Robert Borosage: As Steven Mnuchin’s confirmation as treasury secretary confirms, the big lie is Trump’s campaign promise to clean out the “corrupt political establishment” and “to put the American people back in charge.”
Richard J. Eskow: Mnuchin wants to loosen regulations on the bankers whose misbehavior and massive fraud cost the economy trillions of dollars in lost income in the 2008 financial crisis.
Peter Dreier: The demonstrators demanded that the bank cease foreclosing on innocent victims and instead agree to modify mortgages and reduce loan principals to help struggling homeowners remain in their homes.
Ellen Brown: Americans could save $1 trillion over 10 years by financing infrastructure through publicly-owned banks like the one that has long been operating in North Dakota.
Paul Haeder: This foaming creep – guess what, he can be, and will always be, Not My President, because, well, many of us (not enough) do not believe that psycho Yankee Doodle Dandy crap of The People Have Spoken Therefore Unify Around the Office.
Jaime O’Neill: It wouldn’t be hard to construct the case that modern serfdom may be even worse than what our medieval ancestors knew.
Ken Wolf: Since the President can affect only the rate of productivity in a reasonably minor way, the American economy is not likely to grow by 3.5 percent or more during the coming years.
Tom Hall: Paul Ryan is a devout worshipper of Ayn Rand. He makes all new hires to his staff read her novels, and learn to treat these illogical, melodrama stories as scriptures.
Ellen Brown: It has been called “a bigger risk than Brexit”– the Italian banking crisis that could take down the eurozone. Handwringing officials say “there is no free lunch” and “no magic bullet.” But UK Prof. Richard Werner says the magic bullet is just being ignored.
Lawrence Wittner: Although changes in public policy could close the widening pension gap, such changes do not seem likely to occur while a zealously pro-corporate party controls the White House, Congress, and the courts.
Steve Hochstadt: Compared to our developed peer nations, the US has the highest levels of inequality, more like Saudi Arabia and China than like Germany or Belgium.
Steve Hochstadt: The dishonesty of Wells Fargo over many years, cheating millions of customers for many years, and thus far escaping with no jail time for any employee, shows how insignificant we consumers are when we come up against giant corporations.
Richard J. Eskow: In the parlance of McMahon’s industry: Trump is treating voters like a bunch of jabronies