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What Will It Take To Tackle The COVID Economic Crisis & Growing Inequality?

Sep 15, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about the economic crisis and growing inequality. As of mid-August, more than 29 million Americans were receiving some sort of unemployment insurance.

Democrats support an extension of $600 in weekly federal unemployment benefits, but Republicans won’t budge. Over 30 million people say their households don’t have enough to eat and despite a federal ban, renters are still being evicted. According to the Poor People’s Campaign, 140 million people in the US are poor or low-income. What will it take to truly tackle this crisis and what’s at stake in the upcoming election?

Guest:

Robert Reich, former US secretary of labor, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, and author of many books including his latest, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

Web Resources: 

The Guardian, Robert Reich: Trump doesn't care if wildfires destroy the west – it didn't vote for him

The Guardian, Robert Reich: On Labor Day, remember this: Trump's America works only for the rich 

The New York Times, Nelson D. Schwartz & Gillian Friedman: Unemployment Claims Send Another Worrisome Note 

NYT Mag: America at Hunger's Edge

Reuters, Howard Schneider & Jonnelle Marte: Retirements, layoffs, labor force flight may leave scars on U.S economy 

The Verge, Justine Calma: Democrats unveil new agenda for economic recovery and climate action