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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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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Now, financial interests are using this tragedy to exploit Puerto Rico even further. As Kate Aronoff, Angel Manuel Soto, and Averie Timm report in The Intercept, they are attempting to use PROMESA to accelerate the sell-off of Puerto Rico’s shared resources to private hands. Views
Friday, October 13, 2017
After The Storm, It’s Labor vs. Finance for the Future of Puerto Rico
Two opposing forces are fighting to reshape Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Wall Street, which has been plundering the island for years, is trying to tighten its grip on the island. Meanwhile, organized labor is working to rebuild the island – and to rebuild its own ranks in the process...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017
The “Center-Left” Had Its Chance; It’s Time For Something New
The once-proud political project known as “centrism” is collapsing around the globe, despite increasingly desperate attempts by billionaire backers to revive it. The center-right’s implosion can be seen in the weakened state of Theresa May’s Conservatives in Great Britain, the recent setback for...
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