The GOP’s Anti-Elderly, Pro-Billionaire Agenda

The GOP isn’t openly presenting itself as the anti-elderly party. But its leading presidential candidates are pushing cuts to Social Security, and its budgets would end Medicare as we know it.
Richard Eskow
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Is Jeb’s Social Security Flub The Worst Bush Gaffe Yet?

The former Florida governor has been running on a platform that includes cutting Social Security benefits, so he’s been talking about raising the retirement age. But he doesn't even know what the retirement age is.
Richard Eskow
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In Search of the Democratic Soul

The best way to find the soul of the Democratic Part is by seeking out the small-d “democratic” soul instead – that voice of the majority that so often goes unheard in today’s money-driven politics.
Richard Eskow
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The Populist Agenda: The Fight for a Just Society

The obstacles faced by the progressive movement aren’t news to anybody who's been paying attention. But recent developments may also stir an unfamiliar sensation in the liberally minded observer: optimism.
Richard Eskow
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Tracking the Progress of the Progressive Agenda

As we address income inequality, the Fight for $15 shows us that we can reach seemingly unachievable goals. It tells us that we must not let others determine the limits of the politically possible.
Richard Eskow
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The Big Banks Are Corrupt – And Getting Worse

The repercussions of the latest Justice Department deal with felonious big banks were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations. That’s not enough. Our financial system is corrupt by design.
Richard Eskow
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The Left Matters – Now, More Than Ever

The left is important because it holds the key to energizing disaffected voters across the political spectrum – the voters who believe that neither political party is speaking to their most deeply-felt needs.
Richard Eskow
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Opportunity or Inequality? That’s No Choice At All.

We don't live in a world where policy makers must choose between reducing wealth inequality or helping working-class Americans get ahead. In fact, it's impossible to address one without the other.
Richard Eskow
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After Baltimore: Soul Searching in Another America

Fifteen Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. North Korea! When America is asked to search its soul, which America are we talking about?
Richard Eskow
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A “College” Closes, But Student Debt Lives On

Corinthian Colleges has officially shut down. But for most of its students, and for a generation enchained by student debt, the need for action remains. Abuses must be addressed, and their victims made whole.
Richard Eskow
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The Surprise Issue of the 2016 Election?

Will Hillary Clinton embrace her party's growing call to increase Social Security benefits? It's not an extreme idea, or even a particularly “leftist” one. In fact, it was a key part of the Republican platform – in 1956.
Richard Eskow
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The “Fight for $15″ and the Return of the Vanishing Worker

The “fight for $15” matters – because the lives of working people matter, and because the success of this effort would help strengthen the American economy. But the significance of April 15's action runs even deeper than that.
Richard Eskow
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Social Security: The Anti-Populist Empire Strikes Back

The latest attack on Social Security comes from a “libertarian” finance writer, an editor for the National Review and – inevitably – the editorial board of the Washington Post. But there's a struggle among Democrats, too.
Richard Eskow
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Indiana Toll Road: Privatization’s Highway to Hell

The Indiana Toll Road is an infinite loop through the neoliberal world order, the mirror of a recursive economy in which every step toward corporatization creates more hardship – which calls for more privatization.
Richard Eskow
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Big-Bank Bad Guys Bully Democracy – And Blow It

They've cheated customers and defrauded investors. Now they want to use our legalized system of campaign-cash corruption to protect themselves from the very government that rescued them.
Richard Eskow
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How Corporations Run Congress: A Talk With Ryan Grim

The Citizens United decision was dependent on an assurance that it would not lead to even the appearance of corruption. The findings of two Huffington Post reporters challenge that assertion.
Richard Eskow
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Will Social Security Decide Maryland’s Senate Race?

It comes down to this question: Are these Democrats committed to ensuring that retired working people can live in dignity and financial security? That's become a litmus test for their commitment to the American majority.
Richard Eskow
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Three Signs That Young Americans Are Getting a Raw Deal

Three signs add up to one stark reality: A nation that prides itself on being the land of opportunity is closing the avenues of advancement for an entire generation. Change will come only if we take action.
Richard Eskow
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More Evidence ‘Centrist’ Solutions Can’t Save Us

The Institute for New Economic Thinking shows how without a dramatic shift in policy, we'll be divided into a small minority with fabulous wealth and a permanent underclass with few hopes or prospects.
Richard Eskow
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13 Questions: About Greece, Europe, Austerity – and Us

Every day brings more headlines in the European debt drama. What's behind it? What does the future hold? Are there any implications for the United States? Here's an overview of the situation as it currently stands.
Richard Eskow
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Needed: A Bold Left to Challenge Government Downsizing

We've accepted the downsizing of government without a struggle, and that needs to change. That means reclaiming the voice and spirit of an independent left, without fear or apology.
Richard Eskow
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Budget Wars: Europe Has the Germans; We Have the GOP

This year's budget battle is important because it gives progressives an opportunity to explain why austerity economics is a failure -- and to offer something better in its place.
Richard Eskow
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