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Robert Reich Has Great Advice For The POTUS But Obama Won’t Take It

I couldn’t agree more with  American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator Robert Reich.  He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.  The man knows a thing or two.

I really wish President Obama would heed his words…

Robert Reich

“Occasionally I may make some of you angry because I’m going to reach out to Republicans and I’m going to keep on doing it,” President Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser last night. “Even if some of you think I’m a sap I’m going to keep on doing it because that’s what I think the country needs.”

Given the current state of the Regressive Party I don’t think this is what the country needs, at least not in the way Obama has been reaching out — putting compromises on the table before negotiations have even begun (cutting future Social Security benefits); setting lines in the sand and then caving (insisting the Bush tax cuts would not be extended to incomes over $250K and then extending them up to $400K); giving them easy escapes from the consequences of their policies (avoiding the fiscal cliff); allowing them to use the filibuster to thwart a large majority of voters (background checks before gun purchases); trying to reassure them by moving to the right (increasing deportations); and legitimizing their views (setting up Simpson-Bowles deficit commission and saying government budgets are like family budgets).

The way to “reach out to Republicans” is to be mercilessly tough on them — using the powers of the presidency to punish and reward them (and their constituents), holding them publicly accountable, leading the charge against the filibuster, and not giving an inch. When Obama reaches out to them as he has, congressional Republicans see only weakness, and they’ve used that weakness against him time and again.

Robert Reich Explains How Mitt Romney Got Obscenely Rich

Robert Reich‘s presentations are really good.

Mr. Reich was Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor during the latter part of the Clinton Administration.   As Secretary of Labor,  Reich implemented the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) among other accomplishments.

Now…How Mitt Romney got obscenely rich…

MoveOn.Org

And it wasn’t by doing good things. Watch: