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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Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Obama, Inc.
When you dance with the devil, never fool yourself into thinking that you're leading. That would be my 50-cents-worth of advice to President Barack Obama as he remakes his presidency into a Clintonesque corporate enterprise. Following last fall's congressional elections, he immediately began blowing kisses to CEOs and big business lobbyists, and he's now filled his White House dance card with them.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Republicans Give Government Back to Their Corporate Paymasters
Early this month, when John Boehner was sworn in as the new speaker of the House of Representatives, he tipped his hat to the teabag activists across the country who had fueled the Republican takeover of the chamber last fall. He almost choked up as he promised to "give the government back to the American people."
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Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Playing With Economic Dynamite
By gollies, America is still an exporting powerhouse. In fact, the good ol' U.S.A. is No. 1 in the world in exports! Our corporate leaders, backed by Republicans and Democrats alike in Washington, are now routinely exporting America's most precious goods - our jobs, factories, technologies and middle-class opportunities.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Color-Coded Terrorism Alerts Fade to Black
Okay, boys and girls, pull out your crayons, and let's see if you can do a better job of coloring than the Department of Homeland Security.
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Friday, December 17, 2010
The Hammer Gets Nailed
For once, I actually agree with something that with Tom DeLay said. The former Republican leader of Congress recently declared in his most somber tone, "The criminalization of politics undermines our very system." Wow, so true, Tommy.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Food for Thought
In this joyous season, friends and family come together to cook, share and savor nature's bounty. As we tuck into food and drink this year, we can be especially appreciative because — wow! — another scientific breakthrough has been made in food production.
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Wednesday, December 01, 2010
"The Hammer" Gets Nailed With a New Nickname
Tom DeLay, a once-upon-a-time Republican powerhouse, has accumulated an unusual assortment of nicknames in his professional life. As a Texas legislator in the 1980s, he was known as "Hot Tub Tommy," a do-nothing member who preferred partying to lawmaking.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Giving Thanks to Citizens and Grass-Roots Progressives
This Thanksgiving, even progressive Americans can find plenty of progress for which we can be grateful. Let's start with the Girl Scouts of America. When news broke that the national organization for girls had fallen off its ethical pony, many of its grass-roots members and supporters knew that the first job of a citizen is to keep your mouth open.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Corporate Flimflammers in Our Communities and Congress
The signature phrase of America's booming good food movement has been expanded from "organic" to "local and sustainable." Good! The phrase suggests great quality, strong environmental stewardship and a commitment to keeping our food dollars in the local economy. If you support the local-economies movement, as I do, no doubt you'll be thrilled to hear that a new, local food store is coming soon to your neighborhood.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Soft Landing for Bankers, Hard Times for Everyone Else
I've seen some truly amazing feats of magic, but here's one that beats them all. Right before your eyes, this thing rises into the air on its own, with no wires or mechanical devices giving it lift. And it hovers there effortlessly. But it's not magic, for magic is an illusion, and this gravity-defying phenomenon of perpetual levitation happens to be real. What is this "it" that keeps floating up, up, up? The annual bonuses paid to Wall Street's top bankers.
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