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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Friday, July 28, 2017
The Mooch, the Donald, and the Goldmanization of Government
Donald Trump’s White House seems more like a Quentin Tarantino movie every day. Amid allegations of broken laws and self-dealing at the highest levels, the president has now hired a Communications Director called “The Mooch.” The name brings to mind the famous “ Mr. Pink ” scene from Reservoir Dogs...
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
If Hell Had a Budget: The GOP Breaks the Ten Commandments
A heat wave gripped Washington D.C. last week, its bright sun delineating each building’s sharp corners with Edward Hopper-like clarity. Commuters waited listlessly for trains and buses, fixed in their moments of misery like flies in amber. If the city seemed like Hell, the resemblance was only...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say
The idea of Medicare for All, or single-payer health care, has grown in popularity so quickly that it was recently an answer on the quiz show Jeopardy: More than half of all Americans, 53 percent, now want a single-payer plan, up from 40 percent in 1998-2000. But at the same time, Medicare for All...
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Friday, July 07, 2017
There’s a Big Hole in the Center of the Democratic Party
“I mean, have you seen the other guys?” That’s one of the slogans that was recently proposed by Democratic Party strategists, presumably in a lighthearted way. But the joke, if that’s what it was, reflects an underlying belief among party leaders that Democrats’ best bet is to stand in contrast to...
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Why We Need to Know What Trump Says Behind Closed Doors
When I’m not writing for OurFuture, I host a weekly news and opinion program on syndicated radio and cable TV called The Zero Hour . My team there recently faced a major challenge when we received a secret recording of Donald Trump’s remarks to a closed-door, $35,000-a-head fundraiser. We decided...
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Friday, June 23, 2017
GOP 'Health' Bill: Death, Disaster, and Gilded Age Greed
The Republican Senate’s draft health bill differs from the House version, but its basic purpose is the same: give millionaires and billionaires a massive new tax cut by slashing health benefits for millions of Americans, and take care away altogether from millions more. "The Republicans want to...
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Friday, June 16, 2017
Resistance in a Time of Gunfire
The smell of gun smoke had net yet lifted from an Alexandria baseball field when the calls for unity began. “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “You’re going to hear me say something you’ve never heard me say before,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi...
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Cuomo Wants to Privatize Penn Station; That’s a Bad Republican Idea
New Yorkers face a “ summer of hell ” as Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie seek to hand over the city’s historic Penn Station to private investors. This “hell” is the result of our leaders’ “bipartisan” reluctance to invest in needed government infrastructure. Donald Trump is working with...
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Koch Brothers & Trump: The Men Who Sold the World
When he withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump gave a speech so filled with falsehoods that it triggered detailed rebuttals by publications ranging from Politifact to Scientific American . The Washington Post‘s “ Fact Checker ” column, which hands out “Pinocchios” for false or...
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Friday, June 09, 2017
Kitchen Logic: Don't Let Trump's GOP Privatize America
If you needed a new stove or refrigerator, you wouldn’t give the keys to your kitchen to Olive Garden, then pay them to let you eat. You’d be opening your wallet for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, that’s the kind of logic Donald Trump and his party are using to give away our shared wealth...
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