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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Monday, September 26, 2016
We Need a Real People’s Debate, Not the “Fight of the Century”
We’re told that Monday night’s confrontation between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could draw 100 million viewers and “rank among television benchmarks like the finales of ‘MASH’ and ‘Cheers.’” We’re not being told that it will be a debate on the issues of greatest concern to the American people...
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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Immigrants Don’t Steal Jobs or Wages. Billionaires Do.
With the advent of Donald Trump, what was once covert in the Republican message has become overt. Yesterday’s dog whistle is today’s screaming siren. Case in point: anti-immigrant bigotry, which was most recently expressed in Donald Trump Jr.’s recent “Skittles”-themed Twitter attack on Syrian...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) grilled Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf about his bank's massive fraud. Views
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Wells Fargo Had a Bad Day. That’s a Start.
People who came looking for drama in Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf’s Senate testimony on Tuesday did not come away disappointed. Stumpf was called before the Senate Banking Committee after his bank was fined $185 million for opening more than two million accounts in customers’ names, without their...
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
7 Hard Rounds of Questions for John Stumpf, Wells Fargo CEO
“There was no incentive to do bad things,” said Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, after his bank was hit with $190 million in fines and restitution because employees fraudulently opened more than 2 million accounts over a five-year period without customers’ knowledge or consent. Then he sent an email to...
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Friday, September 02, 2016
How Much Will the War On Unions Cost You This Labor Day?
The decline of unions has probably cost you, or someone close to you, thousands of dollars since last Labor Day. A new study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that income for nonunion workers fell substantially as union membership declined. And it hasn’t fallen because of some immutable...
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Monday, August 29, 2016
The “People’s Fed” and the Oracles of Jackson Hole
When William Greider wrote his 1989 book about the Federal Reserve, it’s not hard to understand why he called it “ Secrets of the Temple .” The Fed’s proclamations can make it seem as mysterious as the Oracle of Delphi. (To be fair, nobody has speculated that hallucinogens are involved, as seems to...
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Friday, August 12, 2016
The Fiscal Myth That’s Killing The Economy, In 7 Steps
A new economic working paper reinforces an important reality: We need more government spending to repair the economy for millions of working Americans. Unfortunately, our political debate is being held back by an economic myth – one that has yet to be challenged in political debate, despite an ever...
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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
The Incredible Shrinking Populist: Donald Trump’s Tiny Economic Vision
On Monday, Donald Trump talked about the economy on television for an hour. That may have exceeded the graduate-level curriculum at Trump University. But the biggest lesson I learned is that Trump contradicts himself more, and becomes more typically Republican, with every passing day. It’s rare to...
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Monday, August 08, 2016
American Greed: Trump’s Economic Team Is a Who’s Who of What’s Wrong
“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.” Donald Trump hears America singing, too. But where Whitman heard men and women, masons and carpenters, Trump hears only the unvarying monotone of rich white males like himself. Trump’s tone-deafness was in full effect last...
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Saturday, August 06, 2016
As Republicans Defect, Will Clinton Be Tempted To Tack Right?
The sense of panic among elite Republicans is palpable. They’re beginning to understand that when they look at Donald Trump they’re staring into the orange-hued face of their party’s potential demise. The GOP defections to Team Hillary were already well underway by the time of last week’s...
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