CAMPAIGN 2016: Looking for a little wisdom from past leaders


The largest party in America is neither
the Democrats nor the Republicans.
It's the party of

Robert Reich
Former Labor Secretary of the United States



I grew up standing with my Dad in voting booths... primaries and generals alike. Every four years, we watched both political conventions together. Voting was important to him and voting became important to me.

And now I do the same with my daughter.

I often think about the sacrifices that were made so I can vote. I think about the longing of people who would give anything to be able to choose their leaders.

And then I think of those who can't be bothered to vote. I think of those who complain and want no responsibility for the outcome. Who want to criticize without contributing. I know all the excuses.

No, I will never understand not voting.

Carl Francis



ROBERT BERNARD REICH (born 1946) is an American political commentator, professor, and author. 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.

Reich is currently Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkely. He was formerly a professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and professor of social and economic policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management of Brandeis University. He has also been a contributing editor of The New Republic, The American Prospect (also chairman and founding editor), Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Reich is a political commentator on programs including Hardball with Chris Matthews, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNBC's Kudlow & Company, and APM's Marketplace.

In 2008, Time magazine named him one of the Ten Best Cabinet Members of the century, and The Wall Street Journal in 2008 placed him sixth on its list of the "Most Influential Business Thinkers". He was appointed a member of President-elect Barack Obama's economic transition advisory board. Until 2012, he was married to British-born lawyer Clare Dalton, with whom he has two sons, Sam and Adam.

He has published 14 books, including the best-sellers In Defense of Capitalism, The Work of Nations, Reason, Supercapitalism, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, and a best-selling e-book, Beyond Outrage. He is also chairman of Common Cause and writes his own blog about the political economy at The Robert Reich–Jacob Kornbluth film Inequality for All won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

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