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$280 billion deficit is nothing to celebrate

Jul 12, 2006
Tax revenues are way up, President Bush touted yesterday, so the budget deficit will be almost $130 billion smaller than predicted this year. But commentator Robert Reich says the administration's numbers still don't add up.

Minimum wage hike = smart politics

Jul 5, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich argues Republicans, as much as Democrats, stand to score political points by boosting the minimum wage.

Housing bubble deflating

Jun 28, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich says the time has come to declare the housing boom officially over.

Forget <i>in</i>flation, that's deflation looming

Jun 21, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich warns Fed Chief Ben Bernanke not to become too focused on inflation and miss possible warning signs of deflation.

Hard times for UAW

Jun 14, 2006
The United Auto Workers' ranks have shrunk by more than half in 25 years. But, says commentator Robert Reich, there are still plenty of jobs for American auto workers &mdash; it's the quality of jobs that's changed.

Estate tax repeal? Bad for the economy

Jun 7, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich argues that repealing the estate tax would cost the US Treasury $1 trillion in 10 years &mdash; and sap entrepreneurial gumption from the growing ranks of trust-fund Americans.

Tough challenges for Hank to tackle

May 31, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich says his former college classmate &mdash; newly-nominated Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson &mdash; needs to do more than sell President Bush's policies to help the economy. He has to reverse them.

Corporate America, fund your pension promises

May 24, 2006
Congress is working to forge a combined pension overhaul and tax cut package before Memorial Day recess. Commentator Robert Reich says there's one thing everyone should agree on: Require companies to honor pension obligations.

<i>Another</i> tax cut for the rich?

May 17, 2006
President Bush signed the $70 billion tax cut into law today &mdash; and Congress is looking at cutting another $23 billion. Commentator and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich wonders why we keep cutting taxes when we're spending so much money.

Will the Internet stay fast and cheap?

May 10, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich argues the very idea of a democratic Internet is threatened by the so-called net neutrality bill working its way through Congress.

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