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Richard (RJ) Eskow is a former executive with experience in health care, benefits, and risk management, finance, and information technology. Richard worked for AIG and other insurance, risk management, and financial organizations. He was also a public policy and finance/economics consultant, in the US and over 20 countries. Past clients include USAID, the World Bank, the State Department, the Harvard School of International Public Health, the Government of Hungary, as well as corporations and investors. He has experience in financial and numerical analysis (of benefit plans, financial risk, corporate investments), systems design, and management.

Richard has worked on long-range health policy and forecasting. His predictions are included in the recently-released Rough Guide To the Future in it's review of "the hopes, fears, and best prediction of fifty of the world's leading futurologists."

Richard is also a freelance writer and occasional radio host. He's a regular columnist for the science and culture blog 3 Quarks Daily and a Contributing Editor for Tricycle magazine.

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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 30, 2011
We're Better off Than Egypt -- Right? Let's Take a Look. With income inequality actually GREATER in the the U.S.than in Egypt, why are Americans so passive?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Will Public Outrage Finally Force the President and the States to Prosecute Outlaw Bankers? The president's OWS rhetoric about inequality rings hollow when that nest of vipers in the justice department have made it so clear they have no intention of prosecuting criminal bankers.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 12, 2011
Super Collusion: Will Obama and Capitol Dems Betray the Middle Class, Seniors and the Poor? The President and Congressional Democrats are about to betray everything Democrats once stood for. It's a terrible mistake to ask the Americans who were wounded most by deficit-causing behavior to carry so much of the cost of fixing it. And to propose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid simply to preserve low tax rates for the wealthy is nothing less than a moral obscenity.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 28, 2011
The GOP Plan to Cut Social Security ... Starting Right Now The Republicans are determined to paralyze the workings of government. Will people gather in the streets to resist this move, or sit on the sidelines as services they've paid for are shut down by an increasingly radical Congress and its wealthy patrons? The Egyptian uprising was triggered by cuts to social services, after all.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 7, 2011
Contempt Republicans are making their contempt for the American people as clear as they know how to make it.
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 11, 2011
If the President Won't Do Something About Jobs, Who Will? When it comes to jobs, sometimes it seems as if the White House is from Mars and the middle class is from Venus. And Republicans act like they're from the Death Star, patrolling the economy in their Imperial Cruisers directing laser blasts at every job initiative they can find. The resulting political paralysis has left millions of Americans trapped in geographical or demographic pockets of full-blown depression.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The GOP Plan to Cut Social Security ... Starting Right Now The GOP'S first attack is on Social Security, slashing its budget in order to deprive people of vitally needed services. While the "austerity economics" crowd talks disingenuously about future Social Security cuts in the coming decades, they're actually trying to cripple its activities starting right now.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 1, 2017
The Republican Party's Sickness of the Soul There's a sickness on the land. You know the facts: millions of Americans lives in poverty. The number of Americans in the workforce remains low. Wages are stagnating and inequality is growing. "Deaths of despair" from alcoholism, opioid overdose, and suicide are on the rise. But it's not just the inequality, or the poverty, or the despair, that wounds us. It's the fact that so many Republican leaders and voters find ways
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 10, 2011
Sorry, GOP: It Looks Like America's Bullsh*t Detector Just Went Off America's political bulls**t detector just went off.
Trump And Pope Francis Exchange Gifts Trump was given some literature about peace which he lied about planning to read. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think ..., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 26, 2017
Of Budgets and Beatitudes: The Pope Meets the Donald The Pope was polite enough to refrain from quoting Matthew 20:26 in today's meeting: "Whoever wants to be great among you must first be your servant "" But Francis did find ways to signal his dissatisfaction, starting with his facial expression.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 17, 2017
What Progressives Should Demand From the FBI Many Americans are rightfully outraged at the firing of FBI Director James Comey, just as they were shocked at Comey's ability to influence political events. But what can we do about it? A political movement should do more than just react to the day's events with outrage, although that's important. It should also offer the vision of a better world.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 24, 2011
War Economy: The Selling of Afghanistan, 2011 The human price of our Afghan venture in military and civilian deaths and injuries has been sadly invisible to the American people, at least most of the time. But they're acutely aware of their own financial situation with every passing day, and that's fueling a growing sense of unease about this long and costly war.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 3, 2019
Bernie's Student Debt Plan Creates a Million More Jobs Than Warren's-She Should Embrace It Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have both offered proposals to cancel student debt, a nearly $1.6 trillion burden on borrowers and a major drag on the economy. While both are aggressive attempts to address the student debt crisis, there is a major difference between the two plans: the Sanders plan is likely to create at least one million more jobs than Warren's, since it
