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 Trumpsters say it's time to turn this historic public service over to the magic of the free market profit motive and the efficiency of bottom-line corporate management. You know, like airlines and cable companies. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Putting the Trump Stamp on the Public
D.T. (as aides refer to the present occupant of the Oval Office) is really quite good at one special skill: branding. He has slapped his name on a ridiculous range of consumer merch — teddy bears, steaks, made-in-China ties, vodka, underwear and even a urine test. His nasty policies and behavior...
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A St. Paul Pioneer Press for sale in 2006. Views
Saturday, December 01, 2018
Free the Free Press From Wall Street Plunder
A two-panel cartoon I recently saw showed a character with a sign saying: “First they came for the reporters.” In the next panel, his sign says: “We don’t know what happened after that.” It was, of course, a retort to Donald Trump’s campaign to demonize the news media as “the enemy of the people.”...
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Friday, November 23, 2018
Skip Cyber Monday—Support a Real Local Business
On this Cyber Monday, let's pledge to buy from local businesses that support our communities.
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Bernie’s commonsense ideas of Medicare-for-All and free college education, for example, are hysterically decried as totalitarian designs from China and the USSR. (Photo: Shutterstuck) Views
Thursday, November 08, 2018
White House Economists Are Obsessed with Socialism
Trump’s White House seems to be both spooked… and spooky. Check out a 72-page “spookonomics” report issued right before Halloween by his Council of Economic Advisors. It reads like an endless Trump tweet, focused on his perceived political enemies and riddled with fantasies, lies, and paranoia...
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This is not just diabolical; it's deliberately evil. And all politicians who support it should be condemned to the most hellish fate imaginable. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Beware of the Real Gremlins This Season
As we enter another long season of direful winter darkness, we are beset by back-to-back waves of spooks. First come the little costumed goblins on Halloween, seeking sweet treats from us to ward off any trickery they might pull. Cute. But then, only six days later — eeeeeeek! — here come the real...
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Poverty Is Over! So Why Are Republicans So Quiet About Their Chief Economic Accomplishment?
Listen ... Can you hear it? Listen to the eerie "sound of silence" from the Trumpeteers and congressional Republicans who so loudly cheered themselves just a year ago for bestowing a trillion-dollar tax giveaway on corporate elites. They told us they did it not for the rich, but to help middle-...
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"These monopolies are not merely un-American, they're virulently anti-American, suppressing our fundamental values of fairness and opportunity for all." (Photo: Getty) Views
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Monopoly or Democracy?
America's political history has been written in the fierce narrative of war — not only our country's many military clashes with foreign nations, but also our own unending war for democracy in the U.S. Generation after generation of moneyed elites have persisted in trying to take wealth and power...
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A woman walk past prototype sections of a border wall between Mexico and the United States under construction on October 5, 2017 in Tijuana, Mexico. Views
Sunday, July 01, 2018
A Wall Won't Fix Immigration
The wailing in our country about the "invasion of immigrants" has been long and loud. As one complainant put it, "Few of their children in the country learn English...The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages...Unless the stream of the importation could be turned they will soon...
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
What Do Those People Want?
Where is the Democratic Party? The Party of the People is stuck in the status quo—- the still reigning, old-line hierarchy of the Democratic party is unwilling to just be dedicated to well, to the democratic interests of its own political base. People know from real-life experience that the economy...
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"Their presumption of class privilege — the warped idea that their great wealth entitled them to rule over and even impoverish the many — is not unique." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Patience and Secrecy in the Kochs' Complex Conspiracy
In 1933, a handful of wealthy Wall Streeters were upset that the newly elected president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had dared to tax the rich in order to fund programs to lessen the painful poverty people were experiencing due to the Great Depression. They were so upset that they came up with a...
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