Robert Reich went up against former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on the topic of income inequality, and like many before him, Reich fell to the sword wielded by Gingrich’s words. Reich, even as progressives’ so-called War on Poverty lay in ruins across the land, quite naturally blames Republicans for the inequality.
Gingrich wasn’t having any of that. The Republican speaker snapped, “Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats.”
Reich has a colorful history as a radlib professor—a radlib is the opposite of the term Reich coined for some conservatives, radcon— previously labor secretary to former president Bill Clinton in his first term, and economic adviser to President Barack Obama.
In 2009 as Obama’s economic stimulus was discussed, Reich made it clear “white male construction workers” wouldn’t be among the beneficiaries. Like many politicos, he denied saying what he said although his remarks were documented on video.
Reich’s philosophies are antiquities harkening to government rulers as controllers of wealth, determining who deserves a redistribution.
In 2013, Reich accused fiscal conservatives of trying to “eviscerate the U.S. government — drown it in the bathtub” in remarks about the sequestration that was actually Obama’s idea and implemented because Democrats refused to compromise on spending.
The War on Poverty is as miserable a failure as the War on Drugs.
As technology has advanced, the U.S. has continued to import large numbers of workers both legally and illegally. At present despite record unemployment, particularly among blacks and hispanics, the Obama administration and Democrats as well as some Republicans have gone aggressively after an amnesty deal. No one has yet admitted the impact the amnesty of 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, had on wages, federal welfare programs, criminal justice, healthcare, and education costs. Mexico is the largest beneficiary of a failed U.S. immigration policy.
Reich, like his fellow progressives, likes to blame free market capitalism for our country’s woes. Fact is, free market capitalism hasn’t been practiced in the U.S. for quite some time, even before Obama took office.
Gingrich, when Reich attempted to blame Republicans for what amounts to failed Democrat policies dating to the midterms of 2006 (and before), said it was “Baloney.” Weasel Zippers has the video of the Newt-Reich exchange.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Dec. 16, 2013)
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