Reich: Path to Prosperity is in Supporting Working People, Not ‘Trickling Down’

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Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by Robert Reich on December 8, 2017.

“It’s often thought that Democrats care about fairness and not economic growth, while Republicans care about growth even at the cost of some fairness,” writes Robert Reich in The San Francisco Chronicle.

“Rubbish. Growth and fairness aren’t opposites. In reality, Democrats have been the party of economic growth and fairness. Republicans are the party of neither.

“The only way to grow the economy is by investing in the education, health care and infrastructure that average Americans need to be more productive. Growth doesn’t “trickle down.” It rises up.

“Consider the two biggest legislative initiatives over the past decade: the Affordable Care Act, achieved without a single Republican vote, and the Trump-Republican tax overhaul, speeding ahead without a single Democrat. …

SF Chronicle 12/8

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