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 average income for a rural household receiving rental assistance from Carson’s department is $10,504, roughly one-third the cost of Carson’s newly-ordered office decor." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/cc/flickr) Views
Friday, March 02, 2018
Ben Carson’s Redecoration of HUD is Worse Than You Think
Ben Carson, the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, received some unwanted attention this week over a $ 31,000 dining room set that was ordered for his office, reportedly at his wife’s request. The average income for a rural household receiving rental assistance from Carson’s department is...
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"These students played by the rules, and were caught in a trap that was not of their own making. We need to free them, and ourselves, from that trap." (Photo: Michael Fleshman/cc) Views
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Picture the United States Without Student Debt
Picture the United States without student debt. It’s a country with a larger, more vibrant economy than the one we have today. It’s a country where more than a million people, including many people who never went to college, have jobs they would not otherwise have. A new report from Bard College’s...
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"Reduce inequality through worker empowerment and labor rights, with better wages and benefits and an end to perverse CEO incentives and compensation." (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A Pledge to Transform the Resistance, and America
A popular narrative today is that we live in a country which is deeply divided. And the Democratic Party, we are told, is nearly as split as the nation itself. But chatter in the press and social media may overlook some fundamental points of agreement about changes we need to make in our economy...
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People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed 17 people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 15, 2018
A Kingdom Where Nobody Dies
“Childhood,” said the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, “is the kingdom where nobody dies.” In this country, childhood is something we no longer value. As of this writing, 17 people are dead at a high school in Broward County, Florida. The shooter used an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon. Its manufacturer’s...
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Forget Trump... His Party Is the Problem Now
It’s Political Messaging 101: You can’t beat Trump by talking about him all the time. We should be talking about our economic future, but all we’re talking about our 45th president. Look at this chart, which shows the top story on social media accounts by social category for the first year (more or...
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"Mattis also complained about “spending caps” and declared that the US military is “overstretched and under-resourced.” That is, by all rational measures, an extraordinary statement. The United States is responsible for 36 percent of the world’s total military spending." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 26, 2018
Trump’s General Just Announced a New Cold War. Who Will Stop It?
Defense Secretary James Mattis announced a dramatic shift in military policy last week, and it threatens to plunge the world into new forms of conflict. The secretary, known as “Mad Dog” Mattis when he was a four-star Marine general, now commands the most powerful military force in human history...
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A child born in the U.S. is 76 percent more likely to die before reaching adulthood than a child born elsewhere in the developed world. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Death by Inequality: Poverty and Racism Are Killing America’s Children
A new report concludes 600,000 children have died in the United States for no reason over a 50-year period. Thousands more will die this year, and next year, and the year after that. 600,000 is a lot of people. it’s more than the population of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Or Oakland, California. Or Minneapolis...
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"The latest evidence of the Republican Party’s anti-democratic activities comes from a federal court ruling, issued Tuesday, which found that North Carolina Republicans deliberately drew congressional district boundaries in order to benefit their own party."(Photo: Common Cause NC/Twitter) Views
Thursday, January 11, 2018
When Will Democrats Start #Resisting GOP Voter Suppression?
Remember all those pictures of smiling Iraqi citizens proudly holding up their blue, ink-stained fingers when they voted for the first time after the fall of Saddam Hussein? The Republicans – and far too many Democrats – who had supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq hoped those vivid images would...
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"They want to conquer and colonize the public economy, reducing government to an empty shell and turning its activities into profit centers for corporations whose power cannot be questioned." (Photo: Twitter/JJ Wyatt) Views
Monday, January 08, 2018
The GOP’s 100-Year War Is Bigger Than Taxes or Trump
The new year had barely started when the world got new grist for the ‘Trump-is-crazy’ mill, one of the few American industries to experience a boom since Trump became president. Michael Wolff’s profile of the current White House, “Fire and Fury,” is filled with rumors and backbiting. But the book,...
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"We are experiencing historic levels of inequality, where two families – the Waltons and the Koch brothers – own more wealth than 115 million people." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The Tax Bill Is a Lifeline for Democrats. Will They Sink or Swim?
This simple rule of thumb has rarely failed: When Democrats get confident, I get nervous. That’s true, even when Republicans inflict disaster on the country – and potentially on themselves. “This tax bill will be an anchor around the ankles of every Republican,” says Sen. Chuck Schumer. “If they...
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