As Congress Adjourns, GOP Declares “Omission Accomplished”

GOP Congress Adjourns

Richard Eskow: Our long national nightmare is over – for the moment. Congress has adjourned for summer recess after a session that can safely be described as “historic,” both for its historic lack of accomplishment and the historically low regard in which it is now held by the public.

Don’t Panic! We Can Expand Social Security and Medicare

expand social security

Richard Eskow: No matter what new data emerges about Social Security and Medicare, the well-funded opponents of those two worthy programs will always insist that we’re on the brink of catastrophe – unless something is done right now to slash their benefits.

Snakes and Ladders at Netroots Nation

Netroots Nation 14

RJ Eskow: When it comes to influencing the presidential campaign, this year’s Netroots Nation was a missed opportunity. Ready for Warren had an extraordinary impact on the convention, however, and there will be other opportunities.

The GDP Fiasco: It’s Been One Snafu After Another

Shrinking Economy

Richard “RJ” Eskow: Granted, everybody gets it wrong sometimes, but this time our economists were really wrong. We were told the economy grew slightly in the first quarter of this year. Now, two revisions later, the latest GDP estimate concluded that the economy actually shrank.

Outsource Social Security?

Outsource Social Security

RJ Eskow: One of the bitter ironies of the bipartisan austerity craze has been the fact that, while there has been an assault on government jobs, there has been an equal or greater push to transfer government revenues to the private sector using lucrative, cost-inflating “privatization” contracts.

Is the ‘New Populism’ Real?

New Populism

RJ Eskow: Profound social change — whether in the agrarian economy of the 1900s, the growth of labor rights, civil rights, women’s rights, or in other transformative historical moments — has always begun with a popular movement.

Tim Geithner’s Pillow Book

Tim Geithner

RJ Eskow: It’s not that Tim Geithner is venal, or evil, or corrupt. The problem is that he is deeply embedded in a social group whose worldview is insulated from the very experiences and viewpoints that could have enriched and improved Geithner’s public service immeasurably.

Did Washington Rescue the Wrong Economy?

Tim Geithner Is Wrong

Richard Eskow: Borrower relief has an even greater stimulus effect than originally thought — if it is targeted towards non-wealthy homeowners. Wealthier homeowners are less likely to spend money when offered debt relief.

What Does Hillary Believe?

What Does Hillary Believe

Richard “RJ” Eskow: The New Populism promises to re-energize the political conversation and could potentially restore the Democratic Party’s fortunes as well. But the Democratic Party is at risk of being sidelined from the debate, paralyzed by the Sphinx-like silence of its presumptive 2016 nominee.

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