A Pledge to Transform the Resistance, and America

Resistance to Trump is vital, but it is not enough; it only defines what we're against. If today's resistance is to become a lasting movement, voters must decide what we're for: a new pledge from leading progressives points the way.
Richard Eskow
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Trump’s “Harvest Box” Delivers an Empty Promise

"America's Harvest Box" is Trump administration's bid to "reinvent" food assistance to the poor. All it really does is heap shame on the hungry and offer private interests a new opportunity to enrich themselves at public expense.
Richard Eskow
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A Kingdom Where Nobody Dies

The fatal shootings at a Florida high school result from our elected officials' self-serving refusal to control weapons designed for mass killing. Once again, we have failed our sacred promise to protect all children's future.
Richard Eskow
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Forget Trump; His Party Is the Problem Now

Here's what voters need to know. If Republicans prevail – with or without Trump – the country will face $50 road tolls, a plundering of common wealth, and more deaths of poor and working people. That's what we need to focus on and stop.
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Trump’s General Just Announced a New Cold War. Who Will Stop It?

Defense Secretary Mattis is not a “Mad Dog.” He's a rational and articulate spokesperson for the national security ideology that has dominated American political life since the end of World War II. That’s disturbing in a very different way.
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Would Dr. King Take a Knee? 6 Ways His Radical Spirit Lives Today

This Monday, the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. How would Dr. King view today’s activists? Would he join them to demand a living wage, take a knee in the national anthem, and decry our nation's growing gap between rich and poor?
Richard Eskow

When Will Democrats Start #Resisting GOP Voter Suppression?

Americans love democracy, at least in principle. So how have Republicans been able to successfully engage in a decades-long assault on voting rights? It's time for the GOP to pay a political price for undermining democracy at home.
Richard Eskow

The GOP’s 100-Year War Is Bigger Than Taxes or Trump

The deeper forces of history are on the move, and we ignore them at our peril. Trump and his fellow Republicans are radically rewiring our political and economic order. This is a long game, and it can’t be won by playing defensively.
Richard Eskow

The Tax Bill Is a Lifeline for Democrats. Will They Sink or Swim?

When Democrats get confident, I get nervous. That’s true even when Republicans inflict disaster on the country – and potentially on themselves. The GOP's tax scam and growing inequality should prompt Dems to examine their own values first.
Richard Eskow

Charles Barkley’s Wise Words to Democrats on Alabama

Former NBA star Charles Barkley calls Doug Jones' Alabama Senate win "a wake-up call for Democrats to do better for black people and poor white people." If Democrats were to follow his frank advice, over their own, they might actually win.
Richard Eskow

Democrats Need More Democracy, Not Less

Two political scientists lament in a recent op-ed in the New York Times, that "the Democratic Party Becoming Too Democratic?" Their cherry-picked election data and anecdotes paint a misleading portrait of what our country needs.
Richard Eskow

“Every Darn Penny”: The GOP’s Philosophy on Death and Taxes

Republican Sen. Charles Grassley scorns working-class families for "spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies." So why can't we all just be rich, like him? To Grassley, it all comes down to philosophy.
Richard Eskow

Mulvaney’s In, Bankers Win, and Trump Shafts Americans Again

On his first day on the job, Mulvaney froze all hiring and rule-making at the CFPB, bringing consumer protection by the bureau to a standstill. The banks won the first round, and Trump proved again he's just a fast-talking huckster.
Richard Eskow

Orrin Hatch’s “Bullcrap” on Taxes Is Exactly That

Sen. Orrin Hatch wants to slam shut the door of opportunity, so future generations can't have the help he used to start his career. Hatch's tax plan benefits the rich, not the working folks he claims to defend, and voters know it.
Richard Eskow

Trump’s HHS Pick Alex Azar Is the Worst Pharma Bro of All

Nominating Alexander Azar for Health and Human Services Secretary is like pinning a sheriff's badge on Billy the Kid.  When it comes to public harm, the mild-mannered Azar puts blowhard "pharma bros" like Martin Shkreli to shame.
Richard Eskow

