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.
RJ Eskow: Trump is still the Republican Party candidate. And when it comes to climate change, and regulations, and fossil fuels, he’s more typically Republican than you might think.
Richard Eskow: “Bipartisanship,” in this context, is the notion that government works best when corporate-backed politicians from both parties get together behind closed doors and decide what’s best for the country.
Richard Eskow: There’s a recovery going on, but a lot of people can’t feel it. The middle class is dying. Inequality is getting worse. Wages are stagnating. Labor force participation remains low.
Richard Eskow: The Gettysburg address, it wasn’t. Donald Trump’s acceptance speech clocked in at one hour and 15 minutes, and that’s not counting the time dilation effect demagoguery can produce in some observers.
Richard Eskow: The third shadow is that of Trump himself, a bloated bleached-blond Narcissus transfixed by his own silhouette. “He worships at the altar of a stagnant pool,” says an old Dylan song, “and when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled.”