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.
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.