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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"Without black voters, an accused pedophile would be preparing to assume one of the highest offices in the land." Views
Thursday, December 14, 2017
'Wake Up Call': Charles Barkley’s Wise Words to Democrats on Alabama
Before he became one of the great basketball players of his time, Charles Barkley was a son of the Alabama soil. He went home to help Doug Jones pull off his upset victory against Roy Moore in this week’s special Senate election. Here’s what he had to say on CNN after Jones was declared the winner...
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The Republican tax bill remains extremely unpopular, according to current polls. Unless they can distract the public with other issues, they may pay a steep political price for it. Views
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
“Every Darn Penny”: The GOP’s Philosophy on Death and Taxes
Republican Senator Charles Grassley tells the Des Moines Register his party’s plan for deep tax cuts to the rich “recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” Perhaps Sen. Grassley is...
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Donald Trump was hostile to the CFPB from the start, and he said this as he shoehorned Mulvaney into the director’s chair (in a tweet, naturally) Views
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Mulvaney’s In, Bankers Win, and Trump Shafts Americans Again
A Trump-appointed judge has issued his ruling . Mick Mulvaney – the Tea Party Congressman turned Trump apparatchik – will run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The political extremist who once said the CFPB was “extremely frightening,” who called it “a joke… in a sick, sad kind of way” and...
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"Behind all the bellowing and bluster, Hatch’s tax plan is nothing more than another giveaway to his rich patrons." Views
Monday, November 27, 2017
Orrin Hatch’s “Bullcrap” on Taxes Is Exactly That
“Bullcrap!" That’s the epithet Orrin Hatch threw at his fellow senator, Sherrod Brown, during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee. Brown’s offense? He pointed out that Republicans aren’t shooting straight when they say their tax cuts for the rich will help the middle class. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-...
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Friday, November 17, 2017
Trump’s HHS Pick Alex Azar Is the Worst Pharma Bro of All
Nominating Alexander Azar to run Health and Human Services is like pinning a sheriff’s badge on Billy the Kid. For all his polish and small-town charm, when it comes to pharmaceutical predation, the mild-mannered Azar puts blowhard “pharma bros” like Martin Shkreli to shame. Shkreli is the...
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"The explosive growth of billionaire wealth, at a time when the middle class is dying and millions of Americans are struggling, has implications for democracy as well as the economy." Views
Monday, November 13, 2017
Why We Need to Confront the Billionaires’ Paradise
The concentrated wealth of the global plutocracy is the dark matter of the world economy: it is rarely glimpsed and difficult to measure, yet it reshapes everything around it. Two recent reports – the UBS/PwC report on the “new Gilded Age” of the international billionaire class , and the “Paradise...
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Monday, November 06, 2017
Donna Brazile, the DNC, and Democratizing the Democrats
Democrats are fighting again. The trigger this time is former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile’s forthcoming book, which says that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was given significant control over the DNC long before she became the party’s nominee. It’s easy to be cynical about the...
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"The poll shows that support for the left is greater among female voters (55 percent), Hispanic voters (65 percent), and African-American voters (55 percent) than it is among whites (46 percent) or men (49 percent)." Views
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Dems Want to Ditch Leaders and Move Left; They’re Right
A new poll shows most Democratic voters want their party to move left, with new people in charge. In other words, they want a political revolution. They’ve got the right idea. If the party establishment thinks Robert Mueller’s investigation will save it, it’s probably wrong. After President Richard...
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61 percent agree with the statement, “Republicans and Democrats have done such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed.” Views
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Why “Centrists” Will Sink the Democrats, If They Haven’t Already
No political ideology in modern American history has failed as consistently, or for as long, as the Wall Street-friendly political brand known as “Democratic centrism.” It’s true that individual politicians have succeeded under this umbrella, through art and luck, but their party and their policies...
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Nonvoters are a much larger group than either voting Republicans or voting Democrats, reflecting broad dissatisfaction with available choices. Democrats have failed to convince enough voters that they can bring about needed change. Views
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
How to Profit from the Coming Trump Apocalypse
Somebody ought to write a self-help book for Republican politicians called, “How to Profit from the Coming Trump Apocalypse.” Although, come to think of it, they’re doing pretty well with that already. The newspapers have been filled with stories of Trump’s tense relationship with Senate Majority...
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