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.

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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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"The Supreme Court’s conservatives are doing the bidding of corporate and billionaire America." (Photo: Skeeze) Views
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
How Trump And The GOP’s SCOTUS Screw Workers
Many have observed, correctly, that the Supreme Court’s recent 5 to 4 decision upholding forced arbitration for employees is a “ devastating blow ” to the rights of working people. This decision by the court’s conservative majority will affect an estimated 60 million workers, who will now be unable...
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“If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.” (Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Real Corruption: Mick “Pay and We’ll Talk” Mulvaney
It’s not just that Mick Mulvaney has no scruples; he has no shame. It has become commonplace to see Trump administration officials, up to and including the president, abuse public resources for personal gain and comfort. But private planes, $31,000 dining room sets, and other lavish expenditures at...
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"Scott Pruitt abuses the public trust by using his position to serve the Koch brothers and other fossil-fuel magnates, and he is killing us and our kids in the bargain." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Real Corruption: The Scott Pruitt Story
Question: Which of these scandals should result in EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s removal from office? A) his cushy, poorly documented, below-market rental deal on a lobbyist friend’s Capitol Hill townhouse; B) his extensive use of first-class air travel (to Europe, among other places),...
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Saturday, May 12, 2018
Primary Day: Lessons for Democrats
Pundits should avoid, at all costs, the sin of “premature evaluation.” The May 7 primaries did not send a simple or unambiguous message. One thing remains clear, however: In November, the Democrats’ fate depends largely on turnout. Dems have a good chance of retaking the House of Representatives...
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"This tax giveaway to corporations was “excess capital” – that is, they didn’t need the money – so they’re giving it back to shareholders." (Photo: Wikipedia/cc) Views
Monday, May 07, 2018
Mnuchin Flips Tax-Scam Grift, Hopes Nobody Notices
With a little-noticed remark at a friendly event, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discarded his past arguments for the Trump/GOP tax bill. All Mnuchin could offer in their place was one of the oldest and most discredited ideas in the conservative playbook (and that’s saying something). It was a...
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Monday, April 30, 2018
Pyrrhic Party: The Democratic Establishment’s War on Progressives
By supporting corporate-friendly candidates and policies, Congressional Democratic leaders are be moving closer and closer toward open warfare with their party’s base. There is a real need to raise money, of course. But the party’s leaders have chosen to raise and spend money in ways that conflict...
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