Starting about an hour ago, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich
is answering pretty much whatever questions people pose him on Reddit. Among the gems:
evasilev: What is the top priority policy change you would like to see outlined in Obama's upcoming policy speech to Congress?
Robert Reich: It will be a hard sell, but when consumers (whose spending is 70 percent of the economy) won't spend, and businesses (who are facing lackluster sales) won't hire, government has to be the spender of last resort. The President should ask for a trillion dollars to boost the economy. Not just on the WPA and CCC I mentioned, also infrastructure investment, also loans to cash-starved states and localities. With 25 million Americans looking for full-time work, and the cost of borrowing so incredibly low (T-bills at 2 percent), this is the only responsible thing to do.
patefacio: How is Clinton on a personal level? He looks like he'd be a great guy to have a beer with.
Robert Reich: I've known him since he was 22. At Oxford, as grad students, we didn't inhale together.
I thought about asking him if he'd like to join me for dinner this weekend, but I chickened out.
I'm Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, author, and professor of public policy at Berkeley. AMA.
NZ Prime Minister John Key is a racist blowhard who has smeared the opposition parties of “backing the rapists” for their support of NZ citizens with minor criminal convictions (not sexual assault, incidentally) being deported from Australia, where they have been imprisoned.
Last May, Jackie Burns, the deputy leader of the Labour Council in South Lanarkshire in Scotland, voted to close all public toilets as part of the Scottish government’s £22 million cost-cutting programme; early last Saturday morning, police issued him a £40 ticket for pissing in public. (via Reddit)
In a decision that environmental activists see as a hard-won victory, President Obama today announced he is rejecting the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The news ends a seven-year review process that was a focal point in the debate over the Obama administration’s climate policies.
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