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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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
8 Deficit Reducers That Are More Ethical—And More Effective—Than the 'Chained CPI'
News reports say the President’s proposed deal includes the “chained CPI,” which would impose drastic Social Security cuts and tax hikes for everybody but the wealthy.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
This Is Not America’s Deal
Our leaders in Washington heard from the voters last month. They may need to hear from them again. According to news reports a budget deal is coalescing around some very unattractive and unwise ideas. The deal’s centerpiece is reportedly the “chained CPI,” a back-door tool for gutting Social Security benefits that also raises taxes on all levels of income – all levels, that is, except the highest .
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
A Still, Small Voice
From a tragic weekend, a return to the daily grind of politics. Our hearts may not be in it, but the challenge is undying and the struggle is one struggle: to preserve each other, and our humanity, in the face of relentless forces. Still, the tragedy haunts. A friend of a friend is seen in a photograph as his little daughter looks up at him adoringly. That little girl died in Newtown last Friday. All across the country stories are told of teachers, a psychologist, and a principal who dedicated their lives to children.
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012
GOP Offers to Throw Middle Class, Elderly Over the “Fiscal Cliff”
The Republican Party has a message for the American people: Meet the new deal, same as the old deal. The GOP “counter-offer” to the President’s fiscal-cliff proposal isn’t really an offer at all: It’s a rehash of the tired and extremist right-wing economic warfare which the American people soundly rejected last month.
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Thursday, November 08, 2012
Voters Didn't Ask for Bi-Partisanship, They Demanded Good Policies
President Obama was reportedly planning to reach out to House Majority Leader John Boehner today to begin negotiating a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," a series of spending cuts and tax hikes scheduled take effect unless Congress rescinds the law that created it.
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Tuesday, November 06, 2012
A Vote Against Despair
Some people I respect are agonizing over their Presidential vote. Others are voting third-party, or not at all. Speaking only for myself, my choice wasn't made lightly: I'll be voting to re-elect a President whose Administration I've often criticized over the last four years.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
God's Stimulus? It'll Take More Than Just Money to Recover From Sandy
Hurricane Sandy was the stimulus nobody wanted. It took a terrible toll in lives, homes, and dreams. For the families who lost loved ones the tragedy will never end. And yet, in a bitter irony, this terrible storm will spur the kind of spending we should have been seeing all along. There will be jobs, at least for a while -- in construction, road work, repair, and other lines of work.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Romney and the Radical Rich
Two recent movements have transformed the political landscape. The Occupy movement literally operates in the light of day. The other movement operates in secrecy, with money as its "speech" rather than ... well, you know, speech .
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Monday, February 06, 2012
How to Score a Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Deal
Once again we're hearing that a foreclosure fraud deal is about to be announced between major banks, the U.S. government and most or all of the states. We've heard that before, only to have the deadline pushed back so that holdout Attorneys General can be brought on board with the agreement. Deal, or no deal? We're not sure, but it's certainly possible we'll hear something today, tonight or tomorrow.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
"310 Million Tits" -- If Simpson Doesn't Resign, the President Must Fire Him
Alan Simpson is the co-chair of President Obama's Deficit Commission, which is charged with creating a bipartisan consensus for balancing the budget. Lately Simpson's foulmouthed tirades have drawn at least as much attention as the Commission's actual work.
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