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Reich criticizes ‘Do-Nothing Congress,’ praises progressives in new video

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A “Do-Nothing Congress” that set a new record low in productivity left a sour taste in Robert Reich’s mouth, but hasn’t spoiled his appetite for the New Year.

Instead, the former Sec. of Labor produced a new video message criticizing the cause of America’s economic indigestion, praising the public’s hunger for improvement, and showing how sweet desserts could be enjoyed in 2014.

In his own write-up on the clip, Reich says:

Thanks to House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican caucus, the ‘Do-Nothing Congress’ was so awful this year that I decided it deserved its own theme song.

Titled “Congressional Republicans’ Theme Song: Nothing Really Matters,” and set to the tune of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the video features Reich detailing the lack of Republican response to established needs in the country.

They’ve done nothing to reform the nation’s obsolete immigration laws; nothing to reform our absurd and outdated tax system; nothing on climate change, or gun safety, or raising the minimum wage.

The GOP’s idleness hasn’t slowed down development on these progressive issues, though.

Even though Congress is paralyzed, America isn’t.

Reich then details the successes achieved by the public in 2013, such as minimum wage increases that take effect in some states and cities on January 1, election of progressive candidates, and labor strikes for better wages.

Together, we can do even more in 2014.

The video was produced by MoveOn.

Reich was Sec. of Labor under President Clinton, and today serves as Professor of Public Policy at Univ. of California-Berkeley.



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