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Executing the innocent: Time to boycott Georgia and Texas

Jonathan Simon, professor of law | September 23, 2011

I believe the death penalty is an inherently degrading and dehumanizing punishment that should not be used even on the most heinous criminals. But when a state executes individuals with substantial doubt about their actual innocence they have crossed a different line. They are not only human rights violators, they are a clear present danger … Continue reading »

The Republican weapon of mass cynicism

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | September 16, 2011

According to the latest ABC New/Washington Post poll, 77 percent of Americans say they “feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track” in this country. That’s the highest percentage since January, 2009. No surprise. The economy is almost as rotten now as it was two years ago. And, yes, this poses a … Continue reading »

How to create more jobs by lowering wages: Texas and America

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | September 14, 2011

Perry and Romney can duke it out over who created the most jobs, but governors have as much influence over job growth in their states as roosters do over sunrises. States don’t have their own monetary policies so they can’t lower interest rates to spur job growth. They can’t spur demand through fiscal policies because … Continue reading »

Rick Perry: Secessionist or closet liberal?

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | August 31, 2011

Of all the nonsense Texas Governor Rick Perry spews about states’ rights and the tenth amendment, his dumbest is the notion that states should go it alone. “We’ve got a great Union,” he said at a Tea Party rally in Austin in April 2009. “There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues … Continue reading »