For the progressives and social democrats among us Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor is doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.
Some samples of questions and answers,
If you could eliminate a single federal regulation and replace it with some other regulation (or nothing at all), what would it be and why?
[robertbreich] I'd start by legalizing marijuana.What is the single most important piece of advice you would give young voters (18-25 demographic)? What is the best way for us to educate ourselves on the important issues like public policy and the economy?
[robertbreich] My strong advice: Try to avoid cynicism about politics, government, and all the major institutions of our democracy. (That may be hard at a time like this, but if you're cynical at your age, you'll be wasted by the time you're mine.) Best way to educate yourselves is to read my books (my books are the kind of books that once you put them down you can't pick them up), read the NYT every day, and read the Wall Street Journal's editorial and oped pages so you learn the opposite of what's truthful.If you were president, what would be your first action to create jobs?
[robertbreich] I'd revive the Depression-era Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corp, to hire the long-term unemployed -- put them to work rebuilding our crumbling highways, ports, bridges, school buildings, parks, playgrounds.Perhaps, Secretary Reich would welcome an invitation to debate on Volconvo.Thanks for the link form your blog. As someone who has spent many years in govt and understands the difficulty of pushing policy through I was wondering what you would do about finance reform? Its one thing to say that we need a return to to Glass-Steagall type regulations and stronger oversight over derivatives and other "weapons of financial destruction" but its another to put into action.
How would you deal with regulatory capture and investment banks financing political campaigns and Republicans refusal to even allow the nomination of the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? Are there even answers to the problems we have or have we evolved a political system too far gone that only serve special interests?
[robertbreich] We can't get true financial reform until we constrain Wall Street's vast reservoir of money from corrupting our democracy. In fact, we can't get much reform anywhere -- health care, energy, defense, etc. -- without limiting the effects of big money in politics. (That's why I agreed to become chair of an organization called "Common Cause," a citizen's group dedicated to getting money out of politics.)