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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On the battleground of public relations, Business Roundtable (the chief lobbing front for America's biggest corporations) has declared its solidarity with all of us who seek economic fairness and equal opportunity. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Why Would We Trust Plutocrats to Save Us From Plutocracy?
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote of being leery of a loud-talking huckster who visited his home: "The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons," Emerson exclaimed. Likewise, today's workaday families should do a mass inventory of their silverware as an integrity check on a mess...
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Don't despair, for a warm glow of hope beckons from the very midst of today's cold, often nightmarish system. (Photo: Jim Watson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Here's the Real Deal on 'Medicare for All'
What do we want our health care system to do? Care for our health! Yours, mine, our families', our country's. But don't look for such straightforward logic or ethics in the labyrinthian industrial complex that now controls the "care" we get — or are denied. The structure itself must be changed if...
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Our country spends the most (more than $10,000 per year per person) on a system that often delivers the least. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The Problem With Health Care Is 'The System'
The British people have been widely admired for their steady demeanor in times of adversity — stiff upper lip and all that. Until Donald Trump, that is. In June, our presidential popinjay descended on London with a bombastic proposition that caused the upper lips of the entire British population to...
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Saturday, August 24, 2019
Just Who Got Trump's Farm Bailouts?
Donald Trump loves farmers. We know this because he says so. “Farmers, I LOVE YOU!” he declared in December. But he’s been “loving” them to death, with policies that are causing farm prices to tumble, miring our ag economy in the ditch and creating a rising tsunami of farm bankruptcies. Then came...
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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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