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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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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