Robert Reich on the Issues:

Accountability: "… neither Republicans nor Democrats have done much of anything to effectively rein in these two centers of unaccountable power… [the intelligence community and wall street.]." Business Insider, June 13, 2013

Government & The 1 Percent: "When it comes to protecting the fortunes of America’s rich (mostly top corporate executives and Wall Street) and maintaining their strangle-hold on the political process, Senate Republicans, along with some Senate Democrats, don’t budge." Christian Science Monitor, December 24, 2010

Lobbying: "To state it another way, we’re paying them to hire former government officials to lobby current government officials, and we’re also paying them to bribe current politicians – all in order to keep or get fat government contracts that often turn out to be lousy deals for us." Chicago Tribune, July 14, 2015

Wall Street/Big Banks: "But those banks are now so large (much larger than they were when they almost melted down five years ago), have such a monopolistic grip on our financial system, and exercise so much power over Washington, that we have cause for concern." Orlando Sentinel, June 19, 2013

NSA Surveillance: "But the NSA has so much power, and oversight of it is so thin, that we have every reason to be concerned. The fact that its technological reach is vast, its resources almost limitless, and its operations are shrouded in secrecy, make it difficult for a handful of elected representatives to effectively monitor even a tiny fraction of what it does." Orlando Sentinel, June 19, 2013

Jobs & Defense Spending: "Wouldn’t it be better to have a jobs program that created things we really need – like light-rail trains, better school facilities, public parks, water and sewer systems, and non-carbon energy sources – than things we don’t, like obsolete weapons systems?" Christian Science Monitor, August 13, 2010

Climate Change and The Poor: "The structures they inhabit are typically more vulnerable to extreme weather. They’re among the first to lose electricity, communication, and transportation. And as climate change intensifies competition for potable water, arable land, and energy, the poor in the U.S. and around the world are losing even more ground. It’s time we connected the dots and understood widening inequality and climate change as intrinsically related." Facebook, November 1, 2016

The Justice System"Unless we recognize the racism and abuse of our criminal justice system and tackle the dehumanizing stereotypes that underlie it, our nation – and our economy – will never be as strong as it could be." Alternet, June 22, 2015

Death Penalty: "I am against the death penalty. I do not believe a decent society should condemn people to death. There is no persuasive evidence that the death penalty deters crime. Moreover, we run too great a risk under our criminal justice system that innocent people will be subject to the death penalty; recent revelations based upon DNA evidence show how tragically common this has been. On The Issues, May 2, 2002

War on Drugs: "The nation’s war on drugs has been a total failure. It hasn’t reduced the flow or use of drugs in America. Instead, it’s created a black market that’s fueled violent gangs and drug cartels throughout Mexico and Central America; caused a child refugee crisis along our southern border; and put tens of thousands of Americans, mostly poor and black or Latino, into U.S. prisons." Facebook, June 19, 2014

Immigrants: "Don’t listen to the demagogues who want to blame the economic problems of the middle class and poor on new immigrants, whether here legally or illegally. The real problem is the economic game is rigged in favor of a handful at the top, who are doing the rigging." Alternet, October 21, 2015

Labor: "But as union membership has weakened – from more than a third of all private-sector workers belonging unions in the 1950s to fewer than 7 percent today – the bargaining power of average workers has all but disappeared.  In fact, the decline of the American middle class mirrors almost exactly the decline of American labor union membership." Salon, June 6, 2015

Collective Bargaining: Under America’s current circumstances, "education is no panacea. Reversing the scourge of widening inequality requires reversing the upward distributions within the rules of the market, and giving workers the bargaining leverage they need to get a larger share of the gains from growth.." Salon, May 15, 2015

Voting Rights: "We need to move to the next stage of voting rights—a new Voting Rights Act—that renews the law that was effectively repealed by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court." Newsweek, April 5, 2016

Reproductive Choice:  I am pro-choice. I am committed to safeguarding and improving women’s reproductive health services in Massachusetts, including the unrestricted right to safe abortions. I support relevant legislation increasing access to reproductive health services critical to the preservation of women’s reproductive rights. On The Issues May 2, 2002

LGBT Rights: "I strongly oppose all forms of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. I believe that gays and lesbians who are in committed relationships should have the same legal rights and responsibilities as married couples. It’s unconscionable that partners in long-term, loving relationships can be denied the right to visit each other in a hospital, or receive survivor benefits." On The Issues, May 2, 2002

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