RJ Eskow: It’s becoming clear that Trump plans to give direct control of the government to the people who have indirectly ruled us for decades, thanks to an over-financialized economy and a government whose policies are guided by the desires of oligarchs.
RJ Eskow: From tax cuts to surgeons’ income, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia – Trump’s choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services –has repeatedly fought for the wealthy and privileged at the expense of ordinary Americans.
RJ Eskow: Eventually, most Americans will realize that their lives aren’t getting any better – and are, in fact, getting worse. Where will they turn when that happens?
Richard Eskow: Never before has someone prepared to assume the presidency under such a cloud of fraud accusations, potential conflicts of interest, erratic personal behavior, and sexual assault allegations.
RJ Eskow: Too often the Democratic Party has been constrained by the equivocation of its leaders, and by an intellectual class reluctant to embrace new ideas.
RJ Eskow: It’s already a Washington truism that Donald Trump, who promised to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and others who exploit government for personal gain, has turned to it instead for his key appointments.
RJ Eskow: Democrats lost all three branches of the federal government, along with some governors’ chairs. Clinton neglected key states, then lost them. The party’s message didn’t connect. Surely something needs to change.
Richard J. Eskow: The policy heart of the ACA is the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, which was crafted at a right-wing think tank.
Richard Eskow: It takes more than $15 per hour to earn a living wage in most states. When you throw in the rising cost of student debt, low-income Americans are even further underwater.
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.