Richard Eskow

Richard Eskow

Richard (RJ) Eskow is Senior Advisor for Health and Economic Justice at Social Security Works and the host of The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow on Free Speech TV. Follow him on Twitter: @rjeskow 

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The Trump administration and its corporate allies are trying to con all of us into believing that for-profit corporations can carry out Medicare’s mission. They want to weaken, and ultimately dismantle, the superior government program. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Don’t Let the Trump Administration Corporatize Medicare
The Trump administration is engaged in a massive deception about Medicare Advantage plans, those commercial insurance plans that contract with the government to offer Medicare benefits. These plans are offered as an alternative to traditional Medicare, the public plan administered by the government...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Wall Street Is Leading the Attack on Pelosi—Steny Hoyer Is the Real Barrier to the Progressive Agenda
It’s impossible to understand the Democratic rebellion against Nancy Pelosi without understanding the way power works in the House of Representatives. To understand the self-serving men behind this rebellion, heed the words of the late screenwriter William Goldman: Follow the money. There is...
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"The economics of the moment call for a political response – with policies that eliminate poverty, strengthen the middle class, and end the banking sector’s stranglehold on the economy." (Photo: Fed Up/Steve McFarland Photography) Views
Monday, July 30, 2018
An Economy in the Fast Lane – With No Brakes
Donald Trump has been bragging about the economy a lot lately. He says the United States is now the “ economic envy ” of the world. Unfortunately, Trump is once again trying to reshape reality to fit his own delusions. Reality is refusing to cooperate. It’s true the U.S. economy is in the fast lane...
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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Geithner's Grift, Paydays, and Democratic Drift
What does it mean when Timothy Geithner, Barack Obama’s bro-ish and apparently self-satisfied former Secretary of the Treasury, becomes president of a company that hoodwinks the victims of the financial system he helped rescue? If you care about economic justice, or if you want the Democratic Party...
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Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 28, 2018
How to Cover a Political Revolution
“RED ALERT,” read the New York Post’s headline after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over high-ranking Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley. They competed in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14 th congressional district, which covers parts of Queens and The Bronx. The subhead read: “Young...
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 "More importantly, it’s time to to look into ourselves, so we can change the policies that displaced these children and their families in the first place." (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
For Immigrant Children, Empathy Is Not Enough
There’s no “ civil ” way to say it: The Trump administration is torturing immigrant children. A liberal television personality wept openly for these children a few days ago, and I’m glad she did. But it’s important to remember that these terrible events reflect more than the profoundly amoral...
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Saturday, June 23, 2018
A Movement Emerges to Free Former Students from Crushing Loan Debts
Every so often, perhaps once or twice in a person’s lifetime, the trajectory of society changes. It happened in the 1930s, when the country found a new sense of shared purpose as it rebuilt itself under the leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It happened after World War II, when the era of...
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"Katie Porter (above) , who is supported by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and progressive groups, supports Medicare For All and other left ideas." (Photo: Katie Porter For Congress) Views
Monday, June 11, 2018
“Establishment Wins” Are Bad for Democrats – and the Country
Diehard science-fiction fans will remember the mystical mantra at the heart of the 21 st -century “Battlestar Galactica” reboot: “All this has happened before and will happen again.” Democratic Party leaders and members of the mainstream media should keep that sentence in mind during the 2018 and...
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Saturday, June 09, 2018
For Captured Regulators, Repealing the Volcker Rule Is Child's Play
Perhaps the most condescending and unintentionally revealing comments any banker made in the wake of the banker-created 2008 financial crisis came from Jamie Dimon, CEO of too-big-to-fail bank JP Morgan Chase. "One thing's for certain: if there's another financial crisis, it could make the last one...
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"According to these polls, the “leftism” of today is poised to become the political center of tomorrow." (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
50 Years After 1968, Can the Young Change Politics? A Striking New Poll Says Yes
Fifty years ago, in the dust and fire of global youth activism, everything seemed possible. The political world was a cloud filled with chaos and opportunity, pain and promise. The young were a powerful force, even a world-changing one. Could they become that force again? As many Millennials vote...
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