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Former Secretary of Labor; Democratic Challenger MA Governor:
Robert Reich on the Issues

Robert Reich on Abortion

  • Lead coalition against anti-choice lobby. (May 2002)
  • Supports Contraceptive Coverage Bill and Buffer Zone Law. (May 2002)
  • Unrestricted right to safe abortions. (May 2002)

Robert Reich on Budget & Economy

  • Greenspan’s caution is ludicrous during a recession. (Oct 2001)
  • Stimulus: more unemployment insurance, less payroll tax. (Oct 2001)
  • Low-unemployment recession may result from wage fluctuation. (Jul 2001)
  • New progressivism: economic dynamism with social cushions. (Feb 2001)
  • Gap between rich and poor is widening despite good economy. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on inflation & deficit means focus on needs of wealthy. (Dec 1992)
  • Most precious asset is human capital. (Nov 1992)

Robert Reich on Civil Rights

  • Supports civil unions. (May 2002)
  • Extend partner benefits to gays. (May 2002)
  • Equal rights for GLBT; against DOMA. (May 2002)

Robert Reich on Corporations

No stance on record.

Robert Reich on Crime

  • Increase penalties for felon handgun possession. (Sep 2002)
  • Against the death penalty on several grounds. (May 2002)

Robert Reich on Drugs

  • Legalize the medical use of marijuana. (Apr 2002)

Robert Reich on Education

  • We must prepare workforce for new economy. (Jan 2002)
  • Community Colleges are unsung heroes of workers. (Jan 2002)
  • Combine knowledge (know-how) with wisdom (know-why). (Jun 2001)
  • Grant $60,000 nest egg to high school graduates. (Mar 2001)
  • Standardized tests are too one-size-fits-all for many kids. (Jul 2000)
  • New economy skills not measured by standardized tests. (Jul 2000)

    School Choice

  • Give poor kids a choice, but not via vouchers. (Mar 2002)
  • Never supported vouchers, despite interpretation that way. (Mar 2002)
  • Poorest children should get largest vouchers. (Feb 2001)
  • $10,000 vouchers for poor kids in private & charter schools. (Sep 2000)

Robert Reich on Energy & Oil

  • Encourage low-emissions and hybrid vehicles. (May 2002)
  • Jump-start renewable energy & reduce power-plant emissions. (May 2002)

Robert Reich on Environment

  • Supports Smart Growth and protecting open space. (May 2002)
  • World environmental agency should impose emissions rules. (Oct 2001)

Robert Reich on Families & Children

  • Better jobs programs would result in more stable marriages. (Jun 2001)
  • Balance of family & job is harder in new economy. (Mar 2001)

Robert Reich on Foreign Policy

  • It’s time to advocate strongly for Palestinian state. (Nov 2001)
  • We’re too stingy with our foreign aid. (Jul 2000)

Robert Reich on Free Trade

  • MA should compete by being productive, not cheap. (Jan 2002)
  • Share benefits of globalization; lower import trade barriers. (Oct 2001)
  • Poor nations should improve conditions as wealth increases. (May 2000)
  • Backlash against globalization is growing, because of jobs. (Dec 1999)
  • Urges worldwide campaign against child labor. (Jun 1996)
  • Trade with China makes sense if US workers are protected. (Apr 2000)

Robert Reich on Government Reform

  • Cut wasteful programs, start with across-the-board 3% cuts. (Sep 2002)
  • Establish satellite governor's office in Berkshire County. (Apr 2002)

Robert Reich on Gun Control

  • Limit handgun sales to one per month. (Sep 2002)
  • If I had my way, I’d restrict handguns. (Jan 2000)

Robert Reich on Health Care

  • Raise cigarette taxes to make health care more affordable. (Jan 2002)
  • Budget surplus means it’s time for universal health care. (Apr 2001)
  • Universal coverage helps more than minimum wage increase. (Jul 1998)

Robert Reich on Homeland Security

  • Building missile defense will start a new Frigid War. (Feb 2001)
  • Shift spending from defense to social investment. (Dec 1992)

Robert Reich on Immigration

  • Against more H-1B visas: not a long-term solution. (Sep 1999)

Robert Reich on Jobs

  • MA workers should be able to find a job at a living wage. (Jan 2002)
  • Prodded Clinton on minimum wage & corporate welfare. (Nov 2001)
  • Social mobility and median wages are down. (Jul 1998)
  • Wage disparity between boss & workers hurts companies. (Jul 1998)
  • Americans deserve a livable wage: raise the minimum. (Jul 1998)

Robert Reich on Local Issues

    Big Dig

  • Make rail part of overall Big Dig plan. (Mar 2002)
  • Use gas tax to pay for Big Dig, not toll increases. (Feb 2002)

    Clean Elections

  • Hoped to run "Clean" but first must run. (Apr 2002)
  • Clean Elections is old politics against reformers. (Apr 2002)
  • Clean Elections law reduces corporate political power. (Jan 2002)


  • Not against tests--but against basing graduation on just one. (Apr 2002)

Robert Reich on Principles & Values

  • Calling Democrats “dead” meant to stimulate debate. (Nov 2001)
  • Pro-economic growth progressive. (Nov 2001)
  • Rebirth of Democratic activism: 2002 midterm convention. (Jul 2001)
  • Democratic Party: not playing dead, but dead. (Mar 2001)
  • The Pronoun Test: workers say “we” instead of “they”. (May 1993)
  • Policy is second to politics, and should be. (Apr 1993)
  • As Labor Secretary, implemented employees’ suggestions. (Mar 1993)
  • Harvard class’ enrollment predicted Clinton victory. (Sep 1992)
  • Profiled in "Jews in American Politics". (Jan 2001)

Robert Reich on Social Security

  • Open the lockbox & throw away key: Better reforms needed. (Sep 2001)
  • Privatization is the first cousin of social Darwinism. (Aug 2001)
  • Keep Trust Fund as federal “insurance pool”. (Feb 1997)

Robert Reich on Tax Reform

  • Postpone state tax cut. (Apr 2002)
  • Avoid raising taxes, but a pledge is irresponsible. (Feb 2002)
  • Tax system must be fair without big breaks for business. (Jan 2002)
  • Ask rich to bear the burden before cutting education. (Jan 2002)
  • No tax cut. Period. (May 2001)
  • Expand EITC & raise bottom of SSI tax, as tax cut to poor. (Jan 2001)
  • Opposes marriage penalty bill: It’s a tax cut to the wealthy. (Feb 2000)
  • Consider tax breaks for hiring & retaining workers. (Jul 1998)

Robert Reich on War & Peace

  • War against terrorism requires better intelligence-gathering. (Dec 2001)
  • Must examine terrorism’s context and US role. (Nov 2001)

Robert Reich on Welfare & Poverty

  • Include faith based organizations in crime prevention. (Sep 2002)
  • Give housing vouchers to poor families. (Feb 2001)
  • Clinton’s signing of Welfare Reform was his worst decision. (Sep 2000)
  • Welfare reform resulted in millions working at dead end jobs. (Jul 2000)