Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Trump is on target to raise more than $90 million — a record amount — to pay for days of Inaugural activities, including receptions, balls and the parade.

His inaugural committee is offering access to Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence and their families in exchange for at least six-figure donations. For $100,000, donors will receive two tickets for dinner and a policy discussion with select Cabinet appointees. For $250,000, two tickets to a lunch with women of the first family. For $1 million, four tickets to a lunch featuring Cabinet appointees and congressional leaders and four tickets to a dinner with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen.

But Trump is trying to keep secret the names of the companies donating millions (a break from his Republican and Democratic predecessors in the White House).

Some corporate names have been leaked. I think it appropriate that you boycott them, and let their CEOs know you won’t do business with companies that collude with a tyrant:

Chevron: $500,000.
Boeing: $1 million,
UPS
JPMorgan Chase
Bank of America
Deloitte
AT&T

What do you think?

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

The Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders contest continues to divide the Democratic Party — in gubernatorial primaries, in the race for Democratic National Committee chairman, and in state party leadership contests from Hawaii to Maine. It’s hobbling Democrats’ ability to unite.

Can we get a grip? Democrats have to recognize 5 things:

1. The Democratic Party is on life support. It has lost Congress, the presidency, and most state governments.

2. The Party’s Washington establishment – big funders, major lobbyists, retired members of congress who have become bundlers and lobbyists – are one big reason for the Party’s demise.

3. The life of the Party – its enthusiasm, passion, youth, principles, and ideals – came to the fore in Bernie Sanders’s campaign. Stop trying to deny that.

4. The Democratic Party must change from being a giant fundraising machine to a movement uniting the poor, working class, and middle class — who haven’t had a raise in 30 years, and who feel angry and powerless — to take back our economy and democracy from the oligarchs who now run both.

5. Squabbling over any of this is nuts. Democrats have to be tough, have backbone, and fight like hell against Trump and the regressive forces that are about to destroy everything Democrats have built since the New Deal.

What do you think?

Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell

“Somebody got to have some sense on this highway.”

The Bible is a big long book and Lord knows within its many mansions of eccentricity finding justification for literal and figurative witch hunts is as simple as pretending “enhanced investigation technique” is not a synonym for torture. I happen to be with Dr. King in proclaiming the Sermon on the Mount’s call for love to be at the heart of Christian behavior, and one of us got a Ph.D in systematic theology. (excerpt)
—Sarah Vowell for The New York Times nyti.ms/U8b9Lp

NPR

NPR

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we take a moment to reflect on Dr. King’s life, message and legacy by revisiting his celebrated “I Have A Dream Speech” in its entirety.