-class town of Peekskill, where his father owned a women's clothing store.
August 11, 2007 |
When letters written to a friend by a college-aged Hillary Rodham resurfaced in the news a few weeks ago, her mention of a certain "Dartmouth boy" with whom she spent an evening in 1966 piqued notable interest. But last week, the New York Times reported that the mystery date was none other than Robert Reich, former secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton.
November 15, 1999 |
Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary under President Clinton and Al Gore, is endorsing the vice president's rival for the Democratic nomination, two senior party officials said Sunday night. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Reich was telling fellow Democrats that he would endorse former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley today in New Hampshire. Reich headed the Department of Labor during Clinton's first term.
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October 8, 1998 |
Economic policymakers have been fighting the last war so long, they can't see they're entering a different battle on the opposite front. The old war was against inflation. It shaped the fears of those who watched it get out of control in the 1970s. These are the same people who now run the central banks, ministries and international lending institutions. Yet the inflation war is over. The new enemy approaches from the opposite direction: spiraling deflation.