Richard Eskow

Richard (RJ) Eskow is a well-known blogger and writer, a former Wall Street executive, an experienced consultant, and a former musician. He has experience in health insurance and economics, occupational health, benefits, risk management, finance, and information technology. Richard has consulting experience in the US and over 20 countries.

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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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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 7:45am
Look Out, Wall Street, the New Populism is Coming
Even as the Campaign for America’s Future prepares for its May conference on the New Populism , attacks on populism keep coming from all directions. One of the latest salvos to be publicized comes in the form of an anecdote about Bill Clinton. As Tim Geithner told Andrew Ross Sorkin , Clinton...
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 8:00am
Who’s Fighting for Public Workers?
Sometimes you have to step back a few paces to see how much conservatism has distorted the public debate. Case in point: employment. Somehow the right has managed to stigmatize public-sector jobs so effectively that only politicians of rare and admirable courage are willing to defend them...
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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:45pm
McCutcheon, the Majority and the Challenge of Our Time
The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling will be remembered as a decisive battle in a determined and wealthy minority’s war against the popular will. It is not the first such battle, nor will it be the last. And the people will continue to lose – unless and until the rules of engagement are changed...
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