On Tuesday, Will Obama Stand Up for Social Security?

Unexpectedly fierce Republican attacks on Social Security offer the president an opportunity to set the political tone for the next two years. During the State of the Union we'll see whether he seizes that opportunity.
Richard Eskow
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Populism Rises – And The ‘Center’ Strikes Back

There is no avoiding two harsh realities that “centrist” Democrats must now confront: They appear to be unexpectedly locked in a battle for control of their party, and their policies are unpopular.
Richard Eskow
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The Human Cost of the GOP’s Social Security Assault

Who bears the human cost of Republican hostility to this popular and vital program? Today it's the disabled. If they succeed, tomorrow it will be America's seniors. But we'll all pay, one way or another.
Richard Eskow
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Time to Get Real on Jobs, Wages and Growth

Name-checking the problem won't be enough. Inequality must be connected with the lived experience of most Americans, translated from the realm of abstraction into specific proposals. But which ones?
Richard Eskow
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Wall Street Moves In For The Kill

Wall Street isn't just trying to get another friend into a powerful position and win back taxpayer guarantees. It wants to make its own agenda seem inevitable. It wants to crush an incipient populist resistance.
Richard Eskow
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Why Demographics Can’t Save the Democrats – But Populism Can

The “rising American electorate” is sinking, along with many other Americans, into an economic quagmire. If Democrats don't address their needs, they won't just fail to win new voters. They could also lose the ones they have.
Richard Eskow
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A Democratic Party in Search of its Soul

The Democrats' problem in the 2014 election wasn't lacking a common message. It was that its leaders seemed to lack commonly held values. The party doesn't need to find its message. It needs to find its soul.
Richard Eskow
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Sorkin’s Attack on Elizabeth Warren Misses the Mark

Sen. Warren needs no help defending herself. Rather, it is Andrew Ross Sorkin's New York Times piece that warrants further examination for its failed arguments and the misplaced intensity of his own emotions.
Richard Eskow
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Dean Baker on Jobs, Postal Banking, and the Gruber Controversy

We interviewed economist Dean Baker on the latest set of jobs numbers. We also discussed the postal banking concept, and had some closing thoughts about the recent controversy over remarks made by economist Jonathan Gruber.
Richard Eskow
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7 Signs That the American Dream is Dying

The key elements of the American dream—a living wage, retirement security, the opportunity for one’s children to get ahead in life—are increasingly unreachable for all but the wealthiest among us.
Richard Eskow
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Secret Amazon: The Hidden Costs of Big Tech

Our society runs on a digital myth, a myth which says that the technology-based economy is different, special and somehow not subject to the principles of mathematics and human nature that govern the rest of our lives.
Richard Eskow
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Populism: A Light Against Republican Darkness

As autumn descends on the nation’s capital, people are saying there’s a darkness on the edge of town. It’s born of the fear, pessimism and uncertainty which have become the Republican political brand. But there is an answer.
Richard Eskow
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Geithner and AIG: Hard Lessons From the “Bailout Trial”

AIG's lawsuit, which featured testimony from two former Treasury secretaries, is giving the American people some hard lessons in the workings of the bailout process and the shortcomings of our current economic system.
Richard Eskow
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