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 14, 2011
To Learn the Game, the Left Could Use a "Weekend at Bernie's" Some of us have been arguing for a long time that the progressive movement is too attached to the Democratic Party leadership, and more of the country's elected Democrats need to join with their House colleagues and negotiate for the public's best interests and voters' preferred policies. Sen. Sanders has shown them the way.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 1, 2017
Yes, Obama's $400,000 Speech is a Problem What's to be done? The solution is already visible to all those who care to see: Run candidates who have no interest in flattering the ultra-wealthy or becoming wealthy themselves. Bernie Sanders is the most conspicuous example
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 13, 2011
Shiny Happy Corporate People Mitt Romney recently received a lot of press for saying that corporations are people.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 18, 2011
Privatizing Liberty Privatized police. Privatized fire departments. Privatized prisons. Privatized armies of Halliburton and Blackwater soldiers. When for-profit companies perform government functions, they'll do it in a way that makes them money. Why? Because they've privatized their consciences, too.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Four Myths About the "Deal" -- and Four Ways It Can Hurt You This deal is good for right wingers in both parties & the Über-rich, the rest of us will continue to be screwed big time.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 31, 2011
We're Better off Than Egypt - Right? Let's Take a Look. Income inequality is actually greater in the United States than it is in Egypt. Politicians here have close financial ties to big corporations, both personally and through their campaigns. Corporate lawbreakers often do go unpunished. Poverty and unemployment statistics for US minorities are surprisingly similar to Egypt's.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 9, 2017
Americans like the resistance a lot more than they like Trump For Donald Trump, this has got to hurt: Less than two weeks after his inauguration, the people who took to the streets to protest his policies have outstripped him in popularity.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Why Not Hire the Young to Build Their Own Future? The unemployment situation seems unrelentingly grim for young Americans.It's time to treat young Americans decently. And when we do, the money they receive will be pumped back into the economy to benefit the rest of us, too. We'll be building a better future for our kids, giving them a country worth living in, and improving today's economy.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 6, 2011
"Helpless President Lit" - The Latest Trend in Political Tragedy President Obama's accomplishments are signifiant if not impressive, so why is he seen as a "helpless" prresident?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 3, 2012
For a Sane Economy in 2012, How About a Little Shame? Shame isn't always a wasted or negative emotion. On the contrary, it can perform an important and socially useful function. Shame enforces our moral values even when legal and political institutions are too broken or corrupt to do so. Our society must learn to develop a "moral economics," and morality is often enforced through shame.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 8, 2011
What the President Should Have Said About J.T. Henderson -- and Other 'Real People' Just who is "J.T. Henderson" & where & who are the "real" people who will be affected by the "real consequences" if a "bad deal" is cut "avoiding" the government shutdown? Anybody know what we're talking about here?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 29, 2011
When a Socialist Speaks for Most Republicans, Who Speaks for You? The vast majority of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, are going unheard in this debate. This may be one of those moments when a reminder from a constituent... or a flood of them... is the only thing that can make our representative democracy act a little more representative.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 18, 2012
Romney Makes A Stealth Attack On Elderly Americans While His Money Spies On The Chinese Question: What are the connecting threads between these two recent Mitt Romney news items -- the announcement that he's not enrolling in Medicare, and the revelation that Bain Capital helped him make money helping the Chinese government spy on its people? Answer: They're both covert attacks on innocent civilians, and they're both based on Romney's own deceptions.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 30, 2011
Hold On, Alabama, Your Country's Here For You What really matters. We spend so much time vilifying one another that it takes a tragedy to bring us together.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Social Security: A Tale Of Two Mitties Contradictions be damned. Mitt soldiers on, his jaw firmly set and his head held high, marching resolutely in two directions at once. But the orders have been given and the stage has been set. We know where he'll really lead us if the two Mitts are elected President: He -- or they -- will cut Social Security and Medicare.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 1, 2012
Bankers Shouldn't Worry About Drum Circles -- But Some Of 'Em Should Worry About Subpoenas The scariest thing on a banker's mind, no matter what his bank's rap sheet looks like, is that someday he might look out the window and see a drum circle. And we understand that Mr. Dimon felt safer in Lebanon than he did when Occupy came to visit. But the real question about Mr. Dimon's visit to Beirut is this: Did Lebanon feel safer?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Poor Standards: 4 Steps to Ending the Rating "Agency" Racket What is the rating racket really all about? Profits, profits & did I mention profits? Can they be fixed?

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