Robert Reich, who served as U.S. secretary of labor for four years under Bill Clinton, is currently a public policy professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
The ultra-progressive economist — inasmuch as a mere law school graduate can be an economist — raked in an impressive income of $242,613 from the taxpayer-funded school in 2013, according to EAGnews.org.
For that sweet salary of $20,217 per month, Reich is slated to teach exactly one course this fall.
He will teach a more normal course load of four courses during the spring 2014 semester, notes EAGnews.
Reich, who served on the economic advisory board of then-President-elect Barack Obama in 2008, has a lengthy history of criticizing rich people.
The front page of Reich’s Fecebook page is currently festooned in all-capital letters with an appropriate motto: “INEQUALITY FOR ALL.”
The phrase relates to a 2013 documentary film of the same name starring the lavishly-paid professor. The flick examines income equality, the recent financial crisis and the failed Occupy movement.
In a nutshell, Reich, whose hefty $242,613 yearly income puts him in the top four percent of all Americans, argues that income gains over the last three decades have gone to the top one percent of all earners, meaning he just missed out and making income inequality an issue that threatens the American social fabric.
On Nov. 5, 2011, the wealthy Reich gave a fiery speech to the crowd hunkered down for Occupy Los Angeles.
In March 2013, he charged that members of the tea party are engaged in a conspiracy to destroy the U.S. government and make Americans fearful and angry toward one another. (RELATED: Ex-Labor Secretary Robert Reich Peddles Tea Party Conspiracy Theory)
In a Facebook post dated June 29, Reich heralded “gay pride parades and same-sex marriage victories” but warned that “public morality” — “what happens in boardrooms among corporate executives” — remains a grave problem.
“The moral crisis of our age has nothing to do with gay marriage or abortion,” Reich recently wrote. “[I]t’s insider trading, obscene CEO pay, wage theft from ordinary workers, Wall Street’s continued gambling addiction, corporate payoffs to friendly politicians, and the billionaire takeover of our democracy.”