RJ Eskow: It was surprising to hear reporters say that they’d considered the debate a draw until that moment that he said he might refuse to accept the election outcome. That’s not grading on a curve. It’s grading on a cliff
RJ Eskow: Hillary should make a pledge now: to take immediate action in her first 100 days that will address Wells Fargo’s scandals and the systemic problems behind them.
Richard Eskow: And as Trump dominated the airwaves, an unexplained rash of scary-clown sightings was reported across the United States. These are strange times indeed for the American psyche.
RJ Eskow: The Wells Fargo scandal may be remembered as the moment when top bankers finally began to pay a price for their actions.
RJ Eskow: Clinton’s fate rests on her ability to turn out key Democratic voters in large numbers, especially young people and minorities. In her zeal to defeat her opponent, which she clearly did, Clinton didn’t do enough to inspire and motivate her base.
RJ Eskow: Will committee members go through the motions of pretending to grill Stumpf, playing their scripted parts with the thinly disguised boredom of Wild West vaudevillians who have played one cow town too many?
RJ Eskow: Many parts of the country are still wrestling with extreme poverty and lagging incomes. Americans pay more today for needs like health care and higher education than they did in the 1990s.
RJ Eskow: If the Wells Fargo incident has taught us anything, it’s that today’s thieves are more likely to be inside the stagecoach than outside it.
RJ Eskow: The idea that anyone can succeed on the internet is a warmed-over Horatio Alger story for the digital era. Underlying it is that age-old cynical con: If you’re poor, blame your own moral failure.
RJ Eskow: This victory seemed politically impossible as recently as last year. What changed? Like many such victories, it began with consciousness.
Richard Eskow: Without any changes at all, Social Security would be capable of paying a majority of its current benefits … forever. That’s because it will continue to collect revenue forever (or at least the foreseeable future).
Richard Eskow: In the 1960s, people assumed that increases in our national wealth would always be shared by everyone. Today we assume those gains will only go to the powerful few, because that’s what has happened in recent decades.
RJ Eskow: It’s rare to see Trump put much effort into anything, so it was almost likable to watch him work so hard to read his speech from a Teleprompter. All that concentration! It was like watching a child learn to draw.