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 great majority of farmers—80% of eligible grain farmers—got zilch from Donald the Dealmaker. (Photo: AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Views
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Government for the Rich, the Poor Be Damned
Donald Trump loooooves farmers. We know this because he says so. "Farmers, I LOVE YOU!" he declared in December. And we've learned that whenever The Donald says something, it's true—even when it's not. These days, he's loving farmers to death. Trump has ignored the obvious need to get monopolistic...
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The U.S.-Mexico border crossing at Tijuana (Photo: jonathan mcintosh / Flickr / creative commons) Views
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
The Other Mexican Migration
You probably haven’t heard about it, but there’s another mass migration coming across the U.S.-Mexico border. However, these aren’t Central American families fleeing horrific conditions back home—only to be separated, incarcerated, traumatized, and demonized by Trump for seeking humanitarian asylum...
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It's one thing to have a president who thinks "Out of sight; out of mind" should be an actual public policy. It's another thing to have a president who's clearly out of his mind. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Views
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The Mad Corruptions of Trump Inc.
Where's Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise. His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn't made. It's as though his...
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From 2007 to today, the number of American dairy farms dwindled from 70,000 to only 40,000, and most of them are imperiled. (Photo: Andrea Seaman/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
The Devastation of Farm Country Is Biting Us All on the Butt
A massive depression has been building for years across our vast rural expanse, but don't feel alone if you didn't know, for most of our media and political establishments have failed to notice, much less inform the general public. In America's power centers, farming is almost entirely ignored as...
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"Medicare for All" idea put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal—is now backed by 82% of Democrats, 66% of independents, and (get this) 52% of Republicans! (Photo: Joe Newman via Public Citizen/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Is Health Care More Important Than Health Care Profits?
Last year, Donald Trump said something stupid. OK, nothing astonishing about that—just another day (or hour) in DonaldWorld. But this stupid thing he said did astonish an entire nation, specifically Britain. Apparently, Trump had seen a televised report by his most trusted foreign policy adviser—...
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Inequality doesn't just happen; it's caused by the deliberate actions of power elites. (Photo: Stop the GOP Tax Scam) Views
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Trump to Working Class: 'Adios, Chumps'
Congratulations on that nice pay raise you got last year, a 7% hike—wow! Seven percent might not sound all that big, but after 40 years of stagnant wages, even a small uptick can help cover some of your old credit card bills or get an upgrade on your 10-year-old pickup. Oh, wait ... You say you...
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The Rights of Nature movement is asserting the obvious: Earth's biosphere is not a free candy store for our taking. (Photo: Flickr/ChrisA1995/cc) Views
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
How to Arm Nature Against Corporate Profiteers
There's a hunters' nightmare in which a group of them flush some rabbits out of the brush, but rather than scampering away, the furry bunnies turn toward their stalkers. "Run!" shouts one of the hunters. "Run for your lives! The rabbits have guns!" Arming animals would make the sport of hunting a...
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This undermining of the workaday Americans goes against the very essence of America, from our egalitarian ideals to our can-do spirit. (Photo: Gillam/ Mayer Merkel & Ottmann lithograph, NY, 1883) Views
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Let's Re-fund America
The powerhouses of Wall Street have tunneled directly into the cloistered backrooms of Washington deal making, extracting trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts, special tax breaks and regulatory favors every year. Yet, in a stupefying act of hypocrisy, they have also been the major...
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In just the first three quarters of 2018, big business quietly pocketed stunning tax savings they would have—and should have—paid to support America's public needs. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Where the Money Is
Famed bank robber Willie Sutton once explained that he busted into banks because "that's where the money is." What a small-timer! Corporate thieves—including the biggest banks—know that the big scores are in the tax code and federal budget. America's superrich establishment decided to woo Trump and...
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
What Is the 'AI Agenda,' Who's Pushing It and Why?
The great thing about corporate giants is that they are such amazing business innovators. Look at the Big Four airline oligopoly, for example. They've perfected the unique business model of the "double-squeeze": squeezing more customers into ever-smaller seats while simultaneously squeezing more...
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