7 Ways Democrats Misread the Election Results

If you're a Democrat, there's a name for that unfamiliar emotion you were feeling last Tuesday night. It's called happiness. But there is a serious risk that the party will draw the wrong lessons from last week's results. 
Richard Eskow

Why We Need to Confront the Billionaires’ Paradise

New reports offer a rare glimpse into the world of the super-rich. Their concentrated wealth is the dark matter of the world economy: rarely seen, yet reshaping everything around it. We must confront this power before it is too late.
Richard Eskow

Donna Brazile, the DNC, and Democratizing the Democrats

Why are Democrats still fighting the Battle of 2016? Aren't there better things to argue about? As it turns out, there are - including the future of the party, which depends on their ability to democratize it from the inside out.
Richard Eskow

Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All

Economically, culturally, strategically, and morally, Donald Trump's obsessive efforts to ban Muslim immigrants and refugees from the United States have impoverished us all. His most recent attempt proves it.
Richard Eskow

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.
Richard Eskow

Can Centrism Be a Movement? The Answer May Surprise You

Insider centrism, the time-honored kind that unites leaders of both parties with their corporate funders, will always be a plaything of the elite. But centrism emerging from the true needs of voters could conceivably become a movement.
Richard Eskow

The “Center-Left” Had Its Chance; It’s Time For Something New

The political project known as "centrism" is collapsing around the globe. But what about the "New Labour"/"New Democrat" phenomenon of the "center-left" that once seemed to offer so much hope? Can it survive? More importantly, should it?
Richard Eskow

How Do You Say “MAGA” in German?

Germany's recent elections affirm an alarming rise of the far right in Europe. But a deeper global phenomenon is at work, with implications for the American future. If political centrism is collapsing, what - and who - will replace it?
Richard Eskow

Medicare For All Can Reshape the ‘Art of the Possible’

The sixteen senators who have joined Sanders understand their health bill won't pass in today's Republican Congress. They signed on because it's a good idea, and because they recognize that they can both reflect and shape political change.
Richard Eskow

What Matters Is What Happens Next, Not ‘What Happened’

Hillary Clinton's campaign memoir sparks controversy and debate. Is this useful? While it's unproductive to argue about her personal merits, a fight over what values will drive the Democratic Party into the future is well worth having.
Richard Eskow

Disaster Recovery Should Heal, Not Divide, Our Communities

Climate science tells us more superstorms like Harvey and Irma are coming our way. We should learn how to recover from these disasters in a smart, humane way so that people and communities can truly heal and become more equitable.
Richard Eskow

Grow Up and Apologize, Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz is a champion hypocrite. He leads Texas Republicans' call for federal disaster aid, yet insists they were right to try to deny aid to those in need after Hurricane Sandy. It's time for Cruz to grow up, and admit he was wrong.
Richard Eskow

Open Letter to Louise Linton About Angels and Humanity

Nobody enjoys the hostile attention that comes when something they’ve said goes viral. I hope the next time you’re tempted to speak out, you do so with humility and compassion. Meanwhile, here are some hints about life in real world.
Richard Eskow

Kochs and Trump Team Up to Cut Billionaires’ Taxes

What do you get when you combine the Koch brothers' money and influence with Trump’s executive power and support from the Republican base? A unified Republican Party marching in lockstep toward a destructive goal.
Richard Eskow

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.”
Richard Eskow

If Hell Had a Budget: The GOP Breaks the Ten Commandments

If hell had a fiscal policy, it would look a lot like the House GOP budget. It's a wish list for millionaires, billionaires, and corporate special interests. It also breaks most of the Ten Commandments, which is more than a little ironic.
Richard Eskow

On the CFPB’s Birthday, Stand Against Sharks

The six-year anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created after a Wall Street crime wave led to the 2008 financial crisis, is a day to celebrate and a day to fight.
Richard Eskow

Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say

Medicare For All, which until recently was rarely mentioned in mainstream political and media circles, has gained so much momentum that it was recently the answer to a question on the quiz show Jeopardy. Is it coming to a town near you?
Richard Eskow
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