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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They’re creating a robot economy in order to displace you and me with inexpensive machines that don’t demand higher wages or health care, don’t take sick days or vacations, and don’t organize unions, file lawsuits, or vote for pro-worker politicians. Views
Friday, October 20, 2017
Are You Ready For Corporate America’s Robot Economy?
There’s a robot in your future. Not one of those cute little labor-saving automatons – like a “Roomba” vacuum cleaner. Far from saving you from doing extra labor, this new wave of robots is being brought into your workplace to rescue corporate bosses from paying you to work for them. Oh, you might...
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Donald Trump, who promised last year to close the special hedge-fund tax break, has mysteriously omitted that vow from the “tax reform” framework the White House released this fall. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Saturday, October 14, 2017
What Happened to Trump’s Pledge to Close This Billionaire Loophole?
These are hard times for America’s gold miners. They’re scrambling to get ahead, but seeing their pay dropping. Take Bob Mercer, who’s been a top miner for years, but last year even Bob was down. He pulled in only $125 million in pay . Can you feel Bob’s pain? Well, these aren’t your normal miners...
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All of this reckless spending of our tax dollars for a 1,900-mile barricade of both physical and symbolic ugliness that only an extremist minority of Americans support. Views
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
The Gaping Hole in Trump's Border Wall
How much of our money does Donald Trump want to pour into his xenophobic fantasy of erecting an impenetrable wall on our Mexican border? The big-businessman-turned-president insists that costs be damned — just build it! That seems to be a very un-businesslike approach — but then, it's not his money...
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So, the banksters crash the economy, you lose income and your home, they buy your house at auction, then they rent it to you at an ever-increasing price. Views
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Wall Street Thieves Find New Ways to Steal From Us
In 2007, their stupid schemes and frauds crashed our economy, destroying middle-class jobs, wealth and opportunities. Far from getting punishment, however, these financial scofflaws were bailed out by their Washington enablers — so the moral lesson they learned was clear: Stupid pays! Sure enough,...
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The Koch brothers are "still trying to supplant American democracy with their little laissez-fairyland plutocracy." (Image: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, July 31, 2017
Billionaire Donors Plot a ‘Renaissance of Freedom’ — for the Privileged
Charles and David Koch — the billionaire oil men who’ve financed a vast network of right-wing advocacy groups — have stayed out of the national limelight recently. But they’re still trying to supplant American democracy with their little laissez-fairyland plutocracy. In fact, in late June, they...
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The Partisan Use Of Preemption Is Surging
We the People are being burgled. Again. The latest hit is just the latest in a long string of political robberies, a nationwide crime wave being pulled off by moneyed elites and their political henchmen. With each heist, they haul off a little more of our democratic power: the ability of the...
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Sunday, July 16, 2017
1984 at the Grocery Store
Wall Street analysts tell us that Amazon’s $14 billion buyout of Whole Foods isn't only a win-win for both of them, but also for consumers, for Amazon intends to lower the organic grocer's prices. Really? Yes, they say, because Amazon will use its amazing computer-driven tactics to cut Whole Foods...
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The GOP Will Free You from Having Health Care
When I think of freedom, I think of it in positive, aspirational terms — our First Amendment freedoms, for example, or FDR's "Four freedoms" or the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed people around the globe. But right-wing, corporate-funded ideologues have fabricated a new negative notion...
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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Billionaires Lay Siege to State Governments
It’s easy to become mesmerized by The Donald Show in this year’s political circus. But a lot of the real action is in the outer rings, where the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and their corporate cohorts have laid siege to our state governments. It’s no coincidence...
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Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Populism is Not About Mobs, Anti-Government Rants or Opinion Polls
If a political pollster asked whether I consider myself a conservative or a liberal, I'd answer, "No." Not to be cute — I have a bit of both in me — but because, like most Americans, my beliefs can't be squeezed into either of the tidy little boxes that the establishment provides. I've observed...
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