In what can only be viewed as a slap in the face to the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, Bill Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor from 1993-1997 has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. Reich is also a celebrated author, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, and a respected political economist.
In June, Reich wrote that he did not feel that he could endorse any candidate stating that. As chairman of the board of Common Cause, a non-partisan citizens’ group dedicated to getting big money out of politics, he didn’t feel free to endorse any candidate.
But now that has changed.
I endorse Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. He’s leading a movement to reclaim America for the many, not the few. And such a political mobilization – a “political revolution,” as he puts it — is the only means by which we can get the nation back from the moneyed interests that now control so much of our economy and democracy.
This extraordinary concentration of income, wealth, and political power at the very top imperils all else – our economy, our democracy, the revival of the American middle class, the prospects for the poor and for people of color, the necessity of slowing and reversing climate change, and a sensible foreign policy not influenced by the “military-industrial complex,” as President Dwight Eisenhower once called it. It is the fundamental prerequisite: We have little hope of achieving positive change on any front unless the American people are once again in control.
During his tenure as Secretary of Labor Reich implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), successfully promoted increasing the minimum wage, successfully lobbied to pass the School-to-Work Jobs Act, and launched a number of job training programs.
There has been no new if weather Reich will join Sanders at any upcoming campaign events.