What Americans Need Are Jobs

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Richard Eskow: Congress wasn’t elected to “reduce the deficit.” According to polling from 2012, it — and the president — were elected to create jobs.

The Robots Are Coming: Now What?

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Richard Eskow: Which profession is most vulnerable to automation? Telemarketers. That will satisfy some people’s vindictive streak, but it will also create more unemployment.

Jobs Numbers Reflect Crisis for Young and Old

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RJ Eskow: There was a time in the not-so-distant past when working people were able to consider retirement at the age of 60 or 62. But households that saw their net worth gutted by the financial collapse can no longer consider that option.

Fighting the GOP’s Hateful Agenda Without Hate

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RJ Eskow: The GOP’s policies are horrifying. But the word “evil” is like a dangerous spell that can turn on the one who uses it. It can quickly turn righteous anger into inchoate rage, which makes a person less effective and occludes moral clarity.

Will Feds Bail Out Detroit Pensions?

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RJ Eskow: If Detroit fails it will hurt our nation as a whole. It will send a message to minority and urban youth that their futures are as hopeless as they seem and the country doesn’t care.

While Washington Sleeps, a Nation Crumbles

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RJ Eskow: Americans have been treated to the bread-and-circuses spectacle of “Deficit Commissions,” debt hysteria, and a cult of economic austerity that demanded spending cuts across the globe despite the utter absence of real-world evidence for its harsh and untested prescriptions.

Where the Hell Is the Outrage?

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RJ Eskow: And yet, bizarrely, the only Americans who seem to be seething with anger are the beneficiaries of this economic injustice — the wealthiest and most privileged among us. But those who are suffering seem strangely passive.

Forgotten Americans

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Richard Eskow: There are solutions to our unemployment problems, which have created nothing less than a lingering depression for wide swaths of our population. All we need is willpower… and remembering.

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