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Workers are seen on the frame of a building under construction in Folsom, Calif., on Jan. 13, 2009. (AP)
Workers are seen on the frame of a building under construction in Folsom, Calif., on Jan. 13, 2009. (AP)

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich says the ultimate stakes are, and should be, greater even than that. Reich doesn’t want to just pop the economy back to where it was — with growth, but also with deep inequality, a struggling middle class, crumbling infrastructure, global warming.

He wants growth and to change those things. Growth on a new foundation.

This hour, On Point: Robert Reich on the real fight in Washington.

You can join the conversation. What do you want from the federal government? From the Obama administration? A simple restart, thank you very much? Or a reshaping of the U.S. economy? What do we need?Guest:

Robert Reich joins us from Berkeley, Calif.  He was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton and is now a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. His commentary in Sunday's Washington Post examined the debate over short-term stimulus versus fundamental restructuring of the economy. His most recent book is “Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life.”

This program aired on February 3, 2009.

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