Richard Eskow

Richard (RJ) Eskow is a senior fellow at Campaign for America's Future.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:15pm
Democrats Can Win on Social Security – by Fighting to Increase It
A new poll confirms that voters don’t just want their Social Security benefits protected, they want them expanded – in overwhelming numbers, across geographical distances, and crossing all party lines. It’s not just “liberals” who feel that way. Three out of four Republican voters support it. What’...
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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 9:30am
To Win This November, Democrats Need the Minimum-Wage Movement
“We’re a movement now,” fast-food worker Latoya Caldwell said Wednesday of the effort by employees in her industry to raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour. That movement’s latest action was a one-day strike which took place in 150 cities across the country on Thursday. It included acts of civil...
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 3:00pm
A Stock-Market Milestone is Reached, But Who Cares?
There was great economic news on Monday – for somebody. Monday morning the stock market passed another historic milestone, as the S&P 500 composite index briefly passed the 2,000 mark before ending the day on a record-breaking high . That barrier had symbolic value for many investors, although...
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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 9:45am
As Congress Adjourns, GOP Declares “Omission Accomplished”
Our long national nightmare is over – for the moment. Congress has adjourned for summer recess after a session that can safely be described as “historic,” both for its historic lack of accomplishment and the historically low regard in which it is now held by the public. But let’s be clear: This...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:00pm
Don’t Panic! We Can Expand Social Security and Medicare
Actuarial science is the art of prediction. And speaking of predictions, here’s one that hasn’t been wrong yet: No matter what new data emerges about Social Security and Medicare, the well-funded opponents of those two worthy programs will always insist that we’re on the brink of catastrophe –...
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Friday, July 25, 2014 - 8:45am
Chiding CEOs at Walgreens and Other Corporate Defectors
Walgreens is the pharmacy that, at least according to its website, can be found “at the corner of Happy & Healthy.” If its executives have their way, however, it may soon be found near the intersection of Ziegelackerstrasse and Untermattweg in Bern, Switzerland. By acquiring the much smaller...
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:15am
Disabled Americans: Pawns in a Larger Social Security Game?
William Galston writes in the Wall Street Journal about a Republican senator’s plans to force a confrontation on government disability benefits. Though Mr. Galston doesn’t seem to see it this way, it sounds as if Sen. Orrin Hatch plans to hold benefits for disabled Americans hostage in order to...
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Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Clinton, Iowa, April 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. (Credit: Creative Commons / Library of Congress) Views
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 8:15am
5 Signs the US Is Failing to Protect Women’s Rights in the Workplace
The Prime Minister of Morocco recently compared women to “lanterns” or “chandeliers,” saying that “when women went to work outside, the light went out of their homes.” His remarks, which ran counter to Morocco’s constitutionally-guaranteed rights for women, promptly provoked both street...
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Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton speaks at a 2008 Democratic-sponsored protest against Sen. John McCain's privatization plan for Social Security (Credit: Talk Radio News Service/cc/flickr) Views
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
A Secret Plan to Close Social Security’s Offices and Outsource Its Work
For months there have been rumors that the Social Security Administration has a “secret plan” to close all of its field offices. Is it true? A little-known report commissioned by the SSA the request of Congress seems to hold the answer. The summary document outlining the plan, which is labeled “for...
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 9:00am
Making The “New Populism” A Reality
“Democratic movements are initiated by people who have individually managed to attain a high level of personal political self-respect,” historian Lawrence Goodwyn wrote nearly four decades ago. “They are not resigned; they are not intimidated.”
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