Dem Speaker Rails Against the Rich, Actually Gets $40k Per Hour


A guy who makes this much money for speaking ought to know when to keep his mouth shut.

Robert Reich, the former labor secretary during the Clinton administration, and a man who’s been a liberal icon for most of his career in academia and Democrat governments, has made a good name for himself being a public face of leftist policies.

He’s also made a very, very good living.

Reich’s income as a professor of public policy at the University of California-Berkeley, as well as a side income he’s received from lucrative speaking engagements, came flashing into the public eye after Reich took to Twitter to moan about a Wall Street Journal report about very rich people who are able to afford keeping sharks as pets.

Reich’s tweet was almost a caricature of liberal angst.

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First of all, it’s always funny when Democrats start a line of argument with “at a time when….” And they’ve been doing it for decades, like their party is oddly detached from the realities of American political life it’s done so much to warp since the Eisenhower administration.

Second of all, from Reich’s tweet, a reader could easily get the impression the guy is living out of his car on the Berkeley campus, showering in the school gym, and cadging meals where he could in Southern California.

Fortunately, iconic conservative commentator Michelle Malkin was around to point out how obscenely wealthy (as a liberal might put it) Reich has gotten by denouncing the wealthiest people in America.

According to a 2014 article from the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute, Reich was making just more than $240,000 per year for his faculty Berkeley faculty job. (His current salary was unavailable Tuesday, but he’s still at Berkeley and there’s no reason to think he’s making any less.)

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Besides almost a quarter-million-dollars a year in regular pay, AEI reported, “he commands a handsome speaking fee of $40,000 for a one-hour talk (including Q&A) plus first class travel for one or two people from California, hotel accommodations for up to two nights, ground transportation, meals and incidentals.”

The robber barons of America’s Gilded Age, the one liberals like Reich love to despise, never had it so good. Indeed, as Malkin’s tweet pointed out, the guy who was complaining about how filthy rich some of America’s wealthy are is actually making more money than most CEOs.

Just his $40,000 speaking fee for one hour is almost equal to a yearly average American wage of about $45,000, as described in a Bureau of Labor Statistics news release from July 17.

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In fact, according to a California Public Policy Center study from 2016, Professor Reich’s considerable income put him in the top 2 percent of Americans by wealth.

Naturally, Reich’s shark tweet attracted its share of critics for the evident hypocrisy.

One Twitter user even asked if Reich would be willing to give up three-quarters of his salary to help someone less fortunate.

Please. Reich probably thinks he’s worth every penny of his time for whatever wisdom comes from a career spent with a snout deep in the public trough.

Considering how long that career’s lasted, though, he can’t be surprised at the criticism either.

But a guy who gets paid so much to talk really ought to know when to keep his mouth shut.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.