Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow. Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

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The Covid-19 crisis has "amplified one of the worst flaws in our society, namely the 'me-first' greed of corporate chieftains," writes Hightower.  (Photo: iStock) Views
Friday, August 14, 2020
This Pandemic Brings Out the Worst in Our CEOs
As horrible as the COVID-19 crisis is, it has brought out the best in the American people—the selflessness of front-line nurses and doctors, for example, as well as the generous community spirit of local food businesses. But it has also amplified one of the worst flaws in our society, namely the “...
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"In March," Hightower explains, President Donald Trump "personally killed a bipartisan provision in the national economic rescue package that would've assured continuous delivery of our mail. Then, in May, he installed one of his partisan mega donors as postmaster general. And the postmaster is now sabotaging delivery times by arbitrarily slashing the hours of postal workers." (Image: via US Mail Not for Sale) Views
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Want to Get Into Some 'Good Trouble'? Join the Fight to Save Our Post Office
Every now and then, an enormously beneficial soul comes along — someone whose work is so productive, honest and inspirational that he or she ought not be allowed to die. That's how I felt last month when I heard that John Lewis had slipped away from us. Since the late 1980s, it had been my good...
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It's the corporate version of the old political adage "Never let a big crisis go to waste."(Photo: Austin Kirk/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Sacrificing People to Corporate Profit
I think I've figured out the real reason President Donald Trump refuses to wear a coronavirus mask: He realizes that we'd all recognize him as the masked robber who has been moving furtively behind the scenes during the pandemic to rig the rules against workaday folks in order to further enrich...
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Medical staff wearing full PPE clean a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on June 30, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked since Texas reopened, pushing intensive-care wards to full capacity and sparking concerns about a surge in fatalities as the virus spreads. (Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
The GOP's Grotesque Response to a Pandemic Will Never Be Forgotten
Harking back to the embarrassing days of Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry, my state of Texas is once again saddled with a Republican gubernatorial goober. Greg Abbott is this guy's name, and he's another incompetent right-wing ideologue whose botched handling of our state's COVID-19 crisis makes President...
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An unexpected and profound impact of today's horrific coronavirus crisis is that it is quietly prompting a societywide recalibration of the rocky road our nation's power elites have put us on. (Photo: iStock/sv_sunny) Views
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
COVID-19 Is Prompting a Societywide Recalculation
Laissez-faire ideologue Ronald Reagan used to delight in mocking the very idea that government should provide health protection, food aid, income support or other public assistance to people in need. The Gipper derided "big government" as both a hopeless bungler and an insatiable beast that devours...
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Through the little-known 1033 program, the Pentagon has been shipping massive amounts of surplus war equipment to our local gendarmes. (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
The Militarization of 'Officer Friendly'
From 1776 forward, Americans have opposed having soldiers do police work on our soil, but in recent years, Pentagon chiefs have teamed up with police chiefs to circumvent that prohibition. How? Simply by militarizing police departments. Through the little-known 1033 program, the Pentagon has been...
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If all this seems like silliness from a satirical sitcom, it is. (Photo: Chris Millter/@chrizmillr) Views
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Trump Blasts Into a New Frontier...for War
Bring on Captain Kirk, Spock and the whole intrepid "Star Trek" cast. And while you're at it, toss in some "Dr. Strangelove," for President Donald Trump is on a mission to turn science fiction into official military policy. Or is it the reverse? Either way, he's casting himself as a cosmic warrior...
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Monty Bennett, a major donor to Trump and GOP Congress critters, pressured his political henchmen and hired two lobbying firms in March to punch a huge conglomerate loophole in the PPP bill. Led by Sen. Marco Rubio, Congress inserted a special-interest proviso decreeing that while a big business cannot apply for payments, each unit of the corporation can. (Photo: Google Maps, iStock) Views
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
What's the Difference Between Corporate CEOs and Pigs?
Monty Bennett was just another faceless right-wing millionaire on the long list of high-dollar donors to Donald Trump—until he suddenly surfaced in April as the nation's biggest bagger of government cash in the emergency Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP is the $660 billion rescue package for...
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To help stop Trump's power play to set himself up as America's postal potentate and privatizer in chief, get information and campaign resources from the American Postal Workers Union and visit USMailNotForSale.org. (Photo: USMailNotforSale.org) Views
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Why the Madman in the White House Wants to Kill the Post Office Amid a Pandemic
One thing we've learned for sure this year is that no national crisis is too awful to keep Trump & Company from exploiting it for their plutocratic political purposes. Obviously, COVID-19 is a god-awful crisis, having killed more than 55,000 Americans so far while also killing most of the U.S...
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In CorporateWorld, the more things change, the more they stay the same. That's why the corporate greed system will only be fixed when we outsiders impose real change on these incurably greed-headed insiders. Views
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
The Deadly Economic Disease Behind COVID-19
In this horrible time of economic collapse, it is truly touching to see so many corporate chieftains reaching out in solidarity to the hard-hit working class. We know they're doing this, because they keep telling us they are — practically every brand-name giant has been spending millions of dollars...
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