I respect Reich but he's almost getting Paul-Krugmanesque in how willing he is to stretch the truth, and even his own views, in order to promote Clinton.
Reich in March:
"I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains."
Reich shilling for Clinton today:
"Trump doesn’t stop there. A “foundation” of his economic plan, he says, is to renegotiate Nafta, bring trade cases against China, and “replace the present policy of globalism – which has moved so many jobs and so much wealth out of our country –with a new policy of Americanism.”
Who would benefit from a retreat from globalism? Maybe giant American corporations that don’t export from the U.S. because they already make things abroad for sale in foreign markets. But not average Americans, who’d have to pay more for just about everything.
Choking off trade won’t result in more good jobs in America."
And notice how Reich doesn't even mention TPP. That's because Trump, like Reich, opposes it, while Clinton supported the 'gold standard' of trade agreements until it became politically inopportune. Mentioning TPP wouldn't help Reich's attack on Trump's economic policies.
Reich also says,
"He’s also proposing a vast expansion of the military, including 90,000 new soldiers for the Army and nearly 75 new ships for the Navy. The tab: an estimated $90 billion a year in additional spending.
This would mean big bucks for military contractors. But it’s hard to see how economic benefits trickle down to anyone else."
But fails to mention that Clinton also wants to increase military spending:
"And here is what we have to do. We cannot lose our military edge, and that means giving the Pentagon the stable, predictable funding it needs to make smart investments.
You’ve heard of a sequester, the arbitrary caps that Congress has imposed on our entire government for the past several years...
But we cannot impose arbitrary limits on something as important as our military. That makes no sense at all. The sequester makes our country less secure. Let’s end it and get a budget deal that supports America’s military, our families, and our country..
CLINTON: Let’s modernize our Army, and Marines, our Navy, and Air Force, our Coast Guard. We need to respond to evolving threats from states like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea from networks, criminal and terrorist networks like ISIS. We need a military that is ready and agile so it can meet the full range of threats, and operate on short notice across every domain, not just land, sea, air and space, but also cyberspace.
We’ll invest in new technology so new breakthrough’s can transform our military, just as stealth, precision weapons and advance communications did in the past.
.. One of the first things I will do as president, is to call for a new nuclear posture review. We have to make sure that America’s arsenal is prepared to meet future threats.
We’ll invest in the next frontier of military engagement, protecting U.S. interests in outer space and cyberspace. "
So Reich attacks Trump's plan for increasing the military, but ignores Clinton's.
Come on Robert, you're better than this.