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Robert Reich: 6 things to do in a dark hour

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“Fight lies with truth….”

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The Endgame of 2016′s Anti-Establishment Politics

by Robert Reich, 4/25/16

Will Bernie Sanders’s supporters rally behind Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination? Likewise, if Donald Trump is denied the Republican nomination, will his supporters back whoever gets the Republican nod?

If 2008 is any guide, the answer is unambiguously yes to both. About 90 percent of people who backed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries that year ended up supporting Barack Obama in the general election. About the same percent of Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney backers came around to supporting John McCain.

But 2008 may not be a good guide to the 2016 election, whose most conspicuous feature is furious antipathy to the political establishment.

Outsiders and mavericks are often attractive to an American electorate chronically suspicious of political insiders, but the anti-establishment sentiments unleashed this election year of a different magnitude. The Trump and Sanders candidacies are both dramatic repudiations of politics as usual….

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Sign Robert Reich’s petition: Support Bernie Sanders’s plan to break up the big banks and rein in Wall Street

Democracy For America, 1/9/16

Bernie Sanders gave a major speech on reining in Wall Street on January 5. In it, he called for busting up the biggest banks and reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act.

Both of these steps are necessary to avoid another “too-big-to-fail” bailout, along with another crisis that robs millions of Americans of their jobs, homes, and savings. The only way to contain Wall Street’s excesses is with reforms so big, bold, and public they can’t be watered down.

Senator Sanders’s full plan includes:

• Breaking up the big banks and financial institutions
•Reinstating a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act to clearly separate traditional banking from risky investment banking and insurance services
•Ending too-big-to-jail — so that Wall Street executives are prosecuted for causing the near collapse of our economy
•Establishing a tax on Wall Street to discourage reckless gambling and encourage productive investments in the job-creating economy
•Capping credit card interest rates and ATM fees
•Allowing Post Offices to offer banking services
•Reforming credit rating agencies
•Reforming the Federal Reserve

Join Robert Reich now and sign this petition in support of Bernie Sanders’s plan to reform Wall Street.

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“…a level of ignorance and prejudice…”

By Robert Reich, Facebook, 10/8/15

Not a day goes by that a leading Republican presidential hopeful doesn’t reveal a level of ignorance and prejudice unprecedented in modern American politics. Today, Ben Carson, who is now running second to Donald Trump, said that Adolf Hitler’s mass murder of Jews “would have been greatly diminished” had Germans been allowed to carry guns.

What?

Whether it’s Carson on guns or Muslims; Trump on Mexicans, “anchor babies,” or Obama’s citizenship; or almost any of the Republican candidates on abortion, gay marriage, or climate change — the leading GOP presidential candidates are reaching ever higher into loony land. Continue reading

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