If dozens of middle-class people had his money, they'd buy dozens of cars, and dozens of everything, which would create more industry and more jobs.
His businesses would have more customers.
The economy overall would grow.
Reich calls this the "virtuous cycle."
Right now, we're stuck in a pattern he says is "vicious" -- where cash is ending up only in the hands of a few, and money is slipping through the fingers of those who would actually need it, and who actually would spend it in the economy.
To reverse course, it would help to have the support of the rich -- those greedy fat cats we all love to hate. To convince them, though, maybe that means we need to stop thinking of them as villains -- and, instead, challenge them to be heroes.
The wounds of the financial crisis are still fresh, five years out.
But this anniversary should give us pause.
We've turned both the very rich and the very poor into villains.
Now the task is to think about how we can patch up and move forward.