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Will Democrats Embrace American Austerity? Crash This Party and See

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Maybe your invitation to billionaire Pete Peterson's "Fiscal Summit" got lost in the mail. Or maybe they really, really didn't want you there.

When Liberals Attack - Social Security: Drum v. Lieberman

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.02.2012 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Social Security benefit cuts would hurt millions of disabled and elderly people. And clear-eyed historians of the future won't just point their fingers at radical right-wingers. They'll also cite collaborators in the Democratic Party.

Bill Clinton Democrats: Attacking Social Security, Ignoring the Real Crisis

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Brace yourself for another round of ideologically-driven hysteria from wealthy right-wing power brokers, aided and abetted by the entrenched power elite which Bill Clinton and his kind of Democrat have come to represent.

The Real War on Youth: Esquire's Dubious Achievements

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.09.2012 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The magazine is at it again with an economically illiterate and deceptive piece about "generational conflict" called "The War on Youth." Meanwhile the real war on youth is an assault on their employment prospects, education costs, and, yes, their future Social Security benefits.

How Does the 1% Exploit America? Find Out in 1 Minute (VIDEO)

Robert Greenwald | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Even in an Occupy world, most Americans don't know exactly how the 1% does what it does. The mainstream media hasn't explained it, and the 1% likes things that way.

Occupy Wall Street: American as Apple Pie

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In 1776, had the American revolutionaries tried the Barack Obama approach of "reaching out" in a spirit of "cooperation" with the Tories and the British Crown there never would have been a United States of America in the first place.

Behind The Bipartisan 'Austerity Class' That Rules Washington

The Nation | Ari Berman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

In September the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a bipartisan deficit-hawk group based at the New America Foundation, held a high-p...

The "Social Security Chain-CPI Massacre": Underhanded, Unnecessary, Unfair, Un-American

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Do you hear a noise like power saws cutting away at your Social Security benefits? That's the sound of the politicians promoting the "chained CPI," Washington's latest gimmick for tricking voters and cutting their hard-earned benefits.

When a Socialist Speaks for Most Republicans, Who Speaks for You?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Who's speaking for the majority of Republican voters in the budget debate? Only Sen. Bernie Sanders, Socialist from Vermont. Sanders has unequivocally said that he won't support a deal to raise the debt ceiling unless it includes higher taxes on on the rich.

Thanks, Grover

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Gary Liberson, PhD

Every Republican has signed an "oath" with Grover Norquist not to pass new taxes. If a Republican crosses that line, they bring on the Norquist Inquisition, which labels them an heretic and burns them at the polls.

How Much Do We Care About the Elderly?

Eric Laursen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Laursen

That's the real issue behind the Social Security debate -- and the deficit fight as well.

For Adults Only

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The American people aren't afraid of tough choices as part of the budget debate, but they know the difference between play-acting and the real thing. And they're still waiting for somebody to talk to them like one adult to another.

The Big Deficit Deception and Boehner's Mouth

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The deficit hawks represent interests that want to graze on the largess of American culture while investing not a farthing to plant or cultivate the field.

Deficit Hawks Down: The Misconstrued "Facts" Behind Their Hype

James K. Galbraith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James K. Galbraith

As the House Republicans forge their own course, demanding radical spending cuts right now, the tired and shabby arguments of the old deficit-worriers hardly seem connected, any more, to the battles at hand.

Private Equity Billionaire: I'm Getting A Huge, Unjustified Tax Break | PETER LATTMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Peter G. Peterson, the billionaire co-founder of the Blackstone Group, was the subject of Deborah Solomon's "Questions For" column in The New York Tim...

Pete Peterson's Crusade to Cure the Global Debt Bubble

Robert Lenzner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Lenzner

Blackstone founder and former Lehman Brothers chairman, Peter G. Peterson is calling on president Obama to organize a bipartisan effort to deal with the nation's debt and bloated federal budget.

Samuelson on Social Security: An Artifact From a Strange Year

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Ours will be remembered as a time when superstition ruled the land, just as it did in ancient Europe -- except that today we make sacrifices on the altar of tax magic, not black magic.

Bipartisanship vs. Democracy: The President and the Third Way Fallacy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Today the country's real center has never been farther from the narrow right-leaning viewpoint that's still being peddled as a "centrism." If the White House and other Democrats buy into that illusion, as they seem to be doing, they'll lose the country.

A Quarter of a Million Little Pieces: Pete Peterson and the Washington Post Have a New Fiscal James Frey

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Right-wing billionaire Pete Peterson continues to use the Washington Post as an outlet for deceptive anti-tax and anti-government propaganda. The latest Peterson production is a grab-bag of misinformation and fiscal ignorance.

Piggy Bank Morality: Maya MacGuineas and David Brooks

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Social Security doesn't contribute to the deficit. But it can help decrease it, provided you have no moral qualms about raiding a Trust Fund created for people's retirement

The Ides of November

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We expected to see an all-out assault on Social Security and progressive taxation, but the number of similarly-minded reports released this month is greater than we expected, the ad buys are larger, and the range of ideas is narrower.

Sam Stein

First Salvo In Social Security Fight: $20 Million Campaign Launched With Bayh, Conrad As Allies | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In what may be the first major move of the forthcoming Social Security debate, the Peterson Foundation launched on Tuesday a $20 million...

Parasites, Politics, and the Press: Social Security Attackers' Covert Ops

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

As someone who's worked in freelance journalism, I'm actually quite sympathetic to Downie's concerns. But get with the program, man! While it's not perfect, the Huffington Post is hiring journalists. The Washington Post is laying them off.

It's Time to Bolster Social Security, Not Slash It

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

We should not be contemplating cuts in Social Security when the other pillars of retirement security have eroded to the point where many Americans won't be able to meet basic expenses in retirement.

Fiscal Times Questions Elizabeth Warren's Candidacy

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Fiscal Times, an online newspaper funded by Blackstone co-founder and former Council of Foreign Relations chair Peter Peterson, has published two ...